Art Critique with Mel

Earlier this year, I was privileged to have an art critique session with Mel Narish for my second Dojo Kun Character Book. This picture book for kids just came out in hardcover. It’s called "The Two True Karate Kids" and is about battling dishonesty. Anyway, here’s a peek at how my meeting with Mel went.

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Karate Picture Book in the World

Two months ago, I went to read my first karate picture book to a kindergarten class. In uniform, I introduced myself and told them the reason I was there. “I made this book so that kids who don’t train at my dojo, maybe who don’t do martial arts and who live in other parts of the world can learn some of the most important lessons of karate.”

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Michi as a Baby: a Main Character Portrait

Here you will find a picture of Michi as a baby, but in my second picture book story, she’s nine years old. She’s a sweet American “girl next door.” Michi and her good friend Makoto both love dogs and they each yearn to have one for a pet. That's when the trouble starts.

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Printing Surprise on my Picture Book Adventure

I had written and edited the story for my first book, and finished the illustrations. The next step was printing book prototypes so that I could get input from beta readers including both children and adults. I needed professional color printing, so off to the printer I went.

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“The Can-Do Karate Kid” Helps Build Character

It must be an age-old conundrum for practiced martial artists. Even adults brag on their karate skills, but lack the ability to show it. Traditional martial artists consistently build character and that should be apparent in their behavior of striving for respect, self-control and confidence even if they never show you their fighting or defense moves.

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