Sunday, December 20, 2009

Album Art for fit's "Today Is, Tomorrow Is Not"

The (intentionally lowercased) band fit is "a progressive rock band formed in September 2006, based out of Tokyo, Japan. Consisting of members from three countries (Canada, United States, and Japan) the band blends a mixture of different backgrounds for a full, original sound, much greater than just the sum of it's parts. Stretching across genres including hip-hop, rock, pop, alternative, funk, and metal, fit's musical range fires wide and unrestricted."

Check out fit here! ( and on Facebook, too.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Mascot concept for PRAP, Tokyo

Part of PRAP's campaign to secure a major soybean client, they commissioned this mascot concept. And in a break from my usual style, I think I managed to make something that would qualify as cute! They were awesome to work with, and I hope to again soon.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hosokawa Illo for Kansai Scene

"Hosokawa: The First Ronin Prime Minister" (Seeing Ourselves Through Hosokawa)
Pencil and digital, 2009

This is a full page-illustration for Kansai Scene, published November 2009. For the article "Hosokawa: The First Ronin Prime Minister".

This piece features a former Japanese Prime Minister who, in 1993, was the first and only one to accomplish what many thought to be the impossible: gaining power for his Democratic Party of Japan. This was such a feat because it was the first time since WWII that anyone besides the Liberal Democratic Party had this power. Did it last? No, the entrenched LPD put him thru the ringer, dug up/created dirt on him, and essentially destroyed him as PM, forcing him to resign after only 8 months - one of the shortest terms for the post ever.

Why does this matter today? Because the DPJ again has power - real power - for the first time since Hosokawa's 93 attempt. Many are calling this Japan's chance to have a "real" democracy for the first time in its history, where the elected officials have the power they are intended to have, and the bureaucrats do not.

I guess we'll see what happens. Check out this article when it's published for a really interesting analysis of this situation.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween 09!

Quick peak at this year's costume from last night...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Japanzine - Cover and 2 Interior Illustrations!

Cover for Japanzine, October 09

Download the issue for free,

My cover above is based on this old print by a Japanese artist named Utagawa Kuniyoshi. I saw his triptych with the skeleton (first in a book, then later in person at a museum) during my time in Japan, and loved it. I has since wanted to draw my own versions, mostly for the fun of it, and the Japanzine cover gave me that chance!

Illustrations for Japanzine, October 09
Article written by Ken Aichi

"Eating Fugu (Blowfish)"

Illustration for Japanzine, October 09

From the article, written by Ken Aichi:
9. Eating fugu
Designated by the Japanese government as a “living national treasure” for his work as a prominent kabuki actor, Bando Mitsugoro VIII wanted to show off how much fugu he could eat and not die. He demanded a few too okawari and, well, died. His demise came after four plates of fugu liver prepared by a chef who felt he couldn’t possibly refuse the requests of a “living national treasure”, even if that attitude turned him into a dead one...

"Choking on Mochi (a sweet rice paste and popular Japanese desert)"

From the article, written by Ken Aichi:
7. Choking on mochi
In 2007 alone, four old people died after not chewing their New Year’s mochi properly, with many more hospitalized. The toll of old mochi victims has become something of an annual event, as news reporters inevitably tell the nation how “This year 'x' old dudes left us because of failing to sufficiently masticate their rice paste.” If mochi gets stuck in an old person’s oesophagus, the best bet is to hold a vacuum cleaner to the rojin’s mouth and turn the power on. (A few years ago, an old relative of a Japanzine’s writer’s wife was killed by mochi; the deceased’s family still look back and laugh at the silliness of it – it’s become something of a comical source of pride for his descendants.)

Metropolis Illustration - Kappa!

Pencil and digital, 2009

Spot illustration for Metropolis Magazine, (to be) published on October 16, 2009.

(An updated/more polished version of this earlier sketch.)

