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Netsuke art

Studying onto my next project for year 3 to research with many sorts of cultural arts, which I’ve been looking at my primary source in Japanese meant to search their mysteries of spiritual and mythical arts like monsters which focuses on miniature sculptures called Netsuke.

Information on Netsuke:

International Netsuke Society - FAQ
Bonhams : An ivory netsuke of a dragon By Yoshimasa, Kyoto, Edo period  (1615-1868), late 18th/early 19th century
Collecting Guide: 5 things to know about Netsuke | Christie's
netsuke | British Museum

Originated in a ancient region of Japan over a period of more than three hundred years, which are focused on their differences of my own hybrid appearances. Mainly to served both functional/aesthetic methods, fitted into Japanese-dresses because the Kimono of women wearing fashionable clothing but not having pockets for many traditional events like summer festivals, funerals, weddings and graduations. Men had to suspend their everyday pockets amongst other items, so they replaced them with the use of Obi (sash) handing objects are also called sagemono. The people attached Netsuke on the other end of the cord preventing it falling through the Obi and to handle its last adjustments with opening and closing of the sagemono.

Mentioned of the Netsuke were of beautiful effects to decorate with different forms of elaborate carving, lacquer-work or perhaps from rare and exotic materials.

Methods used to portray the Netsuke in Japanese influence:

  • Naturally-found objects
  • Plants
  • Legends/Legendary heroes
  • Myths/Mystical beasts
  • Gods/Religious
  • Symbols
  • Daily activities
  • Myriad
  • Design vocabulary
  • Encompassing
  • Zodiacal animals

Normally these miniature sculptures believed to be used as ancient talismans, these items were eventually developed into highly coveted and collectible art statures and it has said to nearly disappeared over their period at the end of 19th to the first quarter of 20th century. But over the course in its production of Netsuke did not completely vanished, instead under a strong influence of western collectors visiting Japan in much larger numbers. Furthermore, to develop from a direct approach of fine art and it could be existed as true master-carvers from all around the world continuing to craft these little masterpieces.

Only to affect onto industry both in Japan and abroad stimulated in their production of low artistic value mass-produced figurines during the Netsuke manufacture and they are not to confused with authentic art pieces regardless of their age and origin.

Resources used to carve into Japanese figures of Netsuke:

  • Ivory
  • Wood
  • Cherry wood
  • Bamboo
  • Amber
  • Stag antler
  • Pottery
  • Coral
  • Metal
  • Compacted of three-dimensional figures in three inches high
  • Carved into hollow bowl like modelling
  • Formally to shape into multiple items like Katabori, Anabori, Manju, Ryusa, Kagamibuta, Obi-hasami Sashi, Mask and Trick
  • Normally animals are made illegal

In a series of organizing around the world for the collection of Netsuke, most of them are been exhibiting from multiple museums like Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, National Art Museum in Tokyo, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museums in London. Excelling into their knowledge were the LACMA museum – United States has a permanent exhibition of 150 objects from the Raymond/Frances Bushell collection and to be total of 600 Netsuke in collection are regularly rotated during show.

Furthermore, British Museum in London was also a permanent exhibiting with the Netsuke from the A.H. Grundy collection, then to include the Metropolitan Museum-New York followed by the very latest gathering at the Louvre-Paris and few to view on from Hermitage in St. Petersburg as to adapt with Netsuke manipulation a few at aesthetic times.

Mainly my new evidence of Netsuke were used in many ways in Japanese culture at the 17th century, it seems to had a connection with artistic details like say they have personalities of different categorizes of hybrids. Which tells of their certain appearances of monsters been fitted in pockets and are now been called in the present period of Pokemon.

Normally the people would attach Netsukes to pockets, judging by their small sizes they do share expression to young generations while viewing into childhood imaginations and I would adapt to Pokemon’s texture for merging with my next set of hybrid objects. Helps to combine with the possibilities onto different kinds of cross species DNA used to blend in Pokemon characteristics, which meant to reflect on my previous models of Doodle hybrids and how it should give my inspiration into Japanese hybrids mentioned in children’s response to imaginative animals.

Key methods of DNA evolution used in scales of how large they are as Pokemon:

Evolution from Froakie to Frogadier and Greninja:

Cross reference ninja culture to Greninja’s characteristics:

Hopes Dim for Renewable Power From Ocean Waves and Tides - Bloomberg
ArtStation - Ninja/japanese Culture, Saran Kulab

Evolution from Treecko to Grovyle and Sceptile also can mega-evolve:

Why are Treecko, Grovyle and Sceptile pure Grass types? - Quora

Cross referenced with a forest gecko blended into forest environment:

Photo of the week: Southern forest gecko | Conservation blog Conservation  blog
The World's 7 Most Amazing Forests | Wanderlust

Evolution from Chamander to Charmeleon and Charizard also can mega-evolve alongside gigantamax like huge scales of a stadium:

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee - How to evolve every Pokémon
GAME's Mega Charizard event starts tomorrow. | Mega evolution, Pokemon,  Charizard
Gigantamax Charizard Art from Pokémon Sword and Shield #art #artwork  #gaming #videogames #gamer #gameart #conceptart #illustr… | Charizard art,  Pokemon art, Pokemon

Crossed reference to dragon and fire elements known in many cultural influences like medieval and Japanese:

99 Problems But A Dragon Ain't One | thezombieroom
Multan man allegedly sets young servant on fire for 'demanding salary':  victim's father

Researching on my imagination of childhood monsters were to examine on many kinds of evolution like when Pokemon start to take shape, height and scale to help them stand our more effectively for when I can continue on using my reused-foam resources.

