Recently I reread a fantastic book on the history of kimono, Kimono: Fashioning Culture by Liza Dalby. You could say that was the inspiration for this piece. . . but really, I just like kimono. 🙂 With such clean lines and simplicity of design, it’s difficult to not be elegant in kimono!
The young lady in today’s sketch is wearing a formal furisode, or swinging-sleeve kimono. It will have a pattern, but I haven’t decided on a design yet, so it’s blank for now.
I’m not quite happy how her hand turned out, but at least it looks like a hand. (Attempts #1 and #2 were just. . . blobby. Ah well, third time’s the charm! And I’ll have a chance to fix it when I ink it.) I’m looking forward to working on this sketch more when I have some time!