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This was one hot pepper!

File under: Old, but interesting....



This was one hot pepper.

Indeed, a 49,448 Google +1 hot pepper.

This is Japoppa. He's a pepper man with a unibrow and a south-of-the-border moustache. Plus, red salsa sneakers that match his spicy aichichewowa tongue...and for a seasoned look, a golden monocle. (Sorry, Mr. Peanut, your salty powers of subliminal suggestion really got through my outer shell - I swear it wasn't intentional, please don't cane me!).


Japoppa's also a character mascot-logo design combo pak concept design that I created for my sister's husband's special recipe of popcorn. He's really just a first draft, but since the food project didn't develop,  the demand fizzled out for this character mascot.



Nevertheless, he remains quite lovable.

And, evidently, quite popular! Unbeknownst to me, he gathered quite a response on Google+ (or Google plus) on an old Blogger/Blogspot post I had made on Japoppa several years ago. Just last night, I was browsing through my old and abandoned art blogs looking for something else completely and stumbled upon the G+1 49k count on his entry. Believe-you-me, I did a double take with mouth agape.








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 who is thewoodenboy? 


Daniel lives in the Orient with his wife and son. He's a digital artist-designer who studied Media Arts and Animation receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2002.

He spent three wonderful years teaching design courses in character art, design fundamentals, artistic drawing, creative thinking, and digital art software as a Professor of Computer Graphic Design at Chungkang College of Cultural Arts in South Korea.

These days he shares his love of creativity by merging the drawing and acting skills of animation into teaching EFL to cute Asian children.


Weaving through and around his day job is his project, Character Issues, a brand of his vision and style of character art & design - plus whatever other creative art project that comes across his desk.

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