Hello again! Week 4 of my 100 Days Drawing Japan project is done - over a quarter of the way through already! If you want to read a bit more about the project, check out my first blog post all about it.
This week was pretty busy for me with a lot of other things on, but I felt more inspired than the previous week and really enjoyed drawing all these. Also I had a little break at the weekend as I was away having some much needed chill time. I caught up on Tuesday, doing three in one day - think I was nice and refreshed after my little holiday!
Here's this week's illustrations...
Day 22 - Kadomatsu
Kadomatsu are bamboo decorations which are displayed outside Japanese homes during New Years celebrations. I'll admit I first found out what these were through playing Animal Crossing! I like how natural they are, made from pine branches, plants and flowers, and woven straw binding.
Day 23 & 24 - Harajuku Street Style
For these illustrations I used references from a photography book by Fruits, a Japanese street style magazine which documented the fashion culture in Tokyo, mainly focusing on Harajuku. I love flicking through to look at all the different styles, from lolita to goth and punk! Their Instagram page (@fruitsmag) is also great for drawing inspiration.
Day 25 - Taiyaki
A quick one - I used Payne's Grey colour pencil for the lines rather than my usual ink, and quite like the effect over the watercolour wash. Taiyaki are Japanese fish shaped cakes, often filled will red bean paste - a popular street food!
Day 26 - Hanafuda Cards
Hanafuda are beautiful Japanese playing cards, used to play games like Koi-Koi. One of my favourite games on the Nintendo DS as a kid included this game, it's really fun to play! There's 4 cards for each month, and each month has a different flower/plant theme. For example, in my illustration above the left card is from September, Chrysanthemum with a Sake cup, the middle card is March, Cherry blossom, and the right card is August, Pampas grass, with the Moon in the sky.
Day 27 - Kei Car Campervan
I watched a great video by Tokyo Lens on YouTube this week, giving a tour of a tiny Japanese campervan! Kei cars are mini cars in Japan, which look much more economical (and easy to park) than the huge cars everyone seems to have here in the UK. The Kei Campervan looked very compact but so many clever little storage spaces, and a pop up top and awning! I'd love to take a road trip and travel around Japan in one of these. Check out the video, they're really cool!
Day 28 - Gyoza
Couldn't end the week without another food illustration! I used to live in Edinburgh and there was a Japanese restaurant I loved - the best part was the Vegetable Gyoza dumplings with the spicy soy sauce dip. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it, maybe I'll try and find a recipe and make some at home.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing this week's drawings & thanks so much for reading!
Have a great week ahead :)