About boojazz

At the age of fifteen, Michael began his professional career by drawing children’s menus for a chain of restaurants in the Southwest. His experience in graphics, marketing, illustration and video production fill an essential need in advertising agencies, printing companies, and design firms. In the early 2010's Michael blogged for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today on the topic of Digital Reinvention. Some of the clients Michael has worked with include: Microsoft, US – Japan Business Council, RAINN (co-founded by Tori Amos and Sarah McLaughlin), Chicagoland Speedway, Richard Shay Photography, The British Embassy in the United States, Ben Hollis Worldwide, Aphex, & PepsiCo. His previous television work has gained the interest of major studios such as Dreamworks SKG.

Art, Advertising & U.S.-Japan Relations: Event by BLINK Community

By |2021-02-25T19:25:56+00:00January 29th, 2021|Art, Boojazz|

On January 22nd, I had the privilege to host an online event with The Blink Community in Tokyo. It was a fun talk and I was truly honored to be a part of it. Feel free to view the video above. If you're short on time, you can download my [...]

I Am a Ghost Movie Poster Project

By |2021-02-25T19:50:05+00:00January 10th, 2021|Art, Film, Press|

Here's something very exciting I finally feel like I can share! I was commissioned to illustrate a movie poster for an upcoming film called ‘I Am a Ghost,” developed by Tetsuki Ijichi for Rain Trail Pictures. A special thanks goes out to Tetsuki Ijichi for bringing me on board. Learn more about Rain Trail [...]

Modern Japanese Culture for Beginners

By |2021-02-25T19:27:34+00:00December 29th, 2020|Commentary|

You can read the original article here on the Ikigai Connections website... When Kasia asked me to write for Ikigai Connections, specifically for the Senpai Success Stories, I felt humbled and honored by the request. I can’t help but feel that my story doesn’t technically qualify as a true success story, as of [...]

Watch Michael on The Polymath Podcast with Dustin Miller

By |2021-02-25T20:05:51+00:00December 13th, 2020|Boojazz|

Michael was featured as a guest the on the season three opener of the Polymath Podcast with Dustin Miller. They talk about the book "Manifestos, Reinventions and Declarations," the constant struggle to find inspiration, and allowing yourself to have bad days. Take a listen! "The Desk is the Yoga Mat" "Manifestos, Reinventions & Declarations is [...]

Would Persona 5 Work as a Film Series? A Persona 5 Live-Action Movie Adaptation Synopsis

By |2021-06-16T21:02:43+00:00November 14th, 2020|Boojazz, Commentary, Film|

November 2020 Watch this Nightcrawlers Podcast by Tokyo Marketing Firm Hypermilk on the curse of video game movies and how one could adapt Persona 5 into a film series. An in-depth overview on how one of the greatest video games of this generation could be translated into a [...]

Russell Smith and Michael Foster Appear on The In-Between Show with Carrie & Alex

By |2020-12-13T22:58:52+00:00October 12th, 2020|Press, Reinvention|

Russell and I were just on the "In-Between Show with Carrie & Alex." We talked about our new book Manifestos, Reinventions & Declarations as well as a bit of history about ourselves. It was a nice interview that really got into the meaning behind our book, our vision and the kinds of advice we [...]

Michael Does Breakfast With Sergio, Talks About the New Book

By |2021-02-25T19:32:02+00:00July 28th, 2020|Books, Reinvention|

In this episode, Sergio chats with artist and co-author of the book Manifestos Reinventions & Declarations, Michael Foster. The book is a commentary on this unprecedented moment in history. This is a book about Now. The New Now we’re living in and going through. We’re living in a time when a day can feel [...]

Japan America Society of Chicago Annual Holiday Fundraiser Painting

By |2019-12-02T04:41:58+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Boojazz, Press|

I'll be attending the 33rd Annual Holiday Fundraiser for the Japan America Society of Chicago, and I'll be donating a brand new painting "Amongst the Cherry Blossoms" for the Silent Auction. I hope to see you there! The Japan America Society of Chicago promotes dialogue, social interaction, cooperation and friendship among its members by [...]

New Digital Character Illustrations

By |2021-03-27T20:45:16+00:00October 17th, 2019|Art, Boojazz|

I’ve been working in digital illustration since 2019. Namely, I started with a Samsung TabA Tablet and the Adonit Dash 3 stylus. Now I’m working with an iPad along with the Apple Pencil, utilizing programs such as Autodesk Sketchbook and ArtFlow. (I have to admit the undo button is something that, after working in traditional [...]

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