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Consistently producing content on a regular basis is hard. Even when you have materials on hand, there are other steps that must be done ...

More Kyoto Videos

Consistently producing content on a regular basis is hard. Even when you have materials on hand, there are other steps that must be done before you can hit that "PUBLISH" button. It is important for me to deliver quality content, and often times I have to settle with something that is just "meh."

For the remaining videos of my trip to Japan, I decided to scrap the narrations. I shot these videos in lieu of taking hundreds of photos - thinking that it'll be easier. It is not.

Anyway... here are parts 4 and 5 from the Kyoto leg of my Japan trip back in October. 

Part 4: Yasaka Shrine



Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja), also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District.

Part 5: Honganji Temple



Nishi Honganji (西本願寺) and Higashi Honganji (東本願寺) are two large temples in the center of Kyoto. As headquarters of the two factions of the Jodo-Shin Sect (True Pure Land Sect), one of Japan's largest Buddhist sects, they are a good place to experience contemporary Japanese Buddhism.
I have 2 more videos from this trip - from Harajuku and other parts of Tokyo, such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Akihabara.

Portrait: Jesse

This portrait was commissioned by a friend. The portrait is of his partner, former partner Jesse.



By the time I finished this, my friend and his partner had already broken-up. Since I have already been paid for it, I wasn't sure if I should return the money. My thought was that my friend wouldn't have any use for it anymore, or that it might be triggering to have it around. At the same time, I have spent some time creating this and felt that I should be compensated for that. It is the first time that I had to think about whether I'm charging for the piece, for the time spent working on it or both. What should an artist do if the client changes their mind about a commissioned piece?

Portrait: Simon


I've been experimenting with various overlays on my artwork. I used a bokeh effect for this one. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". But for this one, I used it to achieve an effect that makes it seem like the subject was surrounded by small lights.

Good Morning Gion!

There are a couple of people I know who are traveling in Japan right now, and watching their social media feed makes me want to pack-up my bags and board the next plane out of here.

It's been a couple of weeks since my last video post about my trip to Japan.


I miss Japan! I wish I was there right now. I wish I was going there instead of Rome next month.

Quick Draw

Once you get accustomed to a certain style of drawing, it is challenging to try a different one and be satisfied with the result. I'm not particularly happy with this one.  


There are a lot of things that bother me about this. But practice makes perfect, right?

See the full version after the jump.