Here’s more proof I’d love to visit Japan.
Hopefully it’s not also proof I need a better translation of ‘fujiyama’.
This could get embarrassing.
Speaking of mountains… (for all you illustrators using digital tablets) would you mind sharing what you use and any other preferences/tips/etc? I’ve never tried one… sounds… nice?
About this image: digital media – vector art created with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
I’d love to visit Japan too. Excellent illustration, SIG; I really like it.
It would be an amazing place to visit, wouldn’t it?!
Thank you so much, S.E… this one is fairly simple… but I kind of like that.
I lived in Japan for two years. Beautiful place.
Did you visit any of the wombats there?
I bet she even offered them some Coke!
WOW – AWESOME!
If I ever get a chance to go, I’ll have to hit you up for all the insider info, Loon!
What part of Japan did you live in?!
I lived in Kawasaki and Shinjuku (Tokyo). No wombats in Japan but plenty of Koi.
Did I mention I was jealous?
My best friend is dreaming about visit Japan too. She even wants to find some Japaneese girl as wife to her the only son 😉 He is a boy now.
I wish you to your dream come true 🙂
It seems like such a fascinating place, doesn’t it?! I really like to watch travel shows, and I’m always very excited to come across something about Japan!
Thank you so much, Ms. B – you are always so kind!
Lovely colours. Did you enhance them much?
Thanks very much, N.M.!
This is a design I put together in Illustrator…
I had the general colors in my mind when I started, and then I just played around with those schemes and added gradients, etc…
(except for the yellow tinge, which I added in Photoshop to try ‘age’ it a bit).
I’ve have no tips to offer as you had asked….Sorry.
But I think wanting to go to Japan is wonderful…Now that I think about it, I would mind visiting there as well..
Hope you are having a wonderful day, and thing are pulling together nicely in your new place.
No prob. Ms. A… I’ll be sure to bother you with all my analogue questions!
Thank you very much! Things are going pretty well so far, and I sure hope that you have a wonderful day as well, Deb!
Certainly I knew that you wanted to visit our country. Welcome to you.
“Fujiyama” isn’t bad but we call it “Fujisan”.
That is very kind – thank you!
AND thank you for the information as well…
SO interesting!!! I wish I knew a bit more about the differences / similarities between those words… I’m so curious!
I went to Japan back in my Navy days & it is such a beautiful place.
That’s very cool, Mr. M…
it certainly seems to be (from nearly every photo I’ve ever seen, anyway)!
Oh, I would LOVE to visit Japan. It will be one of my first stops when I become independently wealthy and travel the world. 🙂
Me, too, RNP! Come-on lotto!
Based on my extensive knowledge of Japanese, I believe those characters spell out the first line to Monty Python’s “I’m a Lumberjack (and I’m OK)”
at least it wasn’t something a bit more… off-key
(I’d hate to have to worry about retaliation in the form of a flesh wound)!
So pretty! I love that the background is pinkish instead of white. The gradient on the mountain is nice, too; I always forget little details like that that entirely change the picture.
With so many choices I had a difficult time deciding (but a lot of fun experimenting)!
Ooh, fancy. I should learn Japanese. I think I have a free weekend in January, so I’ll schedule that in.
A whole weekend, Megan?! I bet you could pick it up in a half an hour or so
(if there aren’t any mustached animals around to try distract you, that is)!
Normally I use inkscape for all of my stuff but I’m getting acquainted with illustrator and photoshop after I got my tablet.
I found this link very helpful.
Thanks so much for the link!
I was happy to see there was a section on Illustrator (that and Photoshop are my go-to programs)!
Do you mind if I ask what kind of tablet you use, sir?! Have you been liking it so far?!
I’m using the medium size Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen/Touch tablet and I love it but I’m still getting the hang of it. It would be nice thou to have one of them screen tablets that you can draw on.
Thanks so much for the info, Mr. H!
I was trying to decide if I would make a lot of use with the touch feature, or if I might be able to be efficient enough with the pen only Wacom Bamboo… I’ve never used one before, so it’s kind of hard to tell! I sure agree with you, though… I think Wacom should donate one of those to us for ‘official reviewing’ purposes, don’t you?!
Haha! I would like that very much 🙂
I just finished Kate’s post . . . Climb Every Mountain . . . and now I’m here.
I wonder if all these mountains are metaphorical for new challenges awaiting around the next bend.
Hope you get a chance to visit Japan.
I hope we can start off with some little challenges, though
(until I can get acclimated to the altitude, anyway)!
cool. i’d love to visit japan someday too!