But instead of creating a miniature size I must build my prototypes in a very sight medium scales, also they can help me to practice their massive size and strength. This meant to be used for my primary method to experiment on Pokemon’s DNA, through evolutions since they did once or twice sounds of combining the categories into a new form of hybrids.

From my perspective way of Japanese culture used onto Pokemon appearances, by researching onto all new forms of unseen textures of mega-evolution like as they are stronger when engaged in battle. Furthermore, reading on their different regions were many of the Pokemon has all manner of forms depending on the atmosphere in each countries mainly to speak of Alolan and Galarian forms.

Alolan forms:

Click the Alolan Form Pokémon Quiz - By Moai

Galarian forms:

Legendary crown tundra birds: how to catch Zapdos, Sulfura, articuno
Pokemon Images: Pokemon Sword And Shield Galarian Forms Serebii

Moving to a additional effect of the Galar regions evolution, were to examine into a much height and mass power called the Dynamax/Gigantamax as they are growing at their size of the large stadium followed of how their behavior can affect into the way of battling.

Example of Cinderace, Corviknight, Toxtricity and Coalossal’s gigantamax forms:

Pokémon Sword and Shield's expansions continues to stoke Pokedex anger -  Polygon
Top 10 Coolest Gigantamax Pokémon - LevelSkip
TAHK0 ☕️ on Twitter: "Gigantimax Toxtricity has FINALLY been officially  announced- aka the Pokemon on the hill.… "
Coalossal | Pokémon Wiki | Fandom | Pokemon android wallpaper, Pokemon,  Pokemon alola

Basically to explain my artistic personalities when reading into Pokemon, trying to experiment on Netsuke’s poses once been carved from ivory and rare wood materials as if they are starting to evolve from old items into such wonders of the new generations of monsterverse and to craft many combinations with mixed media onto Pokemon’s DNA.

Influence of Netsuke’s original methods:

  • Originated from Chinese culture in the late 17th and early 18th centuries
  • Maybe spawned, but ultimately known it had descended into Japanese arts
  • Shown to had a connection of Pokemon from the inspirations of the original creator – Satoshi Tajiri
  • Said to have studied on their evolutions due to the characteristics from Netsuke during the 18th period
  • Mentioned to used aesthetics ways in practical forms during daily lifes
  • Meant to a person’s interest of our engaged into humorist effects
  • Used in methods of the resources as jewellery, watches and handbags
  • Criticised on Japanese fashion became fascinated by the west and had disappeared in the present
  • In the Meiji ages, westerners had taken up to collectors mantle and impacted on Japan’s influences into historian west – 1854
  • Americans and Europeans had discovered and started to collect netsuke

Enable to cross referenced to my artistic forms of childhood monsters to the characteristics of Pokemon:

Reflection of Tyranitar and Godzilla:

Tyranitar (Pokémon) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia
Kaiju News Outlet on Twitter | Godzilla, Godzilla wallpaper, Godzilla tattoo

Reflection of Hydreigon and King Ghidorah:

Hydreigon (Pokémon) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia
Legendary King Ghidorah Transparent by Lincolnlover1865 on DeviantArt

Reflection of Galarian Moltres and Rodan:

Galarian Moltres | Official Website | Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Ultraman_Ultimo (Commissions are Open) on Twitter | All godzilla monsters,  Godzilla, Godzilla tattoo

Reflection of Gigantamax Butterfree and Mothra:

Let's Talk About Pokemon! — Let's Talk About Pokemon - Gigantamax Butterfree
Collection Of Mothra HD 4K Wallpapers Background Photo and Images |  Godzilla wallpaper, Godzilla, Movie monsters

Reflection of Rillaboom and Kong:

Starter Pokemon and Evolutions - Pokemon Sword and Shield Wiki Guide - IGN
Kong (MonsterVerse) PNG by Awesomeness360 on DeviantArt
W00274 - Walldelivery

Reflection of Noivern and combination of bat and dragon:

Noivern (Pokémon) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia
Black Dragon at Beach - Style with a Poster - Photowall

References of Netsuke’s influence and Pokemon personalities:

By p2534372

I have always been interested in various forms of art, even from a young age. I developed my interest early on through sculpting with Blu Tack when I was eleven years old and would model figurines from films and TV programs. I had a specific interest in modelling the army of soldiers from the Lord of the Rings using Blu Tack and toothpicks for the armory and weapons. And from the film Avatar, creating Na'vi people using toothpick to create the texture and ripple effect bodies and tones.

It was in my second year at college when I decided to switch from IT & Media to Art & Design, leaving South Leicestershire College to start the B-Tech Enhanced Diploma at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. I was granted to enter at Level 2 and worked hard to achieve two distinctions in my first year. The switch was the best decision I had made that year and it set my focus to select Fine Art at university. The only university I selected and wanted to study at was DMU, a dream come true!

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