Tag Archives: Hiroshige

#sketches: Easter special, Hiroshige’s “Rabbits and the Moon”, 1849-53

19 Apr

Happy Easter, everyone! I drew Hiroshige’s “Rabbits and the Moon”, 1849-53, on iPad mini again, using ArtRage. It took a few hours. Below is a big version (2048×1536).

Hiroshige's Rabbits and the Moon, 1849-53

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#sketches: Hiroshige’s “View from Massaki”, 1857

13 Apr

I drew Hiroshige’s “View from Massaki on the Grove near Suijin Shrine, the Uchigawa Inlet and Sekiya Village” (8-1857), on iPad mini again, using ArtRage.

It took a couple days, 3 to 5 hours each. Below is a big version (1536×2048).

Quoting from the Scholten Japanese Art website:

This composition shows a view towards the Suijin Shrine on the Sumida River and Uchigawa inlet as seen through a round-shaped window from the second floor of a teahouse located in front of the Massaki Inari Shrine. At left the vase with a camellia blossoms and the branches of blossoming plum outside indicates the timing is early spring, and the dark hills in the distance set the time of day nearing dusk. The season and the proximity to the Masasaki Inari shrine suggest that it may be the first day of the horse in the second month, a day associated with visiting shrines devoted to Inari.

Hiroshige's View from Massaki, 1857

#sketches: Hiroshige’s “Gion Shrine in snow, 1834”

6 Apr

I drew Hiroshige’s “Gion Shrine in snow, 1834”, a lovely winter illustration of Kyoto.

I made this on iPad mini again. I made the contours using ArtRage, and painted it with Sketches App.

I spent 3 to 5 hours every day for the contours during three days, and 5 hours tonight painting. I was stuck on painting with Artrage for so long that I returned to Sketches for the colouring. So I lost the custom size of ArtRage (twice as big); oh well…

Update 2014-04-08: check out the big (2048 x 1536 px) version made with ArtRage.

Hiroshige's Gion Shrine in snow, 1834

#sketches: Hiroshige’s “The Grove at the Suijin Shrine, 8-1856”

17 Mar

I drew Hiroshige’s “The Grove at the Suijin Shrine, 8-1856”, another lovely illustration of (the surroundings of) Edo.

I made it on iPad mini, using Artrage. Made with layers, pencil, watercolour, rubber and patience.

I spent 3 to 5 hours every day, and it took me four days. I underestimated both its complexity and the amount of time it would require to reproduce it. But I love drawing and can spend hours on it; my iPad battery gives up way earlier than I.

Hiroshige's The Grove at the Suijin Shrine, 8-1856