From the sketch and with help of some reference shots, I worked on my preliminary
design. The drawing above was done with a 2B mechanical pencil on a sheet of tracing
paper (to make it easier to transfer to my working surface later on).
As with most of my pieces, there was a lot of reference and research involved in
the creation of this painting. Throughout the years I have accumulated tons of photos,
some found online, others I have taken myself, of scenery, people, traditional dress
and ordinary objects pertaining various Asian cultures. Having lived in a predominantly
Chinese neighborhood in Brooklyn for a few years left me with a number of mementos
such as charms, clothing, traditional art, prop weaponry, household objects, and
sundry knick-knacks. All this stuff aids me regularly in my work as reference.
Below are examples of some of the reference used for this painting. I used the two
topmost photos for the kimono designs. The third from top is the reference shot for
the hairstyle, and the bottom-most one is the little girl I would use for the reflection.