Summer vacation has finally started for Japanese schoolchildren, and BUGS IN THE WILD HAD BETTER WATCH OUT. Bug-collecting is a popular choice for fulfilling the "independent study" part of a heavy load of summer vacation homework. Kids armed with bug cages and bug nets will soon be invading the woods and meadows.
I've lost count of how often I've posted about the famous etegami motto, which boils down to "Clumsy is beautiful." It is such a hugely important component of Etegami, and one of the things that makes it accessible to everyone-- absolutely everyone. Some day I'll post pics of the early etegami of Koike Kunio (the founder of Japan's popular etegami movement), and you'll probably say "You're kidding, right?"
Anyway, compare the bug etegami above to the photo of the actual bug that was my model. See? Etegami is not for showing off how well you can draw. I mean, if you come from a Fine Arts background, or have a natural gift for drawing, you don't have to pretend that you don't. But if you do not have that kind of background, and you actually never drew anything other than stick figures in your whole life until now, you can still do etegami. And it'll be fun.