For Metropolis Magazine's "Last Word" this week, readers can enjoy a wonderful Halloween-ish piece about the importance of yokai
in Japanese culture, written by Matt Alt. He, along with Hiroko Yoda and Tatsuya Morino, produced a great book (which I happily own) called "Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide". Check it out.

For more info on this awesome member of our cryptozoological community, see here.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sooner or Later

"Sooner or Later"

Pencil and digital, 2007

For the NYC band Agua Trip’s "Genetics Release Concert and Fundraiser", 20 artists contributed artwork, each based one of the 20 songs from Agua Trip's new "Genetics: A Visual Songbook".

These companion pieces were displayed at Aqua Trip's concert/art show/multimedia extravaganza held in Times Square on Nov. 5, 2008. Those lucky enough to have been within the NYC vicinity uniformly reported an amazing night.The concert/multimedia art event benefitted CONNECT, an NYC–based non–profit organization dedicated to the prevention and elimination of family and gender violence.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Metropolis Illustrations Published!


The August 21, 2009 edition of Metropolis Magazine is on the streets! In Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and points in-between, you can now find my Cover+7 full-page interior illustrations - all about the most famous Japanese political scandals ever. The article comes now, just a week before elections here will decide on the next round of seijika (politicians) who will have their own shot at fulfilling the adage about power corrupting...

Text by C.B. Liddell
Art Director: Kohji Shiiki
All images' media are drawing and digital.

Cover (1 of 8 images)
This one shows Kakuei Tanaka, former Prime Minister and so called “paragon of corruption.” (more info on him further in...)

Lineup (2 of 8 images)
Intro page to the 6 page feature article.

The Usual Suspects

From suicide by dog leash to drunken sprees in the Vatican, Japan beats the world when it comes to political scandals

Text by C.B. Liddell

Illustrations by Chip Boles

Power is said to corrupt, absolute power to corrupt absolutely. But in Japan, just getting elected seems to have this effect—politicians here have one of the poorest reputations for honesty and integrity in the world. In honor of next weekend’s Lower House elections, we take a colorful look back at some of the country’s most memorable political scandals.
"Kakuei Tanaka" (3 of 8 images)
The wide-ranging Lockheed scandal, involving a diverse cast of politicians, businessmen and yakuza fixers, is often seen as the culmination of the career of Kakuei Tanaka, once described by Time magazine as Japan’s “paragon of corruption.” When allegations surfaced in 1976 that the Lockheed Company had been paying billions of yen to secure aircraft contracts, Tanaka had already stepped down as prime minister over an earlier misdemeanor. When eventually found guilty of taking $2 million in Lockheed bribes, in 1983, the former PM was able to stay out of jail thanks to legal loopholes and with the full support of his Niigata constituents, many of whom had benefited from decades of lavish pork-barrel politics.

"Sosuke Uno" (4 of 8 images)
When Sosuke Uno became Prime Minister in 1989, the LDP was reeling from an affair known as the Recruit scandal. The dweeby-looking Uno hardly seemed the man to restore confidence, and support for him started ebbing away almost immediately. The killer blow, however, was struck by his former geisha mistress, Mitsuko Nakanishi, whose revelations about the PM’s arrogance and stinginess were picked up by the media. Divorced before becoming a geisha, Nakanishi clearly had an agenda of her own, telling reporters that Japanese women have “always been beaten down by men and have always quietly endured the pain.”

(Note: For the record, No - I don't think Feminists are big scary monsters - but I'm pretty sure dude here probably thought so... :D )
"Shin Kanemaru" (5 of 8 images)
With yakuza connections, a propensity to “forget” important details after a few drinks, and his own personal mahjong parlor, LDP lawmaker Shin Kanemaru (1914-1996) was the epitome of the crooked political fixer. When Sagawa Kyubin, a growing provincial delivery company with no connections to the old zaibatsu and little political leverage in Tokyo, wanted to make the step up to the big league, Kanemaru was the go-to guy. Distributing billions through late-night mahjong games with other politicians, he was able to set the scene for Sagawa’s meteoric growth, while also choosing a few prime ministers along the way, before scandal downed him in 1992.

