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Model Muse Search

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I’m in search for a Model Muse once again, and as always it may take quite some time until I finally find one.

Why? Because to me, finding a Muse in a way is no different than finding that genuinely special someone based on friendship and trust. Also a partner in crime if you will.

One who’s willing to stick by your side through thick and thin.
One who has an open-mind that’s non-judgemental while being somewhat forgiving.
One who knows no boundaries and is not afraid to be spontaneous all while being laid back enough to let nature take it’s course.
And last but not least…
One who can be themselves while allowing you to be you.

May it be big or little, an Artist can often undergo many transitions within their career path. It’s in our very nature that we constantly seek to create something that is fresh and exciting. Yet, at times we find ourselves frustrated and hopelessly “stuck” in our old ways often due to how society labels us. We become increasingly afraid to take bigger risks and bolder moves as we’re slowly cornered into the same ol’ repetitive monotony.  Which… is why you’ll see us revisiting our roots to hone our skills time to time, rediscovering ourselves and rebuilding from there.

A Muse in such cases become extremely vital to our creative growth. They are much more than just a pretty face… they are the very definition of what a Muse is supposed to be: Someone who inspires.

And to me, this differs for each and every person. No Muse is ever the same.

May it be someone who can stimulate the mind or someone who can emotionally captivate you through their expression… Whatever quality they may possess, I draw no line between a rookie and a pro.

I could care less about the status or how many followers one may have. If one has the  qualities I mentioned above, the “spark” that I’m looking for and the passion to make Art happen: I’m game.

“Big Guns & Pink Bubble Gum”

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Before Anime hit mainstream… Before I became a Photographer… I was once long ago a Manga / Anime Artist. (Among many things)

In fact, it was a childhood dream of mine to become a Manga Artist, so I actually went to school as a Cartoon Major at the School of Visual Arts in New York.   At the time I was considered rather “different” since most of my peers were focused on drawing spandex super heroes while I drew anime girls with big guns and pink bubble gum.

However… I remember struggling… struggling for acceptance while simultaneously trying to be different.

Being an American born Japanese Artist, I remember there were times where I seemed “Foreign” in the eyes of both the Americans and the Japanese. Of course, there was a lot of prejudice not only towards my culture… but towards my artwork as well.

“Why is it that you draw people with outrageously disproportionate eyes with pink colored hair?” was the common question.

It was rather funny to me at the time since Anime & Manga’s roots came from the great Osamu Tezuka (best known for “Astro Boy”) and his influences came from America’s own… Disney!  Oh the irony! Those big eyes that Donald Duck had went to Japan and back!

I eventually struggled some more however… I was tired of being “labeled” so I finally developed a Cross-Cultural breed style of drawing tag naming  myself “Moon”.  The style was inspired heavily by a mixture of Anime, Graffiti, the Comic Tin Tin, and the classic Art Deco style of Alphonse Mucha.

Most of my 1990′s to the early 2000′s I continued with this style, while having an alternate persona named “FrizzyCube”.  FrizzyCube was originally an AOL screenname I made for shits and giggles… but eventually became my tag name for the Anime style I started out with. I guess in some ways… my love for this type of art could never leave me.

Professionally… I was torn between the two styles. I loved them both but was a struggle and a half to maintaining them simultaneously.

So what happened to that career? What happened to those two styles?

Well… I got involved in a start-up company (which I will leave nameless)… leading the creative department…  investing “all” my artwork & designs; my everything.  To me it was my biggest
chance of making it out there again…  the way I want it, whenever I want it.

Despite the positive results in publishing some books and such… alas… not only was I taken for granted but my work was legally taken advantage… eventually forcing me to leave the company with empty hands.

I felt robbed of my dreams… the blood sweat and tears that went in to it… all gone… in an instant.  Those empty hands could no longer hold a pen.

But little did I realize later… those hands were not entirely empty. So long as I had my creativity, and the ability to make things happen…
it didn’t have to be a pen to create characters… emotions… or stories. I had my Camera.

Ironically… my first camera was a borrowed one from the start-up company itself when I was shooting product shots.  That eventually lead to shooting people of course…

And so… FrizzyCube lives today… perhaps not with those Big googly anime eyes but being “Animated” with ideas and dreams. Hells to the F*cking YEAH!!!

The moral of the story… never hand over your dreams to anybody or else the dream is not yours anymore. And the other moral of the story… there’s always a second chance; just never stop believing in yourself!