Making Art of Ueno Zoo | Process

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been developing a map of Ueno Zoo

(based on the current layout as I don’t have a reference for the layout from 1943-45). | Ueno Zoo Map

The dark shades are indicating where I’ll place the keys for the 29 animals destroyed from Ueno Zoo. This map is be like a guide through my book (Illustory of the Silent Victims).

So I’m yet to work out further details….


Philately Inspired

September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Japanese World War Two Philately.

So stamps and letters and other documents. These have such beautiful detailed textures and resonates that world war two presence…

Here are some of the these I’ve been using as references…

you can look at more at these websites | Baxley Stamps | National Diet Library |


September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

This illustration is also unfinished but it’s meant to represent the hippopotamus pool that was emptied to dehydrate and destroy the hippos. I’m not sure how I can make it more feeling towards these poor creatures.

Stamping Illustory

September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been neglecting this blog…

But here are some impending editions that are still a working progress. I’ve been inspired to use Japanese World War Two philately to frame the animals within a portrait that alludes to anthropomorphic qualities. Many of those original stamps feature an imperial figure framing them in a commemorative manner, and I want to give these animals that same sense of importance as a visual tribute to their memory.

Ali of the Magnificent Pair

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ali the Lion…

I’ve been trying to illustrate Ali the Lion with the right balance of Japanese patterns and visual hierarchy. The first one look too Indian, even though I’m using Japanese patterns that I have referenced. The second is perhaps more Japanese but also perhaps too dense with the detail of patterns. But I’ll keep working to try and develop with a illustration style that I’m happy with.


Tree of Life

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been developing a system…

to give the book more structure and context. I’ve been looking a traditional Japanese crests to encompass a design that separates the different sections (stories). So far I’m going with the tree and with each section is for a different story of an animal of Ueno Zoo. Within each section has a certain number a strokes to mark the number of animals destroyed before the time of that particular animal’s story. This is based on the table of Ueno Zoo’s destroyed animals in Itoh’s book. I’m still working on the look of this system and see if I can take this visual further…

Illustrated Pattern

September 1, 2011 § Leave a comment


I tried making my own page of traditional Japanese pattern…

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