Sunday, February 28, 2010

Art that Makes Me Wanna Write a Book!

Hello again, here is this weekend's installment of 'art that makes me wanna write a book', even though I didn't get it posted on Saturday.... (houseguests. you know how that goes.)

Anyway, today's art is by one of my favorite Japanese artists, Shohei. I've posted his work before, and talked about his famous animator father, and his colorblindness, and I'm still blown away by the fact that he uses only ball-point pen to draw....

Yah. It's sort of shocking to see someone draw like that with a ball-point pen....

Which leads me to one of my favorite pieces by him: "Ping-Pong Geisha"


I love the movement, the playfulness, the details... She's so modern and so traditional all at the same time. I want to know why she wears sunglasses and who put a lock around her waist. I want to know why she plays ping-pong instead of practicing shamisen or dance. I want to know who the person on the other side of the table is. Maybe she is being controlled by a gangster... maybe she is sick of being a geisha and is breaking free.... So many possibilities and story ideas come to mind!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

9 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

That is so awesome! Nice post and nice ideas.

Sandy Shin said...

Oh wow, that's so amazing! *stares in awe*

Aubrie said...

His art is very precise! I love the action of the ping pong guisha!

Southpaw said...

More awesome art. Thanks.

Christine Danek said...

Wow! that is incredible. Thanks.

yokohamamama said...

ooh--I remember this one, but I don't remember noticing the lock before. Obi-cum-chastiy belt... His stuff leaves me slack-jawed every time I see it. Yeah--there's definitely something Yakuza going on in that drawing:)

Lisa and Laura said...

Holy crap, I can't believe he does all of that with a ball point pen! That is truly amazing. I love it when art leaves me feeling inspired.

Natalie Hatch said...

I wish I was that talented. I don't think I'd have the patience to learn though.

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