Hello again! Just finished week 3 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.
It's been a hectic week (again) and the lovely June weather has meant I've not felt as motivated as the past couple of weeks. Nearly all of these were quite small, quick sketches but I quite like that. There's no pressure with the 100 days project to draw something huge and amazing each day, just to get into the habit of daily drawing. Anyway, here's this weeks illustrations...
Day 15 - Origami Cranes
I was going to leave these as simple line drawings, but they seemed like they were crying out for some bright patterned origami paper patterns! I had fun painting all the little details.
Day 16 - Veggie Sushi
I think sushi is the number one most obvious thing I could draw under the theme of Japan, but it's one of my fave things to draw! I'm a vegetarian and don't eat fish, so decided to adapt it with avocado, egg, grated carrot, bell pepper and cucumber filling in my maki roll - yum!
Day 17 - Tori Gate
I saw a stunning photo online of a tori gate in the sea, with mountains in the background and the reflection on the water, so tried to recreate it as a little watercolour postcard. I can't wait to visit Japan someday, and draw things like this from life!
Day 18 - Miso Udon Noodle Soup
If ever I'm stuck for an idea for my daily drawing, I usually end up going back to food. This noodle soup recipe with lots of spring onion and tofu looked so tasy!
Day 19 - Instant Ramen
This is the first drawing I've done for this project which was from life! I was eating some of these noodles whilst sketching the packet, just for a truly immersive experience, haha. I'm quite pleased with this one even though it's a bit wonky and messy, it feels full of life!
Day 20 - Japanese House
I'm always inspired by Japanese architecture, the tatami mats, sliding doors and intricate roof tiles were great to draw. I'm planning to drawing more buildings, like houses and shopfronts, for my future daily Japan sketches.
Day 21 - Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
This day was the closest I've got so far to missing a day of sketching, but I did a really quick scribble of a bullet train and added the ink washes the next day. Hope to ride on one of these super fast trains someday!
Looking back at these seven paintings together I think it was a nice selection this week! I hope in the coming week I have more time to draw some of the more detailed ideas I have in mind, but it's not looking likely, haha.
Have a great week ahead and thanks so much for reading!