This Saturday, May 7, 2011, will be the opening night for Bunnies & Bows, an event curated by Michelle Nguyen AKA I Am Chubby Bunny.
Here is my final piece that will be going up at Japan LA for the art show. I worked with watercolor, ink pen, and washi paper from Hiromi Paper Inc. The title of the piece is I Dream of Bunnie – yes, it’s very much a play-on with I Dream of Jeannie (a television show from the 60s that used to play on the Nickelodeon channel back in the 90s, for all you youngsters out there!). I did several sketches before deciding on this image. At first, I was going the more cartoon illustration style but the image wasn’t as fluid as I would have liked. I eventually decided I was over-thinking my concept and started sketching again while I was relaxing on a Friday night (aka, I was watching Supernatural). When I finished the sketch of this girl, looking like she’s in a deep trance or she’s sleeping, with a hint of a smile on her face – I knew it was the one I wanted to take to the final steps.
I think I tried to represent the sort of peaceful happiness you feel when you’ve worked long and hard to achieve a lifelong goal or a dream. I’ve watched Michelle’s progress as an artist/fashionista to a budding independent businesswoman. For me, despite the long and stressful hours she puts in to get work done on a daily basis, I know she has found what is going to make her happy for the rest of her career. I am hoping my illustration will remind her of her happy-bunny-life as a result of following her dreams.
Michelle is one of those special people who showed the world that all it takes is dedication and a lot of hard work to make your own dreams come true! That’s pretty much my inspiration for this :)
Michelle wrote this very, very sweet Meet-the-Artist blog about me: A Nerd By Any Other Name
Admittedly, it made me tear up when I read the blog. I am always grateful when people say kind things about me and I don’t take it for granted that I know unique and talented people like Michelle in my life. As I’ve mentioned before, I am incredibly excited to be a part of this show and you should take the time to check out all the other participating artists on Michelle’s blog.
The opening night will be loads of fun with fashion, contests and food.
I hope to see you all on May 7th!