Thanks, U.M. –
I can just imagine the images you would bring back…
I actually climbed Mt Fuji. It is only open a few months of the year. You start at 10pm and reach the peak just in time to see the sun rise. You will never guess what is on top of the mountain…. coke vending machines and stalls !!! I swear.
That is WILD, loon! Sounds like a place after my own heart… the only possible way to make such an experience any better… Coke! Incredible!!!
I lived there about 20 years ago and a can of Coke cost $10. The coolest thing was the vending machine that sold hot coffee in a can.
That would be a problem for me… (I’m pretty much addicted to Coke).
Coffee in a can, you say?! If I tried a different button do you think beer might come out instead?!
I can’t believe you’ve been doing all those manipulated pictures without a tablet! Really?
I’ve had my tablet for many years and couldn’t imagine working without it. It’s just a small 4×6 Wacom Graphire. Very easy to work with, and it’s lasted me 8 or 9 years. A little bigger one would be nicer, though
Thank you so much for that info, sir!
I have to admit, the more I think about it… the more it seems like it would be an invaluable investment
(especially for trying to do some digital painting/etc. in Photoshop). It seems like I’ve heard good things about Wacom before…
I think my wish list might have just gotten a bit longer!
Great work ,nice post .
My thanks to you, sir – I appreciate that very much!
Nice work, and for what’s its worth, I’ve seen the grand mountain in person. Japan is a must see place BTW.
Wow – I bet that was an amazing trip, Mr, J…
seems like anything and everything you could see would be spectacular…
Love your illustration, SIG. Nicely done. I’d love to visit Japan one day, especially during the cherry blossom season.
That would be spectacular, wouldn’t it?!
Thank you very much – it’s good to be back!
Very nice illustration. Hope you get to Japan some day.
Thank you very much, Ms. F –
that would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it?!
I think it’s great. First class.
My wife lived in Japan for two years and taught English. She lived close to Nagoya.
I’ve never been but I would get a lot of vending machine toys if I went.
Thank you very much, sir!
THAT’S AWESOME! I would love to do something like that…
of course it would probably help if I could speak Japanese…
AND if my English was a little better.
I’d love to visit Japan in Winter and build a snowman on the street! ^-^ HeeHee
By the time winter rolls around I usually feel like I am a snowman in the street!
BRRRRRRRRRR! It’s COLD out there!
I’d bet you would be “Big in Japan”. (Alphaville reference. Sorry.)
Another great creation by you!
Oh, man… another one I haven’t seen!
I’d be so out of the loop in Japan
(as I am here)!
Thank you so much, Ms. D!
I’ve never used digital tablets. I do have some so called time-released vitamin tablets in the cabinet.
Mine are chewable.
Well done ! Down in the corner add “Made America” .
Thank you very much!
Ha! I thought I had covered that up with a sticker!
Yes a trip to Japan sounds excellent SIG
of course as for your question on illustrations,
well you’ve seen my creativeness with that
terrible looking Werewolf sketch and so I will
Yes a trip to Japan sounds excellent SIG 🙂
Have a great evening and weekend 🙂
I thought your sketch was quite well done, A.G…
please don’t be so hard on yourself…
I am very impressed by both your creativity and your artistic ability!
My thanks to you, sir!
Really? You’d like to visit Japan? I have a cousin that’s a photographer that has done a lot of work there. I’ll look up his website so you can see. I think you would enjoy his work. He has worked for the best fashion magazines in the world!!
until then Sayonara!! I don’t know if I spelled that right, lol!
There are many, many places I would like to visit, but Japan is definitely way up there on my list.
That would be wonderful, Juana – I would love to see your cousin’s website… it sounds absolutely amazing!
My dear friend, here is my cousin’s, Jose Aragon, website
He is a great photographer, but he is an even greater person. Very down to earth! Let me know what you think ok?
I hope you and Anabelle had a great Thanksgiving 🙂 By the way… how is her book coming along?
Thank you so much for sharing this, Juana!
Let me just say… WOW! It’s funny, when I see work of that caliber I go back and fourth between being absolutely inspired and yet feeling depressed (about how impossibly far I still have to go and fearing I will never get there)! Absolutely stunning – the kind of images I really lack the words to praise properly! Did I mention WOW?!
Why thank you again! We had a nice Thanksgiving, and we hope that you and your family had the happiest of holidays as well!
Annabell had put her book down for a while to regroup, but she is back at it as we speak (and it seems to me to be coming along very nicely as I’m sure your book is, too, Juana)!
So when do we leave? 😛
Plus a decade or so.