December 17, 2004

Busy as a Ghost.

I had a very long, busy, but ultimately fulfilling day yesterday. I went to a school to talk to students about drawing and anime. I spoke to 4 different classes, grades 4, 5, 6, and 7, more or less giving the same presentation 4 times. It was tedious and tiring, but I do what I can because the art programs at the elementary level are just pathetic, and maybe it can help drum up some business for Comic Book Masters next term.

I was pretty exhausted after that, but I was told that there was going to be a bit of a gathering at my old stomping grounds, the Ontario College of Art and Design. Even though I left the school a year ago under unsavory circumstances, I still have friends there who I don’t get to see very often, and I was invited, so I made the trip. It was pretty funny to walk into a room where most of the people there hadn’t seen me in ages and didn’t know that I’d be there. People looked like they had just seen a ghost! We had a co-op life drawing session, where each of us took turns posing with some costume elements while the others drew what they saw. I was the last to pose for the night. When it was over one of the artists gave me one of the drawings, so here’s a depiction of me as rendered by Sam G.

Striking, is it not? People came up with the most interesting comments while drawing me. I got complements on my arms, my fingers, and my nose. At least, in terms of how much fun it is to draw those parts of my anatomy. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but I’ll take what I can get.

It was a lot of fun to do that and I’m glad that I went, despite how tired I was beforehand. Now that I’m finished with teaching as of last Saturday, I’m just going to relax for awhile and work towards getting this place into shape with some new updates before the year closes.



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