"Toshikatsu Matsuoka" (6 of 8 images)
In Japan, suicide is often the honorable way out—but not when you do it like Toshikatsu Matsuoka. In 2007, the then Agriculture Minister was found hanging in his pajamas from a dog leash in a parliamentary dormitory. This followed allegations of bid-rigging, dodgy political contributions, and perhaps the most pathetic excuse in the history of Japanese politics. Asked by reporters why he had claimed ¥29 million for “utilities” for his parliamentary office—where rent, electricity and water are free of charge—he replied, “We’ve installed nantoka (whatchamacallit) rejuvenated water in our plumbing.”

"Shoichi Nakagawa" (7 of 8 images)

Drawing and digital, 2009

(Note: While I imagine Mr. Nakagawa didn't hoist himself all the way up to Laocoön's shoulders, he was said to "molest" the 2000 year old statue of this Trojan priest who
was already having a hard day. I hardly had to invent a scene for this one - the actual events were so perfect for a picture!)
Exemplifying the trend in Japanese political scandals toward the baffling and pathetic rather than the sinister and malign, Shoichi Nakagawa’s inebriated performance at the meeting of G7 finance ministers in Rome in February has nevertheless spawned its own conspiracy theory. Nakagawa’s behavior was so odd—15 minutes after drunkenly dozing off at a press conference, he visited the Vatican Museum, where he crossed a barrier and sat on the famous statue of Laocoön—that some saw it as a concerted attempt to devalue the yen by undermining international confidence in Japan’s financial stewardship.

"Yoshitada Konoike" (8 of 8 images)
Following the Nakagawa scandal, Prime Minister Taro Aso’s poll rating dipped below 10 points, until a financial scandal involving the opposition DPJ saw it bounce back to 30-plus. The surge lasted until May, when it was revealed that Yoshitada Konoike, the 68-year-old deputy chief cabinet secretary, had been using his official rail travel pass to take a younger married woman to a hot spring via shinkansen for a romantic weekend. “It is in my DNA from my grandfather,” Konoike explained to his forgiving constituents. “My father was the same, drank heavily and ran after women. That DNA is in me, too.”

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Decided on the title "Intoxicating"...
pencil and digital, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Indeterminately-Aged Genetically-Atypical Samurai Tortoise

"Indeterminately-Aged Genetically-Atypical Samurai Tortoise"

pencil and digital, 2009

I remember tracing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle over and over out of a Nintendo Power magazine in the 5th grade. I think it was a big part of learning to draw.

Later in Mrs. Bill's Art II class in high school, I chose a particular panel from the original Eastman and Laird TMNT comics as the basis for my clay project, a shot of Raphael perched on the corner of some NYC roof ledge, all cool and stuff.

Anyhow, here's the new one... : J

(and for purists, tho I based dude here on a Box Turtle - Brits and Aussies calls those tortoises)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ladybug Tattoo Design

Ladybugs have always been a powerful images in my friend KGS's childhood memories, linked to influential women in her life. 

For this tattoo design, changing the ladybugs' spots into the initials of 4 of these women makes the idea more personal.  Putting it all into a tattoo makes these personal images into a visible, significant statement.  

And this below isn't a photo of the actual tattoo, but an image I made to see how the design might actually sit on the foot. 

I thought it was a fun idea to try and do the ladybugs in a trompe-l'œil (French for 'trick the eye') level of detail, like they are actually still on her feet after walking thru some tall grass.

(KGS described having the tattoo on one of her feet - but never said which - so, I sent this one with examples on both just in case.) 

~pics of the finished tattoo coming soon!~

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pinup #2

Just drawing today and thinking about posture. Fun.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Picture Experimentation and Osaka Show and Print Info

I'm just taking a few days to play around with this picture, seeing what background and texture change about the basic image.

