Those who know me, know that I love the academic painter, William Bouguereau. I recently had the opportunity to purchase a letter, written and signed by Bouguereau. I wanted to share this letter and its translation because it might be interesting to other people also. I'm so grateful to my friend, Mr. Arnaud Courgey for his beautiful translation. Please see below for the translation.
I also learned that the black border on the paper means that Bouguereau was in mourning. I did some research and found out that in 1880, his grandson, Willie, was born which was a joyous time for Bouguereau, but before that, Bouguereau experienced much grief from family deaths.
My interpretation of the letter is that an artist wrote to Bouguereau to ask about why they weren't selected for a salon exhibit or other show and Bouguereau wrote back to explain the jury's selection. I like this letter because it shows Bouguereau's compassion by the fact that he took the time to write to this artist. I hope any fellow Bouguereau fans enjoy this letter and will share the information!
My Neighbor Totoro + Kiki's Delivery Service
I took a trip with my best friend to Kinokuniya yesterday. It's my favorite bookstore and has two locations: one of them is in New York City and there's another one in Edgewater, NJ. We went to the one in Edgewater, which is connected to a large Japanese market called Mitsuwa. The market has amazing food and it's a great place to find some hard-to-find Japanese items.
I was poking around Kinokuniya, which has a section specifically for Studio Ghibli. I was able to find a few books that I've had my eye one for a while. I was originally going to get them online, but the prices at Kinokuniya are competitive.
The books that I picked up are two storyboard collections from Hayao Miyazaki. The store had a bunch of them and I decided to pick up two of them. As an illustrator, these books are a great way to learn the art of storyboarding. They're beautifully designed with a dust jacket and slipcase. It's all in Japanese, but they're still a treasure trove of illustrations. Miyazaki's skill level still shocks me and it honestly feels like you're watching a pencil version of the movie when you look through these storyboards.
Kinokuniya can also order books for you and you can pick them up from their stores. Check out the images below and have a great weekend!
I was super inspired today to do my calendar sketch inspired by some recent thoughts and the new manga that I'm looking at. My recent thoughts have been surrounding the fact that possessions are worthless. The only things that matter are your skill and knowledge.
I'm so proud of the recent progress with my illustrations overall. I've really been letting the pencil and brush do the work, instead of overthinking about technique. I start now with a clear idea of what I want to represent, then I keep drawing until it looks good. I've been using watercolor for these, which has been working great.
Just put on some good music and have fun!