I was invited for the lunch and enjoyed it with children at Book Festival today.
We, authors and picture book illustrators met 500 children in a Hall.
A panel discussion was a great fun. Authors often made us laugh. I sketched it. Can you see children looking at them with a great interest?
For children, we are super heroes --- I felt my responsibility as an artist. Kids took lots of photos of us.
...personally, I really love these naughty pretty girls ( I used to do it! and still do it!!), ahahaha!
Ten students, a teacher and an author or an illustrator were at each table. We had a wonderful time.
Many children made a queue to get my authography and a quick drawing with a message, "Love and Hope!"
Often kids said, "Coool!" "Funny!" "Awesome!" Hahaha!
Yes, my message is same as before and will be so in my artist life. I'd deliver children love, hope and dream.
One girl talked to me at the end of the festival.
"Can you remember me?" she asked.
Oh, flashback! I remembered her! Yes, the girl asked me to sketch her a year ago. She kept it for her treasure and showed it me again. Oh, Sweetie, lovely. Thank YOU for remembering me!
Children, you deserve to be happy and beloved.
I heartily hope, one day, children will look back this day and this memory will help them get through a tough time.
A big bonus is I could meet the brilliant author and illustrator Tohby Riddle in person. I'm his big fan! His great surrealism, sophisticated humour and sweetness, very heartwarming messages are so lovely. Well, you can find Tohby's duck sneaking in my watermark!! Got it? (*Yeah, I was nothing different from other children. I put myself in his queue to get it!)
I'd really appreciate organizers' hard work and other backstage players efforts for the event. Thank you for giving me the great opportunity to share time with kids.
I certainly feel an illustartor is a wonderful job! I love it.
Have a wonderful weekend, Friends!!