In other news, my art show in Osaka nears. See this page for solid info:

All are welcome, and my prints will be on sale. As of Friday, May 29, prints are available for 2500 yen (around USD $25.00) each.

All prints are on high quality B4-sized (9.85" x 13.9") semigloss paper. Prints can be pre-ordered - just let me know which one you want:

"Himeji Joe vs. Ultra Takoyaki" ,
"Halloween in Japan" ,
"Happy Place" ,
"Sumo Wrasslin' "

See you there!

Monday, May 25, 2009

My first pinup, an experiment in the unknown...

I finished the drawing tonight, and couldn't help playing with some colors, seeing what different kinds of layers did with hair, etc. Anyhow, as of Day 2, this is where she stands. Still thinking about her background.

Friday, May 22, 2009

May09 Hyogo Times cover, Facebook Fan Page, and Osaka Art Show coming up!!!

Hi all,
Quick note to
1. Post my latest Hyogo Times cover, titled "Sumo Wrasslin' "...

2. to link to my new Facebook Fan Page! Enjoy!

3. Let folks know about my show coming up in Osaka for the month of June. It will be at a shisha bar called L&L, and promises to be a super-chill night for all involved. Details and directions will follow as the date approaches!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Japanzine Art Issue-I'm Profiled!

This month, Japanzine's Art Issue has come out and I'm quite happy to say that I have a 2 page spread it it!  Japanzine selected and profiled 8 foreign-born artists currently living in Japan.  

(The image is probably hard to read, so the text is pasted in below.)


Chip Boles

School: BFA in Drawing at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN; MFA in Illustration at Minneapolis College of Art and Design  
Media: Though I still love and use traditional media, most of my professional work begins as a regular pencil drawing before being scanned into Photoshop, where I add color and otherwise polish the image to its finished state.

What are you presenting here?  
My pieces presented here come from 3 different projects: the 3 images with the small boy come from a children's book that I made for my graduate thesis project, about a small boy who comes to see monsters all around him, and which he learns to deal with and conquer. "TV Man" is a slightly older image made combining my media studies with images I've taken from 1950s ads. "Himeji Joe vs. Ultra-Takoyaki" is part of a series of images I've made during my time in Japan, and this one features the most famous castle in Japan, from my adopted hometown of Himeji. I thought a giant takoyaki would be funny. It's not exactly symbolic of anything, as some have asked - I just like giant monsters.

Why are you doing what you're doing? 
I love the act of drawing, of making something that's in my head. The process itself is a pleasure. I love language and get ideas from everywhere, from things people say. Reacting to life in Japan - becoming familiar with a whole new culture of images with its own aesthetic - has been awesome for my work.  

What are your aspirations?
Some fun, rewarding collaborations with various writers on different comics/picture-stories are really catching my interest now, exploring the ways that words and pictures can together tell stories in ways that no other medium can. I think making and publishing stories is my real next step. 

Our take
Celio: "Boles' work has a strongly defined style: it's filled with volume, weight and wit. His renderings of the human figure in a wide array of situations showcase a masterful use of media to communicate ideas clearly and concisely. His figures are filled with emotion and seem to suck us into the dreamlike worlds his characters inhabit. Fear, sadness, anger, worry, joy, passion are all exquisitely captured and emphasized with dramatic composition. Bold colors and dramatic lighting round off this talented artist's work."


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Map for Wall Street Journal Asia - City Walk: Macau - published Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

This time, I have the final piece for you. Below is the map of Macau that I made for the Wall Street Journal Asia, but have been unable to show until it was published this past Friday. You can see it and the full original on the WSJA website here, as an interactive graphic, and the original travel guide text by Jennifer Welker is pasted in below.

Making this, I learned its challenging to get so much information across in such a small space. Their News Graphics Director found me though my online portfolio and said she thought my style would fit her needs. She also asked me to make something with an oblique shape, around which the layout would be designed. The rest, she said, was up to me.

