Hello again! Here we are on week 2 of my 100 Days Drawing Japan project! If you want to read a bit more about the project, check out my first blog post all about it.
This week seemed to go really quickly, but I'm more used to the routine of doing one each day so it doesn't feel like a big task anymore. Also, you may notice the drawings being simpler and quicker, which I'm pleased about; looking back at Week 1's illustrations they were a lot of work! One of the main aims of this project for me is to loosen up and not overthink each sketch, and I definitely had a bit of a turning point this week...
Day 8 - Teruterubozu
I've been trying to research and find interesting things to draw, and I'm glad I stumbled across the folk tale about Teruterubozu. Apparently hanging one of these little ghost dolls in the window brings sunshine the next day; so they're commonly used in the rainy season in Japan. I decided to draw him against a raindrop covered window, with purple hydrangea bushes outside in the background.
Day 9 - Tea
I feel like I learnt a lot this week, by looking up the Japanese words and Kanji for the things I was drawing, to expand my vocab. The kanji character on the tin here means 'Tea' I believe, and it's pronounced 'cha' - as in mat-CHA, or sen-CHA. Discovering new links in language learning always fascinates me!
I also watched a great video about a Japanese tea ceremony and enjoyed looking at fancy tea sets, strainers and brushes. I love drawing tea pots and cups so really enjoyed this one!
Day 10 - Hanami Dango
Quite a simple sketch for this one! Dango is a sweet Japanese dumpling (similar to Mochi) usually served on a skewer. I'd seen pictures of these cute three-coloured dango, and discovered they are eaten in spring for the Hanami season. Hanami means flower viewing, when all the cherry blossoms are in bloom people have picnics under the trees. I'd love to see it myself someday!
Day 11 - Yakitori Stall
Yakitori is a popular street food in Japan, I think it consists of grilled meat on skewers sometimes with marinades. I found a really cool photo of a bustling food stall and just loved the atmosphere.
This sketch was a bit of a turning point into a more loose way of working for this project! I just felt like using some ink, but went full flow and didn't do any kind of pencil sketch first, just straight in with the ink. It's messy in places and the kanji characters on the lanterns almost certainly make no sense, but I like how loose and energetic this one turned out!
Day 12 - Mushrooms
This one was straight back to my comfort zone, as mushrooms are one of my favourite things to draw! After getting back into using ink I couldn't resist doodling some inky shrooms. I did research different types of edible Japanese mushrooms and they all look so tasty. As a veggie, when I do visit Japan one day I think I'll be eating a lot of these!
Day 13 - Mount Fuji
I have really tried to stay away from the really obvious drawings I could do for Japan, but couldn't resist sketching this sunrise - mountain - pagoda - cherry blossom scene. I worked on a watercolour postcard for this so it's the smallest drawing so far; I really liked the size limitation and think I'll definitely be doing more postcard ones.
Day 14 - Onigiri - Rice Balls
I really didn't feel like drawing at all on this day, but I still wanted to sketch something. It's become a good habit now, which is the intention of the project so I'm pleased I still picked up the brush! Just some simple onigiri rice balls, with umeboshi (pickled plum) and chopsticks. Monochrome inks with little pops of red watercolour seem to be the vibe of this week!
Hope you're enjoying seeing the drawings I've done each week, and as always any suggestions are always great to hear! Have a lovely week ahead :)