I’m innocent!

Posted on Saturday 19 April 2008

I have not been so good updating my blog…I know.. As i mentioned my “secret” project I’ve been organizing with Enrico and Ronnie has been taking all my time these days. But I can assure you this will be the best ever project!

Anyhow, I’ll share another “secret project” of mine here!

Well, it was a book cover illustration I did last year. It was an American release of a classic Japanese novel, Season of Infidelity. The collection of stories cover a variety of topics, from hedonism and porn stars to first loves and broken marriages. So I was asked to do a “tasteful” bondage scene.

After being in the animation industry for 10 years, and currently illustrating a children’s book, I had never been asked to do the type of illustration! It was quite a challenge…:)

But what was so funny was that the publisher made a promotional package with a condom with my illustration on it! I never thought my illustration would be on the package of condoms!
I first thought I wasn’t gonna post this but I had to since it just was too funny not to share!

by the way, I updated my Illustration section!

I tried my best to keep this in “fair taste…”

Did my mother expect to see my art on condoms when I was an innocent boy with a mushroom hair cut?

27 Comments for 'I’m innocent!'

  1.  
    April 19, 2008 | 6:26 pm
     

    That’s pretty funny. The image is brilliant, I love the angular way she is laying and of course the pattern on the wall and her is wonderful. Is she smiling?

  2.  
    April 19, 2008 | 6:26 pm
     

    biwx

  3.  
    Anonymous
    April 19, 2008 | 6:54 pm
     

    That is the most beautiful condom wrap I’ve ever seen! hahaha! Though if it was me, I probably would be embarrassed to show it to my mom, umm.

  4.  
    April 19, 2008 | 10:05 pm
     

    nice drawing and colors

  5.  
    JP
    April 20, 2008 | 2:02 pm
     

    Great work from a tricky brief!

  6.  
    April 21, 2008 | 3:22 am
     

    Hahaha, that’s awesome man! For an illustration that you found “challenging”, it sure came out great. Nice illustrations as well. So cool! I like that boxing ring one a lot.

  7.  
    April 21, 2008 | 4:52 pm
     

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha ! SO Frennch….I will easily find you very special client in Paris thank to that kind of racy picture.(My real question is to know if you needed a model for the posing or just used your personal life and imagination ;-)
    but this is tactless (and once again so french)

  8.  
    enrico
    April 21, 2008 | 6:34 pm
     

    eh eh eh … :)

    e

  9.  
    IR
    April 21, 2008 | 10:18 pm
     

    hahaha…..I just can’t stop laughing!
    Mom is usually very proud of seeing her son’s art work appear, but I am not so sure about this case :)
    I also curious about the question that Gerald post above…….either way will be……..innocent? heyhey….

  10.  
    cK
    April 22, 2008 | 1:10 am
     

    Dice,

    Wow, it is a very interesting piece. It must have been challenging piece given the subject matter. In the 90s, I saw a lot of museum art at the Whitney, LA Contemporary Museum of Art intended to provoke just for the sake of “in your face” provocation. I guess that it was pushing the envelope without consideration. In your case, I think that you did a masterful job without purposeful provocation. This piece is sophisticated in that it gives me mixed emotions appreciating the beauty of the background and at the same time, being abhorred (loathed) by the violence on the girl.

    cK

  11.  
    April 22, 2008 | 1:10 pm
     

    Condom packaging…that’s it!!! Forget magazines and book covers, I’m going to cater my work to the condom packaging market…..hahaha Awesome piece Dice, it’s cool to see varies subject matter!
    best,
    -francis

  12.  
    genko
    April 22, 2008 | 3:39 pm
     

    おぉっ!団鬼六センセイの表紙をやるとは!….アッパレです。でもダイス君が描くとエロもどことなく健康的なので団センセイの本じゃないみたい(笑)。ホメてるんですよ。アメリカ版ってかんじでいいかも。

  13.  
    jc
    April 22, 2008 | 9:03 pm
     

    hahaha…Dice that’s a great story…tell me truth , you asked for this right? best looking condom pkg ever! hahaha
    seriously tho , i love it – absolutely beautiful imagery.

