Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sketchbook Project Page 2 and Illustration Friday

Second page for the Sketchbook Project.  I'm also putting this up for this week's Illustration Friday topic: old fashioned.  The foxes had a traditional, old fashioned Japanese wedding!  Done in colored pencil.

Foxes are a large part of Japanese folklore and traditions.  In the native Shinto religion, the fox god is the god of rice and food.  Some Shinto shrines will have a statue of a fox, and I've even seen a little shrine with a fox in front of a traditional Japanese inn with a small dish of rice.  I love seeing things like that when I visit there.  Hope to go back and visit again some day...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sketchbook Project First Page

First page for the Sketchbook Project.  I chose the theme "If you lived here..."  I'm starting out with some sketches of the first place I've ever lived, Japan.  I'll then move on to other places I've lived and visited.  At least that's the plan, but things might change as I progress ... you never know!

When I lived in Japan, in the summers we would go to the festival/carnival at Hiratsuka, a coastal town about 35 miles west of Tokyo.  My mother would dress my sister and I in yukatas (lightweight cotton summer kimonos) and we would play games, eat cotton candy and watch fireworks.

The above sketch was done pretty quickly in acrylic gouache and colored pencil on thin watercolor paper, then pasted onto some decorative paper, then pasted onto the sketchbook itself.  I don't want to think too hard about the sketches or spend too much time on them, or I'll never finish.  So some of the sketches may not be of the highest quality, but it's an experiment and learning process.  Will be posting more soon.