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


70 thoughts on “Fujiyama

  1. 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!

    • 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).

  2. 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.

    Deb xx

    • 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!

    • 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Love your illustration, SIG. Nicely done. I’d love to visit Japan one day, especially during the cherry blossom season.

    Welcome back!

  7. 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.

  8. 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
    just say…

    Yes a trip to Japan sounds excellent SIG 🙂

    Have a great evening and weekend 🙂


  9. 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)!

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