For those of you who love manga and/or aspire to be manga artists, Ustream.tv is a surprisingly good source for live channels of manga and doujinshi artists drawing at their desktops.
Unfortunately, you kind of have to search for them to find them, as they often will change channels that they’re broadcasting on. I think I’ve seen “yoshikadu” change channels 3 or 4 times in the past 2 years in fact. You could do a very general keyword search for “Japan” and sift through those. Needless to say the artists generally don’t tag their channels consistently, so it takes some time to find them. But it’s worth it to see the creation of such magnificent artwork.
Here are some channels I follow:
Again, these links are subject to change. Check them out when you get a chance. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch them live on the air.
I just returned from downtown where Enzo Restaurant and Lounge was hosting Waterstone Aesthetics’ presentation of MODE-KEI, a Japan-inspired fashion show and a charity fundraiser for the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Effort. Designers pulled their influence from traditional Japanese design, origami, and Harajuku style.
This is the first JASGA event where I’ve been able to use my new Nikon D5100, and it paid off. Having my professional-looking camera with me got the attention of one of the designers, who pulled me up to front of the stage where seats were reserved for press and photographers. Additionally, he took me backstage for some shots of the models prior to the event.
Here’s the slideshow:
As a side note, I have a $50 WaterStone Aesthetics gift certificates. If there’s enough interest, I’ll have a contest for it on my Facebook page. Be sure you like the page, as it’s highly likely that I’ll just do a random drawing using the list of names there.