Wave Of Mutilation

Today’s addition was inspired by a good friend of mine, who has an amazing half-sleeve tattoo of a crazy-looking octopus and some crashing waves.  The art style of it was based on Hokusai, a Japanese painter from the late 1700s.  He has a very distinct, almost cartoony illustration style.  Hokusai did a series of 36 views of Mt. Fuji with the famous Great Wave being #1 in the series.  Funny, considering Fuji is almost relegated to being background material and likely the last thing your eye would fall on in the piece.  I think this is one of the better translations to the whiteboard.  If I could change one thing (and I can’t because it has been erased already) it would be to darken the boats a little to set them apart a bit more.  Overall I’m pretty happy with this one and folks around the office seemed to really dig it, even if they didn’t know what it was or who originally painted it.  That is kind of the point though.

This is the last of the ones I completed prior to starting the blog.  My next posts will be in-progress shots of the ‘Nighthawks’ painting.  You’ll get to see documentation of the process as well as the many screw-ups I erase and do over.  🙂  Here’s the latest, Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave Off Kanagawa.’

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2 thoughts on “Wave Of Mutilation

  1. The wave is amazingly well balanced. Use of space in Japanese art is very tricky…..Imogen and I like Hopper’s Nighhawks. She likes art books. Her comment on his painting….Lala it looks lonely. Glad to find you blog. lf

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