Monday, October 10, 2011

Who Is Uno Kudo? Joseph T. Penaloza

Joseph is an interesting character.

He is the kind of guy who likes to sign his name, "Joseph" to every comment he makes. When asked, "Joseph, why do you sign your name to every comment you leave?" his response is to tell you that he doesn't want to do what every one else does.

Fat chance of that.

Whether it is illustrating a photograph of Uno Kudo member, Tracey:

or sketching another UK member, Aaron Dietz:

The last thing that Joseph T. Penaloza should fear, is being like anyone else. We are lucky to have him as a member of the Uno Kudo Team.

Who is Uno Kudo?
Uno Kudo Joseph T. Penaloza

From his earliest moments, Joseph liked to draw. 

Whether it was school buses on the garage wall (which was severely criticized by his Mama) to nekkid women in the fruitless pursuit of drawing perfection when figure drawing (not in the pursuit of said nekkid women), he wanted to capture the images he had seen. Think of it like that neolithic cave person who drew those animals they hunted on cave walls. Bet their Mama approved of that. 

Drawing and illustrating are powerful ways to communicate an idea, especially when done correctly and right side up. Someday Joseph will branch into such things as oil painting, use that forlorn industrial design degree or maybe illustrate graphic novels about zombies and vampires and monsters, but for now participating with this group of talented, caring and ribald people like Vincent daddy is an opportunity to break out of the "go to work, go home from work and watch bad reality television" cycle. 

Worthwhile endeavors such as Uno Kudo affirms that belonging to a community such as this tells him he belongs to a unique tribe and finding a home for himself. 

Why does Joseph sign off on his comments on the Facebook one might ask? 

In my advanced age it is important for me to remember my name. I also have a tendency to look outside of myself, but not in that scary out of body type experience.

My motivation for art is based on what I see and thinking if that would make a good picture. The picture is mostly done inside my head so that when it comes time to make some sketches to work out details, I'm not spending gobs of time searching for a theme.

Joseph Elsewhere:

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We hope you love it as much as we loved making it. 

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  1. Nice write-up! I have always been a fan of Joseph's work and it was a huge, huge day when he drew a pic of me. Now we're published in the same book together! Amazing.

  2. There is only one Joseph which in a way is sad because he is so awesome and we could probably use a few Joseph clones.