Shadow Puppets – Frogs

Pen, ink and digital coloring, 2016.

My original piece was a promotional illustration used for Shakai Mondai’s spring 2016 tour. When asked for creative direction on this tour poster, SM suggested I look at Japanese artist Seiichi Hayashi’swork:


In addition, SM wanted a piece inspired by the following keywords:

dream, hard femme, strong

I’ve always believed that good art makes viewers do a double take. I love the challenge of drawing hands and had been toying with these sketches of hand shadow puppets that morph into the animals they are mimicking. These puppets mold themselves in these shapes for so long that they become what they wish to be – but from a certain light, perhaps they were already fooling the viewer.