Kimono fashion often makes use of seasonal motifs, which is something that Japanese artist and Twitter user Kotetsu (@kotetsu_of) wanted to incorporate into his latest illustrations. He’s done an incredible job, too, as he recently shared a series of snapshots of a cute lass with a bob cut posing demurely while dressed in a dazzling series of kimono decorated with maple, maidenhair, and other autumn patterns.
But while Kotetsu’s smooth and confident line work shows a high level of artistic skill, he got an assist from Mother Nature when it came time to color the outer coat. Instead of using any ink or colored pencils for the top layer of the girl’s outfit, he instead carefully cut away the white space representing the folds of fabric, and simply held his illustration out as a window to the world of beautiful fall colors that can be seen in Japan right now.
— 古鉄＠僕とナゴドとひつまぶし (@kotetsu_of) November 17, 2018
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— 古鉄＠僕とナゴドとひつまぶし (@kotetsu_of) November 14, 2018
These aren’t just any ordinary illustrations. They’re inventive examples of kirie. Literally translating as “cut pictures,” kirie artists often start with a piece of colored paper and strategically cut away everything they don’t want colored in for the final image. However, Kotetsu’s hybrid illustration/kirie artwork starts with plain white paper, and he does do a little bit of conventional coloring, which you can see in the character’s hair, skin tone, inner kimono, sash, and sandals. But by cutting away large sections of the character’s ensemble, he can use the hues of the physical world beyond the paper for a uniquely vibrant detail and captivating surrealism that would be impossible to achieve any other way.
— 古鉄＠僕とナゴドとひつまぶし (@kotetsu_of) November 23, 2018
come to think of it, considering how beautiful Japan looks blanketed in snow, we’d love to see what Kotetsu can do by giving his characters elegant white gowns and clothing.
Source: Twitter/@kotetsu_of via IT Media