Yoga Joes

Here to keep the inner peace.

Yoga Joes needs a comic book illustrator

Dan Abramson1 Comment
From the 1997 comic book, produced by the Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz

From the 1997 comic book, produced by the Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz

We need a talented illustrator for Yoga Joes, the comic book. It's an epic tale of yoga super soldiers in the Himalayan mountains. It's silly and dramatic, and we want to have a lot of fun telling this story. 

THE JOB
We are a team of an art director and a writer, and we need an illustrator to bring our 26 pages of storyboards to life. We've developed a lot of the story already, but we are looking for a member of the team to collaborate with, and develop it even further. Specifically there will be a lot of:
- gestural figure drawings (they'll be doing a lot of yoga)
- mountains, nature, epic sunsets
- eastern monastic clothing
- zen-like environments (temples)
- comic book style onomatopoeia action typography
We are in both San Francisco and LA, and are willing to work with you remotely. Ideally there would be a few rounds of pencil stage, an inking stage, and if possible a color stage. 

STYLE
We are looking for dramatic comic book style. We like seeing the pen strokes versus 3D graphics, but we're open-minded to whatever style feels right for the project. Something that takes this funny concept, to a very serious place.

COMPENSATION
Depending on experience. We can discuss. 

LOOKING AT PORTFOLIOS
Please send portfolios or samples of your illustration work through our ad here. Thanks!

~Team Yoga Joes

This Veterans Day: $10 of every set goes to Connected Warriors

Dan AbramsonComment

One of the most unexpected and gratifying aspects of creating Yoga Joes has been the big, positive response from yoga practitioners within the veterans and servicemember communities.  One of our favorite yoga organizations serving these communities is Connected Warriors, whose goal is "to support, improve and facilitate the well-being of Veterans, service members and their families in communities nationwide by providing effective wellness programs at no charge."  We here at Yoga Joes are big fans of the Connected Warriors organization.

Thanks to Connected Warriors, Yoga Joes have been able to help keep the inner peace as far away as Afghanistan. As a small token of our appreciation, this Veterans Day, for every Yoga Joes set we sell, $10 of your purchase will go straight to Connected Warriors.

 

Yoga Joes go to Afghanistan

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Thanks to Connected Warriors and a very motivated US Army Captain, the Yoga Joes have made it to Afghanistan! It is so very cool to see them being handed out to real-life soldiers, as they signed up for yoga class. Plastic Yoga Joes with the real Yoga Joes.


Life-Size Yoga Joes

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Production involved mannequins, Army Surplus clothes, and a ton of green paint.

One of my goals was to make the meditation Yoga Joe levitate. The solution? A children's basketball hoop. 

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The hands were a major problem - they had to be in the correct position, and most mannequin hands are in a weird cupping pose. I went to a mannequin boneyard and was able to salvage what I could, but had to do some serious Frankensteining. I used polyfiber puddy to fill the holes, and epoxy to make impossible joins happen. And then, I sanded them down like crazy.

Then, we had to take apart our masterpiece, and put them in enormous boxes to overnight them to New York! It was very heartbreaking to disassemble something we'd spent so many weeks creating, but that was all part of the plan when we designed it. 

 

In the end it was all worth it, especially when seeing people's reactions when walking by the giant warrior monks. They would typically burst out laughing or be completely puzzled. The Life-Size Yoga Joes went on display in both Manhattan and Brooklyn storefronts, and are now on their way to Connected Warriors in Florida, a non-profit that brings yoga to veterans.