Inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints of the Floating World, Marius Black’s portraits show the daily urban life of Filipinos

Inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints of the Floating World, my Manila Ukiyo-E prints show the daily urban life of Filipinos. To create each piece, I take pictures of interesting people I see in the streets, then use the photos as reference for line drawings and print them on watercolour paper. That’s where the print ends. When it comes to colouring, I hand-paint them using a range of techniques depending on the subject including watercolour, gouache or even marker pens, making these works a hybrid of both print and hand-painted art.

As an homage to the original art form, and as reminder to myself of what I am trying to achieve by using this style, I sign these pieces as best I can in Japanese Katakana.

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