Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Hey everyone.  So I've finally made it so my website can have a blog of it's own, so like all things, it's time for an end (of this blog).

If you'd like to still follow me, please go over to the brand new Rick Kitagawa blog here.  Thanks for reading and I'm not taking this blog down, so if you ever want any archives of stuff, it's all here for your amusement.

Rock on and see you over at the other blog!  Thanks!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Siren's Call

So I'm working on my own little comic project called "The Siren's Call."  I hope to publish it by APE in a split-feature with a yet-untitled work by Eve.  Anyway, I figure I'll post maybe 1/4-1/3 of the comic online as it comes out as a sort of a preview.  These may or may not be the final pages, as while I'm posting these, there are a few panels I may need to fix, and I'm thinking I might have to change fonts to something more legible at a small size.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monster updates

So I have been (as of late) a bit unsuccessful in doing the 30-Day Monster Girl Challenge, but I'm back on the bandwagon.

So far I'm on Day 9 - Demon, and I finally managed to do a piece I'm actually happy with.  Granted, the rest I've been hammering out as really, really, loose sketches, and I actually took a bit of time with this one and am glad I did.

Others that I don't absolutely hate:




I think while I want to keep practicing my more realistic, concept-arty style so I can get better at it, I really do enjoy this looser, more graphic approach as seen in the Demon sketch.  Eh, perhaps if I ever get as fast doing more rendered stuff as I am with the graphic stuff, I'll make the switch over.

In other news, I did another illo for the M+S blog which I'm pretty pleased with:

And I'm working on a new comic idea (titled  "The Siren's Song"), hopefully in time for Zine Fest, as well as some new tie designs (maybe in time for APE), and a new shirt idea or two. Yay!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Some new work, life update

Hey everyone.  So it's been a busy past few months (isn't it always) and I apologize for anyone who ever checks this that there have been no updates recently.

Anyway, I'm working on my application for a residency program here in SF, which I'm really excited about, and I'm also just working on producing more work for the Halloween show at Big Umbrella Studios.  Hells yes.

Spectrum Live was pretty cool, and it was nice to try a road show for a change.  It makes they much less scary, and some of the advice given during the panels were awesome.  It sucked that we just barely made booth back, so it was like we just went as attendees, but a lot of people didn't even make booth fee back, so I guess you have to count your blessings.

Anyway, I've been fortunate that I've been able to do a lot of live painting recently, both at SF RAW showcases as well as Hyphen's 10 year anniversary party.  I think I got a hook up to paint live at the Power to the Peaceful concert later on, which would be pretty awesome, and I'll be live painting for Urban Bazaar's 2 Year Anniversary doing a painting demo.  Fun!

Soo, here is some new stuff I've been working on. Yay!

I have a lot more acrylic paintings that I still need to photograph (about 5-7) so hopefully I'll get that taken care of soon.  Huzzah!

Also, I'm working on a visual development project with Eve.  It's super exciting and I feel really fortunate to have a lot of interesting projects to keep me busy over the next few months!

Oh yeah, and I'm working on a Marketing for Artists book!  Crazy!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New work! huzzah!

So I finally updated my website with a bunch of new images, and since I've been painting like a madman for Spectrum Live, I've got 8 new paintings and a few illustrations up.  You can check it out here: www.rickkitagawa.com.

I've also included a few of the images here for your viewing pleasure.

"It's In the Blood (C.K.)"t - acrylic on canvas board 

"Silver Tongued (I Didn't Lie)" - acrylic on canvas board

"What Did You Bring Me? (I Want It Now)" - acrylic on canvas board

To see more, head over here!

Friday, April 20, 2012


So I'm experimenting with this new style, primarily of people's face melting off.  This piece is going up for a charity auction.  How grand!

Also, I'm sorta extremely exhausted from this week of tons of deadlines happening right now.

Okay, back to work.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


It's been a long last few weeks, and most nights I don't get to bed before 3:30 am, and these past few nights have been 4:45-5am nights.  Ug.  

ANYWAY, a few things:

1.  Happy birthday Eve!  
2.  Happy 7 Year Anniversary Eve!  Looking forward to many more adventures to come!
3. I'll have my art up in Bluejay Cafe (Divis and McAllister...right across from Big Umbrella) as of tomorrow afternoon (I think).
4. You should check out this WritersCorps event that I'm organizing!  March 15th at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (Mission @4th) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Best of all, it's free!

Cool, brain not working now.  Going to sleep.