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.
I have been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember, the OT was finished up almost a decade before I was born and I was born into a Star Wars household.
My favourite creatures from the Star Wars universe are without a doubt, Jawas. Ironically, I didn’t realise this until the release of the Mandalorian and seeing the Jawas again but in a different context, the nostalgia value hit high.
This in turn inspired me to want to turn out some Jawa themed artworks, this post here shows the first which is a bit of a character study style piece; made with the intention to inform a small series of future Jawa paintings that will have a different look to them to this one.
Every now and then I am suddenly and unexpectedly hit with surges of nostalgia, and having art and illustration as my choice medium of outlet, this usually always results in artwork. Sometimes just a doodle of scribble, sometimes a painting; and occasionally a series.
This is the case with this miniseries, I also will be adding a few more pieces to this set as well using different media; as I have been accepted into the upcoming Zelda Creator Con by Linktober!
Anyway, before I keep rambling on like the Great Deku Tree, let’s see some art…
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.
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 –
Nude Geisha Sketch
Geisha Face Sketch Page
Maiko Apprentice Geisha Sketch
Maiko Apprentice Geisha Sketch
Geiko in Gion, Kyoto
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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There never was going to be time for negotiations or diplomacy between the Corvids and the Rattus Rodentius; the hatred went further back than memory itself and there were no stories of a time when the two kinds got along, or even tolerated each other.
Their history, in its entirety was one of war and deceit, battle and bloodshed; nothing more, nothing less…
The Ravenking Harfengel was not going to allow his entire species to become extinct due to losing this battle and not being able to hold up in the Treehold Keep.
It was all or nothing. Kill or be killed. Win this battle or lose to extinction. Present moment versus eternity…
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