Hello! This is week 7 of my 100 days Drawing Japan project, halfway through! If you want to read a bit more about the project, check out my first blog post all about it.
Last week I was feeling great about this project, I'd really got into the flow of drawing everyday and it had become a natural part of my routine. However, it went down the drain a bit this week to be honest, as I was super busy with other projects and ended up missing quite a few. I've caught up today though and it feels great to be back on top of it! Here's the drawings I did this week:
Day 43 - Capsule Machine
Japanese capsule-toy machines, also known as Gachapon, are like mini mystery vending machines. You don't see them often here in the UK, and they're just for kids toys, whereas in Japan they're more popular, containing higher quality collectable figures etc. I'd love to visit a Japanese arcade one day, to see all the different machines lined up and all the fun things you can win!
Day 44 - Tamagotchi
I still have all the Tamagotchis I had as a kid, they were my fave toys. This was my beloved version 4, I must have spent hours playing with my little virtual pet on this tiny screen. Probably one of the earliest things that got me interested in Japanese culture, although I didn't know it at the time.
Day 45 - Uchiwa fan
Uchiwa fans are traditional Japanese flat fans that don't fold up, and can be decorated with beautiful ornate designs. I experimented a little with this illustration, using just gouache and colour pencil - it was hard not to outline the edges of the fans! I like how the one on the left came out, just a simple painted bamboo design.
Day 46 - Wasabi
Wasabi is the spicy green paste that you often have with sushi, but apparently it's much different in Japan to the west. Real Japanese wasabi is made from a plant stem, which is ground into powder, whereas outside Japan it's just an alternative made from horseradish, with green food colouring. The random things I've ended up reading about online thanks to this project!
Day 47 & 48 - Babahera Ice Cream
I was watching a vlog on YouTube by Sharla in Japan, visiting Akita for the day. Apparently they're famous for little ice cream stands called 'Babahera Ice' - 'Baba' meaning 'Grandmother' as they're mainly run by elderly ladies. They make the ice creams into the shape of a rose on the cone, by using a flat utensil to layer the ice cream. This one I've illustrated is strawberry and banana flavour! I originally just painted the ice cream but I'm so glad I also did the little stall with the umbrella and signs - I think it's been the most fun drawing to do so far!
Day 49 - Geisha & Parasol
I just can't stop drawing Geisha! I use Pinterest for a lot of my reference photos and every time I look on there I spot more lovely Geisha photos. I've been meaning to draw a Japanese parasol for one of my 100 days so this was a nice combo.
Halfway through the 100 day project already, it's going pretty fast!
Thanks for reading & looking at this week's drawings - have a great week :)