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Miku Valentine
Happy Valentine's Day!

(The background isn't supposed to be blue, not sure what happened with the scan.)
At the salon
Okay, a little backstory on this one...

I received Pokémon Soul Silver (in Japanese) from my boyfriend for Christmas a few years ago (I had played Pokémon Gold as a kid), and I chose Totodile as my starter (as I had with the Gold version)... As part of the game, you can take your Pokémon to the "haircut brothers," which is one method you can use to raise your friendship level with your Pokémon...

I liked to spoil my Pokémon (even if they didn't require high friendship stats to evolve), so I took them to the haircut brothers if I happened to be in the area... Anyways, playing the game again as an adult, I started wondering what exactly they do when I take my Totodile in for a "haircut"... seeing as he doesn't have any hair, ha ha ha. After a rather hilarious discussion with my boyfriend on the topic, we concluded my Totodile must be going in just for a shampoo and scalp massage. Spoiled little guy... :XD: So this drawing was inspired by the image that popped into my head.

I started this drawing in February 2015, then set it aside and forgot about it (as I have with many other drawings... >_>), but recently rediscovered it and spent a lot of time adjusting some of the details and cleaning up the lines, but I'm really happy with how this turned out. I'm planning on coloring it, so this may just be a placeholder for now (I wanted to at least get a scan of the line art in case I epically fail in my attempts at coloring)...

Anyways, just used a regular mechanical pencil for this. Comments/critiques welcome, as always.
Sakurai Sho
Adding to my collection of Arashi drawings, ha ha... Finally finished this drawing of Sakurai Sho, one of the members of Japanese pop idol group Arashi. I started this drawing in August 2014, and then promptly forgot about it. I rediscovered it in my drawing pad in mid January 2017, and spent the rest of the month, on and off, finishing it up. The reference photo was rather dark, so it was a fun way to practice shading. As usual, done with just a regular mechanical pencil.

Those big, pouty lips though... :XD:

As always, comments/critiques are welcome.
My cello, painted
This is actually a really old piece. REALLY old. I made this back in the summer of 2010, and recently rediscovered this painting in my mom's office. Based loosely off the photo of My cello, I think... I didn't really have a clear image of what I wanted to paint before I started - I began by just messing around with swirling light blue and purple (hence, the half-assed background). I'm really pleased with how the cello itself turned out though.

I always thought I'd go back at some point and touch up the painting/fix the background, but seeing as it's been six and a half years, this painting is probably as finished as it'll ever be.

This was done with acrylic paints on an 11" by 14" canvas panel board.
Miku Mug
I painted this mug at a place called "Paint Your Pot," where you can choose from a wide assortment of ceramic pottery pieces, and they provide all the paints and brushes you'd need, plus they glaze and fire the pieces and have them ready within a few days for pick-up. I made this in November 2016 as a Christmas present for my boyfriend, since he loves Hatsune Miku. I liked the 2015 Snow Miku design that had the little snow bunny and suzuran flowers (I think they're also called "lily of the valley"?) so I decided to include those elements along with some snowflakes as well.

I'm really happy with the way the mug turned out, since I generally do most of my art with pencils and not paintbrushes. The only thing I wish I could change would be to get the background light blue a little more even. I could've added more coats to smooth out the color a little, but that also would've made the color darker and I wanted the background to be very light and subtle.

Really not sure what category this belongs in... Very fun piece to make, took several hours spread over two days to finish painting everything (since most of the colors require three coats). And my boyfriend loved it, so I'd say this was a success, ha ha.
So, the original title of this journal was supposed to be 「お久しぶり」 but apparently titles can only contain characters of the roman alphabet, numbers, or some punctuation/symbols...

Anyways, it's been far too long since I last logged on... Mostly because I've been busy, but also because I just haven't felt motivated to do anything artsy in a while...

I'm currently living and working in Japan, which is an incredible experience, but it has also kept me quite busy. Today, however, also marks 3 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake - the devastating earthquake that struck off the eastern coast of the Tohoku region in northern Japan, collapsing buildings, triggering tsunami waves, and ultimately killing thousands of people...

It's strange to think about the fact that that happened three years ago. It seems much more recent (I still vividly remember seeing the breaking news footage on TV late at night), and yet at the same time, it seems like it was so long ago...

I think my JHS did a moment of silence this morning to remember the people who lost their lives, except I was at one of my elementary schools this morning, who I think did their moment of silence in the afternoon, at which point I had finished my classes there and returned to the junior high...

Sorry to go off on a tangent. Hopefully I'll remember to log on more often (since I realized it had been almost a year since the last time I was online here)... and hopefully I'll be inspired and have the time to create more art...



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cherello is an American, living and working in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher, where she teaches English to elementary and junior high school kids. She enjoys making art in her (very scarce) free time. She's dabbled a little bit in many art forms - from painting to poetry, anime-style to photography - but pencil portraits are by far her favorite.

In college, she studied both music (cello performance) and Japanese, and loves both very much, though her focus has shifted more towards Japanese now as her everyday life depends on it (also combined with her inability to gain access to a cello). As her free time is usually non-existent, she's not online as often as she'd like, but she does update occasionally. Thanks for visiting!




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stillirie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

I don't speak Japanese fully, but I love the language.
cherello Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very belated response... Sweating a little... How long have you been studying Japanese
TosshiOtaku Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi! can u help just easy to do... help me for liama...:iconorzplz:
cherello Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...? what do you need help with?
Estheryu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
happy birthday my dear~!:cake:

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