Netsuke with Nibs
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
This Sleeping Shojo was drawn with a Sheaffer Viewpoint calligraphy fountain pen with a 1.0 nib. Good for a loose and bold drawing I think.
Shojos are sea spirits with a red face and hair, who often wear skirts made of green seaweed. They love to brew and drink sake. If a good person drinks this sake, it will be delicious and healing; but if a bad person drinks it, it will be poison and kill them unless they repent at once. It seems Santa is not the only one keeping track of your naughty or niceness!
The fox mask netsuke was drawn, in contrast, with a .3 nib. Here the details are easy to produce, but solid darks not so much.
You many remember that Kitsune the fox is a shape-shifting troublemaker that likes to disguise himself as a nun. This mask definitely seems to take the frightening side of Kitsune seriously.
With my quill pen I drew Oni Nenbutsu, a demon in the guise of a Buddhist monk. These Onis have horns and fangs, and often wear tiger skins as they wander the country banging the gong on their chest and begging for money. My advice: be generous.
Another Oni, done with brush and ink.
You can see my other netsuke drawings here.