When a prospective client recently asked if I could create an illustration with Josephine on the beach, I was stumped. Somehow, all that came to mind was wide swaths of yellow sand and blue water – nice if you’re experiencing it, but not so interesting in an illustration.
Then, last week, I had the good fortune to see the Women of Shin Hanga exhibit at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum. While my illustrations don’t originate from wood block carvings like the Japanese prints that made up the exhibit, my concept is still similar in that I always start from a clean line drawing. Like the Shin Hanga prints, the outlines remain visible in my finished artwork. The elegant sense of line in these artworks is perfectly balanced with the use of sparse and contrasting colors which create visual geometry and a unifying sense of composition.
Although I wasn’t able to find an online reproduction of one of my favorite prints from the exhibit (a print that featured a lady in a black and white striped kimono), I did find reproductions of some of the other prints online. Drawing from my memory of the black and white kimono striped print and this Shin Hanga print…
I created this new illustration.
She might not be a geisha, but she’ll be the belle of the (beach) ball!