Okay, so I did the pink variant. I also added a pupil to the shark, which I didn’t think I would like, but I did. So then I went back and added one to the blue version.
But the really important thing is that the new run of the Ogo mugs arrived today. We checked the first box and they look perfect, so soon you won’t have to buy the haunted ones from Ebay. Last preparations are falling into place for the store, and it will be open within a few weeks. I’ll keep you informed of the progress.
New drawing Thursday – This is a zebra shark. These sharks don’t get a lot of press, because they’re not one of the faster, pointy, toothy ones. But of you’re looking for pleasing shapes, these can’t be beat. They also have equally pleasing decorations. Stripes when they’re young, transitioning to spots when they’re adults. But they are not blue. I did that.
I’m going to do a pink variant tonight.
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who came by my booth in San Diego – you’re the reason I come down every year. Well, that and the colorful margaritas I reward myself with every night.
Anyway, I need to be better about using this Blog, so in a valiant first attempt, I’ll post this.
I spent the Comic Con telling people they should always have a little bit of story in their drawings. I think that’s good advice. So this year I’ll try and do just that.
Now that I look at it, this girl needs some shoe laces blowing in the wind. And I need to fix her collar. I’ll get on that tonight.
Oh, and in an Ogo mug update, the new batch is ordered and should be finished before the end of the month. We’re setting up the store for on-line sales so as soon as the mugs arrive we can get them out. As for other things in the store, we tend to sell a lot of the stuff we bring to San Diego. But we have more Sketchbook 1X, about 15 of the Morgan mugs, and we’ll start making art prints as well. More on that later.
We left Osaka on Tuesday morning and took the bullet train to Shizuoka so we could visit Tachibana Elementary. This was such a beautiful school. When visiting schools you always leave your shoes at the door, which is immediately relaxing and makes you feel very welcome indeed. The office we received our briefing in had cases filled with little treasures from all over the world. Africa, Russia, Hawaii. I’m pretty sure the head Master/Principal told us that they were mementos from their student exchange program.
We met the 6th graders in their gym, and received a warm welcome from everyone. I think every single kid had a Stitch of some sort in their hands, which made Dean and I feel right at home. The kids did some dragon drawings. We usually sit it out for the first few minutes before making our rounds, but this time Dean noticed there was a chalkboard behind us, so he grabbed some blue chalk and started drawing Stitch. I thought this was a good idea, so I drew Stitch on the opposite end of the board. Dean’s looked nice when he was done, and my Stitch looked rather like a five year-old drew it, which is the way I draw, especially on chalkboards. I’m pretty sure if we ever visit this school again, Dean’s Stitch will still be there. My side of the chalkboard will probably have some lesson plans on it.
Oh, have I mentioned that these teachers were amazing? I couldn’t follow everything they were saying but I didn’t need to. Incredible energy and optimism. You can tell when kids are connecting with teachers and vice-versa. This was a lucky bunch of kids. And a lucky bunch of teachers as well. What a great school.
There were a lot of fantastic pictures from this morning, and as usual I’m having a hard time narrowing it down. I’m sure that when I finally each the end of this trip on my Blog, I’ll have to have a few postings of all the images I didn’t have room for before. Not to mention the Video. At least I have something to keep me busy till Christmas.
Time is short this morning, but I didn’t want to start my day without posting some more pictures from Osaka Midori Elementary. I’m a bit behind in my days, so I’ll be playing catch-up for a while. I’m already back in Tokyo, and I visited several places after this. More on that later.
The point of this post is to bring you some of the images we captured on our visit to this beautiful school. Whatever they’re doing there, they’re doing it right. These kids were amazingly talented, and just glowed with enthusiasm. We spent the morning talking with as many as we could while they worked on their drawings of dragons. A testament to how fun this all was for us, is that Dean forgot how hot it was while he was making his rounds. I think it was actually hotter and more humid there than in Florida. No one else there seemed to notice. If we ever need to colonize the planet Mercury, these kids would be a good choice.
As usual, our visit was too short. Before we left we were presented with several gifts.
But the memories of that day are the most enduring gift of all. We can’t thank them enough.
Yesterday morning we dropped by Osaka Midori Elementary. Whenever we do this our first stop is always the principal’s office so we can be briefed on what’s gonna be happening. But before the briefing started I looked out the window and saw a bunch of kids playing dodgeball in the playground below. Man, it looked like fun. I took a few pictures, not expecting I’d get anything interesting since I was at least two hundred feet away and everyone was so small in the frame. In cases like these I take some shots anyway. You never know.
When I brought these up on my screen, I was amazed. Now I get why people take pictures of sports.