I got a call from a Japanese company, Impress Japan, this summer to do a set of four illustrations for a New Year’s greeting card software designed by them. It is a self-generate design software that you can put your own words on any illustrations/designs that you like. Creative Director Takuya Honda from their Digital Creation Dept. said he wants my works to be lavish, colourful, and rich; also at least one of my works has to have a sheep which is Oriental Zodiac animal for 2015. It cannot be anything western, and has to be authentic Japanese aesthetic within my style. He likes some patterns on my illustrations that I previously did for other projects, so he also said he wants to see some of the patterns on these illustrations… I got your back Honda-san*
Fun, right? I love drawing patterns as you know, and colour madness is my alley. I had never worked for stationary illustrations, so I was like “Yaaaaaz, I will take it!!” snap snap*
Then the reality hit me after I agreed on the contract and started the project… I actually didn’t know (or still don’t know) much about Japanese tradition and custom. Here is why.
I grew up in such a sincere Christian family; my Korean mother and my Japanese father. My whole extended families are all Christian as well, so I really wasn’t exposed to Japanese traditions. My family was/is closer to the Korean side of our families and relatives, so I wasn’t participated to certain Japanese ceremonial activities by the historical reasons as well. During the New Year’s holidays, our family was absolutely doing nothing but just looking at Christmas trees in our house and treating ourselves from the hectic busyness of Christmas. Japanese culture has too many superstitious elements in everything so as New Year’s greeting cards. I didn’t know that much about it, so I really had to research a lot before I start my artworks. Research, y’all, research!!
So, this is me asking around my Japanese friends on Facebook about the lucky charms that I should put on the New Year’s cards… Every items have their own meanings and reasons to be placed as decorations. So interesting. Anyway, thank y’all my friends!!!
I felt bit I cheated on research haha… Asking around my friends on FB haha.
Anyhow, I talked too much. Let’s me show you the process log. You will see orgies of my line works… This is a part-1.
I decided to take that thread out. It caused too much movement and mess!!!
Yes, yus, yaaaz, Mt. Fuji needs to be in red. That’s a traditional superstitious belief in good luck.
↓ And again, THE ORGY OF OUTLINES, part 2.
In this 2nd illo and 4th illo, I wanted to mash the foreground elements and the background pattern together in certain level, and make the foreground elements looked come out of the pattern… kinda? yeah? gurl please… haha
↓ And my headache of “THE ORGY OF OUTLINES REALNESS”!!!!!
I don’t even know what I was looking at and how I coloured this mess. I need to take a coffee break even now I’m looking at this.
Somehow I did it… Give me a high five, thanks* ouch.
So this time, I did ink drawing for these illustrations. It really depends on my intuition to decide which media that I’m going to use whether ink or oil pastel… I usually tend to use ink for more small sized detail oriented works.
It’s not that bad now… Just a pattern porn going on.
Anyway, it was a lot to show… I’m tired now.
Here is a copy airmailed from Impress Japan!
If you were in Japan or if you were a person certainly who sends New Year’s greeting cards, please support this wonderfully beautiful software by Impress Japan!
Impress Japan : http://www.impressjapan.jp/books/1114102010
Amazon.co.jp : http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/484433655X/ref=nosim/?tag=impressjapan-22&linkCode=as1
Okay then, I really spent too much time on BLOGGING!!!! Ugh!!! Y’all better give me kiss and hug on this post!!! I really don’t remember what I wrote on this, but I feel this post is too long!!! I don’t even know people in our generation or younger generation even read lol haha*
Anyway, thank you xoxo