A-Z Challenge – C

C is for “Chop”

hanko-seal-chop

The term “chop” is a common name for a stamp used in Asian cultures which shows your name. Here are two “Gagō-in” that I have… the one on the left is from my grandfather, who was an artist and art teacher when he was alive. In the chop he gave me, the family name “Fujimoto” is written above the letter “B”, and I have used this in some of my paintings that I did when I was in art school. This chop is one of my cherished possessions. The other chop is one that I bought when I visited Hong Kong, and it is a more stylized version, left-to-right, and my first name below.

These two are not used in official documents – for that, my wife and I have another smaller seal, called a Mitome-in, which is used to sign documents in Japan. I won’t display that here, of course, but it’s really nothing special. I think we bought it at a stationery store for ¥1,000.

Below is a photo of the chop that I bought in Hong Kong. It’s made of stone, and has a really nice dragon carving on the top. I think it’s pretty cool!

Black Dragon

 

Japanese horror cosplay

I really like her twitter feed! Amazing transformations into Japanese horror manga characters.

Decorating

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hello, how’s it going?

Today I finally received the stickers I ordered from Red Bubble. They were a couple days late because UPS delivered the envelope to the wrong local post office. But, I am happy with the quality of these stickers, although I wish they were a tiny bit smaller – mainly because they are a little too big to put on the inside wrist-rests next to the track-pad. For the outside, they are the perfect size though!

In the top photo you can see the cover stickers – the black and white band is SCANDAL, and the purple one is a drawing based on Morning Musume’s 『時空を超え 宇宙を超え』. I didn’t know that it was from Morning Musume until after I bought it, but I like the connection – they are one of my good friend’s favorite groups.

Below is a photo of the sticker that is on the bottom of the Chromebook. It’s Yui from K-ON! It looks like she got squished, so it’s perfect for underneath the laptop! Funny, isn’t it?

Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
Cedar Park, 2016

Anyways, I am having a lot of fun with my laptop. It’s great. I love it.

Well, it’s almost mid-week. Let’s have a good Wednesday!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

Sunday creativity

"Drawing" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“Drawing” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Good evening! How was your Sunday? Mine was great!

Today I woke up early, made some coffee, and started working on a little drawing on the computer while everyone else was still asleep. It was a lot of fun! It brought back so many memories of using my old Wacom Art Z II tablet. The picture I am working on is kind of a funeral scene in the winter snow… a little morose I guess, but it just turned out that way. I am re-learning how to use the tools and trying to improve my drawing skills. And of course, practice is important with everything! I’m not sure how far I will take this particular image, but it’s a start at least. So nice to get back into this kind of art!

"Snow and woman-2016-02-21" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
“Snow and woman-2016-02-21” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

You know, I have been into photography now for a long time and I haven’t really done any other art since my 20s. I guess my interests changed over time, but it’s funny… it can change again. Maybe I will do more computer art! It’s a lot of fun and there is a lot of freedom in it… much more than photography. I wonder as I do more drawing and painting with the computer, what my thoughts will be… how will it be different now that I am in my forties as opposed to when I was in my twenties. I’m excited to find out! (And how will I think about photography in my 60s? and so on…) ❓

Well, it’s time to get some rest so that I can have a good Monday. I hope you have a nice day!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/50 sec, ISO6400
Moderna Museet

I recently went on a business trip to Stockholm and on my day off I visited Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art). I haven’t been to an art museum in some time, so coming here brought back memories of the time in my life when I frequented LACMA and MOCA in Los Angeles. I really enjoyed the museum in Stockholm, especially the opportunity to view some Picassos that I studied in art school. And I was pleasantly surprised to find Modigliani’s “Seated Woman in Blue Dress”! I love this painting!

Modigliani and Picasso
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/90 sec, ISO6400
Modigliani and Picasso

This particular gallery was so overwhelming to me, with a nice selection of cubist and modernist paintings. I spent about half an hour just in this space alone. It was a highlight of this particular trip to Sweden!