This is our secondary February ALT News poster, primary is here. Same ideas as the last one, just compact since we have less surface area for the secondary, but updated art since we have time to rethink stuff. Can you spot the latest Japanese fad incorporated into this edition?
Here's a close up of our anchor. This is another take on the nerd concept, except just one hardcore noid. The wacky hair is inspired by Daley. The monocolor concept was because we didn't have a lot of time to turn these two around, so why not just go with Valentiney red. I really want to be able to pull off that single color scheme, but I am not sold on these attempts.
Here is our first February ALT poster. The doodads' detail is here. Features this month include a spotlight on rock love songs that I love cuz they rock, a dealio on black history month, and a report on Harvard's cheatyface cheaters.
Here's a close up of the noids. I wanted to draw a story-pic of dudes competing for a girl in their own special way, and have each repulsive in their own way. It made me laugh a bunch of times while drawing it, so it was worth it.
Some support illustrations from one of my February posters. I didn't close-up photo their final versions unfortunately, but we'll see them revamped in our companion poster. The idea here was to see if I could make more abstract characters still work. I'm trying to simplify to speed up, but I don't want to lose expression.
Fun Facts: I of course like chocolate, but I kinda of amp it up here since they seem to get a kick out of it. Still, I have to admit, however beautiful jChocolate stuff looks, it's really not quite as good as the US stuff. US choco is just better...if only jChoco tasted as good as it looked.
Fun Facts: I don't actually read a lot of comics, nor have I really ever. The only comics I really read were the Electric Tale of Pikachu and One Piece volumes--the first OP which I remember reading was before my first Academic Team match, in the parking lot. I had resisted reading OP because of the picture they used everywhere to promote it--they picked the worst, least appealing pic of Luffy I've ever seen, so I was quite repulsed by the series, but I finally picked it up for some reason...and I've reread that first volume so many times, studied its structure, took it with me to college, consulted it, everything.
Anyway, since coming to Japan, manga is so cheap here, you're losing money not buying comics here, plus you can practice your jReading skillz. And you can always study the art. So it's great.
Fun Facts: I've had pizza at the pizza place down the street every Sunday night since roughly October of 2011, if I recall correctly. Only missed a couple days: New Years '12 because the principal invited me to their family dinner (New Years' is a big deal in Japan) and one other date when I had to travel and couldn't be back in time. Why Sunday night? Because I figure Saturday night's gotta be busy, and I don't want to bump into anyone while I eat, and so far Sunday night is pretty much ghost-town night, so I called it correctly. Maybe three times has there ever been anyone else there at the same time, one of which was just someone ordering to go. One time, though, was a great example of why you want to avoid people--most places in Japan are smoke-accessible, so while I was eating there was a dude with his girlfriend smoking up the tiny, tiny little joint. Puts a damper on the pizzaing experience.
This is a pic of Kirifuda Katta from Duel Masters. It's a fun game when you don't play hardcore serious. But I guess, that's true for Magic, too. Hardcore tournament Magic disgusts me, as does the DM equivalent. If you just want the best, most powerful stuff rather than a cool theme, then it's a spending contest. There's no heart to your cards, Yugi. No heart.
This is a little activity I made for the jKids. I drew six pics of a story from their textbook on the back of a giant envelope, cut them up and then shuffled. The jKids then read their text's story and then we checked for any questions they had. Then after that we ran through the story one last time.
After that we split the class in two (it's a small class of less than 10) and then each team got a shot to use their understanding to put the randomized images in order. I used a stopwatch to turn it into a competition and it went pretty well!
They used this activity in another class the next day and though I couldn't be there since it was one of my away-days at another school, I heard it went riotously well. I'm always so thrilled to hear that they actually are having fun with English because of my art. I know English is ridiculous and I would never want to have to learn it myself, so I'm happy I can at least ease their pain a little.
Today's images are also out of order, but I'm sure it's easy enough to organize them, yeah?
Here's a spot illo from our secondary January ALT poster. It's based on the first one, but I decided to make it a little more interesting than just any old guy and girl eye-locking. It's Medusa and some poor sap. Much later I adapted it for a hee-hawlarious slide in a youtube video:
Here are some title designs from our main January ALT poster.
And here's some spot illos for a common English expression (right) plus (left) the difference between when the US vs. JP plays Auld Lang Syne. In Japan, they play it every night before just about any store closes down for the day.
A couple quick sketches from an jElementary visit before I had to bolt off to a second shift somewhere else.
These jKids don't hold back and level you with enthusiasm. Some struggle to contain their excitement, almost bursting from the effort. It's really neat. I could do without all the hand-holding, though. If they're not trying to shake your hand (I think they do that because they're conditioned to think of interaction with westerners as necessarily involving hand-shaking) they'll want to hold your hand--either to lead you somewhere or just for the sheer heck of holding your hand.
That's cute and everything but GERMS!!!!!!!!!!!! Please understand, dear jKids, it's not you, it's me. And the millions of tiny micro-organisms on your tiny, little, delicate snot-drenched fingers.