As promised, here’s the artwork I entered in Nowness’ Drawing Inspiration: Haruki Murakami Design Competition.
I posted a WIP of this before. It is inspired by Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart. I illustrated the character Miu with half-black and half-white hair to symbolize the enigmatic, doppelganger-esque 'changes' she underwent in the book. In the drawing you can see several body parts—the limbs to be exact—scattered behind her. The symbolism of this can be construed into two ways: (1) the objects of lust that had wrapped Sumire's very being when she met Miu, and (2) Miu's inability to will her body to respond to any kind of love or lust after her other self had gone to the other side, as if her body is not her own anymore. Lastly, you can see a naked miniature Sumire on Miu's palm to show that she has toyed with Sumire's life without ever meaning to. I made the whole illustration as surreal as possible, because that's just what Murakami's style is. His writings make you feel as if you're tottering between reality and dreams.
I used a gel pen and color pencils for this art.
It's my first time joining a drawing competition that is open worldwide, even if it's online. I've joined mini press conferences and contests when I was in high school, competing as a student-editorial cartoonist. This is a whole new experience because I've always wanted to explore Murakami's work with art, and I totally enjoyed it. Knowing that anyone in the world can join makes it intimidating, but I tried anyway because there's nothing to lose--it's just for fun! I'm really happy when I found out my drawing is one of the most popular.
You can see all the submissions here. Hover your cursor on the thumbnails to see the votes each artwork received. You can read today’s article on Murakami here.