10 September 2017

2017 - Travelling in Japan


2017/08 - Japan - Kyoto University Clock Tower, where I spent an afternoon sipping coffee thinking back to the days when I had enjoyed life there as a foreign student. The university has changed considerably since then - the clock tower has not...and so I painted it in vivid colors... /// Materials: FABER-CASTELL PITT Artist pens (black), Schmincke watercolors, Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Duerer and Mitsubishi POSCA UNI for densening the colors, White Gouache (for the same purpose); Paper: HAHNEMUEHLE sketch book A4 (portrait), 120 g/m2 - heavily worked through...the paper started to dissolve - but it did not tear - lucky me, sketch time appr. 1.5 hrs;

2017/08 - Japan - Kyushu - Usa-City; Usa-City displays two Zero fighter aircraft from WW II - one is real another is a mock up for a Japanese movie, playing in that area. Usa-City had a long tarmac for "Kamikaze"-take offs during the past days of WW II - a pretty sad part of history. However, I decided to paint the aircraft (without the museum has been placed into) - just to be able to play with the colors... /// Materials: FABER-CASTELL PITT Artist pens (black), Schmincke watercolors, Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Duerer and Mitsubishi POSCA UNI for densening the colors; Paper: HAHNEMUEHLE sketch book A4 (portrait), 120 g/m2, sketch time appr. 2 hrs;

2017/08 - Japan - Okinawa; Naha-City -  "SHURI-jo" (castle); Here is one of the most famous castles in Japan. Unfortunately it had been burned down during an air raid in WW II, since it had been a command base of the Japanese Military in that area - but after WW II it was rebuilt perfectly. The drawing shows stamps from a "stamp rallye" together with a mystical lion statue and a view from the castle over Naha-City to the sea ... /// Materials: FABER-CASTELL PITT Artist pens (black), Schmincke watercolors; Paper: HAHNEMUEHLE sketch book A4 (portrait), 120 g/m2, sketch time appr. 45 min;

2017/08 - Japan - Kyushu and Tokyo; The German locomotive had been in operation early in the 19th century and found it's final station at "Usa-Jingu" (Usa-shrine) in Kyushu, southern Japan...where it still contrasts with the surrounding traditional Usa-Shrine buildings. I had time in the morning, thought about sketching the shrine - but liked the sun's reflections on the black iron of the locomotive...and so it became the locomotive rather than the shrine. I'll sketch that next time... The other drawing is from the Tokyo train we took between the two Tokyo airports - we were really tired... /// Materials: FABER-CASTELL PITT Artist pens (black), Schmincke watercolors, Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Duerer and a yellow and red Mitsubishi POSCA UNI for densening the colors; Paper: HAHNEMUEHLE sketch book A4 (portrait), 120 g/m2, sketch time appr. 2 hrs for the train, 20 min for our tired passenger;

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