Introduction: Pursuit is a Japanese style decorative painting I designed, and painted with my sisters over the summer of 2016.
Time: 4 weeks | Roles: Designer – Painter | Team Size: 4
Design Goal: To create an aesthetically pleasing well balanced Japanese style decorative painting.
My Contributions: As the designer of this project I researched, and drew the initial sketch of Pursuit as well as painting and supervising the whole of the way through.
Pursuit started with a need for decoration, a desire for an oriental style painting, then a theme of the pursuit of ‘something’. Next a sketch with notes on elements that formed the foundation of this project.
Considering what I wanted, I paid Kuwait’s arts shops a visit for canvases. On finding said canvases I collected the dimensions of what was available.
Using those dimensions I created my desired layout with Google Sketchup, which I then printed to scale on A3.
With a layout I began the process of a creating a more detailed sketch, starting with drawings of more detailed items based on research of images reminiscent of Japan. Images such as Matsumoto Castle, the Cocoon Tower, Torii gates, wave styles, clouds, and villages.
With a solid idea of various details for the painting I sketched up a detailed draft of Pursuit on a to-scale A3 layout.
Once the detailed sketch was complete, I next created a digital copy by scanning the document. Using the digital copy and a projector I traced each section of the painting onto its respective canvas.
Meanwhile we constructed a easel to hold every canvas in the correct layout. In addition I thought it wise that before the first brush stroke, to create a colored digital image to help in visualizing the final product.