Mini update…Chinese Opera!

It seems to me that 2014 is going to be a year of obsessing over things that I just HAVE to draw. I haven't been this prolific in a long time, despite working full-time and having a crazy commute to and from work.

My latest thing is Chinese opera. It's taken me a while to get to know Hong Kong properly, and I think for the first time I can say that I do love it. It is a very exciting and interesting city to live in, and I will be sad to say goodbye whenever I do leave. There's so much colour, everywhere! And reference materials all right there on my doorstep. Temples, pagodas, markets, ponds, koi, parks, boats, statues…I'm realising how much I do want to study and accomplish before I move on, so I know that I've made the best of this amazing opportunity to gather my thoughts and get my work together. 

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I don't really have much to show yet, but I drew these guys up last night and I was so pleased with them I just wanted to share them. They're not exact or even close adaptations of actual masks - I wanted to explore with colour and shapes so I put my own spin on them instead. I really like the idea of doing a series and I want to see if I can make some full-blown illustrations based on the performers themselves (along with the huge list of things I've already decided to draw). 

Hopefully I'll have more to post up soon :D


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