To make the piece, I started with the icons. Macau is a city that brings together Western and Eastern religions in one place where these cultures lived together. Portuguese Catholics, Chinese Buddhists, and converted Japanese immigrants made for a wide mix of faiths, and therefore churches and their architecture. So I began drawing my own "caricatures" (if you can say that for a building) of many of these churches and temples. These individual drawings of Macau's notable buildings began to come together, and eventually I had too many and even had to cut some.

Other choices included the extra icons of the refreshing beer and the street side painter. These are both sights/experiences that are mentioned in WSJA's article in that general area of the map. I'm happy with the torn cloth shape as a background. I'm working on integrating textures into my images digitally and having them all look natural with my drawings.

The WSJA was really easy to work with and I certainly hope this is the first of many pieces I'll be making for them.
JANUARY 30, 2009

This Former Portuguese Colony Is a Treasure Trove of Religious Sites
By Jennifer Welker
Centuries ago in Macau, people of different faiths -- Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants and Taoists -- built their own unique places of worship within walking distance of one another. Back then, the peninsula measured a mere 2.7 square kilometers. Today, a different kind of construction boom has taken over, and the peninsula is now a "sprawling" 8.9 square kilometers.
As flashy new casinos and splashy resorts nudge their way into the city, these spiritual monuments -- most of which are located in the historic center of Macau, a Unesco World Heritage site -- are evidence of the rich diversity in religious beliefs in this Chinese port city. And they provide a sense of this former Portuguese colony's historic past as you stroll along the colorfully tiled or cobblestoned paths.

Try this walk on a weekday -- preferably Tuesday to Friday -- when there are fewer people and all the sites are open. On weekends, particularly in the afternoons, the crowds can get thick. (Visitors can check on daily opening hours for all churches in Macau by calling the Cultural Affairs office at 853-8399-6699.)

9 a.m. Senado Square
Start your walk at Señado Square along Almeida Ribeiro Avenue (Sun Ma Lo in Chinese). Here coffee houses, restaurants and shops converge on the pedestrian-friendly square with distinct, black-and-white stone tiles designed to look like waves, a reminder of Portuguese adventures at sea centuries ago.

Walk along Senado Square past the Holy House of Mercy on your right and a Starbucks on your left. Turn right into a small lane called Travessa de S. Domingos. As you make your way up this lane, you will find Ou Mun Café (Ou Mun means "Macau" in Chinese) on your right. Locals like to gather here in the mornings before work or for leisurely afternoon conversations with friends (closed Mondays). Enjoy a Portuguese espresso here before you begin your journey.

9:30 a.m. The Holy House of Mercy
Retrace your steps to the Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa de Misericórdia), the white, neoclassical building beside the gray post office. Walk up Travessa da Misericórdia, a beautiful little lane of potted plants that leads to a bust of Dom Belchior Carneiro, Macau's first Catholic bishop and founder of Holy House of Mercy, a charity established in 1569. For centuries, this aid organization played a vital role in helping widows and orphans of navigators and missionaries who perished at sea. The museum within the Holy House of Mercy exhibits historical and religious objects.

From here, return to Travessa de S. Domingos and walk up the lane toward the Cathedral, which boasts two towers and massive doors. It was originally known as Our Lady of Hope of St. Lazarus; today it is known simply as the Cathedral.
Head up the hill until you reach the square, Largo da Sé, which has a fountain. With the square behind you, straight ahead is the Paço Episcopal Bishop's House and at your right is the Cathedral.

The first stone church, consecrated in 1850, was destroyed in a typhoon 24 years later and reconstructed. The Midnight Mass at Christmas and a procession from St. Augustine's Church each February or March are important occasions for the Cathedral. The Bishop's House next door is the administrative seat of the Catholic Church in Macau.

10:30 a.m. St. Dominic's Church
From the Cathedral, turn left and walk down Travessa da Sé, a narrow, downhill lane that will lead you to St. Dominic's Church.

