It has been a while, but here is the next instalment in the collaborative sketchbook project I’m working on (at a slow but steady pace, across continents) with my friend Yoko [the preceding three instalments can be found here (3), here (2) and here (1)]
yoko followed on from my previous entry (above) with a line of
ghostly trees leading us deeper into the woods…
… with a turn of the page the moon has risen,
and in this magical forest wolf takes on the visage of a deer
from little red riding hood’s basket spring bursts forth,
to conquer the frozen landscape
but she keeps an apprehensive eye on this other woodland wanderer…
… wary of his bloodied paws.
(this is notebook [amsterdam] * – artwork by yoko hayashi)
my intervention with yoko’s previous entry in the second of the two notebooks (above) introduced a plump, purple caterpillar…
a juicy snack for the watchful crow perhaps?
or can he crawl to safety, over the page,
and fulfil his destiny…
… as one in a whisper of moths?
I drew these moths with Indian ink and a dip pen, and was once again reminded of how tremendously satisfying the scritchy-scritch-scratch sound of a metal pen nib on brown kraft paper can be! I’m also rather partial to the unintended, random patterns that emerged on my ink blotting sheets (as seen in a couple of the frames in the ‘work in progress’ animated GIF below)…
(this is notebook [tokyo] *)
* notebook [amsterdam] denotes the notebook that started its life in Amsterdam, and notebook [tokyo] denotes the notebook that started its life in Tokyo.
Since Yoko and I began this collaboration I have moved from Amsterdam to Haarlem. But as the two cities are extremely nearby neighbours we’ve agreed to stick with the ‘Amsterdam/Tokyo’ label for the project to avoid confusing ourselves (and Yoko informed me that ‘Haarlem’ (NL) and ‘Harlem’ (NYC) are spelt the same in Japanese… which could indeed be confusing!)