Tag Archives: Hiroshige

Hiroshige’s ‘Cherry trees at Goten-Yama’

10 Jun
This is Cherry Trees at Goten Hill, from the series Twelve Views of Edo, done around 1835 by Hiroshige:
After sketching in pencil, I used a 0.05 mm and 0.2 mm (for the closest sailboats) Uni-ball pin pen to create the outline:
Then I used watercolor. Light grey for the sky, green for the grassy hill:
I added the roofs from wooden shacks right behind the hill, as I decided I wanted them. Then I continued painting, adding burnt sienna to my grey mix for the roofs, and using a wash of Prussian blue for the sea:
I darkened the sienna and grey mix to add contrast to the roofs, started to paint the figures in grey and light ochre. For the cherry blossom, I used alizarin crimson:
I ended up applying too much dark sienna to the roofs, that I couldn’t fix and darkened the figures as well. More alizarin crimson for contrast in the blossoms, and I was done:
Then I cut it and taped it to a metallic blue card, and was ready to write the birthday card for a friend:
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#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

#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