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Mischievous Joy (stage two)

 

From the sketch and with help of some reference shots, I worked on my preliminary design. The drawing above was done with a 2B mechanical pencil on a sheet of tracing paper (to make it easier to transfer to my working surface later on).

 

As with most of my pieces, there was a lot of reference and research involved in the creation of this painting. Throughout the years I have accumulated tons of photos, some found online, others I have taken myself, of scenery, people, traditional dress and ordinary objects pertaining various Asian cultures. Having lived in a predominantly Chinese neighborhood in Brooklyn for a few years left me with a number of mementos such as charms, clothing, traditional art, prop weaponry, household objects, and sundry knick-knacks. All this stuff aids me regularly in my work as reference.

 

Below are examples of some of the reference used for this painting. I used the two topmost photos for the kimono designs. The third from top is the reference shot for the hairstyle, and the bottom-most one is the little girl I would use for the reflection.