I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Just when you're getting used to excellence...

...he notches it up higher. And with seeming ease. Like watching someone stroll by and casually take flight right in front of you. Damn, he's good. This is part of my day's habit, to visit his title page once or twice each day, knowing that at some point in a few weeks he'll update that image. And it will always be a treat.

I think I saw this image when we visited him. A postcard? It's all a blur and I was rather intoxicated by the whole experience. He clicked by some images on a folder's contents and thumbnails flickered by.


Link to Tadahiro Uesugi


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its funny that he posted this now... The last few days I've been going through his site making notes and observations about his compositions, trying to fully appreciate and possibly learn from his work. Such a gold mine.

5:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason, the post piece does not strike me. I much prefer the photographs that Enrico posted from his trip from Granada for light and composition.


10:12 PM

Blogger Ronnie said...

J--He does have a range of those images. I suspect that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. I know for sure that he has tons of the pen and ink doodles in boxes somewhere in his office.

Charles! Good to hear from you. I saw some of those pictures of Enrico's and they are indeed grand. I hope you're not working too hard these days.


10:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does he do it!? The compositions, the light, his designs... all are awe inspiring. Good to know something new is up, I haven't checked in a couple of days. Thanks for the heads up.

John Hoffman

11:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that link.

I just bought Paper Biscuit 1 and 2, and the image of Nina on the bus seat is really amazing; I thought both of the issues were really beautiful. I only discovered comics in the last few years, and I can't believe all the beauty in them - I kind of sad that I didn't run across them before the age of 30. After seeing the movie "Ghost World" I tracked down the graphic novel of the same name and discovered this world about which I was totally ignorant.

Do you think Nina is going to feel a bit guilty after receiving the cash in PB 2? I ask because she's generally a thoughtful person and because even her bravery and cunning in the dream world is somewhat at odds with her usual tentative approach to reality. I don't think she would treat people so instrumentally in real life as she uses the nervous son of the family fortune in the dream world.

Thanks so much for your art!!

-Jon Barlow

8:45 AM

Blogger Ronnie said...

John H--I swear, I was standing right there watching him work on a Mac with the very same Photoshop you or I would use (except that the texts are in Japanese) and I still can't fathom how he does it. I now believe that the reason that he was so generous to show us how he works is just the plain truth about style and artistry--you can't duplicate what makes Tadahiro Uesugi a master.

John B.--Thanks for posting AND buying Paper Biscuit. I have to tell you that this is always a moment for me. Getting feedback for the work is such an experience that it reinforces my reasons for self-publishing. Like everyone else I have my own laments about time and missed boats. I could have done this a full decade earlier and be that much more adept at it. But I also would be a different person. I like my time now as it is and the stories that do make it out there is more what I want to explore.

There is also the aspect of the mass market and how it forces creators into schedules that may not suit every temperament. Certainly not mine, since I am a dabbler at comics and not full time at it. The amount and nature of the public I seem to have is just right. I am a lucky man.

Thanks for your appreciation of Nina's plight and choices. There is a definite split of her confidence in actual world encounters as opposed to the dreamworld. I believe that all people are naturally inclined to be good and do good. Choices are never clear most of the time and we all make bad ones, eyes wide open. I am fascinated with what we can hide from ourselves.

Just this one last illustration: You are driving in your car. You can't see the outside of your car. All you see is just what's through the windshield. You pass by a building with mirrored walls and catch a glimpse of yourself in a car. This is a novelty. Most of what you will see in a day will be of other people going about their life and how it interacts with yours. You are inside this enclosure looking out. What things will you miss?

Be well.


11:49 AM


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