Geisha Girl Portrait II – Charcoal Drawing

I met another Geisha girl…

What started out as a curiosity, or cultural fascination is slowly becoming a series of artworks, some completed already and plenty on the way. I have dived deep into the streets and tea houses of Kyoto, Japan on a journey of discovery and exploration.

I won’t spend too much time harping on for now as once the series wraps up, I’ll be making a full length post featuring all of the artworks.

For now I’ll just keep these posts as short musings.

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Geisha Girl Portrait II – Charcoal

One of the great things about working on a portrait or a character study is the questions one can ask about the subject throughout the process.

Who is this girl and what is her rank within the Geisha tradition?

How long has she been training for this lifestyle and was it truly her own choice?

What is her story; how did she end up here?

Once my Geisha series has reached its completion I intend to do a more factual article style post about the Geisha culture and traditions. I’ve been doing a lot of research and it will be great to share the information in a post with all of the completed works.

For now though, that is all for this post and this portrait.

Feel free to answer those questions above in a comment on this post, it would be great to see what you all think and speculate from the image.

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