24 April 2011 @ 03:17 pm
Personal Entry No. 68  
Finding myself with free time and a large box of miscellaneous confections, I think I can post something today! There hasn't been much time for anything other than scattered comments ever since my spring vacation, as I've been pretty busy with the CLS paperwork, major and minor audits, class and housing registration, and upcoming final exams. (It's strange to think of it, but I only have one full week of classes left before "reading week" and finals -- where did this semester fly off to?)

For those whom I didn't already tell, I found out that I'll be going to Vladimir this summer, and will be studying at the KORA Russian Language Center. It's a remarkably beautiful city, and is either over 900 or 1,000 years old, depending on what foundation date one goes by; I don't know where exactly in the city I'll be staying, but I do know that the program has many cultural excursions planned to local museums and theaters, as well as to Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I'm both excited frightened at the prospect of being in an entirely different country for seven weeks, but hopefully my excitement will get the better of my fear before I leave.

School has been going relatively well this past month: I managed to see both a very silly production of The Pirates of Penzance and an amazing taiko performance/fundraiser for the city of Asahi, which was badly damaged by the Tōhoku earthquake. My own Japanese-language professor is from Asahi, and she herself performed in one of the pieces -- she looked so amazing!

TAIKOnnection's website can be seen here; if you live anywhere in the Finger Lakes area of New York state, or ever end up there for whatever reason, please look out for their future performances!

I also went on tour with my choral group at the beginning of this month, which was a tiring but overall enjoyable experience. (Unfortunately, it seems that we will never be able to attend that one hotel in New York City again.) We just completed our recording sessions for a new CD, so hopefully I'll be able to upload the pieces we sang here for your benefit -- so long as you want to listen to them, of course!

Now with numbers!

① This is fanart for Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, which recently ended on a surprisingly good note.

[livejournal.com profile] laury_kos's request, which is taking after an old advertisement. Once Sakura and Xiaolang are fully painted in, the stars behind them will be painted out, thus making a circle around them. My messy guidelines are hidden here!

[livejournal.com profile] makwui's request. I decided to go with a warm color scheme, since it seems that a lot of fanart with these characters use obvious cold blues and purples. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if the orange is working out well...

④ An extremely sketchy start for more fanart! I'm basing the colors for this one off of Jan Vermeer's "The Geographer" and Hendrick ter Brugghen's "The Flute Player," but it'll be a while before it shapes up into anything worth looking at.

⑤ This is something I made for the relief efforts for the Tōhoku earthquake, but never found a good use for. In the end, I just posted it on Pixiv along with links to donation sites.

Finally: to those who celebrate it, have a happy Easter! To those who don't, enjoy the onset of spring or fall!
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[identity profile] kencana-kencana.livejournal.com on April 25th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Wow, can't wait for the final result.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope it doesn't take another year to finish them, though. :'D
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[identity profile] mairenn-k.livejournal.com on April 25th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Happy Easter! Vladimir sounds like a very interesting place, I hope you'll have a really great time there. I'd love to visit Russia too someday, even though I don't know the language at all. (During my time at the university I took a course that included a study trip to either Russia (Saint Petersburg) + Estonia or Austria + Hungary + Slovakia, and while I don't regret choosing the second alternative, those of my classmates who went to Saint Petersburg all had a lot of positive things to say about it.)

That performance is really impressive! Being there and seeing it live must be a great experience. Also, all the pictures look amazing. I especially like the Madoka Magica one, although I might not be totally objective on that point since I just watched the ending of the series and still feel all emotional about it, haha.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Here's hoping you had a Happy Easter, too! The largest cities of Russia, including those in the historial "Golden Ring," are supposed to be pretty accessible to people who can't speak Russian (so long as you make sure to stay safe and avoid getting ripped off, of course -- but that can be said of a lot of different countries).

The taiko performance really was a great experience (even if it was a bad idea in retrospect to sit so close to the stage). It's an under-appreciated form of music in general.

I'm glad you like the pictures! Let's see if Pixiv is still emotional about Madoka Magica by the time I finish the fanart.
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[identity profile] mina-akira.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
That sounds amazing!! ♥♥♥ I hope you'll update us with tons of pics from Vladimir and about your experience there too of course! *3* ♥!

The Taiko performance sounds amazing! Thank you SO much for sharing! *3*

And I would so very much would like to hear the pieces you sang with your group *A* ♥

And ...woah!!! You just get more amazing each time!! ;w; Those are ALL so BEAUTIFUL ♥♥I'm in love with the way you color. I especially love the Madoka Magica one, even though I've never watched it but your illustration is amazing. And I'm really loving the warm colors on the Sakura and Syaoran pic ♥♥♥ So lovely! Keep it up, Outou!!! ♥♥
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 2nd, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely going to remember to pack my camera, for once and for all! (My father even asked if I wanted to bring one of my grandfather's old film cameras, since they would produce better photos. I'm not sure how well it would do with Customs, though...)

Thanks for watching it! They're such an incredible group, aren't they?

0\\0 I'm really, really glad that you liked them! (On another note, do try to watch Madoka Magica when you get the chance -- it's a great series overall.)
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