Still very busy with some new and old projects and other things to do. It is kind of funny and exciting, how stories, ideas and other stuff has been burried within me for such a long time, but now literally flows out of me, mixing up with my "me" and life experience in these days. Sometimes it makes my poor head dizzy, but it's also great fun.
Here is now some new art-work from me. It took me longer to finish than usual, because I worked on other things as well... and the waterbased oils I used there also took some time to dry, before I could paint the next layer.
Well, here it is, Done with polychromos pens, waterbased oils, watercolor and airbrush on paper.
ere is my first painting for 2018. Again a Fox, this time with Sakura. Done with Polycromos, watercolor, pens, waterbased Oils and airbrush on paper.
It was my first experience using waterbased Oilcolor and I'm amazed, that it reall feels like regular oils. I just bought Titanum White so far, but I think I'll get myself a whole set on my next birthday ^^
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Just in case you are wondering, what I'm up to at the moment, I'm currently working on the third fox commission and since April on a VERY, VERY old project of mine, which is still very dear to me. It's a comic called "Shadowpath" and I started this in 1995 and stopped in 1999. Now I dug out the old pages and realized I HAVE to redraw and finish it as my characters have suddenly decided to jump up and down in my head again telling me, what they did in the past 20 years and how the story will continue up to now.
In fact, most of them were in my head already, when I was 15 or so, they helped me through times, when I was bullied, misunderstood and alone. They were MY very motivation to start drawing and painting, because they wanted me to tell their story and I went on a lot of epic journeys with all of them. Some died, some new ones came in and I feel honored that some close friends of mine encouraged me to carry on and even went together with my characters and me on that crazy journey.
I never spoke here about this story or that I also did and do comic ever. Simply, because it all slept very deep until the beginning of 2017 and simply because I will probably never publish it, but as I said before, I always take good and trusted friends on a ride to join my charactes and me on that crazy journey, where there is no good no bad, just different shades of shadow. ^^
Just giving you a very small snippet here. The original story (Part 1) is actually over 500 pages and still going on and on and contains lot's of characters. I'm now redrawing page 244 and having so much fun ^^
AND I was really lucky with the paper of my newfound art supply store here.
At first, I was a little bit frightened to do a polychromos/mixed media painting on a 90x60cm Format, but the paper turned out to be very smooth and just great for those pens and also for the blending pen.
I will keep that in mind for my next group show in January.
On top of that, I'm very, very busy at the moment. Working on 2 comic projects... covers and illustrations and one more commission.
Will be an exciting Summer for me.
Done with polychromos pens, acrylics, watercolor, postercolor and airbrush on thick paper
I'm still amazed how much fun it is to work with Polychromos pencils combined with "mixed media" like airbrush and postercolor. In December I worked on a few new paintings. Now I gut the big 120 pencil set as X-mas present from my father.
Looking Forward to do more with those pens soon ^_^
So much is happening at the moment... and I can finally announce a very special and wonderful project, I was able to take part in to my German friends:
Ich freue mich RIESIG, daß ich die Möglichkeit hatte an dem wunderbaren Projekt von Alexander Grun mit 2 Illustrationen mitzuwirken. DANKE !!!
Das Buch kann man nun bei Amazon bestelle. Der Erlös geht komplett an Herzenswünsche e.V
Hoffnungsschimmer – Im Dunkel ein Licht
Das Leben hält für jeden von uns wundervolle Momente bereit. Doch jeder Lebensweg führt auch über steinige Pfade. Wir verlieren Menschen, die für uns die Welt bedeuten. Treffen falsche Entscheidungen oder haben Träume, die in so weite Ferne gerückt sind, dass wir das Gefühl bekommen, sie nicht erreichen zu können.
