I'm still trying to grasp the floating world style. I think the torsos are supposed to be longer and not as curvy. I also want to loosen up more with the poses and expressions, but as they say, practice makes perfect.
Here it is, another shot at Japonisme: some geisha or courtesan giving you attitude for no apparent reason.
This piece was sketched in Photoshop but cleaned up in Illustrator. I've been trying to re-create the ukiyo-e (floating world) style faithfully but at the same time I want to explore facial and corporal expressions that are sometimes hard to achieve in a style with limited perspective and choice of angles. I wonder if anyone has ever done an animation with a similar look...
This drawing was inspired by an interesting story of a guy here in Puerto Rico who, after dying in a shooting, had his body displayed as if he were riding a motorcycle, according to his wishes. He likely knew that he was going to die soon, since it's an unusual request, especially for a 22-year-old. (For more info read this.)
I started the drawing shortly after his death in April, this year, but I left it forgotten in a hidden corner of my computer and recently found it again. By now there has been another dead guy displayed on a motorcycle and one on the driver's seat of an ambulance. These men were probably inspired by a young man last year whose body was displayed standing up. I think it's an interesting fad, and I do hope it lasts (as creepy as they may sound). After all, dead people make great models for artists.