Gallery, History, vector art

[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 6 : Kine and Usu 「杵と臼」

Made in Japan Volume 6 is here 😀

Back to traditional Japanese things, and this time i present to you a Japanese utensils for making a good Mochi or Rice cake. Japanese people call it as Kine and Usu 「杵と臼」. This utensils always used alongside, Usu (the mortar) usually made by a stone that carved into a bowl shape, or made by wood. Kine (the mallet) made by wood and usually used alongside with usu, this mallet  length is about 1 meter. To make a perfect rice cake or Mochi, usu and kine operated by 2 person, usually men, One person swings the kine to pound the rice in a similar motion to chopping wood, and another person give  water to the mochi dough and flip it. This activity requires precission in timing, because the person who swing the kine will hit the mochi dough rapidly fast and the person who give water to the dough need to flip the dough before the kine hit their hands. In another words Between each swing, another person puts his hand in the bowl to turn the rice. Timing is critical for safe operation of the usu.

Like any other traditional food, or snacks, Japanese people believe that mochi pounded in an usu and kine tastes better than mochi that has been processed by an electric machine.

Made in Japan Volume 6 : Kine and Usu

Made in Japan Volume 6 : Kine and Usu

Here’s some video from the making of Mochi in Nara city, perfecture Nara, Japan. The amazing part start at 1:00 😀

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Gallery, History, vector art

[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 4 : Uchikake 「内掛け」

Made in Japan Volume 4 is here

Its time for Japanese fashion, the Uchikake 「内掛け」. Well before that, i will ask you, everyone knows Kimono right ? So Uchikake is a type of Kimono, a Kimono for a bride, in western its like a wedding gown. The form is like Furisode 「振袖」with long sleeved, but furisode only worn by unmarried woman in Seijin Shiki [The coming age ceremonies], or worn by unmarried female relatives of the bride at weddings and wedding receptions.

Using Uchikake is more complicated than furisode, there’s a lot part that need to tied inside the Kakeshita, lot of decoration and detail.  Usually the color of  uchikake is White, but there’s a lot of color beside white, such as Red, Black, Gold, and Blue, like furisode, there so much motif for uchikake, like crane, sakura, pines, flowing water, fish, and many more.

But unlike furisode, the bottom of Uchikake is padded to trail along the floor, so when the woman bride walk, they need to lift the lower part of uchikake.

Uchikake

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[Vector] Made in Japan Volume 2 : Samurai Kabuto

Made in Japan Volume 2 is here. Volume 1 is Gundam a famous anime about future and robot.

This time in “Made in Japan Volume 2” I bring an ancient history of Japan, a fragmented history about warrior in Japan, usually called as Samurai. It’s “Kabuto”, Kabuto literally meaning is Helmet, a helmet that weared by a Samurai in a war. Every samurai family and landlord had their characteristic in their kabuto, usually can be seen in upper part to forehead, every family put “Mon” or family crest to show the characteristic of their family.

there is a 14 types of Kabuto. Kabuto is not only use as a helmet, but it has a symbolic role. Such as this

「勝って兜のおお絞めよ」Katte Kabuto no oo shimeyo : Tighthen your kabuto after winning the war. It means don’t lower you effort after reaching your goal

Kabuto no Samurai

Made in Japan Volume 3 is in progress

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[Digital Painting] AKB48 – Jurina matsui 「松井珠理奈」

Good day folks! it’s me again, so as you know i always post my artwork in here, so this time, again another AKB48  / SKE48 member after Yuko Oshima, it’s tume for Jurina matsui.

jurina

and this is the painting process, actually there’s a lot of layer i used, but i cut it to 13 step only 😀

jurina the process

Hope ya’ll like it. Thank you 🙂

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Fashion Sketches, Gallery, 소녀시대 | SNSD, Sketch

[Fashion Sketch] Girls’ Generation outfits sketch for Flower Power MV

Holla!, this is my new sketches, but is lil bit different right now, it’s not a digital painting or vector,  but a fashion sketches. A sketches of Girls’ Generation costume in flower power MV

I found 5 different outfits in that MV but, i decide to sketch 4 outfits only.

So here it is 🙂

Oh by the way, if you haven’t see the MV. Here it is the Flower Power MV

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