Tuesday, 25 November 2014

the artist

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Searching high and low for some inspiration of what to draw, I finally came upon an unintentional, but perfect subject matter.


pencil sketch


Geisha is a Japanese word, which translated into English, means 'artist'. They are entertainers, skilled at dancing, playing instruments and singing. My Geisha is outside contemplating her thoughts.

9 comments:

  1. Wow Chris, you are a great artist! I can't even draw good stick figures :-)

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    1. You should have seen the mess I erased, lol.

      Thanks for the compliment. Everyone's an artist though - we just use different mediums. I believe yours is a camera. :)

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  2. Wonderful work! You captured the seduction of the neck perfectly. Did you know that kimonos have an embroidery at the neckline to draw an admirers eye to the area? I didn't know that but I brought back a kimono with an embroidery on the collar from Kyoto. My friend Mary pointed it out to me and explained it. I find it fascinating that you captured that.

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    1. I didn't know that about the embroidery, but I did learn apprentice Geisha's, wear red trim on their kimono collar - to distinguish them from the Geisha's who've graduated. I love the subtle communication the Japanese culture uses, just through the use of colour and embellishments.

      Before I knew Geisha meant artist, I was looking for something to draw. While I've never been obsessed with all things Japanese, there was something about Eastern culture which attracted me nonetheless - its how balanced everything is. From their kimonos to even how they garden, everything is contemplated according to balance.

      Given that my life circumstances are somewhat chaotic, I was naturally attracted to the subject of stability, lol. ;)

      Thanks for your feedback.

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    2. That makes sense to me. The aesthetic of that culture is soothing-if you ever visit a place like Osaka or Tokyo-its so chaotic that its no wonder that the balance aspect of their culture has persisted. By contact-Kyoto-a place of temples and geisha-is very serene.
      I didn't know that about the red on the collar. My kimono has red embroidery-of a cherry blossom I think.
      Are you going to ink this drawing in?

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    3. Ink or watercolour was always going to be a heavy contender, as I love the "flow" of such mediums. I don't have a good range of these mediums however, so will work with something slightly different, which I do have a range of - watercolour pencil.

      Kyoto has come up a lot in my search for suitable images. I don't want to duplicate the "tourist" feel though, so my Geisha is not entirely Eastern. Her lines are softer, her hair not as sculpted as Geisha wigs. This is my impression of what I see and feel of this delicious culture.

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    4. You said she was outside thinking. Her hair not being so sculpted and softer lines implies both. Watercolor pencil us awesome! This is going to look great!

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  3. I don't mean to talk about Japan when we should be talking about your work. I hope you realize that its a compliment that this sketch evoked such good memories-you captured something here.

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    1. I'm glad it invoked good things, yes, that's indeed a compliment. :)

      But I also enjoy reading how others interpret the subject matter ie: Japanese culture, which Geisha is part of.

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