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Sketchbook Portraiture – Japanese Style

It doesn’t take much to get me talking about my time spent in Japan. Back in 2006 I spent a month and a half in Tokyo on a PNCA study abroad program. This was more of a scouting mission to pave the way for future trips, so we were given ample free time to explore to our hearts’ content. Our hostel was on the edge of Harajuku, famously known as ground zero for Japanese street style. A spent a great deal of time wandering the area, exploring the retail enclaves and people watching. It’s not a stretch to say that the Japanese played a large role in laying the groundwork of the current street-style photoblog craze. There are many print publications dedicated to showcasing the latest looks on the street. I bought one at Portland’s local Kinokuniya outpost a few weeks back. Over the weekend I took up sketching a few characters that caught my eye. Expect to see some more of these sketches in the coming weeks!

Things that inspire me – 02.13.2011

And just like that, another week has flown by. Here’s the latest bit of weekly inspiration. I’ve been looking to sources other than graphic design for ideas. I’m drawn to the textures found in handcrafted furniture, menswear design and mountainous environments. While curating this weeks inspiration post, I found underlying current of design that’s built to withstand wear and tear, but still manages to be aesthetically pleasing. I’ll call it rugged elegance. It’s something I definitely strive for in my design work.

Image 1:
Infinity Tentacle by Andrew Strauss
The Kith Café via The Contemporist
Folding sunglasses by Persol
Breuckelen Distilling Gin Packaging
Mountain Hut via TheFoxisBlack

Image 2:
Wooden Chandelier by Jason & Lars Dressler
Hobo leather accessories via Hypebeast
Visvim S/S 2011 Collection via Hypebeast

Image 3:
Reclaimed wood couch by North on Sixty
Skull Drawing by Iain MacArthur

Image 4:
Olsson & Jensen lamp via The Remodelista
Headdress drawing by Mike Giant
Barbour Jacket via The Sartorialist
Bespoke leather belt by Draught Dry Goods
Joe Strummer via The Selvedge Yard

Image 5:
Bedouin Warrior via Them Thangs
Uniform Wares Watch at Need Supply Co.
Fuck Haters tee by OMFG Co.