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I'll be attending and doing a panel at Mission Viejo 2010 Readers' Festival September 25! My panel will be at 3pm. If you can, come out! As usual, if you have one of my books, I'm more than happy to sign it for you and do a little sketch in it, and I welcome questions about Japan Ai, costuming or animation.

And just a reminder, I'll have 4 pieces in Sweet Streets 2. I'll be attending the opening party on Sept 11th. (6%dokidoki and lots of other awesome folks will be there as well.)

Make sure you watch Futurama tomorrow night! (Thurs) it's my second and last episode for this year! (There will be two more episodes I Assistant Directed next year.) I can't wait for you guys to see it. WATCH.
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Reminder! Sweet Streets 2 is coming up at Gallery Nucleus!

September 11, 2010 - October 4, 2010! (Opening Night Event Sept 11th)
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

There will be tons of photographers and artists there as well as 6%dokidoki!

I'll have four pieces in the show. I'm doing ones based on lolita, spank!/6%dokidoki, mori-girl and dolly-kei (grimoire). This is my first one below.
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More Coverage on the FOLKLORE SHOW:
LA Weekly: Futurama Animators Re-imagine Classic Tales for Fleeting Projects: FOLKLORE

CHUBBYBUNNY: Fairytales and Warriors Coverage

Thanks again you guys! As soon as I get caught up a bit I'll be posting my scans of the new artwork and some more information about the pieces. And, again, I took some tutorial video while completing one of them, so after I have time to edit, I'll put that up. I have some prints available for sale from the show, so stay tuned!

Photo thanks to LA WEEKLY
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Thanks so so so much to those of you who came out for it. It meant a lot to me.
Crystal, Derek and I worked really hard on this show despite our crazy-busy schedules on Futurama... and despite me being really sick this week. I am really proud of what we created. Thanks again to Eron for organizing the show. I'll post more photos later (including Derek and Crystals rooms/pieces and clearer pictures of my three final/new pieces for the show.)

Please bare with me, I'm still so sick today and just trying to get through everything.

Photos thanks to the lovely iamchubbybunny (Who also was an angel and helped me do setup on the show.)

outfit (top and wings from Takuya Angel...! )
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Here's one of my pieces for Sweet Streets 2 at Gallery Nucleus. (It'll be September 11 - October 4, 2010) You probably won't see more from me on this show for a couple months, but here's the first one! I plan to do several inspired by my favorite Japanese pop-fashion genres. This one is Sweet Lolita (amaloli). Hope you like it!

I was inspired mainly by Angelic Pretty's Memorial Cake and Dreaming Macaron. As usual, done in COPIC marker with Prismacolor white pencil and Colerase red pencil accents.
~~ Fave on DA
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May 16th (Sunday), 2010

@ Renee's Courtyard Cafe
522 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Facebook Event

Please save the date!
It would mean a lot to me if you guys came out! We're working so hard on this show!
This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY SHOW. Many of the pieces by me and my fellow artists are the sort that look best in person. We're all doing folklore related pieces for the show and we'll also be decorating the space to go with our pieces. I'll be showing with my friends Crystal Chesney-Thompson and Derek Thompson (more of Derek's stuff here), both of whom are excellent artists and coworkers on Futurama. We'll be putting out some more teaser images and blurbs about the show soon, but I figured I'd post about the date again ASAP.

SIDENOTE: I'll also be participating in Gallery Nucleus's Sweet Streets 2
Opening : Saturday September 11, 2010 (7-11PM)
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
more details TBA.

So I hope you'll come out!
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"He rejoiced to find such a beautiful girl and took her home. He and his wife raised her as their own child and named her Kaguya-hime (かぐや姫 "radiant-night princess"). "

Kaguya-hime's heian kasane is "under the snow". This one took forever to do. And with that... I got 3 pieces done this weekend! That's a big relief to me. I think I still need to do at least 4 or so more... but this is a big chunk.
~ on DA

OMAKE: Youta helping the process
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"One day, while walking in the bamboo forest, an old, childless bamboo cutter came across a mysterious, shining stalk of bamboo. After cutting it open, he found inside it a girl the size of his thumb."

Yet another piece that isn't done justice by a scan. This one has a lot of sakura permanent metallic gold all over it. Please see previous post for more art
~ on DA
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"That season, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, her eyes filled with tears."
~ on DA

There are lots of versions of this story, since it's very old. This version mentioned it being in summer... but I'm deciding to do the story starting in spring and ending in winter. So her kimono colors are one of the set-colors from the beginning of winter, Downy Maples. I tried to pick one that historically was in the right time of year... but also gave me, a modern viewer, the colder feeling I wanted.
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Kaguya-hime quickly grew up to be a normal sized woman.

This is one of the pieces for my "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" art show in May.
It's done in COPIC marker, graphite, sakura gel pen and uniball. This is one of the pieces that'll look much more fun in person because it uses a lot of metallic on the kimono and the gold in the background... not to mention pale color shading doesn't generally scan all that well. <3 I stayed up till midnight last night working on this one. Haha, that was foolish. Oh well.

For the kimono geeks out there,... The Heian color combination she's wearing is a summer one called New Leaves of Downy Maple based on a traveling garment in the Jidai Matsuri. I did a lot of research, so if I got it wrong, I'm not sure if I want to know anymore. haha.

~ on DA
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progress! I finished (or mostly finished...) the first picture (literally!) for my Kaguya-hime show. The woodcutter.
I bought some yummy sakura metallic gel pens today and some more pencils... and so decided that I'm going to do the pieces as much as original items as possible (ie non-digital). I hope you'll like them!
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Early Drawings for Kaguya-hime )
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gif thanks to angelsamui
I am -definitely- going to Fanime, barring some horrible thing happening. Looking forward to seeing you guys. I'll go to some of the lovely Oneesan lolita events, and the rest of the time I'll just be taking it easy.

It's going to be in Santa Monica on May 16th (Sunday). (I think? More info soon)
Please keep that date open if you're in the LA area!

More info later!


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