The idea for the “Kaidan” drawing came from an antique picture frame I photographed during a summer vacation.
I liked the atmosphere of the photo, and I thought it would be a good starting point for a creepy drawing, something like a tribute to the works of Junji Ito. I thought it would be nice to add a conceptual twist, in order to reinforce the creepiness factor, but had some trouble deciding what that twist would be. Postponing this decision for a later stage, I jumped right in, starting with a straightforward pencil sketch.
The inking was done with a “Pentel” brush for convenience, but a normal brush could be used for the same effect. My aim was to maintain a style that resembled traditional Japanese brush paintings. Keeping this in mind I decided to stay flat, with minimum shading and to place emphasis on the cloth texture.
After the scanning and cleaning up of the final drawing, it was time to add the “twist”. Enjoying the flexibility of having the piece in digital form, I tried several versions.
I think it is worth the time to stop and think in order to come up with an eccentric or unexpected twist. It usually adds a conceptual layer to the drawing and hints at a background story or mystery.
Well, that was it! I find the result pretty satisfying and close to my initial intentions in terms of atmosphere.
I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes post. Be sure to stay tuned for more!