For the sushi bar section of the Dragonfish Cafe project, I’ve assembled a suite of 5 sketches from ‘Hokusai Manga’. Working from tiny, fuzzed out prints, I redrew these figures on my iPad Pro, allowing me to get the resolution that I needed for the large final reproduction size. These will be printed on fabric and hung noren style along the walls of the dining niche.
All the images suite (3 shown here), depict plump figures involved in various activities, mostly relating to food preparation.
I’m a bit stumped on this last one, it might show someone dying some cloth, I’m really not exactly sure. The source book, ‘Hokusai Manga’, pays homage to the influence that it had on the French impressionist painters who took a great interest in the lively and often playful sketches that fill it. According to the tale a Parisian printer, Felix Braquemond, came across some pages from the book used as crumpled up packing material in a shipment of Asian porcelain. After seeing them, he sought out the source and then promoted it to his artist friends and the public.