Here are some works by both artists to look at for compare and contrast.
The Great Wave by Hokusai
Naruto Whirlpool by Hokusai
The lines of the waves are simply beautiful in this one.
The Waterfall of Amida Behind the Kiso Road by Hokusai
I love the movement of this piece. Once again, abstract, but just the right
amount of detail to get the impression of water and landscape.
This is simply gorgeous!
Undine by Arthur Rackham
I could choose so many works of his. I love them all! However, I chose two that you
can really see the influence of the Japanese woodcut. This image has always
been one of my favorites. Love the movement and the lines!
Undine by Arthur Rackham
This is another illustration from the tale of Undine, a water spirit. I love the
feel of the wind running through his dress and hair and the wildness it
creates coupled with her mischievous face. Arthur Rackham is certainly
one of the greatest illustrators ever!
There has been some notable differences between this one and the first sketch:
As you can see, I decided to use his clothing and cloak to develop that movement rather than his body. I have also organized the line work to be more intentional in their placement and where they are drawing the eye. This image is supposed to reflect quietness and sacredness, and so the shading and line work of his clothes and of the cave flow together like water. Water is something I was thinking of while I was studying the line work I was doing and to me it is best to reflect that serenity I am trying to capture. It flows in unison and creates soft, beautiful curves. As for the cave, I have made it seem like it could be made out of ice or crystal to keep with the "water theme" of the piece and the fluidity. It has that stillness of atmosphere and that feeling of pervading hush.
Again, I do not know if I will do the rest of the sketches, but this was fun to draw and to experiment with. Enjoy!
"And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave."
1 Kings 19:11-13