I enjoy drawing people reacting to the environment they’re in. Here are a few of my attempts. These are all drawn from life to begin with, and a couple of them were completed later.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura
The Shibuya scramble crossing in the rain
Fish in Akihabara
Starbucks in Iidabashi, Tokyo
The Apple Store in Omotesando at night
Worker Praying at a Shrine in Tokyo
Friday night in Kagurazaka, Tokyo
Blue Bottle in Shinjuku, Japan
The Apple Store in Florence
Buddha A Day
I draw a Buddha a day. Here are a selection of the ones I’ve drawn. It started as a way to relax while at work (drawing on sticky notes), and it developed into a habit.
"へいきへいき" (No worries)
Lots of docs to read at work
Waiting for the laundry
Translating between English and Japanese
At Hobonichi's office in Tokyo
At Hobonichi's office in Tokyo
Dreaming about Mexican corn
My work is influenced by Van Gogh. I also like to write about his work and life in my blog.
People looking at one of Van Gogh's sunflowers paintings
Olive groves in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
I sketched the olive groves outside of the asylum that Van Gogh stayed at in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. It was the most tranquil part of Provence that I saw.
Wheat field in Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh used to paint
There were a few crows cawing in the sky when I drew this. I drew this in March, a few months before Van Gogh painted them when they turn to fields of golden ripe wheat.
Lady enjoying a Van Gogh landscape
Crossroad in Shinjuku, Tokyo, drawn with reed from Arles, France
I love Van Gogh’s reed drawings. He did many reed drawings when living in Arles in the south of France. On a recent visit to Arles, I found some reed, took it back with me to Japan, and have been drawing Tokyo using the reed and Japanese calligrahy ink.
People go crazy for cherry blossoms in Japan. After visiting Chidorigafuchi in Tokyo and seeing the scrambles to enjoy the blossoms and take photos, I drew these cherry blossom sketches.
Tokyo in Gouache
These are a selection of small paintings I’ve done of scenes in Tokyo, mainly rainy and snowy ones. They’re painted with black and white gouache paint, and some of them have some silver paint mixed in. Tokyo is such a colourful city, and I find it’s interesting to see it with the colours drained away.
Waiter hailing a taxi in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo
People huddled under umbrellas in Kagurazaka, Tokyo
Young schoolgirl asking her way at the police box in Iidabashi, Tokyo
Waiting for a customer buying confectionary in Kagurazaka, Tokyo
Two salarymen ducking into a yakitori place after it started to rain
Marunouchi in Tokyo
Lady without an umbrella hailing a cab in Kagurazaka, Tokyo
Mother and child in the snow
Snowy evening in Kagurazaka
Meiji Japan in Black and White
These illustrations were drawn for "A Walk in Japan", a book written during the Meiji era of Japan by Bernhard Kellermann, a German travel writer who traveled through Japan at that time. Here’s a link to the book: http://www.finelinepress.co.nz/walkinjapan.html
Man walking in the rain (pen on paper)
Geisha's hair (pen on paper)
Tatami (straw mat) maker's hands (pen on paper)
Kids trying to read a newspaper (pen on paper)
Painter (pen on paper)
Fisherman (pen on paper)
Fishmonger (pen on paper)
Craggy Japanese island (pen on paper)
Niō (temple guardian) (pen on paper)
Oiran (pen on paper)
I often like to sketch after eating. Trying to get the character of each person is a fun challenge. Restaurants in Tokyo often have a broad cross-section of people in them at the same time—young and old, monied people and poor students, people eating alone and families.: