March 25, 2021 4 min read

"Waffles and Mochi," a food-themed series for children of any ages that begins streaming Tuesday (March 16, 2021), comes from Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions-- one of the first products of a huge slate of programs for Netflix that the previous president hopes "will not just amuse, however, will inform, connect and motivate us all."

Here are 5 things you might not know from the making of this one-of-a-kind program to commemorate the best:


1. For star and executive producer Michelle Obama, Waffles + Mochi provided her the opportunity to extend the work she did as First Lady to support kids' health.

2. Collaboration for a Healthier America, a non-profit organization, produced in conjunction with Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! effort will also run an impact campaign aimed at meaningfully shifting our food culture. Leveraging themes from Waffles + Mochi, they will release programs with retailers, food banks, and other entities throughout the U.S. food system to assist moms and dads and kids discover to have a good time and engage with food and active ingredients-- as they likewise become healthier.

3. Series creators Erika Thormahlen and Jeremy Konner have known each other, given that their early 20s. After a profession as a starlet, Thormahlen went on to become an early childhood teacher. At the same time, Konner pursued a Hollywood career and co-created the hit funny series Drunk History. The series marks the culmination of a 15-year-long dream for the longtime pals, whose fields of expertise(and a mutual love of food) created the ideal mix of wit and whimsy.

4. Konner is a close family friend of Elinor Ochs, a professor of Anthropology at UCLA who performed research studies with families and discovered that some of the most stressful moments of their day surrounded mealtimes. Her research worked as motivation for Konner and Thormahlen to look for methods to minimize the tensions around daily negotiations between moms and dads and their kids about food and turn the conversations into a shared experience that would excite everybody.

5. Head puppeteer Michelle Zamora is self-taught and started building her own puppets while she was a student at Cal State Los Angeles. Before being the CEO of her own company, Viva la Puppet, in 2014, Zamora was among the few females of color showing up in the world of expert puppeteering. Diversity now plays a big part in every task she handles through her company.


Let's Draw ‘Waffles and Mochi’ Step by Step


In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B
  • Colored Pencils:
    • Light blue
    • Blue
    • Red
    • Dark brown
    • Beige
    • Purple
    • Pink
    • Black
    • Orange
    • Cyan
    • Ochre
    • Yellow


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mochi waffles

Step 1. We begin construction by drawing a circle and a midline on it. On the left, we also draw a middle line and mark the height on it. (Pencil B)


Waffles + Mochi

Step 2. Draw two circles, these will be glasses in the future, also add body lines below. Draw an ellipse on the left line. (Pencil B)


Step 3. Add thickness, nose bridge and bow to the circles. Draw the line of the mouth and fur. Add thickness and leg to the fox, making a stand. (Pencil B)


Step 4. Add eyes with eyelashes and eyebrows, draw ears in the form of waffles on the sides, and draw a ball and wool on the body. (Pencil B)


Step 5. On the left, draw Vafals's friend in a helmet. (Pencil B)


Step 6. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and use the nag to make the outline tone less bright. (Pencil B)


Step 7. Draw an outline with colored pencils. We use blue for wool, blue for the head, beige for the ears, purple for the scarf, dark brown for the glasses, and black for the eyes with eyebrows and the same for the friend. Draw the body of the friend in pink, the base of the stand in red, and the leg in blue. (Colored pencils light blue, blue, red, dark brown, beige, purple, pink, black)


Step 8. Next, we make a general tone for all the details. We use blue for wool, blue for the head, beige for the ears, purple for the scarf, dark brown for the glasses. Draw the body of the friend in pink, the base of the stand in red, and the leg in blue. (Colored pencils light blue, blue, red, dark brown, beige, purple, pink)


Step 9. At the beginning, we work on the Waffles friend and the stand. We use pink and purple for the body, black for the face, red, orange and purple for the base, blue for the leg, and make only small shadows on the blue helmet. (Colored pencils pink, orange, purple, red, blue, black)


Step 10. Go to Waffles himself and paint over his eyes and eyebrows with black, and use blue and blue for his hair and head, painting over large strokes to convey the texture. (Colored pencils black, blue, cyan)


Step 11. The last step is to work on the remaining details. We make the scarf purple, use brown and dark brown for glasses, and ocher, orange and yellow for the waffle ears. (Colored pencils purple, brown, dark brown, ocher, orange, yellow)


Waffles and Mochi Drawing. We hope you enjoyed drawing with us. See you in the next Tutorial! 


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