Take note of the Lou Kau mansion, open to the public, on your right. This 1889 two-story home with oyster-shell windows once belonged to a wealthy Macau businessman and has been recently restored. It is a traditional Chinese home, with two courtyards and three separate main halls.

Returning to the religious trail, back on Travessa da Sé, walk to the end of the lane until you reach Rua de S. Domingos, where you will turn left. Walk toward the bright yellow St. Dominic's Church (it has green shutters). Founded in the early 1600s by three Spanish Dominican priests from Acapulco, it is part of the Unesco heritage site. In 1644, a military man who pledged allegiance to the Spanish king was murdered at the baroque altar because he acted in defiance of Macau's decision to remain loyal to Portugal's Dom John IV. The present-day St. Dominic's Church is peacefully packed with people at Sunday Mass. A museum was added to the belfry of the church, which has a collection of some 300 religious relics (open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily).
Step out of St. Dominic's, turn left on Largo de S. Domingos and turn left at the Body Shop store onto Rua da Palha. This road winds its way up to St. Paul's ruins. To your right and left you will encounter row after row of Macanese food specialties for sale, including fresh warm biscuits and sweet slices of dried pork. Antique lovers will enjoy the Chinese furniture shops here. On weekends, though, you can barely move, as throngs of tourists crowd the hill along the way to the Ruins of St. Paul's.

11:30 a.m. The Ruins of St. Paul's
Protected by Unesco, the Ruins of St. Paul's include the facade of the old Church of Mater Dei (Mother of God), which was constructed in 1602 by craftsmen from Japan. Many Japanese Christians sought refuge in Macau in the early 1600s from religious persecution at home. This helps to explain much of the East-West decoration of this so-called "sermon in stone," which features engravings of Western biblical symbols, Chinese characters and distinctly Asian decorations that reflect the interchange of cultures through the Jesuits.
Although St. Paul's burned down in a disastrous kitchen fire in 1835, its solitary baroque facade still stands atop a flight of stairs, one of Macau's most prominent landmarks. This area -- from the top of the stairs to Mount Fortress, which successfully helped to ward off the invading Dutch in 1622 -- was built as an "Acropolis of Macau" by the Jesuit community to further their missionary work in Asia.

At the top of the staircase, face the facade and look to your left to find the small yet significant Na Tcha (the god of the neighborhood) Temple, built in 1888. It doesn't look at all out of place, and instead serves as testament to the Eastern and Western faiths that coexist in Macau. In front sits a large urn -- full of incense -- that bears the characters "St. Paul's" in Chinese. (The temple is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.)

12 p.m. Corner's Wine Bar and Tapas
Around the corner from the Ruins of St. Paul's is the aptly named Corner's Wine Bar and Tapas cafe. Sit indoors or walk upstairs to the rooftop bar where you can gaze out at the facade of St. Paul's, enjoy refreshing drinks, have lunch, and listen to great music.

1:30 p.m. St. Anthony's Catholic Church
Make your way back down the hill and turn left on Rua de D. Belchior Carneiro (directly behind the Ruins of St. Paul's), which leads to St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Pass a school on your left and an elderly persons' home on your right. Walk down a flight of stairs into the residential courtyard of Edificio San Wan (not to worry, you are on the right track) out onto a square. To the right is St. Anthony's.

Founded in the 1560s in honor of the seafarer's favorite saint, St. Anthony's was first built of bamboo and wood planks and is one of the three oldest churches in Macau. Sadly, it has suffered a number of setbacks. An inscription on the wall of the neoclassical-style church reads, "Built in 1608. Burnt in 1809. Rebuilt in 1809. Burnt again in 1874. Repaired in 1875." St. Anthony is also honored as the saint of marriage, and fittingly, many wedding ceremonies are held here (open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily).

As you exit St. Anthony's, turn right, walk around the back of the church and turn left onto Praca de Luis de Camões. Cross the street and you will see the Camões Gardens where locals come to practice tai chi, walk or just chitchat.

