As you may have read in my recent post, Travel Drawing: Austria, I really enjoy drawing architecture and landscapes whenever I get to go abroad. Japan was especially fun to draw because the style of buildings and monuments are so different than from here in Boston.
I specifically loved the torii, a traditional Japanese gate. This was my favorite one I saw because the tree in front of it makes you have to bend down to go through it, and so the tree feels like a second gate.
In contrast to the shrines, it was a lot of fun to draw the bustling streets and delicious food stalls. The time it takes me to sketch these ranges between 5 and 25 minutes.
I typically keep my travel drawings to my watercolor sketchbook, but sometimes I use my photos as reference and spend a bit more time on a pastel drawing. This was the entrance to a short hike up to the Chureito Pagoda, which gives you the most iconic view of Mt. Fuji.
I don't want to sound like a broken record, but I hope to travel again soon!