Kiri and I are postponing our coloring book pictures this month, so I’m bringing you an original drawing. Just as with Cardcaptor Sakura, I enjoyed drawing Queen Amidala because I could invent elaborate outfits for her. This one seems a bit medieval-inspired. The writing says “Queen Amidala” in Japanese katakana, though I made a small mistake in “queen.” The date is 2006, when I was at university. I was beginning to study Japanese and probably practicing the characters I was learning.
I discovered the Goo Goo Dolls after their hit song “Iris,” and was fairly obsessed with them in high school. They are still among my favorite bands.
I also enjoyed writing “song fics” where I took song lyrics and made fan fiction (or original stories) with them. This is what I would call a “song sketch,” where I took the opening lyrics from the Goo Goo Dolls’ song “Black Balloon” and drew an image. I don’t think there’s a story that goes with it, it’s just an impression I had based on the feeling from the song. I was also practicing perspective obviously lol.
Baby’s black balloon makes her fly
A fun little sketch of Li Meiling from Cardcaptor Sakura enjoying the summer sun on the beach. You can see the outline of a beach blanket. I apparently did not finish her hands lol.
Another sketch from my high school notebook. I don’t know why these Chinese and Japanese characters from Cardcaptor Sakura are celebrating the US Independence Day, but hey, I gave them cute costumes. Li Syaoran is Uncle Sam, Sakura is the Statue of Liberty, and Meiling is doing acrobatics in a festive parade-watching outfit.
I hope you all here in the US have a great holiday weekend (if you’re really lucky this year it’s four days :)). Even if our country’s not perfect, we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. We can celebrate and look forward to an even better future together.
Another Cardcaptor Sakura sketch. Here she has her staff from the second story arc, with the Sakura cards, and she has just used the JUMP card (maybe still in her hand). The costume is my design. She has cool boots, and some kind of tulle coming out from an underskirt.
I really like her hair in this one! And the cape. I was obviously trying to indicate some movement during her jump.
This is dated 2003 at the bottom. This is when I was in high school, almost 15 years ago!