Here is a fun digital project we facilitated with 2nd and 3rd graders. Students used iPads and a drawing app to create artworks about "home." The students were so creative and intuitive working with the digital medium. The work will be auctioned at the school gala to raise money for education.
I recently completed a digital-drawing commission for a real estate client in New York City. The drawing was printed on canvas and framed. The piece is displayed behind the concierge desk in the lobby of a residential building.
This week's issue of Real Change features my latest work, which is now on view at Populuxe Brewing through Jan. 31st. Thank you to Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project and staff writer Lisa Edge for the feature.
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I am printing a selection of my digital drawings that, until now, have lived online. I will be showing my work at a local space in early January, so I have begun the process of selecting drawings to print. More details coming soon.
This is a drawing of Mean Sandwich, a new eatery on Leary near the 15th Ave overpass.
Drawn by Akira Ohiso on the Sketches II iPad app using an index finger.
I find photos via real estate sites, Google Earth and general searches to match my childhood memories in Port Washington, NY. Buildings, homes and businesses show hints of the past I remember, but also fill in the blanks I have forgotten. I am working in black and white because it reminds me of film negatives. My father saved thousands of negatives in Kodak photo envelopes, which he never reproduced again. I used to think of my parents' childhoods in black and white. My kids have asked me from time to time if my childhood was in black and white.
Here are more drawings from my Port Washington series. I spent a lot of time with friends exploring the neighborhoods and town of Port Washington. On most weekends and summer vacations, we were left to our own devices without parental supervision. On motocross bikes, we spent countless hours wandering and roaming to places where kids are shunned today by rules and regulations. Disclaimers, closed-circuit cameras, and security fences abound.
The drawings I feature are not necessarily historic or of cultural importance to Port Washington, but they hold my memories of a seventies childhood.
Akira was hired to illustrate "neighborhood" scenes for a client's weekly newsletter. Four different illustrations were created for email marketing and banner campaigns on Google Ads and The New York Times homepage.
The digital art medium allows artists to collaborate without the need to be in a studio together. Here is a digital collaboration with artist Lucifervibes. This is our second collaboration. It begins with one of us emailing a visual. We layer the piece until we are both happy with the work. The process is exciting because it requires me to work outside of my own visual language.
Here is our first collaboration.