Iron Sakura – A Visit to the Past

Some time ago I was digging through some old stuff from college days and I came across this:


It was one of my early forays into comic art while I was still college.  This was a character design artwork for one of the original comics I had produced to present at portfolio pieces.  I had since forgotten about it as time swept by and circumstances changed its course beyond my expectations.

Now today I’ve picked this up from my old stash, and I was swept up in wind of nostalgia for a brief moment, for the day as that nerdy twentysomething college art student trying to make it big in the world of comics and animation.  Then I examined this piece and was pleasantly surprised at how well I had rendered this with ink and watercolor on illustration board.  So I thought I’d share a bit of my past with you all.  I’ve also managed to fish out the comic pages that accompany this.  I will share that with you next time.

P.S.  See the two Kanji letters on the top right?  It means “iron” and “sakura”.


Published by theartistaslisalee

Lisa Lee is an artist and writer based in Southern California. She was educated at Cal State University Long Beach where she received her BFA in Illustration, and originally focused her career goal in animation and/or comic books. After eight years freelancing on various projects from web graphics to concept art she now devotes full time to painting and drawing as well as writing and producing graphic novels. She combines her past experiences in animation and graphic art with the elements of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Much of her style revolves around Expressionism and Pop Art, and she treats each piece independently of one another; in short, she uses different styles and techniques for different subject matters. Her interests spans a wide array, from social and political issues, popular culture, movies, history, mythology, and her own personal experiences. She tends to shift back and forth between the light and the dark side; her work will often reflect her mood. When not associating herself with art Lisa enjoys movies, listening to music, driving around aimlessly, and occasionally dabbles on weird hobbies such as cooking, jewelrymaking, and picking weeds.

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