Recently finished making this cel of the character Yoshino. It's hand painted with acrylic paints. I might paint a background for it.
I know this is a long post and apologize for the long absence and lack of updating. This post will cover what's been happening. Ronin Yoshino had to be put on hold again. A lot has happened in the past two years. On July 3rd, 2014 we (mom, dad and I) moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the mountainous countryside of Upstate New York. It was complete chaos that would be perfect writing material for a story...
A scorching humid day, gathering all the boxes, drivers getting heatstroke, being in a crowed car filled with animals (I was sandwiched between 2 dogs, a parrot, cat on my lap and lizard on my feet) for eight hours. Once we got on the Old Tapenzee Bridge - traffic jams, torrential rain, hail, blasting wind and lighting too close for comfort. Driving conditions were unbelievable. In pitch darkness we find our little homestead and stayed in the RV that night because it was a blackout (there was a tornado that day). Following day, the moving drivers ditched us. They just dropped the truck off and left. Our friend came to give us a hand unloading. Then we discover water damaged furniture and ruined photographs... It was chaos, but eventually things got better.
I had no time to write/illustrate the Ronin Yoshino special from the contest. It was too hecktec from the moving process and getting things settled took several months. Things started to go well and we were enjoying our new life in the country. Seeing new wildlife like eastern coyotes, foxes, deers, woodchucks, skunks, porcupines, beavers, fisher cats, black bear and new species of birds. We explores the area, going to local events and visiting the Friends of Rodgers Center and Wolf Mountain. Our new neighbors are a herd of cows - much nicer than the irritating boom box radios, sirens and lawn machines. Peace, quiet and lots of pretty scenic space.
However, in winter of 2015, things made a turn for the absolute worst. My beloved mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer... It was like an invisible sword thrust into my heart. For a year my mom fought hard. She was a fighter, a strong spirited women that didn't give up. Unfortunately, she lost her battle on May 3rd 2016... The damn Doctor screwed-up and the accursed medication called Lasix was fatal... Mom was awesome and supported me throughout my life. She was my best friend, kindred spirit and my heroine. She encouraged me to "never give up" and "always try something new". Mom was very talented artist; poet, musician, photographer, jewelry artisan, illustrator, herbologist, gardener. I made her a promise, "To continue writing Ronin Yoshino, try new types of art and build a house on Lot17." It's this promise that's helping me to stay strong.
I will end this on a more positive note. I'm currently writing/illustrating new Ronin Yoshino material. I created a new art shop (http://ShinrinStudio.zibbet.com) and will create new types of art. Also, on July 6th, 2016 as my birthday gift to moms spirit, I purchased an Amish-built Mini House which will be delivered on Lot17 next week! Dad and I are excited! It's going to be an off the grid, Eco-friendly, sustainable cabin.
Mom was the editor of Ronin Yoshino. She edited the entire first season. All 12 chapters and over 200 pages for 10 years. She helped me write the story, modeled for me, gave me inspiration, made sure my characters were in proportion and helped promote my manga. The character Akatsuki from my manga, is based on a younger version of my mom. I'll do a character profile of Akatsuki soon.
So, there will be new Ronin Yoshino manga, new characters, art and adventures - stay tuned! Thank you mom for everything!! Ronin Yoshino wouldn't have gotten this far without you 😁❤️ In loving memory of Zoraida Bros (July 6, 1949 - May 3, 2016) 🇵🇷 See her beautiful and amazing handcrafted jewelry: http://zoraidajewelry.com
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