Last week I posted about the Japanese master artist Hokusai. I thought I’d post another sketch of his work as I found the original quite eye-catching. At first I thought it was an interpretation of opium dreams, but apparently it is actually a kind of Japanese spirit called Rokurokubi.
It’s also cool to see how he echoed the curve of her neck with the smoke from the pipe. I didn’t see any reference to pipe-smoking rokurokubi, so I’m a bit suspicious of the inclusion of that in his drawing although apparently there wouldn’t have been much opium in Japan during his time.