The gardens were originally part of property where the chairman of the British East India Co. lived. Once the British left Macau, it was taken over by a local Portuguese merchant who made it his residence. Later, it was donated to the government and opened to the public as a memorial to the great Portuguese poet Luis de Camões.

To the right of the gardens is a small, obscure entrance to the Morrison Chapel and Protestant Cemetery (open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily). This small Protestant chapel, with just 12 pews, black-and-white photos on its walls and swirling fans on the ceiling above, was founded by the British in the early 1800s. Its cemetery sat on property owned by the British East India Co. and renowned British artist George Chinnery is buried here alongside other prominent figures of that time including missionary Robert Morrison, for whom the chapel is named. Morrison translated the Bible into Chinese and compiled the first Chinese-English dictionary.

After you have recharged, walk toward the main road of Almeida Ribeiro Avenue. Before you reach it, turn right into an alleyway -- Rua Sul do Mercado de S. Domingos -- lined with colorful local stalls selling fruit, roasted chestnuts and clothing.

On your right is a wet market; on your left, the unassuming Buddhist temple Kuan Tai (also known as Sam Kau Vui Kun), devoted to the god of war and riches. Located in a neighborhood near Senado Square that was the center of Chinese trade, this temple was used as a meeting place for merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, it is just a temple. Walk inside and you will find a humble red and gold interior with bronze statues, burning incense and a few friendly people.

From here, retrace your steps to Senado Square. Turn right and walk across the main road of Almeida Ribeiro Avenue. As you stand in front of Leal Senado (the former Senate building of Macau), turn right and then make a quick left around the corner onto Calcada do Tronco Velho. Walk up a rather short but steep hill.

At the top, on your left is St. Augustine's Church, founded in 1591 by Spanish Augustinians. Inside is a statue of Christ carrying the cross, the centerpiece of the annual procession to the Cathedral. Attended by thousands, it takes place on the first Sunday of Lent. St. Augustine's was the first church in Macau to hold English Mass and is open for visitors everyday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3:30 p.m. St. Lawrence's Church
From here, walk down Calcada do Teatro and turn right onto Rua de São Lourenço. Follow the signs directing you toward St. Lawrence's Church. As you make your way, you will see the bright pink Macau Government House on your left at the bottom of the hill. Up ahead on your right, at the corner of Rua da Imprensa Nacional and Rua de São Lourenço, sits one of Macau's most beautiful churches, St. Lawrence's.

Built by the Jesuits in the 1560s, it is also one of the oldest churches. The families of Portuguese sailors used to congregate here and pray for their safe return from the sea. Recently restored and painted cream and white, it stands amid a garden of palm trees and boasts two towers, one of which was formerly an ecclesiastic prison, and a Chinese tile roof. (The church is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.)

—Jennifer Welker is a writer based in Macau.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wall Street Journal Asia and more

-I have just completed an illustration for the Wall Street Journal Asia, a map for their City Walk section.  I don't think I can post the image now, but once its published, I'll will post it and the process for it, too. 

-Also, Himeji Joe vs. Ultra Takoyaki will be featured in the Art Issue of Japanzine come April. They seem like a great magazine and site with a lot of very relevant, interesting articles focusing on life in Japan with a foreign audience in mind.  I'm very excited by the chance to connect with more and more Japanese publications like this.  

In the meantime, I'll leave you with Squiddy Octopants, my new friend that I saved from the takoyaki shop...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Art Design Award at Himeji Art Museum Prefectural Competition

Yay! Just found out that the updated version of my piece "Himeji Joe vs. Ultra Takoyaki" has won an award in the Himeji Art Museum Prefectural Competition. Awards were given from various civic offices in each of 7 categories. I entered mine in the design area and found out this weekend that it received the award from Himeji's equivalent of the Chamber of Commerce.

This is the updated version of the older September 08 Hyogo Times cover. I inserted drawn versions of elements that had previously been altered photographs, including the city background and the two figures in the octopus' arms.