Folklore Thursday: Bakekujira

Phew, I high time I got to do something of a nod* to Katsushika Hokusai. 

My initial thoughts was, I'd obviously get The Wave in there, that was a dead cert (it was only a few years ago watching a documentary it was pointed out the boats and crew bowing before the wave as it was about to hit them...) Then I started trying to figure out ways to join the wave with a panel before it that would be a reverse of it somehow - giving me a neat ying yang symbol built in to the page, googling Hokusai I stumbled across another of his pics (I was looking for how he'd drawn a whale - terribly, as it turns out) called Whaling Off Gotō which suited the bill. Some quick research on whale skeletons and boom! we have all the ingredients for a page of comics.

I just had to trace them then!

Maybe the BBC will make the documentary about Hokusai  available again, it was fascinating, incredibly prolific artist generally considered the father of Manga.  


*Ok, it's much more than a nod.


(Thanks to Dave Egan, I missed a typo - corrected and replaced art - also added a bit of recolouring because I'm never done tweaking...)


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