Rumiko Takahashi Tribute Exhibit

September 26th, 2015 | Posted by mariasarria in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit and write for the blog but things have been busy with various freelance assignments and gearing up to open my online store with original products. If you haven’t had a chance, follow me on instagram for sneak peeks into the process and artwork that will soon be available for sale. ^_~
Last post I blogged about submitting a illustration for a Ranma zine collective. Today, I am really excited to share another piece I was fortunate enough to contribute as homage to the series. I was able to participate in a Rumiko Takahashi Tribute Show curated by Q-Pop shop/gallery in beautiful downtown Los Angeles.
As a huge fangirl of Rumiko-sensei’s works, I was beyond elated and totally pumped! Due to shipping time (since I’m on the East coast) I only had a day to work on the painting once I was admitted into the gallery show. Because of the time crunch, didn’t get many photos of my process as I would have liked. The artwork illustrates some of the tricks Shampoo exercised in the show to entrap Ranma to her– which includes her formula 119 shampoo, love pills bracelet, curse of reversal jewel, hypnotic dumplings, instant Nannichuan powder, and her red-string of fate. A few of them are items a hardcore Ranma fan would catch lol!

The piece is a combination of copic markers, acrylic, gouache, ink, and color pencils.

Inking in the lines and laying down color.

Inking in the lines and laying down color.

Here are some photos of the opening of the exhibit at Q-pop in Little Tokyo, courtesy of my talented friend Miss Kika, who also has a gorgeous Lum piece in the show!

One of the exhibit walls.

One of the exhibit walls.



Some of the 3D pieces and prints at the show.



Me and my friends, Miss Kika and Messy Pink with our pieces on same wall! woohoo!



My Shampoo piece at the exhibit!

The Rumiko Takahashi tribute show at Q-pop gallery is open from Sept. 19th – Oct. 11th 2015.

**Update: The Shampoo painting found a home all the way in the Netherlands. Thank you Alex!**


Shampoo’s Tangles and Ruses


It’s no secret to those that know me that I am a huge Rumiko Takahashi fan– especially when it comes to her manga Ranma 1/2!

As a teenager, I read the paperback mangas and watched the series, completely amused by all the characters, stories, and of course, the dynamics between Ranma and Akane. Enormously so, that I collected anything I could from it including plush, figures, production art, and dvds. So when a fellow instagrammer pointed  out to me that there was a collective for a zine– I knew I had to enter something in! The turn-out was immense for the curator with more than 100 submissions from both professional artists like myself that grew up with the series, to new fans that are revisiting it after Viz launched it on blu-ray last year. It is amazing to see so many colorful pieces showing how strong the fanbase still is after more than 25 years.

Although my favorite characters are Shampoo and Ryoga, the curator had mentioned that too many of the works turned in were heavy on both. So I decided to turn in an illustration featuring minor characters (but equally funny) Nabiki and Kuno. I went with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme with Nabiki playing the role of Holly Golightly and Kuno as her no-name cat. Hopefully my illustration makes it in the zine, but if not, it was still so much fun to work on a tribute to one of my childhood favorites!

Money-centric Nabiki “Golightly” and Kuno “Cat”

Today, I decided to go a different route and do a fun mash-up of anime magical girls and their respective mascots in honor of AX this year. I’m so psyched to be going after not being able to for so many years, and even more excited to see my friends who are traveling all the way from overseas! It’ll be nice to hang out and check out the booths at the con. Crossing my fingers and hoping to bring home some pieces from the brands Swankiss and kokoKim and picking up a print or two! Since my blog can only allow so much real estate I took the liberty of including a larger image in case you click to see it bigger.

☆☆Polar opposite magical girls ☆☆

☆☆Polar opposite magical girls ☆☆


Been feeling nostalgic lately and picked up a couple of CDs from one of my fav bands Pizzicato Five. They were well known in Japan and overseas for popularizing a new sound in the late 90’s called Shibuya-kei which combined 60s pop, bossa nova, and electronica tunes. The manga/anime Detroit Metal City made a huge jab at the genre by having the main protagonist Soichi don a mushroom cut, nerdy hipster clothes, with the aspirations of making it big as a “trendy pop” singer. Despite the fad kitschyness, I have fond memories of listening to “Twiggy Twiggy” and “Triste” as a kid via my older friend’s mixed tapes. Watching the music videos after soo many years I couldn’t help but want to draw the lovely Maki Nomiya; accompanied by stylized minis of K-Taro and Konishi-san.

Miss Maki Nomiya of Pizzicato Five, with K-Taro and Konishi.

Miss Maki Nomiya of Pizzicato Five, with K-Taro and Konishi.

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