Robot vs Giant Squid!
Today I needed to draw something before the working world of Doctor Who action figures entirely destroyed my brain. Occupational hazard. And I love the Japanese woodblock prints designed by the artists of the ukiyo-e school. Exciting. Sophisticated. Perfect graphic art.
Ukiyo-e is derived from a Buddhist expression. It means ‘picture’ (e) of the ‘floating world’ (ukiyo). A world of urban pleasures and excitement to escape into. The theatres, restaurants, teahouses, geisha and courtesans of shogun era Tokyo.
Well, ‘pictures of the floating world’ sounds just great. I wanted to try to use the feel and style of the ukiyo-e school illustrations. It’s very tempting just to copy the amazing designs but I thought I should try and draw something from my world to escape into.
Robots and giant squid. Obviously.
There’s a great gallery of prints at, well, the Ukiyo-e Gallery if you want o take a look at the real thing.