#Inktober: More Netsuke (and more pens)
Three more netsuke done with 3 more different pens. You can really see the differences when you put them side by side.
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!
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.
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.