It really does take a village to raise a child. I feel very fortunate and thankful to have a great support community of friends and family as my “village,” as well as the fantastic bundle of joy itself that is my son. It’s my believe that kids keep life interesting and help propagate happiness into the world.
It’s been a while since I’ve done new character designs, so I thought I would try my hand at a Panda onna bugeisha (loosely translated: female warrior). She certainly can hold her ground amongst her male samurai panda comrades! It’ll be fun to explore this panda’s personality as I continue to draw her…
The very best and lasting things in my life have chosen me. My family, all of my close friends, my dog Phoebe, and even the ability to draw pandas are all quite illogical relationships that, when put on paper, are not be ideal. Yet somehow, these irrational occurrances all feel quite natural and very beneficial.
Conversely, I can recall times where I have very consciously wanted things or achievements so badly. Even when I would attain those statuses or things, they never felt as lasting as the experiences that have chosen me.
There’s a lot to be said about striving to be open, listening to the universe, and walking the middle path.