Lady sitting in front of the mirror

I tried my hand at kimonos again. I like the layers, the patterns and of course the delicate women who wear them. They're so doll like and mysterious even.  

This composition is based off Hirano Hakuho's work. I added the pen/ink patterns, because I wanted to really get 'sucked' into that kimono. Lol I think I have issues. Hahaha. 

 

Pencil sketch

Pencil sketch

Pen

Pen

Starting on those patterns.  

Starting on those patterns.  

There's never a time right before starting a new section / pattern, where I'm not nervous. But the thing is - you just need to get started.  

 

 

An evening's worth of work :) 

An evening's worth of work :) 

My sister gave me the idea of a green belt. So here's the final version.  

 

All done! 

All done! 

This took me a weekend to complete. I think most artists when starting a piece generally go through some kind of cycle like: this is great - I can do this! ; this is not going the way I want ; this is just shit - I'm no painter ; don't beat yourself up, this isn't so bad ; hey this is pretty cool.  

For this painting, I was stuck on the 'this is not going the way I want' phase for about a day. Lots of pushing and pulling and annoyance. But you know what - just keep doing. That'll be my mantra from now on and anyway, the unfinished work look isn't really my thing.  I guess I learnt somewhere over the weekend that you kinda just need to keep on moving to get anywhere.