till you love me

Sketch by Ju-chin (Justine Espinola).

Ju-chin is a very talented schoolmate of my Major Offspring’s at De La Salle University. She is majoring in Japanese studies and loves all things anime. She dresses mori (forest girl) style, is a fantastic cook and sketcher and sewer and more besides.

This is one of the many drawings in her notebook, and I wonder what it means. She says one day she wanted to design a wedding dress, and here it is.

But the quote that accompanies the sketch makes the girl in the wedding dress seem like a stalker lying in wait for her crush who doesn’t even know she exists or if he does he is staying very very far away from her because she is weird and persistent and scary.

Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t think Ju-chin intended for her drawing to have any such meaning.

But that is what art is – open to the beholder’s interpretation, to her or his individual frames of reference. Once the artist releases art to the world, it is no longer her own, but everyone’s.

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4 Comments on till you love me

  1. Bea
    12 March 2011 at 3:39 pm (2712 days ago)

    That’s a nice sketch, although I’m inclined to believe that the girl really is a stalker…The Japanese characters read, “Nii-san,” meaning, “Big Brother.” So she’s probably a kohai… But I’m trying to decipher if she really wrote Nii-san or Niha-san because her second character is barely decipherable. I like this drawing. Hahaha! (Hope I made sense.)

  2. Erika
    12 March 2011 at 6:08 pm (2712 days ago)

    Hi, Tita Bea~ ^^
    It’s niisan. I think it’s supposed to be Belarus from Axis Powers Hetalia, hence the wedding dress and stalker qualities. Kekkon kekkon kekkon~

  3. JennyO
    12 March 2011 at 7:35 pm (2712 days ago)

    Hmm. So it turns out that this is indeed a sketch of an anime character who’s a stalker. Fiiiine…. XD

  4. Juchin
    5 May 2011 at 2:23 pm (2658 days ago)

    HELLO! OMG…. Alex just linked me this… I’m…. I’m talented? THANKS!!! Yep. It’s Belarus from Axis Powers Hetalia :D Sorry for the sucky Hiragana, I drew that before I started learning Nihongo in a classroom. ‘Til I shifted to Japanese studies, I was self-taught in Nihongo. Hence, the sucky writing. Sorry, guys! Thank you so much for the good feedback, Tita Jen! (;_;) I’m so touched. I’ve never seen my artwork featured in any blog.

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