exercise– a sketch book walk and looking at Nobuya Hoki

A sketch book walk looking at Nobuya Hoki

Another Japenese  artist described in the book Vitamin D (Emma Dexter (2006)  “Vitamin D New Perspectives in Drawing” Phaidon Press ISBN 978 0 7148 4545 )is Nobuya Hoki. He is described as part of the generation that followed those inspired by manga and anime.  He changes the viewpoint and abstracts landscapes by introducing central circles or by turning the conventional landscape to portrait and vice versa. The image is abstracted to a decorative state, a maze of lines. The book tells us he does not divide foreground and background…producing a mysterious interplay of lines. The drawings illustrated  in the book are  monochromatic in coloured pencil.

source : scanned copy from page 142 of ” (Emma Dexter (2006)  “Vitamin D New Perspectives in Drawing” Phaidon Press ISBN 978 0 7148 4545 )

What is Manga ?-sourced on line from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga

“Manga (漫画?) are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.[1] They have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.[2]”

Eshinbun Nipponchi; credited as the first mang...

Eshinbun Nipponchi; credited as the first manga magazine ever made. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eshinbun Nipponchi; credited as the first manga magazine ever made.  sourced on line (June 2013) ref:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga

What is anime?

Animere Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. Anime includes animated television series, short films and full-length feature films. sourced on line (June 2013) ref:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime

Hoki is quoted as saying:” I noticed that whenever I draw one extra line in a deeper field in the negative space, the drawing’s construction changes dramatically regardless of how detailed it is. There is a line that is particularly relevant to my current work, which I call the “line that draws energy from the exterior of the frame”; by drawing it the relationship between each individual line becomes complex, and I have been making work such that this particular line significantly changes the relationship between negative space and line.” quote from Nobuya Hoki to be found online ref:http://www.takaishiigallery.com/en/archives/1639/ (spourced June 2013)

” Hoki’s present approach involves the use of a two-pronged drawing device resulting in what Hoki describes as “double line drawing”. Using this double line technique, Hoki creates an expansive plane, the simple single colorful line complicated by a shifting of colors creating a completely new type of pictured relief.
“Just by looking at the surface, divided by only line, one can see a difference in weight, context and movement” taken from online source June 2013 rehttp://brask-art-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/nobuya-hoki.htmlf:

My drawings after looking at Nobuya Hoki:

In my first drawing  I was experimenting in producing line and had the idea of crumpling the paper and then using the lines to help depict the picture-although it came out  rather messy it did loosen the direction of the lines for the second drawing:

Drawing 1 the view to town


it is far too confusing and “messy” Hoki’s pictures do not have ink spots nor changes in ink colour -this was done because the lines in the foreground were difficult to see against the background. I need to redo in a more simple fashion.

Drawing 2 the view to town


This is of cleaner line –it does not switch the foreground and back ground as Hoki is said to do but does change the landscape to portrait. I like the confusion of the mid ground and the very Japenese simplicity of the trees. There is slight different pressure on the pen to differentiate the fore from background and I found the trees in the first version (above) helped lead my hand for this “reproduction” and so found the effect of paper crumpling useful.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s