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Wind and Water by sidneyeileen Wind and Water by sidneyeileen
11"x12", colored pencil on white paper
~20 hours of work
Reference: [link] by ~Taicho

I sketched this out back at the end of December, but didn't finish it at the time. There won't be any prints of this one because my scanner woefully mangled the subtler shading in the drawing. There is actually a LOT more shading than you can see here, but the scanner so badly yellowed the image that I lost the softer tones entirely. There should be more shading in her face, hair, dress, and on the ground.

The water pattern in the bottom of the kimono is inspired by the woodblock prints of Hiroshige.

I want a kimono that looks like this. *sigh*
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beckbeck69 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
this is beautiful, I can't imagine how much prettier it could possibly look!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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skyworthy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the elements of wind and water are portrayed well in this picture
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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FaolanshewolfGold Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
this is so lovely...oh i want a kimono like that
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
At some point I would love to make a kimono like that. I need to learn silk painting first, though, and the silk to make it from will cost a pretty penny. Somehow, I think it will be a few years before that happens.
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FaolanshewolfGold Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
I know but it is so beautiful and that would be neat to paint on silk but i don't even want to know the cost of the silk lol.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I looked into it because I wanted to use silk to make a kimono last year. It was about $30/yard minimum for something that would work (the better stuff ran about $60), and for a kimono with long sleeves you need at least 8 yards total. A kimono with that much drag and hang would probably need closer to 15 yards. Then, the silk paints and good brushes are expensive as well. It really adds up, but the result when you use nice materials is absolutely amazing. This one is definitely on the wish list for the far future. :nod:
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FaolanshewolfGold Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
oh wow it sounds pricey but it is silk. 15 yards is long wow I am short lol
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I can get some silk much less expensive, but the kind of silks that have a good hang for kimono are much thicker and more luscious. For the length of fabric, regardless of the wearer's height you can estimate a sleeve and body floor-length kimono to need four yards for the body (two front, two back), and four yards for the sleeves (two front, two back per sleeve, but only half width so you get both sleeves from the same four yards). That means if you want a trailing length, you need it for the front, back, and sleeves, so that would be about another four yards, plus a little extra for a wider collar and underside facing on the bottom for practical construction reasons.
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