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Outou ([personal profile] outou) wrote on April 24th, 2011 at 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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