Â Â Â I got a call from a Japanese company, Impress Japan, this summer to do a set of four illustrations for a New Year’s greeting card software designed by them. Â It is a self-generate design software that you can put your own words on any illustrations/designs that you like. Â Creative Director Takuya Honda from their Digital Creation Dept. said he wants my works to be lavish, colourful, and rich; also at least one of my works has to have a sheep which is Oriental Zodiac animal for 2015. Â It cannot be anything western, and has to be authentic Japanese aesthetic within my style. Â He likes some patterns on my illustrations that I previously did for other projects, so he also said he wants to see some of the patterns on these illustrations… I got your back Honda-san*Â
Â Â Â Fun, right? Â I love drawing patterns as you know, and colour madness is my alley. Â I had never worked for stationary illustrations, so I was like “Yaaaaaz, I will take it!!” Â snap snap*
Â Â Â Then the reality hit me after I agreed on the contract and started the project… Â I actually didn’t know (or still don’t know) much about Japanese tradition and custom. Â Here is why.
Â Â Â I grew up in such a sincere Christian family; my Korean mother and my Japanese father. Â My whole extended families are all Christian as well, so I really wasn’t exposed to Japanese traditions. Â My family was/is closer to the Korean side of our families and relatives, so I wasn’t participated to certain Japanese ceremonial activities by the historical reasons as well. Â During the New Year’s holidays, our family was absolutely doing nothing but just looking at Christmas trees in our house and treating ourselves from the hectic busyness of Christmas. Â Japanese culture has too many superstitious elements in everything so as New Year’s greeting cards. Â I didn’t know that much about it, so I really had to research a lot before I start my artworks. Â Research, y’all, research!!
Â Â Â So, this is me asking around my Japanese friends on Facebook about the lucky charms that I should put on the New Year’s cards… Â Every items have their own meanings and reasons to be placed as decorations. Â So interesting. Â Anyway, thank y’all my friends!!!Â
Â Â Â I felt bit I cheated on research haha… Asking around my friends on FB haha.
Â Â Â Anyhow, I talked too much. Â Let’s me show you the process log. Â You will see orgies of my line works… Â This is a part-1.
Â Â Â I decided to take that thread out. Â It caused too much movement and mess!!!Â
Â Â Â Yes, yus, yaaaz, Mt. Fuji needs to be in red. Â That’s a traditional superstitious belief in good luck.Â
Â Â Â â And again, THE ORGY OF OUTLINES, part 2.
Â Â Â In this 2nd illo and 4th illo, I wanted to mash the foreground elements and the background pattern together in certain level, and make the foreground elements looked come out of the pattern… kinda? yeah? gurl please… haha
Â Â Â â And my headache of “THE ORGY OF OUTLINES REALNESS”!!!!!
Â Â Â I don’t even know what I was looking at and how I coloured this mess. Â I need to take a coffee break even now I’m looking at this.
Â Â Â Somehow I did it… Â Give me a high five, thanks* ouch.
Â Â Â So this time, I did ink drawing for these illustrations. Â It really depends on my intuition to decide which media that I’m going to use whether ink or oil pastel… Â I usually tend to use ink for more small sized detail oriented works.Â
Â Â Â It’s not that bad now… Â Just a pattern porn going on.Â
Anyway, it was a lot to show… Â I’m tired now.Â
Here is a copy airmailed from Impress Japan!Â
If you were in Japan or if you were a person certainly who sends New Year’s greeting cards, please support this wonderfully beautiful software by Impress Japan!
Impress Japan :Â http://www.impressjapan.jp/books/1114102010
Okay then, I really spent too much time on BLOGGING!!!! Â Ugh!!! Y’all better give me kiss and hug on this post!!! Â I really don’t remember what I wrote on this, but I feel this post is too long!!! Â I don’t even know people in our generation or younger generation even read lol haha*
Anyway, thank you xoxo
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