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Kumiho

I kept seeing the theme of kitsune, Japanese fox spirits showing up on deviantART. I decided to find out what they were. Break out the Wikipedia! Once I was there, I noticed some other terms. One was kumiho, the Korean equivalent. Well, that got my interest! The kumiho are also fox spirits, but more vicious than the kitsune. They often appear as a bride and will lure men to their deaths (one version said that the kumiho would then eat the male victim’s liver! Yikes). I then did a Google image search and did find some kumiho pieces, but something I noticed were a lot of kimonos. Um, Korea and Japan ARE different countries with unique clothing styles… I think maybe I saw one in a hanbok which was closer.

I decided I wanted to draw one in a traditional Korean wedding dress. One reason was because it would be more authentic that way and the other was because Korean wedding dresses are so colorful and I’m all for colorful. I finally finished my piece this past weekend and am very happy with the way it turned out. The flower motif in the circular border behind her is a common element seen painted on traditional Korean architecture. When I visited, I spent so much time with my camera angled up into the brightly painted rafters and overhangs of the palaces that we visited. So I wouldn’t go crazy, I redrew the flowers on Illustrator and then made multiple scaled copies of it, printed them out and then used them as a tracing template on the final piece. The stylized clouds around her are done in the colors found in some traditional Korean art. I use Prismacolor colored pencils. Original piece is 18×24″.

March 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

Lenore Finished!

You may or may not remember about a week ago my WIP posting. Here is the completed piece. I’m really happy with the way it came out. The woman is my interpretation of Lenore, the lost love of the narrator in Poe’s ‘The Raven’. I decided to make her as kind of a dark, Victorian angel with raven wings. The plants around her are Jimson weed, which are members of the datura family. This group of plants’ claim to fame is how when ingested, they can cause delirium and the inability to distinguish reality from fantasy (from Wikipedia entry, original article is here). As I was basing this picture on art nouveau style and those pieces are often packed with botanical detail, I knew I needed something in the background, but didn’t want to just throw in some random plant to serve merely as filler. I did some searching on Google which I’m sure would make anyone wonder what I was up to if they looked at my browser history. Words and terms like ‘poisonous plants’, ‘fatal plants’, ‘Victorian plant meanings’ and ‘hallucinogenic plants’ were all entered into search. I had vaguely remembered my horticulture friend, Anne telling me about jimson weed one time when we were walking through the nearby Arboretum and how it was known to cause hallucinations. Since I also liked the appearance of the plant (in the end, I am into making something pretty), I decided to use it…for the drawing that is, not for myself! The delirium inducing qualities of datura fit perfectly with the tone of the poem where the narrator seems to spiral into insanity.

January 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

WIP: Lenore

One thing is for sure, starting an account on deviantART has been like learning a whole new language. One of the acronyms I kept seeing around there was ‘WIP’ and it took me a while to figure it out. It stands for ‘work in progress’. Yeah, I had a big ‘oh DUH’ moment when it hit me. Anyway, I really do like seeing the process that people take with their stuff. Often, we only see the finished product.

This is what I’m currently working on. I should finish this week if all goes well. It’s a lot further along than when I took this picture. The title of the piece is ‘Lenore’ and it’s inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe poem ‘The Raven’. So far, I am really happy with the way it’s coming along, but it’s taking A LOT of time to complete (part of the reason I didn’t get as much done on my shops in the last part of break as I would have liked as mentioned in Monday’s post). I’m using Prismacolors and it’s 18″x24″. I’ll put the final one up here.

By the way, if you are curious about my art, I upload to my deviantART account a lot. Check it out if you are interested or just need to kill time ๐Ÿ™‚

January 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Cirque Nouveau

Two things that inspire me artistically are Cirque du Soleil and Art Nouveau so I wanted to do a piece that combined both of those things.

I remember I discovered Cirque many years ago when they would do a marathon on Bravo during New Year’s Eve. I’ve never been much of a partier so New Year’s is often spent at home with either family or on my own in my apartment. I think the first one I ever saw was ‘Allegria’ and to this day, that one remains one of my favorite Cirque shows. I remember being blown away by the things they do on stage and loving the costumes and makeup. Part of me fantasizes about working for Cirque. I know it would be a ton of hard work, but to be in such a creative atmosphere would make it all worth it.

I can’t remember when I discovered Art Nouveau and latched on to it. I really like the often intricate details that the artists would pack their pieces with. I have a book on Alfonse Mucha who is considered THE artist of that movement and I never get tired of looking at all the artwork in there.

Anyway, I actually got the idea for this design not when I was watching Cirque or looking at my Mucha book, but when I was sitting on the couch watching ‘Project Runway’. Watching other people create stuff makes me want to create stuff and so I grabbed my sketchbook and started doodling while watching. Once the sketch was done, I tweaked a few things and then started on the final piece. I’ve been working on it off and on since Thanksgiving weekend and finally finished it the week before Christmas. I am really happy with the way it came out.

Done ย with Prismacolor colored pencils
Original piece: 18″ x 24″ cause I’m crazy like that ๐Ÿ™‚

December 27, 2010 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Bit of a Paradox….

Boy, one of the downsides of being on DeviantART is being introduced to new mediums and really, really wanting to try them. Then, I do online research and find that they are really, really expensive! Kinda makes it hard for starving artists, y’know?

I’m already totally addicted to Prismacolor colored pencils. I love the smoothness and how they blend so nicely. Also love the vibrant color I can get with them. You have to pay for the quality for sure though. I’ve been in stores where the pencils are kept in a locked cabinet. As a girl who used to use Crayola colored pencils for the longest time, I was quite shocked. I mean, they are just pencils right? Recently, I was able to take advantage of an awesome sale at Michael’s where the sets were 50% off and I had a coupon that I could use for an additional 15% off that. Even though I had been planning on staying in that day and taking care of stuff around the apartment, THAT was enough to get me moving for sure! I even considered giving up 3 hours of my life to public transit (and all the crazy people that come with it). Luckily, a friend took me out there. When I was picking up my set, I saw that the most expensive one they sell is $229. I still have dreams of some huge monetary windfall and then going in there and being able to buy that box. Yes, art geek fantasies.

So anyway, the new thing I’ve learned about are Copic markers. I know, you’re thinking – ‘markers?? Like what my kid draws with on scratch paper and their siblings??? You’re kidding right?’ Like the Prismacolors they are also crazy expensive. Sigh. But they do such cool stuff. These aren’t your toddler’s drug store pens. Been researching them and looking all over the place to where I could get my hands on a few to try them out and whaddya know? Just found out this week that they have them on campus at the bookstore. They had scratch paper out and so I did a bit of a test run there in the store and they are as cool as they sound. Really annoyed that I didn’t find this out a few days earlier when they had their big holiday sale. Dangit! Add another item to my Art Geek Fantasy File.

December 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm 2 comments


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