These images were inspired by the anime Madoka Magica that I've been watching lately, as well as Japanese kawaii collage-y papercraft! If you've seen it, I think you'll recognize the inspiration. I'm pretty new to anime and have just started watching this one via Crunchyroll (we have a Chrome Cast and I use that to watch it via my phone, onto my TV. I'm from the future you know!) This anime has the Magical Girl concept, but with a much darker twist. I really, really love it so far. The artistic style of it is really unique, with lots of styles and motifs that don't QUITE go together, juxtopozed into this sort of weird, gothic, trippy, yet beautiful world. I think the style was a little experimental as far as anime goes (from bits of what I've read online.) It's a popular anime, and I can see why.
I took these photos on my Grandmother's property in rural Louisiana a month or so ago. When I was editing the pics, I just felt like they needed something extra. They seemed so boring by themselves, and while I don't usually embellish my photos much, I'm so happy I experimented with these! It was really fun to step outside what I normally do. I've really been craving to create with new ideas, instead of falling back onto what I normally do. These have totally kickstarted my creativity. After a full and wonderful summer with my family, I haven't quite had the time to focus on making things... I'm glad I took the time to do this. I kind of love the slightly dark, gothic tone to these which is definitely not the usual for me. Thanks to Madoka for the inspiration! Do you watch this anime?
I've been knee deep in all things Japanese lately... Anime, Podcasts about living and working in Tokyo, Podcasts ABOUT Anime, planning our Tokyo trip in the fall... photographing my Pullip doll (who are actually a Korea based design).. and yes that is Pullip doll singular.. I only have one and I photographed her with two wigs and then merged that one photo in Photoshop. ; ) She reminded me of the Madoka girls.
I've been trying to reintroduce some fine art supplies into my life lately. One of my high school art teachers found me on Facebook recently and I was thinking how sad it is that I haven't hardly picked up a pencil or paint brush in the past 15 years or so, when that was pretty much my life from childhood through college. I bought some of these watercolor pencils recently... I'm going to incorporate them onto fabric with some embroidery designs. They are apparently permanent and washable on fabric, and in quite vivid colors from what I've read. I'll be sure to share that experiment!