Today's master copy is directly related to the commission I picked up for the Musicks in Japan podcast. Through our correspondence, I managed to narrow down the specific style that they wished to see in the finalized portraits I will be producing for them. Picking from a variety of styles, they settled on Shohei Otomo's photo realistic ballpoint pen illustrations. In order to get into the mindset necessary to complete such a detailed assignment, I thought it would be best to study Otomo's work in an in-depth manner by taking the time to copy one of my favorite pieces. Since, I didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of time on it, I decided to go with one of his smaller illustrations, "KITSUNE".
I'm not sure how well known Shohei is internationally, but I recommend everyone to view his work. No doubt, many are familiar with his father's(Katsuhiro Otomo) work as the director of the anime classic, Akira(1988). Though Shohei tends to work exclusively in ballpoint pen, the amount of graphic detail he is able to get out of the medium is always impressive. On top of that, I think his work is thought provoking and engaging. My favorite series includes Japanese police officers smoking marijuana; still regarded as a highly illegal and dangerous substance throughout the country.
Anyway, I am always happy to view his latest pieces because of his tendency to reward viewers with numerous easter eggs. He is one of the few artist whose personality and interest become readily apparent just by looking at his artwork.
What do you think? Will you become a fan of Otomo's illustrations? Who is an artist that you admire? Are there specific artistic mediums that you prefer to use or view art in? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. As always, don't forget to like and share this post~
Until next time,