Reproduction of Moebius’ ‘Le voyage d’Hermès’

Moebius was commissioned by Hermès in 2011 to create nine illustrations for a campaign called Voyage d’Hermès. This is one of those and like the eight others, no Hermès product appeared: Reference illustration: A huge wave splashing at the top of which is a soaring man. A long bird with blue body and orange wings is next to him in the orange sky.
I sketched it on my 30×30 cm watercolor pad:
Precise pencil sketch on a large watercolour pad. Masking tape is applied at the top and bottom.
For the outline I used a 0.05 mm Uni-ball Pin pen:
Outline done in thin black ink
Then I washed the paper and applied some yellow and a bit of orange:
Yellow and orange gradient on wet paper for the sky
I continued painting the figure and the bird, the skyline, and started with greens and blues for the wave:
watercolour applied to the figure and the bird, the skyline, and greens and blues for the water around the wave
Blue and green gradients on part of the big wave
Final version, 30×20 cm:
Final work, tape removed
Gift ready and framed!
Artwork framed in natural wood
A couple days later, I tried a digital version of it which I finished on the same day, using Procreate on iPad Pro, 1878×1440 px:
digital version, color applied almost everywhere but at the side of the big wave
Final result:

Horse and young woman in kimono under Sakura

I found horse and young woman in kimono under Sakura, another beautiful work by Taiwanese artist Jung Shan:
Reference photo showing the artwork hung on a wall and a label underneath with the artist's name and a QR code
Although I have some rice paper, I am far from comfortable with it, and the ratio and size wasn’t what I wanted, so I sketched on my 30×30 cm watercolor pad:
Light pencil sketch on a large square watercolour pad
I used a Pentel black ink brushpen for the outline and strong parts, and was happy with how her faced turned out, compared to the pencil sketch:
Inking in black of the horse, woman and kimono
I used sepia watercolor and a fine brush for the tree branch and blossoms:
Branches and blossoms painted in sepia
With more sepia, some lamp black watercolor, and a regular brush, I painted the horse and the woman’s skin:
Horse and woman's face painted with a mix of sepia and black
And finally, I used quinacridone rose to paint the blossoms and the woman’s lips, and used what I had left from my sepia wash for the kimono, and the background. The rest of the kimono was painted with lamp black watercolor:

Here is the final version (23×30 cm), framed:
Final artwork in a white frame


This is ‘Speed III‘ by Jung Shan, who, as far as I understand, draws digitally and then adds actual ink brush strokes :
Reference artwork in black and white: a focused-looking warrior with a long flying ponytail, feet wide apart, wields a sword. There are movement strokes.

I sketched the samurai on a Moleskin watercolor book (21×13 cm):
Rough pencil sketch in a wide watercolour drawing book. My pencil is seen on the table.

I used a Pentel brushpen for the black strokes and cold grey Faber-Castell brushpens for the rest:
Inking with a black Pentel brushpen and cold grey Faber-Castell brushpens for the rest of the clothes, face and ponytail.

Then I erased the pencil marks, cut diagonally one of my cheap brushes, prepared a lamp black wash, took a deep breath and stroke:
Large black ink strokes. the brush is visible on the side resting on the porcelain palette. I trimmed it diagonally.