or the kewpie

Mizu and I tried our hand at making me a bento to take to work tomorrow. We did the octopus sausages (we needed a sharper knife, most ended up sad and mangled), roasted sesame potato salad (if you have an Asian market near you, buy a bottle of Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame dressing. It is the best shit), rolled eggs (I’m going to blame the pan for this one’s imperfections) and some onigiri (we made extra with the leftover rice and they were delicious).

I’m hype about eating it tomorrow!

i want to go buy new paint so i can finish this giant virgen de guadalupe crying kewpie doll i started but i don’t want to go to the overpriced art store here ugh
i just want to put this sketch onto something nice because the idea came out really cute tbh at this point i might just embroider it onto a jacket or something because i have SO much embroidery floss and Nothing else

i don’t want to murder the tiny prismacolor pencil set i got for my birthday like i think i would have to to get the colors as deep as i want. 🙃 my art teacher senior year of high school taught me to just grind as hard as possible with them for color payout and i haven’t taken another class where i actually got to color any drawings since so i still don’t know if that’s correct because he was one of those -actually smokes weed in his car everyday during lunch- art teachers.
he saw a video clip of the little despicable me girl saying it’s so fluffy i’m gonna die and spent our whole 2.5 hour class watching it on a loop crying from laughter. he proceeded to repeat this every class for the next two weeks. I ran into him at awesomecon the first year i went and he was just standing in the lobby, mouth in a huge open smile, wide eyed as hell, and i came up to him to say hi and he said “i have no idea how i got here.” with a very dreamy expression. then he gave me a hug and started spinning around with his arms out.
but he sent my self portraits in for contests so i always liked him anyway


Rose Cecil O'Neill (June 25, 1874 – April 6, 1944) 

American cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer. She rose to fame for her creation of the popular comic strip characters, Kewpies, in 1909, and was also the first published female cartoonist in the United States.

Her Kewpie cartoons, which made their debut in a 1909 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, were later manufactured as bisque dolls in 1912. The dolls were wildly popular in the early twentieth century, and are considered to be one of the first mass-marketed toys in the United States.

O'Neill also wrote several novels and books of poetry, and was active in the women’s suffrage movement. She was for a time the highest-paid female illustrator in the world upon the success of the Kewpie dolls. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover, title page and illustrations from The Loves of Edwy. Tale and drawings by Rose Cecil O’Neill. Boston: Lothrop Publishing Company, 1904.