Balinese Salt Farmer – Charcoal Drawing

Here’s something a little different…

So in my cultural explorations and world travels via my drawing materials I found myself on a brief visit to the Indonesian island of Bali. The Balinese are fascinating people to study and learn about and although there have been many cultural changes to the island in the past century, there is also a strong presence of the ancestral forefathers of the island.

One industry that is a great platform for cultural exploration anywhere in the world is farming. Farming is an industry that despite the invent of machinery and industrial growth, still holds many roots in the distant past, whether you are in the rice paddies of Vietnam or the corn fields of Indiana.


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Balinese Salt Farmer – Charcoal

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Geisha Mermaid – Charcoal Drawing – Mermay 2020 Illustration

Have you seen a Geisha dance underwater?

Whilst it’s true that there are no ochaya (tea houses) underwater that are operating and hiring Geisha, there is always room in the imagination to invent some. I’ve been working on a series of Geisha artworks and then suddenly, Mermay 2020 was upon me.

Mermay is described by its founders as a month-long celebration of creativity, community and above all… MERMAIDS. People use this month to create a variety of Mermaid illustrations, many people creating one for each day of the event. I’ve never partook in this particular ‘drawing challenge’ so this time around, I made a point to throw out at least one piece.

Now for the artwork –

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Hanako – Geisha Portrait – Oil on Canvas

A Different Kind of Pose…

For this portrait I took a different approach, chose a different viewpoint and pooled everything that I’ve learned from the Geisha pieces so far together into one piece.

As with all of my paintings, this piece started out as a preliminary drawing in charcoal, if you wish to see that – Click Here.

Anyway, here’s the portrait –

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Geisha Girl Portrait – Hanako – Charcoal Preliminary Drawing

For this portrait I looked at a different point of view –

My Geisha series is still growing into a beautiful collection of portraits and gestural sketches and drawings now; with a lot more piece still in the bag and ready to be brought to life.

This portrait has served as a preliminary drawing to use as a reference to inform an oil painting that I just wrapped up today and will be posting here next week; however if you want to see the painting now you can, on my Instagram – @JGloverArt

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Geisha Girl Portraits – Oil Paintings – Katsuru & Mameka

The street of Gion have quietened down, but the tea houses are thriving…

Continuing the Geisha theme that I’ve been working on over the past couple of months I now have a couple of oil painting portraits to share.

These portraits were great fun to work on and I learned such a lot in the process. I worked on these with my usual method of approach; starting with a preliminary charcoal drawing, then transferring an outline to canvas before working on the underpainting.

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Two Geisha Girls – Preliminary Drawings – Charcoal

More work on the Geisha Girl series…

This series is really beginning to come on in leaps and bounds now, I might even end up giving it its own category on my website before long.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a new pair of drawings I completed as preliminary studies for a pair of oil paintings that are in the works.

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Geisha Girl Portrait II – Charcoal Drawing

I met another Geisha girl…

What started out as a curiosity, or cultural fascination is slowly becoming a series of artworks, some completed already and plenty on the way. I have dived deep into the streets and tea houses of Kyoto, Japan on a journey of discovery and exploration.

I won’t spend too much time harping on for now as once the series wraps up, I’ll be making a full length post featuring all of the artworks.

For now I’ll just keep these posts as short musings.

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Geisha Girl Portrait I – Charcoal Drawing

Another one for the portfolio…

I’ve been working on a new series of fine art pieces for a Geisha series over the past week or two; in the beginning as a means of getting some sketchbook work done and then it progressed onto some sketches that I wanted to take into further development.

So here we are with one of the completed pieces for the series, a Geisha Girl portrait.

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Geisha Sketchbook Pages

I’ve spent a few day in Kyoto, Japan.

Not in person but through a pencil, I have been exploring and travelling, discovering a new culture and investigating the Geisha or more accurately to Kyoto, the Geiko girls of the region.

I won’t go into much details on the backgrounds and traditions of Geisha in this post due to it just being a sketchbook share, but I am going to put together a small body of artworks and I’ll dive into the deeper stuff when posting them.

Let’s get stuck in –

These sketches have been an nice introductory exercise into the world of the Geisha. The next phase for me is to drawn and paint a few portrait pieces and also one or two pieces with a more narrative style.

Also as a reminder of my last blog post, I did complete a charcoal drawing of the Nude Geisha, click the link or the image below to see that post!

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Geisha Girl – Charcoal on Paper – 10″ x 8″

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Kakarot – Son Goku – Dragon Ball Z Charcoal Drawing Manga Illustration

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Kakarot – Son Goku – Charcoal on Toned Paper – 10″ x 8″

Here is the latest addition to my portfolio, Kakarot. My favourite character from the Dragon Ball series and a strong childhood memory. The furthest back that I can remember drawing regularly, it was Dragon Ball characters and most especially, Goku.

The main difference being, I used to watch episodes and then draw scenes from memory, I wish I still had those early drawings, they would be interesting to look back on.

Anyway, this is the new artwork in the bag!

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