#Inktober: More Netsuke (and more pens)

netsuke comp 2s

Three more netsuke done with 3 more different pens.  You can really see the differences when you put them side by side.

old woman with hannya mask s

The center figure, which shows an old woman holding a hannya mask behind her back, was done with a Pentel RSVP fine pen.  It was really easy to draw with, but obviously does not produce darks well.  Great flow though.  You may recall that hannya is the ghost of a jealous woman.  Perhaps this woman wanted to scare someone, although she looks a bit scary even without the mask!

demonic mountain god s

The figure on the left was labeled “Mountain God with a Demonic Aspect”, although I could find no further information about him.  He, too, does not look like the pleasantest character.  I used a Uniball Gel Impact 1.0, which as you can see, produced very good darks.  It was hard to get subtlety with it though.  I also got tired of all the detail in this netsuke, which is why the bottom is unfinished.

fox dressed as a nun s

My favorite of this group is the fox dressed as a nun.  There are many aspects of Kitsune, the fox of Japanese mythology, one of which is magical transformation.  Supposedly after a fox reaches the age of 100 it can take the shape of a human, although they still seem to retain a fox-shaped shadow.  Kitsune like to appear as women, to trick, scare, and seduce men.  But they also like to take the form of a nun, and as such are often the subject of netsuke.  Would you be fooled by this disguise?  Seriously.

This was drawn using a Zebra Sarasa Clip 1.0, a Japanese pen recommended by my daughter.  It does produce an expressive line.

You can see the rest of my Japanese netsuke and masks here.

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14 responses to “#Inktober: More Netsuke (and more pens)”

  1. Sharon Mann says :

    All beautifully sketched and very expressive. Thanks for the pen analyse, good to know.

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  2. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    This is an excellent series of drawings!! I agree…the fox as nun gets my vote! 😃👍🏻

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  3. Catherine Johnson says :

    These are great. I like the history behind them.

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  4. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Excellent illustrations and so interesting to see your review of each pen and a demonstration. I find the fox story extremely interesting ~ I was writing a wolf shape shifter novel a while back … without the nun in it, though. Yes, fox as nun best drawing of the three using the pen for various tones. Love!

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  5. memadtwo says :

    Excellent. Some of your best and very complex.


  6. geokalpataru says :

    this is awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

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