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girl head study

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
This is a 3D girl head study I made in zbrush.



youkai character experiment

This is what I've been experimenting with line and volume on 3D character. I made Yokai 3D character in Japanese old picture scroll style. trying to find good balance between mimicking calligraphy brush line style and 3D volume shading.


vampire boy

 this is a 3D CG character experiment with zbrush. tried not to make it too creepy..


some catch up

I'll post some works while I abandoned this blog. 
This is the image for iphone case selling in Europe.


quick idea sketch

Saturday, October 05, 2013
phew, it's been a while since my last post.
this is some idea sketch wip of  Hag Countess. yeah, Halloween is coming..





womb nostalgia

Monday, October 17, 2011

it's been a while since my last post! well, I don't know what I should start...but I'll post a wood block painting I did for charity auction a while ago.
the theme was "home", the title of my piece was "womb nostalgia".
The auction was for kids in Ghana to have home and education.
http://artblocksghana.blogspot.com/

sketch for an anime character

Thursday, November 11, 2010
it has been so long since my last update!
this was one of my concept sketches for some Japanese anime character.
(she doesn't look so happy because this is the scene she burned dinner : )

train sketch

Sunday, June 27, 2010
some sketches of the people on the train. It's always a good study.

witch doctor in Manhattan

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
these are some of the concept idea sketches I did a while ago for the children's story project "witch doctor in Manhattan". Characters just started to be developed, but the project is up in the air now, so I think I share some sketches here. well, I'd like to keep working on it, also I'm thinking of developing some of the characters into 3D CG model. It should be fun.


current project 2

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
so, here is another personal project I'm working on.
for those who don't know much about Computer Graphics, this is a "digital sculpture" created with a software called zbrush. with this tool, you can create 3D sculpture in your computer by using pen tablet. once you've learned how to use it (and it's not so difficult as you think), you can "sculpt" whatever you want VERY easily as if you paint with a brush... I only spent 3 days on this head.

please allow me to have a little abstract nerdy talk here to explain this project.
since I started dealing with Computer Graphics, I've been thinking more about "reality". this "digital sculpture" looks "real", I can rotate and move it in my computer. but this is actually a set of data consisted of numbers, which is completely different type of existence than what we used to think as a sculpture. it just LOOKS LIKE a sculpture in its appearance.
this makes the definition of sculpture ambiguous. what is the ESSENCE of sculpture?
this is almost the argument of digital/analog issue, which has been discussed for long time.
when I make this "digital sculpture" with zbrush, I'm not making an actual sculpture, but I'm making a "structure" of sculpture - construction of data(numbers). but with this user friendly interface using pen tablet, I see the object in the screen as if I am physically making something almost concrete, individual and solid, but not quite so - my hands can't quite feel it. there is some strange feeling beneath this "sculpting" procedure, and I sort of need to expand my perception to get used to it.
we can see the similar architecture everywhere these days. the good example is the game Wii. we play "sports" half virtually half physically with this game program, looking at TV screen, picturing virtual play field in our minds, and actually using our physical body.
seems like our world is more and more complex - physical and virtual reality are mixed up naturally in our daily experiences. our brains have to accept reality in various shapes and integrate them into one world.
I'm interested in this transformation of our perception of "reality" and how it affects our lives and minds in this postmodern time, and how it changes our future. this project will be one of my experiments to look into this theme in the art field.
....does this make sense? does it sound nerdy?
even though, I will try to create something entertaining with this material.
I'm still playing with this thought - would be glad if you could share your thoughts.
and I don't think I did explain well enough here with my poor vocabulary, so I'll keep posting this subject to describe more.
thanks for reading!

current project..

Saturday, March 13, 2010
this is a sneak preview of my painting project I've been working on.
I've missed working on large size piece like wall paintings, so this is about w38 x H50 inch size.
this is one of the series of portraits of people. this image is an iphone picture and a part of the whole painting (well, my Nikon is under repair;( but I'll post the whole image when I finish the piece.





some old work

I updated the misc section. check it out!
http://motokowadaartblog-misc.blogspot.com/


brownstones to red dirt

Wednesday, March 03, 2010
my colleagues at Blue Sky Studios, David LaMattina and Chad Walker, have created a feature-length documentary titled "Brownstones To Red Dirt", which is about a pen pal program between a group of at-risk sixth graders living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and orphans from the war living in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This Postcard Art auction is an extension of their film. many artists contributed art of original postcards under the same theme of the film in a fundraising effort to build a school for the orphans in Freetown, Sierra Leone and create a library for the youth at their school in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
below is my contribution-
auction is now live at ebay here .
enjoy bidding!
link to the blog & bio ;
http://btorpostcards.blogspot.com/
link to the documentary film;
http://www.brownstonestoreddirt.com/

queen is displeased

Monday, March 01, 2010

drawing

Saturday, February 27, 2010

old man and the desert

Thursday, February 25, 2010

another train sketch

sketches for harpy

Friday, January 15, 2010

train sketch

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

something for halloween

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

train sketch

Thursday, October 15, 2009




creepy? doodle

Sunday, April 12, 2009

drawing

Sunday, September 28, 2008

random doodle

Thursday, September 25, 2008
creepy?


sketch for the earth day

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

water color

Thursday, March 13, 2008

train sketch

Thursday, February 21, 2008


drawing

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


idea sketch for the short story

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

drawing

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

sketch in the bus

Monday, July 23, 2007

dorothy

Friday, December 01, 2006