Unsigned copy of my Bushido's Waves print.
The different colors of waves represent the different types of casks used to make Hibiki, but also the fine detail of the backdrop is supposed to mimic Japanese paper. I love paper and fine details; Japanese people say wrapping a package is just as important as the gift itself. I try to convey that the pieces you buy is "a gift to yourself." My regular customer gave me the idea of using a cartoony samurai to incorporate it in the drawing.
I've been taking live-drawing classes once a week, so I can get more practice with drawing faces and people. I've learned to appreciate the human body in all of its forms and shapes. People who are formally trained in art have told me that every part of your body is connected; it is a map of geographic shapes, a sort of landscape that allows us to create art. Eyes and nose, for example, can be viewed as various triangles, and the ear is typically equidistant to the eyes and base of the nose.
There was an African-American woman who modeled for us, and she was my favorite to draw because I loved how light bounced off her skin and how the bulbs interacted w/the dif hues of her body. It was like staring at the ocean and seeing the skin of the water being hit w/sunlight. That also led me to think of Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784), a poet who was a catalyst for the antislavery movement. In her poem, "On Being Brought from Africa to America," she states, "Some view our sable race with scornful eye,/"The color is a diabolic die.'" She compares the color of her skin to sable to perhaps celebrate the identity of her West African roots. I love her poetry because she represents inner-strength and intelligence--someone who isn't afraid to challenge authority. Long story short that silhouette of darkness is my homage to her. The relationship of these waves intertwining blue water and the black silohuoette also shows the complex, interweaving movements of whisky and how it interconnects on a global scale.
*Dimensions are 13 by 19 inches on Cold Press Paper
*10 Limited Editions signed.