It's my 31st Birthday today, and I am re-starting my blog today!
(Yes, it's been a while...)
It's personal but I AM HAPPILY DIVORCED NOW!!! Yay! :D SO HAPPY to be YUKA HARADA again!!
Still teaching (tutoring) at the Academy of Art University, and I am starting my 4th year this Fall semester.
Still illustrating too. I will have my very first table at APE (Alternative Press Expo) in San Francisco this year, with two wonderful girls, Rachel and Mary. We all graduated from AAU and now teach there too.
One of my heroes just passed away. His name was Bernie Fuchs.
He passed away on Sep. 17th at the age of 76.
I actually had a chance to go see one of his gallery shows last year in Telluride, CO. I bought tickets to fly, but couldn't find any affordable place to stay since Telluride is a popular vacation spot for rich people. So, I couldn't go, but I ordered flowers from a local flower shop there and sent them to the gallery for the show's opening.
According to the woman who helped me find the flower shop, he was a little surprised to see flowers from a fan who he never met or even heard of. He still accepted them, and the lady said she also gave him my e-mail address. I was excited and thought I might receive an e-mail from him one day, but it never happened. He could have already beeen sick at that time. The lady still made my day by letting me know that the Bernie Fuchs got the flowers and my e-mail address from her.
I lost my chance to meet him forever, but I still have the chance to experience his beautiful paintings in person and I am really looking forward to doing that.
If you would like to know more about him, click here or here.