  14.  
    April 22, 2008 | 9:25 pm
     

    Your blog is really awesome. Very handsome work. My new source of inspiration ! ;)

  15.  
    DD
    April 23, 2008 | 5:35 am
     

    Well done. I love it. Love the colours.

  16.  
    April 25, 2008 | 6:03 am
     

    I love your style!! And this is a great idea for a condom wrapper. They look like very extravagant expensive condoms lol!

  17.  
    April 26, 2008 | 8:17 am
     

    absolutly great composition and delicate variations in the flowery red pattern.

  18.  
    April 28, 2008 | 3:10 am
     

    Hahaha.. wow..

  19.  
    Simon Varela
    April 30, 2008 | 10:14 am
     

    I want some of those condoms!!! now!!! cool illustration and Yes that woman is smilinG!!!!!! she is happyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! very sexy!!!

  20.  
    May 2, 2008 | 9:21 pm
     

    Very nice piece!

  21.  
    May 3, 2008 | 8:30 pm
     

    wow, everyone… the reaction to this post was really funny!! I was a little embarrassed about it but I’m glad I shared! hahaha

    But I do believe they should make better condom packaging out there, you know?

    —eric
    thanks man. Is she smiling?? hmm…

    –Raghu
    thanks!

    –JP
    thanks man

    –Dragon
    boxing ring one.. that’s a student piece of mine from 10 years ago! I still like it and that’s the only piece I keep on my site.

    –Gerald
    It is SO French! Did I need a model? Hmm….. I’m not allowed to answer that. :)

    –Enrico
    I know…(sigh)

    –IR
    Yeah, I’ll leave that up to your imagination. heheh. I’m innocent!

    –CK
    Wow, thanks for your analytical view! That justifies this work a lot better!

    –Francis
    Yeah! I think we should do a world wide campaign to let illustrators design nice condom illustrations to hand out a bunch of condoms! By the way, your work is incredible!

    –Genko
    そりゃもう、、純粋に、真面目に描きましたがな。Genkoさんが期待する日活ポルノみたいなのはさすがに描けないなぁ、、

    ーーJC
    thanks man. I owe you an email I know.. talk to you soon!

    –La Matt
    Thanks. Come again!

    –DD
    THanks!

    –Kyri
    Thanks.. but really, I didn’t even intend it to be a condom design…:) I had no idea, it’s true!

    –Man
    Thanks a lot! Can’t wait for your final TOtoro piece!

    –Jackson
    THanks Jackson!

    –Simon
    Jajajajaja I can totally picture you laughing like that. hahahaha

    –Thorsten

    thanks!

    d

  22.  
    May 4, 2008 | 9:14 am
     

    Wow… that IS very different. Looks fantastic

  23.  
    May 10, 2008 | 9:50 pm
     

    Too funny indeed…and cool!

  24.  
    Ray Craighead
    May 18, 2008 | 4:10 pm
     

    I guess I’ll be the lone decenter. The artwork is excellent, but I find the subject offensive and in bad taste. I am saddened to see you use your talent in this way.

  25.  
    May 18, 2008 | 5:54 pm
     

    Bobby— thanks a lot!

    Chris— Thank you too!

    Ray—- Sorry if this offended you. It was a tough subject matter but I enjoyed the challenge to keep it in good taste.(at least to me)
    It is really interesting how everyone has a different taste. Oh well…. Still thanks for your comment!

  26.  
    June 1, 2008 | 10:06 pm
     

    ¿ES UN TRABAJO PARA UN EMPAQUE DE PRESERVATIVOS?
    MUY INTERESANTE EL MANEJO DE COMPOSICION Y EL RECURSO DE LA TEXTURA DE FONDO EN LA TELA,ES UNA EXQUISITES.

  27.  
    June 10, 2008 | 12:27 pm
     

    I think your illo is wonderful and in good taste,I´m also amazed big time by the way you played with the background transforming its pattern in ”her dress”(I think just by adding light and shadows?) is simply said:genious!!!I´m not sure on the condoms package the clients can see the true beauty of your artwork,but I tell you: I would have framed your work!!!Congrats,really impressive,I´ll visit your site again for sure!ANd by the way:I´m sure your mom is really proud to see your great work,even if sometime ended up in the most unexpected place!!Congrats once again!!

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