Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

The theme selected for week two-fourty-two of Operation Graphite will be: Ultraman.

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Right about now, I feel like we need a hero. I also have a wife who is now joking about moving back to Japan. At least I hope she’s joking. So with the Land of the rising Sun and grotesque monsters in mind, Ultraman is one of the first characters that stands out. Actually, Ultraman came up because it was that toy of my son’s that I just stepped on moments ago. You almost had Kamen Rider theme, but we’ll save that one for another time.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Ultraman

All art work is due on Friday, 11.18.16. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.19.16

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Week one-nintey-six of Operation Graphite – theme: Edo Period.

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Often, when people think the Edo Period, they usually think of chanbara films. Since my mind usually wanders towards swords, I am also guilty of thinking that narrow. The woodblock printings that inspired everything from Impressionism in Europe, to modern Manga and comic books thrived in the Edo Period. Many woodblocks depicted monsters of mythology and folklore, and these have always been some of my favorite.

Shock – Spider Yokai

The theme selected for week one-nintey-six of Operation Graphite will be: Edo Period.

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The Edo Period was boring… at least it was for some people. After years of bloody war, peace broke out – which is usually a good thing. However, if your livelihood has been waging war, as was also your father’s and your grandfather’s, there may be a bit of an existential crisis when one finds themselves out of a job. It was a time of artistic and economic development, but it was also a time of isolationism and harsh social order. In cinema it was the age of the wandering samurai, and that is often what people most think of, even though it was much more.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Edo Period.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 12.4.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 12.5.15

Week one-sixteen of Operation Graphite – theme: Samurai

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My time in Nippon is nearing its end. The reverence for samurai history is visible everywhere you go here. Even if a samurai is only as good as the master he serves. like the noble gunfighter of the American West, the ideal samurai image is revered by all.

Contributing Bushi:
Micah – Iai
Shock – Jubei

The theme selected for week one-sixteen of Operation Graphite will be: Samurai.

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Keeping the theme central to the Land of the Rising Sun, it seemed fitting to feature one of the most powerful icons of Japan, the Samurai. The warrior class of feudal Japan, or Bushi, is such an important symbol in modern Japan, even though the age of the Samurai is long past. The complexities of their warrior code may be very alien to westerners, but the bad-ass Samurai archetype is legendary worldwide.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Samurai.

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.22.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.23.13

The theme selected for week one-fifteen of Operation Graphite will be: Japanese Mythology.

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Mythology is a favorite topic, we’ve covered Greek and Norse so far, now it’s time for something from the Far East, or really far West depending on where you’re coming from. Japanese Mythology is pretty much about the same things as all other mythologies are, its all about explaining natural phenomena using giant animals, scaring the crap out of kids with ghost stories, and telling some sort of disturbing moral tale. The raccoons with Giant Scrotums on the other hand, is absolutely unique to Japan. So is the blend of Mythology and Folklore unique, where the Japanese religion is a blend of Shinto Shamanism, and Buddhism; all sorts of myths, legendary creatures, heroes and antagonists coexist.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Japanese Mythology.

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.15.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.16.13