I’ve drawn Japanese Cranes before, but I wanted to try colored pencil on the black paper I bought awhile ago, and they seemed the perfect subject.
I go back and forth about the blue background. Yes or no? maybe it should be less linear.
The inspiration for drawing on black came from some work by Marisol I saw at El Museo Del Barrio. I tried to find some good examples online, but this is the best I could do:
You really can’t see how luminous they are from these reproductions. And they are large, very large. I also love the layers, and the way she took the hands and body parts and made them into an abstract form. The one on the right is part of a series Marisol did in response to the war in Vietnam.
…and have I mentioned that Japanese Cranes are an endangered species?