… and who wouldn’t be? Actually this is a DRAWING of the lovely Yuihan wearing a kimono. The original drawing is by Rodolfo Cortez. You can view more of his drawings — AKB and otherwise — on his web page linked here. Yokoyama-san has very intense eyes. Do you think that he did a good job of capturing their intensity? I also like that little “48” clasp he drew on the kimono.
There are also some great paintings of Yui Yokoyama in kimono in her first photo book released earlier this year. The artist is Japanese painter Yasunari Ikenaga. The photo books are mostly photographs, but there is this nice little part of about her making this kimono painting.
Here is Yui lying down on the kimono pattern, to see how it looks with her.
This is her kimono (yukata actually) that the painting is based on. Note the floral pattern and the obi-sash pattern below was used in the painting.
Guess what my favorite part of this photo is!
Here is the basic drawing before color painting.
I would have to say that the picture turned out well.
I sure would have to have this Yui panel in my tea room! It looks like Ms. Yokoyama also approves of the art …
I am probably even easier to please than Yuihan.
The photobook is available from CD Japan linked here.
It only costs $12 … Gulp … so why can’t I have one?. (There is also a DVD-Blu-Ray photobook if you have a Japanese player.)
Starlight: The photobook was released February 2015.