I needed to come up with an idea that illustrates New York City and Japan. Most of the past cover use food. Dammit, I don't want to draw sushi!
Something that would be easily recognizable to non-nipponphiles like myself....
The juxtaposition of a Heian court lady stepping into a cab! I love mixing historical and contemporary themes. Not to mention I could go crazy with the clothing design.
The original sketch
Progress has been slow. Terribly, painfully slow. I don't have the ability to sit down at my computer and just draw. The beautiful interwebs is too distracting. I also feel like I have lost all ability to draw in Illustrator. I'm just becoming lazy! Lately, I have thoughts like, "Working on the folds of the sleeve is too hard. I'll do it later." That can't be healthy.
But I am learning a little. Like how damn difficult it is to find a good reference photo of juni-hitoe. I'm trying to understand how it's all tied!
Ahhh, I really need to fix some of those patterns. Blatant gradients are so tacky!
Anyway, I have about 10 days before the due date. I discovered that I concentrate better if I lay on my stomach.
I shall not leave my bed for the next week and a half.