After we waved to each other from opposing crosswalks, the illustrious Adam M. commissioned me to draw whatever I felt like. He gave a couple broad suggestions, including the idea that I might draw a scene from a book that I’ve imagined, citing the After Dark drawing I did more than a year ago. So naturally, I turned to another Haruki Murakami novel. (I read other shit too, I swear). This illustration is based on an early scene from Dance Dance Dance, where the unnamed narrator drives Yuki, a sullen teenager, through a Hokkaido blizzard in a rented Subaru:
9″ x 13″
Ink, pencil, and watercolor on Arches
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Here is the completed ink line drawing, with pencilled-in snow shapes, right before I began to apply watercolor:
And here is an incomplete version of the line drawing, sans background:
I really, truly loved drawing this. Thanks, Adam!