USAMAMANIKKI

22 Dec 2015

DIY-ing A Big Eucalyptus Wreath!

Our 4 meters long eucalyptus tree had to be cut down entirely after one of its trunks gave in to strong winds one day... We weren't going to waste the tree though! So we made a big wreath, timely for the Xmas season! And here's a video showing how all that happened. :) hope you enjoy watching!

Check out Usamama nikki, our instagram picutre diary about Usamama - a stylish and peculiar mama-rabbit living at an urban valley in central Tokyo.

我が家にあった4mを越える高さのユーカリの木。先日の強風の時に根元から折れてしまい、全て切る事になってしまいました。そのまま処分するなんて、お花まで咲くほど元気に育っていたユーカリちゃんがかわいそうだし、もったいない!でも木一本分の材料だからリースなんて何個作っても余っちゃう、、!どうしよう。
そんな時、お出かけ先で見かけた大きなリース。あれ!?これ作っちゃえば良いんじゃない?!という事で、作りました。そんなムービーです。観てね〜☆^^





xxx Maiko

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Sister and Brother portraits

Ink drawing
Coloured digitally with Photoshop


Drew these portraits of a frined's daughter and son for their family negajo (new year's card). Little sister loves ribbons and everything pink, and brother lurves trains.

And here is the negajo!
以前お友達のお嬢さんをちょろっと描かせてもらった事があったのですが、そしたらその絵をとても気に入ってくださって、年賀状に使いたい〜とまで言ってくださって♡。でも正直その絵はあんまり上手く描けてなかったと私は思っていたので、待って待ってじゃぁもっとちゃんと描くから〜!って事でお兄ちゃんと妹ちゃんの2人を改めて描かせていただきました。(^^)
リボンが大好きな笑顔がキュートな妹ちゃんと電車マニアなお兄ちゃん♪
息子さんとは一度も会った事がなく、写真だけが頼りだったので少々不安でしたが「よく特徴つかんでるよ!!」だそうです。良かった〜!

そしてついでに年賀状のデザインもさせてもらっちゃいました。我ながらかわいく出来たかと。うふ。



xxx Maiko

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2 Dec 2015

Autumn Persimmon Leaves

今年の秋色の記憶♪
柿の葉。私は柿は固めが好きです。
Happy Autumn! (although it's December already, which means it's winter)
"Autumn Persimmon Leaves" 
147mm x 230mm, Fabriano Sketch Book, Pencil and Watercolour

You can watch how I drew it:


And it's available as art prints and more at my shop!

xxx Maiko

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24 Sep 2015

baby, baby, baby, baby! :D

Nowadays, many of my friends have debuted as mothers. The other day I got to meet four babies all at once, three of whom I was meeting for the first time. As an artist who prides herself in being good at croquis and portraits/ figure drawings, I saw it my task to draw them all. :)

最近私の周りはちょっとしたベビーブーム。先日4人の赤ちゃん、その中で3人とは初めて、会う機会がありました。クロッキー(速写)と似顔絵を得意としているからには描かずにはいられません。出産お祝い用にその場で1人一人描かせてもらいました^^
かわいかったぁ♡みんな元気におっきくなるんだよー!また描かせてね〜!

"Baby Conference"
「赤ちゃん会議」
A4, pencil and watercolour

"In Mother's Loving Arms"
「ここが一番安心するんだ♪」
A4, pencil and watercolour

"Sorry Papa, Mama's In Love With A New Man!"
「ごめんねパパ、ママは僕が大好きだからなぁ。」
A4, pencil and watercolour

"Little Missy Is Ready To Explore!"
「わたし、もうすぐ自分で動き回れちゃうくらいお姉さんなの!」
A4, pencil and watercolour

"One Sheep, Zzz…"
「眠れない?そんなときは羊を数えるのよ。ひつじがいっぴ・・・zzz。」
A4, pencil and watercolour

And here is how I drew them! Thanks to my friends for taking these photos ;)
描いてる様子を写真に撮ってくれてました。ありがとう!

xxx Maiko

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16 Sep 2015

David Garrett (^-^)

I recently found David Garrett through his movie The Devil's Violinist, and have since become a massive fan of him. He is a world famous virtuoso violinist, whose music your ears will love, whose beautiful face and physical perfection your eyes will love, and whose charisma and professionalism your heart will be inspired by.
Thanks to DG team's generosity to allow the existence of high quality concert footage etc. on Youtube, I've been able to virtually enjoy his performances on repeat. :D  And I've been drawing him lots while watching these clips. Below two are my best ones so far!

