wood girl design sketch original - 'amabie'
Most of my wood girl designs start out in my sketchbook - the head is drawn above a flattened out version of the body for me to plan each design. This is an original loose leaf version of one of those sketches, first drawn in pencil and then hand painted with the colour and pattern ideas which go into the creation of the dolls themselves. Notes have been added in pencil about the design and intended colours, and the hand carved stamp which is used on the base of the wood girls has been applied over the artist signature. This piece also has applied silver foil highlights.
This sketch is for the 'amabie' wood girls, a special set of dolls for 2020 (released week commencing 17th August 2020).
An Amabie or Amabiko is a legendary type of Japanese yōkai that was first witnessed and recorded in Japan in 1846. A little bit 'merperson', they have long hair and a scaled body, with three flipper-like feet or legs. Their eyes are starry in shape and they often have a bird like bill (not appearing in my wood girls, because they don't have mouths). They are said to relate prophesy about both good harvests and imminent disease/ epidemics. A drawing of one was used in an official Japanese poster in 2020 regarding the coronavirus/ COVID 19 pandemic, and their image has been appearing widely in the work of Japanese artists and craftspeople since February 2020. It is said that sharing the image or likeness of an amabie will help to ward off disease.
A special original piece, these will be listed as and when available - sometimes separately and on occasion with a wood girl as a special set.
Hand drawn onto Awagami 170g Bamboo paper.
Paper size: A4 (210 × 297 mm or 8.27 × 11.69 inches).
Signed in pencil and stamped with nakamura characters [中村] in red ink.