12/12/2016

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The body of a shark and the head of a lion.

I actually wore gloves on my way to the train station this morning, it was just cold enough. No more snow, thought, not yet. Maybe in January?

Etsy has been fairly busy. I’ve been trying to be more creative, but at the same time, now that I have an Etsy shop, I feel obligated to draw things that people will actually buy. Hm.

There are a few pieces I’ve been hesitant to scan and let people buy. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I feel a little too possessive. With time, eventually I let them all go… tomorrow I’ll try to take photos of the kelpie drawing I did. I thought I’d let it rot in storage but I’ll list it in the coming weeks.

 

We are heading to Aomori over the new year’s holiday. I am looking forward to it very much, and even picked up some new winter boots since my BearPaws from Seoul’s 2013 nightmare of a winter fell apart once they hit Tokyo pavement. What a shame!

12/2/2016

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A couple of sloths, a pair of sloths, a sloth hugging another sloth. Sloths are fun animals, I think. And they have disgustingly putrid fur, it would seem, and yet it is fun to draw it clean and clear.

I really like this one.

 

Also, the snow has melted, but I am waiting until the New Year comes so we can go up to Aomori and hopefully tromp around in the snow for a few days. That will be fun and I’m looking forward to it if all goes well between now and then.

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You can see a tiny bit of snow clinging to the shady ground in the far right.

12/1/2016

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I drew this dog and his little snake friend a while ago, but I forgot about him. I finally made some postcards of them though, and I think they turned out alright.

Also, happy December.

Today was actually pretty warm, with some light rain in the morning that let up by the time I reached the station.

We could have dinner together in Tokyo tonight. That was nice.

 

11/25/2016

Work has been busy lately, but I doodle when I can. When I should be studying Japanese. I cannot pretend that my priorities are misplaced when I’m set to live my life here. But when it’s getting cold and you talk all day, language seems unappealing.

I know, I know…excuses, excuses…

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Lately I’ve been drawing snails and wondering what to draw on their shells and then letting my hand wander with my mind.

It feels like winter ambushed us this year.

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It snowed in Tokyo, and hung around for almost a day in Saitama, too.

10/29/2016

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This Owl Prince is one of many drawings I have done that looks much, much better in person. That’s a major weakness of mine. When I look at it from the artist’s perspective (not head on) it looks alright. I scan it and all of the lack of symmetry and dimension is glaring.

 

That said, I still like him. I still think he is cute.

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10/24/2016

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Recently, I decided to start listing some original drawings on Etsy. I guess it feels weird to keep them all stacked up in storage, and sometimes when I look at them I think I could do better, but still like it. I don’t know. I like this one, but maybe someone else will like it more.

I hope? And if not, well, it’ll inspire me to do better.

I got a new residence card today, and at first I felt guilty taking the day off just to go to immigration, but to be honest it was refreshing.

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I also got a couple new sketchbooks, and the weather lately is so lovely, too, even if just a little bit warm…