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A word from wotto: I love designs like this, simple but with a deeper meaning. Doctor J has the same thoughts as me. I too hope that at some point there was a Taotie beast roaming around China eating stuff. It was a pleasure working with this artist and I suggest you abide my the Taotie and snap this one up.
Tell us a little about this design.
As it happens, I love all styles of Asian art, but I am always particularly fascinated by the art from the earliest periods of Chinese history. This mask design is loosely based off of a recurring Shang bronze decoration known only as the "taotie mask". I like to think that the taotie was an actual, mythical beast that lived back in 3000 B.C. that we just haven't uncovered paleontological evidence of yet.
Where in the world are you?
I live in good 'ol Virginia, United States.
What is your favourite medium?
Well, definitely pencil and ink first--I haven't worked up to drawing completely freehand on my Wacom yet, but Wacom+photoshop is always my next step after a good pen and pencil drawing.
Which superhero power would you like the most and why?
I think about this a lot, and my answer's actually pretty obscure. In Japan, there's a superhero called Kamen Rider who has a belt that magically gives him a super suit and a bunch of powers including super strength and speed. So I think if I could just get one of those belts, that would be great.
Who is the best villain ever?
Hands down, Megatron from the original Transformers. His crackly Frank Welker voice plus his giant Fusion cannon just made him such a great bad guy to behold (see below :P).
What was the last song you listened to?
That would be "Night Court" by Mux Mool.
"The gentleman is not a utensil." --Confucius
Who has been the best client you have designed for?
I like non-profit groups/organizations. They usually don't pay or pay very little, but they're always just so happy and content with whatever you come up with. It's a nice morale booster.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Easy. Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese woodblock print artist...but he's dead.
How many t-shirts do you own?
Haha. Too many to count. I probably own around 100 shirts, give or take. If I can get it up to 365, I'll never have to do laundry again.
Which website do you go to everyday?
Well, I check Gmail (does that count?) just about every minute, but other than that, probably Facebook. Pretty sad, I guess.
Want to promote a website/someone/yourself?
I've just started a blog--Doctor J's Predilection Prescription (itsdoctorj.blogspot.com). There's not much to it yet, but I plan on updating frequently with my art and musings. So please check often!