Published On: July 12, 2008

Dogwood Blossoms – Chapter 3: E-hon, p.11-13

Dogwood Blossoms, Chapter 3: E-hon, p.11-13

A fold-out ukiyo-e styled triptych of an epic battle between magical Japanese cats and dogs.

This is the most characters I have ever drawn in one composition. Complex.

Wherein I reveal the depths of my geekdom. This chapter of Dogwood Blossoms is in the style of--and in imitation of--Japanese e-hon illustrated novels from the 1700-1800's.

E-hon ("picture book") were woodblock printed and widely read and collected in Japan. Epic novel series (like Kyokutei Bakin's 106 volume Hakkenden) were illustrated and serialized this way. Most of the popular ukiyo-e ("floating world-pictures") art prints that are so expensive and collectible right now, were originally printed in e-hon book compliations.
These books are GORGEOUS. (And I want one. Or several. If I was to be a snooty collector of old expensive things, it would be of these books. I'm going to have to save up. :)

Here are a few e-hon examples:
http://www.ohmigallery.com/Sales/Bin/Ehon-01.htm
http://www.ohmigallery.com/Sales/Bin/Ehon-02.htm
http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/detail-b221.htm
http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/detail-at118.htm
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?keyword=ehon&x=0&y=0

Cool ukiyo-e sites:
http://www.ukiyo-e.se/
http://www.ukiyo-e.se/guide.html
http://www.printsofjapan.com/
http://www.ohmigallery.com/
http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/cyw
http://metro.tokyo.opac.jp/tml/tpic/resprint_d/all/isbn001_0_100/isbn001_001_001.html (massive Japanese archive from the Tokyo Metropolitan Library)

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Stats: Book layout photomanipulated from actual e-hon book scans and paper scans, most patterns drawn by myself, a few taken from Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the 1800's. Wood grain texture by Enchantedgal-Stock.

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Acknowledgments and Disclaimer: The fate of no one historical was changed by the making of this comic. Inuyasha-tachi belong to Takahashi Rumiko and everyone she has sold them to. This is a mostly nonprofit fan work that I’m really slowly putting too much work into because I'm a pathetic period-accuracy purist. All historical inaccuracies are the fault of myself--some deliberate, the rest out of ignorance. There is only so much time a girl can put into research for a fan project. Many thanks to the beta group for their help and suggestions.

31 thoughts on “Dogwood Blossoms – Chapter 3: E-hon, p.11-13

  1. Once again, lovely! I think Tsukiko and Inuhana are my favorites. x3

    1. Thanks! Glad you like them! ^_^

  2. close up is even better. my favourite is hiken and tsukiko

  3. I love your Dogwood stuff; I adore and covet your talent in storytelling as well as artistic abilities. It’s sad that you (from my point of view) don’t get enough credit for the great things you produce, while people with considerably less talent are showered a ridiculous amount of praise.

    I hope you stick with this project, despite the lack of response; it’s beautiful!

    1. Oh, thank you. ^___^
      I do hope to keep it up. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a story I totally want to tell.

  4. :wow: I’m . . . speechless.

    This is not fanart, this is art in and of itself! It’s magnificent. :boing: I can’t tell you how happy you’ve made me, not only as a fan of Sesshomaru and Rin but as a fan of Japanese art, history, and culture. I can only imagine what a joy it was for you to work on. Because as far as I can see, you were enjoying every moment.

    Bravo, sweetheart. :clap:

    1. Thank you! ^_^

      When I wasn’t tearing out my hair, I really enjoyed it. 🙂 It was the coloring….coloring kills me every time. I end up agonizing over every color choice. -_-;;

  5. Girl, I know I already said it on DA, but these are just the most magnificent things. <3

    Would you mind if I pimped these up on the Moonlight-Flower forums? There are a LOT of people who would love to see these things but might miss out . . .

    I’m so insanely happy to see Inuhana up there, gosh. And that’s Tsukiko’s son? I’ve been wanting to see him since that bit of history you gave us . . . Wow, he’s got a certain . . . lordly air about him, hasn’t he?

    Question? Is Tetsumaru fighting with a hoe?? *is shamefully uninformed in terms of weaponry*

    1. ^____^ Thank you. ^____^

      Oh, yes, you can recc it all over, that would be lovely, thank you! I really ought to do such things myself, but I haven’t gotten around to it. (I always feel awkward joining communities just to promote myself, when I don’t have time to participate in them, yah know?)

      Lol, Tetsumaru is fighting with a very big blacksmiths hammer. You know, that whole BIG WEAPON thang so popular with the guys. 😉

      1. ^_~

        Absolutively my pleasure hon. There are some phenomenal artists in the fandom that barely get noticed, and that makes me sad.

        . . . Oh. XDD Uh-huh, I have seen evidence of this peculiar male phenomenon . . . They do so love to pit their swords against each other. XDDD

        *headdesk*

  6. You sure do know how to take crit and use it. What a fine fix for ‘not oriental enough‘.

    1. XD
      (Though, I don’t remember you saying that….)

      1. Did so, I recall I complained about the eyes, the clothes, and the background in general.

        1. Ahah, I thought that was just about the artness, not the asian-ness. :]

          But eitherways, I’m going back to my normal style after this. Subjugating it for even just this project was remarkably difficult. O.o And despite the effort, looking at it now, it doesn’t feel like I subjugated it nearly enough. 9.9

          Ahwell.

  7. Fabulous job on it as usual. Inuhana is my favorite in this 3-pic layout. Please keep it up!D

  8. Any chance you are online and can throw me a few tips on how to get those lovely graduations you do in the background? I am currently playing with illustrator on a digital woodblock print of the heron maiden and am inspired by your work.

    1. Aw, thanks!

      I used photoshop, but illustrator does do gradiants (they drive me nuts, but they are doable), and I threw a nice texture on on top of everything. 🙂

      If you put an overall background shape behind the rest of your figures, and then played with its gradiant colors, you should be able to get the same effect.

      Then you can make it a vexal and put the texture on in photoshop, or there are purists who vectorize their textures and use them in illustrator. Makes your file sizes huge, though.

      Good luck! ^_^

      1. Cheers.
        I’ve got images of woodgrain and another of old yellow paper which I’ve reduced the opacity on which has helped give the underlying tones to work over.
        It’s just getting the right sort of colours with the gradients to suit woodgrain and I’ve yet to investigate getting that slightly mottled look that some of the colour layers have.
        I’m a complete geek in that I already have one woodblock print and, one day, when I have money [HAH!] I intend to have a collection (ie more than three).

        I’m playing entirely in illustrator as a self challenge. I’ll give you a hoy when it’s done if you like ^_^

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