In der ersten Hoffnungsschimmer-Anthologie finden Sie Geschichten, Gedichte und Illustrationen über Menschen, denen es ebenso ergeht. Über Kinder, die ihre Ängste überwinden müssen, um ihre Träume leben zu können. Über Kinder, die sich selbst aus einer Hölle befreien, in die sie hineingedrängt wurden. Über Mädchen und Jungen, die schwer krank sind, aber jeden einzelnen Moment genießen möchten, der ihnen noch bleibt. Über Männer, die in den Krieg ziehen, sich jedoch nichts sehnlicher wünschen, als ihre Familien in den Arm zu nehmen. Und über Frauen, die erst durch das Wunder eines heranwachsenden Lebens spüren, was wirklich wichtig ist.
Es sind Geschichten darüber, wie bedeutsam Hoffnung ist. Wie wichtig es ist, sie zu bewahren und nicht zu verlieren. Aber vor allem: Wie wichtig es ist, niemals aufzugeben!
Der komplette Erlös wird an den Verein Herzenswünsche e.V. aus Münster gespendet, der schwer kranken Kindern und Jugendlichen ihre sehnlichsten Wünsche erfüllt.
In Hoffnungsschimmer finden Sie
Geschichten und Gedichte von:
Alexander Grun, Ava Innings, Bernd Daschek, Bettina Schott, Charlotte da Silva, Curly Sue Glander, Doreen Kirsche, Dorothe Reimann, Grete B., Jil Aimée, Jörg Olbrich, Katharina Rambeaud, Linda Marie Haupt, Mila Summers, Miranda Rathmann, Nicole C. Vosseler, Rose Snow und Stefanie Heggenberger.
Corinna Herntier, Csilla Decsei, Frida Adriana Martins, Julia Takagi, Mary Cronos und Melanie Stoll.
I'm falling more and more in love with the polychromos pens. Working with them alone, is not really my cup of tea though, but combining them with my usual "mixed media" technicque is so much fun !!! ^_^ Worked on this one for several days... done with acrylics, airbrush, watercolor and Polychromos pens.
Now I finally have more time again to paint and a few days ago I decided to buy Polychromos pens. I never thought it's so much fun to work with them, especially when you combine them with other media, like waterolor or airbrush.
I was totally amazed and blown away, that I instantly sold two of my works with them.
I'll definetelly work more with them in the future.
Just want to share the new postcards with my motives, which will be available at www.kreativ-kosmos.de in early June. For orders outside Germany, please contact the shop directly via E-Mail. Worldwide shipping is definetelly possible.
Die deutsch-japanische Freundschaft geht in die zweite Runde!... Heute habe ich die Druckfreigabe von Julia Takagi erhalten und diese 3 Motive zum Drucken losgeschickt. Diesmal handelt es sich nicht um Briefpapier, sondern um wunderschöne Motiv-Postkarten. Diese werden voraussichtlich ab 06.06.2016 auf www.kreativ-kosmos.de zu einem unschlagbaren Preis von je 1,00€ zu kaufen sein. Vorbestellungen werden gerne entgegen genommen.
Done with Acrylics, Airbrush and Watercolor on Paper.
Size is 32x22cm
Right now I'm working on all kinds of different projects. Do Illustrations for some more books, translation and also a project which has to do with cooking.
Not much time for painting, but sometimes I HAVE to sit down and finally bring something down on paper. This one literally flew out of me and was sold to a wonderful friend, who already has a nice place for it. ^_^
Well, before the year ends, I want to update my blog a little. This year was filled with a lot of events, especially in the last 3 months. As you can see I gave an interview for the Fukuoka Bi-ki newspaper about German X-mas and X-mas traditions.
Beside that I finally did some painting again:
And I did 3 illustrations for a book featuring horror, love and crime-stories written by
Constantin Dupien and illustrated by Melanie Stoll and me:
You can purchase the book here (German language only):
My name is Julia Takagi (高木ユリア) I'm actually from Germany, my husband is Japanese and we live in Japan since 2005. One of my greatest passions is painting. I had several exhibitions (solo- and groupshows) in Germany (Wiesbaden, Hofheim), Japan (Hakodate, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Makurazaki), Korea (Seoul and Cheong Ju at the ICA 2010) and two in the USA (LaGrange, Georgia). The beautiful nature of Japan inspires me and I paint almost every day.
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