watercolour and pencil, A4

Time-lapse:

 Ideally, the audio for this clip would be his version of "The Flight of The Bumble Bee". (This is a good one (the video quality isn't but).)  :D



watercolour and pencil, within A5

Time-lapse movie. There was a fair bit of fixing, especially the face, which I didn't film, but anyhow, just so that you can see how the drawing starts! Hope you enjoy watching:

xxx Maiko

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13 Sep 2015

"A Place In The Sun"


watercolour & pencil, A4

Time-lapse:


xxx Maiko

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"Back To The Drawing Board"

watercolour, acrylic, pencil
B5, 270gsm Windsor & Newton Cotman WaterColour Paper

Time-lapse!


xxx Maiko

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4 Sep 2015

My mum's roses. :)

watercolour, acrylic, pencil
B5, 270gsm Windsor & Newton Cotman WaterColour Paper

Making of, in stop motion:



xxx Maiko

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29 Aug 2015

"City Bunnies - Looking For Tokyo Tower On A Foggy Day"

This is how city bunnies enjoy a foggy day in Tokyo. :)
watercolour B5
270gsm Windsor & Newton Cotman WaterColour Paper

Making of, in stop motion:


xxx Maiko

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15 Aug 2015

My favourite baby girl

お友達のベビちゃん。私の一番好きなベビちゃん♡とにかくかわいい〜。
ママの愛情をいっぱいもらって、すくすくおっきくなってってね^^
My friend's baby girl - my favourite baby girl. She is so, so cute.


生後5日 、ほんっとにちっこかった!
私が家族以外で初めて抱っこしたママの友人なんだよ、うふふ。
On  her 5th day since  birth. 

生後4ヶ月!おっきくなったねー!
綿菓子みたいにふわふわの髪の毛とかもうたまんない。
At 4 month.  
母さんは夜なべして〜♪(笑)
With mama. :)

xxx Maiko

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19 Jul 2015

手作りワークショップ 古着を使って刺繍入りTシャツを作ろう!

を開催しました!
夏がテーマの3種類の絵柄を用意しました〜。

参加者さんは選んだ絵柄をポケット型の布に刺繍して、それをTシャツに縫い付けてオリジナルTシャツを作るという内容。
当日担当のゆうがレッスンを進める間私はその様子を写真に撮ったりスケッチしたりしていました♪


xxx Maiko

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21 Apr 2015

Tokyo Scenery Series - 2015 Sakura and Spring

"A Tokyo House in Spring" 
watercolour and pencil
Available:
This work is available as art print, canvas print, stationary cards, wall tapestry, and iPhone cover.


"Conversations" 
watercolour and pencil

xxx Maiko

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25 Mar 2015

Tokyo Scenery Series

When I'm away on a trip, I make an effort to draw more, because who knows when I'll get to be at that "away" place again next. And naturally, when I'm back home, I often let go of pretty moments and views, thinking "I'll come back later. Now I ought to get going…".

So, with Tokyo Scenery Series, which I hope to keep it a long-running theme, I want to re-appreciate  scenery of Tokyo, my hometown, that deserves so much more than simply being walked through and made into a blur.

Marukogawa canal - "Blue"
Available:
This work is available as art print, canvas print, stationary cards, wall tapestry, and iPhone cover.


Marukogawa Canal - "Green"
Available:
This work is available as art print, canvas print, stationary cards, wall tapestry, and iPhone cover.


Tamagawa river  - "Quiet Thought"
Available:
This work is available as art print, and canvas print.


xxx Maiko

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24 Mar 2015

Welcome to the world, Baby girl!

生後5日目のベビーに会ってきました!かわいい、かわいい!







xxx Maiko

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17 Mar 2015

Family Portrait ファミリーポートレート


Pencil and Watercolour on Canson 300gsm "Montval" watercolour paper.  180mm x 130mm .
2015 Feb.

写真と一緒に飾りこの一枚だけ「あ、これは絵だ!」という感じで飾りたい、
との事でしたので絵画用額縁ではなくフォトフレームを選びました。
In a simple copper photo frame .

xxx Maiko

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1 Jan 2015

Happy New Year 2015!


今年もよろしくお願い致します!
xxx
maiko


xxx Maiko

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