Revisited a drawing of the late Amy Winehouse I did last May. Despite the rotate function not working on my tablet and other fun technical trouble, it was a lot of fun to paint. She’s still a huge inspiration to me!
Miss July Employee of the Month at my store, Nichole! Having more fun with portraits now that I’m getting familiar with my new brushes.
Sailor Moon has been one of my biggest artistic inspirations since I was a kid, and I’m over the moon (HA) about the reboot. The senshi’s uniforms beg to be interpreted as burlesque acts in my mind, so here we are. Palette from an amazing pinup by George Petty!
(Please don’t remove my text! <3)
Companion to the other workshop 20 I colored! Giant sun haaaaaat!! (This is a slight revision to my original post)
Went to my first proper figure drawing workshop yesterday since graduation, and decided to color one of my 20 minute poses!
Day 7 of Monster Month: Tengu! I found a really particularly spooky mask design and ran with it. But admiring women in couture feathered gowns and capes beforehand was probably a mistake, heh…
I fell in love with a photo of the backstage of a 1940’s lingerie show, so I drew it! Original image here from LIFE magazine archives.
Swan-dove out of my artistic comfort zone (anything besides women and dumb looking animals) for today’s drawing, but spent toooo long fiddling with it to hide it away!
Day 7 of Monster Month: Ghost! I’m totally out of order now, but I do plan to do them all. This is Okiku, of Okiku and The Nine Plates, or Bancho Sarayashiki. From Wikipedia:
Once there was a beautiful servant named Okiku. She worked for the samurai Aoyama Tessan. Okiku often refused his amorous advances, so he tricked her into believing that she had carelessly lost one of the family’s ten precious delft plates. Such a crime would normally result in her death. In a frenzy, she counted and recounted the nine plates many times. However, she could not find the tenth and went to Aoyama in guilty tears. The samurai offered to overlook the matter if she finally became his lover, but again she refused. Enraged, Aoyama threw her down a well to her death.
It is said that Okiku became a vengeful spirit (Onryō) who tormented her murderer by counting to nine and then making a terrible shriek to represent the missing tenth plate – or perhaps she had tormented herself and was still trying to find the tenth plate but cried out in agony when she never could. In some versions of the story, this torment continued until an exorcist or neighbor shouted “ten” in a loud voice at the end of her count. Her ghost, finally relieved that someone had found the plate for her, haunted the samurai no more.