By Jason S. Yadao
One of the neat things about local anime and manga fandom is how it's spawned an entire generation of people eager to whip out their sketchbooks and draw things inspired by the series that they love. I've seen that talent manifest itself in the Liliha Library Anime Art Contest for the past two years now, MangaBento's art exhibits, and the Artist Alley at Kawaii Kon and HEXXP, and the art's been really, really nice.
Well, it's time once again to nurture that talent. Pen & Ink Works has a neat event coming up from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday to do just that -- a Sketch Meet where artists can hang out, participate in some drawing games and trade tips with one another. All you need is a sketchbook, some drawing materials (naturally), a mat or a towel ... and some good walking shoes. Some sunscreen may be in order as well.
For while the event will be starting off in front of Shirokiya -- Ala Moana, second floor, just look for them somewhere between the entrance to Macy's and the KZOO studio -- they'll be migrating eventually to Magic Island, across the street. By the way, for the curious, as of this writing the National Weather Service forecast is for mostly sunny conditions with a 20 percent chance of showers, breezy and a high near 75. So unless you have to spend the afternoon, say, in an office working on polishing up the next day's news for the people (sadly raises hand), it sounds like a creative, lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and take in another nice day here on the island.
Writing about this Sketch Meet also reminded me that I have yet to discuss in this space MangaBento's upcoming exhibit, "Nakamaboko: Working Together." Scheduled to run from June 12 through July 14, the exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School (formerly the Academy Art Center at 1111 Victoria St.) will feature art pieces in various media (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photos, costumes and the like) that are inspired by anime and manga. To that end, the group will be accepting community submissions. Most of the deadlines are in May -- and I'll include reminders in this space as we approach those deadlines -- but if you want to get a head start and mail something in now, you can do so. Send your pieces in by May 23 to:
Kaimuki High School
2705 Kaimuki Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Be sure to include your name; age; school and teacher (if applicable); whether you're a pro, amateur, or student; address; phone number; email address; and a sale price if you want to sell your piece. A complete rundown of requirements is available at the Nakamaboko page at www.manga-bento.com.