This song and its corresponding official MV are just too cute. I'm sure the fact they're all wearing exactly my sort of fashion helps. As I was listening to it, a video idea just popped up in my head, so I decided to try and make it! My living space is not ideal for this, but it worked reasonably enough. All the choreography is my own, although the necklace bit was inspired by the original video.
I originally did my usual karaoke-style cover for this song, but Youtube picked it out for muting. So I decided I would accept the challenge of actually playing my own backing track. The instrumental was a challenge to make, since it involved figuring out by ear how to play all the parts myself. It's simpler than the original instrumental, but given that it's my first time attempting this sort of thing, I'm reasonably pleased with it. It has separate piano, strings, and bass sounds (all played on an electronic keyboard). With more practice, I might even get better at learning things by ear!
"Suiyoubi no Alice" (Wednesday Alice)
Original by: AKB48 Team Surprise (Minegishi, Watanabe, Shimazaki, Matsui R., Sashihara)
Over the past couple of months, I've been taking a children's book illustration class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). It was taught by Laura Montenegro, who is absolutely wonderful. We did a different exercise every week targeted at helping us become more expressive artists and to introduce us to mediums we might not have thought to use before. Now that the class is done and all the work has been turned back to us, I just wanted to share some of the artwork I did with everyone ^_^
This exercise was all about stenciling with cut/torn paper and tempera paint.
As I soon found out, the patterns I used for stencils actually ended up being really beautiful as well. I particularly like how my little multi-slit pattern turned out in the end.
I love winter, but I also enjoy when spring finally comes around and I can finally run around without a giant coat all the time. This winter has felt particularly long, and even I'm glad to see the weather finally moving forward into warmer modes.
Finding a pointe shoe that works for me has been, and still is, a complicated process. Now that my foot shape is changing again, and my current model of pointe shoe is no longer being distributed in the US, I'm once again on the hunt for pointe shoes!