Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tengu Sleeve

Took a break from the robe patterning up top and started some background.  He wanted bamboo, but since there was none on the other arm (of foxes that we are trying to match) and there are already two staffs in the piece witch are very vertical and similar size to bamboo, I decided against it.  Instead I put some bamboo leaves hanging over the rocks and maple leaves and clouds.  
He has a fox statue (from the Inari shrine in Kyoto) under the other arm and I've been unsure how to match that on this arm.  It finally came to me and I'm going with a torii gate.  They are found in the mountains (where the Tengu live) and signify entrance to a sacred place (many of the tengu are monks called yamabushi...)

No comments:

Post a Comment