Netsuke with Nibs

sleeping shojo s

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
–Shunryu Suzuki

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!

fox mask netsuke s

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.

oni nembutsi comp

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.

oni in monk's robe s

Another Oni, done with brush and ink.

You can see my other netsuke drawings here.

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12 responses to “Netsuke with Nibs”

  1. Jodi says :

    Well done drawings of some interesting characters

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  2. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    These are awesome! Love the personalities here. And wow! That’s a pretty strict naughty or nice approach! 😳Hehe

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  3. kirkistan says :

    These are cool and very expressive, Kerfe. It just dawned on me yesterday that I could use a brush with ink. That final Oni gives me some ideas.

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  4. Sharon Mann says :

    So bold and expressive, I like these very much. 👹

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  5. Alisa says :

    I love the quote at the *beginning* of your post. I haven’t quite gotten the courage to draw with ink.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. lesliepaints says :

    Excellent post. I really like looking at your drawings and imagining what these figures represent just by what they look like. Very cool!

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