Hello again! I've just finished Week 5 of my 100 Days Drawing Japan project, that's 35 drawings down and 65 to go! If you want to read a bit more about the project, check out my first blog post all about it.
This week has been quite steady - I think the further into the 100 days I get the more I'm enjoying it, which I didn't anticipate, I thought I'd be running out of steam! Seeing daily drawing a good habit rather than a challenge makes it more relaxing for me.
I got a bit more adventurous with materials this week too, experimenting with gouache paints and creating more texture using colour pencils. Here's all the drawings I did this week...
Day 29 - Coolish
I can't decide if this Japanese brand of ice cream in a pouch looks delicious or awful! I always have warm hands so it'd just instantly melt if I ever tried any. It's thanks to the Abroad in Japan podcast that I even know this exists - definitely recommend a listen if you're interested in all things Japan!
Day 30 - Famicom
Every once in a while I decide to get my gouache paints out instead of watercolours, and remember how much harder I find gouache to use! Mixing the colours more meticulously, and having to add more and more white paint to lighten colours rather than just watering them down as I do with watercolour is time-consuming for me, but I actually like how this came out.
I asked my partner for an idea of something Japanese to draw and, of course, he went straight to retro Nintendo consoles. Maybe I'll draw / paint more as the 100 days continue!
Day 31 - Toro (Stone Lantern)
Another gouache experiment! It's a completely different process to watercolour, it's more traditional layered painting and I have to think harder about it - I'm a little out of practise with gouache.
Toro are Japanese stone lanterns, there's so many shapes and sizes. I liked seeing photos of ones overrun with moss and leaves - plants are always fun to paint.
Day 32 - Kitsune Statue
A very mixed media drawing for me - I used ink, gouache and colour pencils for this. I struggled with this one, kept really not liking it and adding more layers, but looking back it was a good experiment. I stumbled upon adding a nice worn texture by lightly shading pencil over the gouache, and the texture of the watercolour paper showed through like a bark rubbing. Still picking up new techniques to use in future!
The reference photo for this was a stone statue of a Fox (Kitsune) at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. One of many places in Japan I hope to visit someday!
Day 33 & 34 - Geisha
I think these were some of my favourite drawings to do so far, using really loose ink lines and lots of bright colours. I absolutely love drawing clothing and fabric, capturing all the folds and creases, how the fabric hangs and the way patterns warp and curve. Maybe I should be do more fashion illustration!
I missed a day so caught up by doing two - which I quite enjoy as it's nice to do a mini series of two illustrations on the same subject. I'll definitely be drawing more traditional Japanese clothing as the project goes on.
Day 35 - Koinobori (Carp Streamer)
These cute fish windsocks are decorations to celebrate Children's Day, a national holiday in Japan that takes place on on May 5th. There's so many colours and patterns, I couldn't resist a quick sketch of them.
Hope you have a great week ahead, and thanks so much for reading these weekly posts! :)