In Japan, we have Setsubun(Bean-Throwing Festival) on Feburary 3. At Maya's preschool, all the kids enjoy throwing beans to Oni, except Maya... Last year, she was so scared of Oni that she cried and was held by one of the teachers during the event. After coming back home, she found an illustration of smiling Oni somewhere and said, "I like this Oni!" Then I realized what makes her scary is his angry face! Not big red body nor horns.
Maybe, my angry face is more scary than a smiling Oni...
Maya is usually shy and quiet. But, once she goes to the playground, she became a tomboy. Everyone is surprised by the gap of her two personalities!
Recently, she learn Monkey bars and showed me she can go all the way to the end. A few days later, she tried to show me again. Yet, this time she could not go more than 3 bars. Every time she tried, she fell at the same point... She was so frustrated and cried so hard...
It's OK. I'm sure you can make it tomorrow, my little monkey!
A hamster came to Maya's preschool a few month ago. Kids were so curious about him from the beginning. But he was too scare to come out. Recently he finally adjusted to the new (noisy) environment and he is entertaining kids, running on the wheel and making his bed out of stuffings from a stuffed animal... One more mischievous student added to the preschool!
When Maya concentrate on something, her tongue sticks out! She was jumping to touch leaves on the tree the other day. She asked me to watch her, so I was watching. Every time she jumps, her tongue sticks out... I almost laughed at her. But she was so serious that I resisted laughing!
Toward the end of last year, me and my illustrator friends got together and created our original calendar for 2011. It was so fun and inspiring to collaborate with such talented illustrators, Felicia Hoshino, Sansu and Ye Won Lee. We are planning to create more products together this year. Exciting~! The theme of our calendar is nature, season, character and food. Each of us made 3 images for various months.
This time, I made all of my images with hand stamping, without help of Photoshop. It was challenging, but I feel I made another step to explore my style.
Limited prints of the calendar will be available on my Etsy shop soon. If you want to make reservation, please contact me!