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Stasera Casa Mika (Bathroom Edition) by swandog Stasera Casa Mika (Bathroom Edition) by swandog
Ok, this one requires a bit of explanation, so bear (pun intended) with me... :D

As if it wasn't already obvious, hubby and I are major MIKA fans, and the MIKA Fan Club was putting together a yearbook for him to celebrate the debut of his new Italian TV series, "Stasera Casa Mika" (House of Mika Tonight). In the show, he opens the doors of his "ideal" home, where he receives guests, both Italian and international, and performs songs and collects others' stories. He also crosses Italy while playing various roles, including including becoming a taxi driver for a day in Naples, which he jokingly called "the most stressful day of my life". The episodes are filmed in a hypothetical bedroom, and there were pyjama parties held in several Italian squares to celebrate it. Regarding the show, MIKA stresses his values of inclusiveness, tolerance and hospitality, saying, "I'm opening the doors to a house in which no one has to ask permission and where anything can happen." These values are also echoed in the lyrics of the show's theme song, titled "It's My House" (go give it a listen!). :)

So back to the Fan Club's yearbook...

The yearbook featured a different "room" in MIKA's house for each page, and a different artist (all members of the club) drew each room. I volunteered to do the bathroom, and because I prefer to draw anthro animals over humans, I asked the other club members if there was any animal associated with MIKA (other than his two dogs, of course). Someone suggested a panda, but didn't explain why. After a bit of digging, I found out it's from the Popworld interview with MIKA ( www.mikafanclub.com/topic/4800… ) where they asked him various silly questions, one of which was: "Would you be happy to dress up in a panda suit on stage if an animal charity asked you to help protect them from extinction?" and he answered, "Of course, yeah, bring it on! You'd have a 6ft panda jumping around the stage. At my height, I'm pretty funny generally, so I might as well be wearing a panda suit!" Imo, this makes him an honorary furry. ;D

And that's why you have MIKA presented here as a panda singing in his bathtub, and the emblem on the rug and towel is the Fan Club logo: www.facebook.com/mikafanclub/p… :D

More info about the show, for anyone interested:
www.mikasounds.com/tag/stasera…
www.mikasounds.com/stasera-cas…
www.ansa.it/english/news/lifes…
it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasera_… (in Italian; just Google-translate it)

(Art done on IpadPro with Medibang.)
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peachtales Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018
I love it!
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BiaIchihara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student General Artist
many congrats swandog (best yearbook so far) :D :D :D
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3 I never saw the finished yearbook, but I'm guessing it's been presented to him by now...What was his reaction, if you know? :D
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BiaIchihara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student General Artist
You can see the final work on the yearbook thread ;)
(I wonder how was reaction as well)
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I wasn't able to find any posts about the complete finished book, other than the final cover. Can you note me with a link?
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BiaIchihara Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2018  Student General Artist
I'll send you a PM on MFC
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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ndbag Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018   Digital Artist
Cute panda. ^__^
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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ndbag Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018   Digital Artist
My pleasure. ^__^
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Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D  you're welcome
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Bear-hybrid Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bahaha this is an excellent panda Swandog :) & great promotional image for MIKA!
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks!! :D <3
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