There’s a lot of my illustrations which can be used as posters and so on, though it sometimes means a bit of rearranging and reworking the original. This is exactly what’s happened to this image; I needed to make some amends in order to get the image to be the format I wanted. This is also why I enjoy working digitally, and working in layers, as it allows me to move things around and even scale up and alter some elements here and there. That said, I was really pleased with how the original (see below) was, but I’m actually loving this version more.
The poster is dedicated to the the local legend surrounding Hakone Shrine. According to the folklore a nine-headed dragon that tormented the nearby village. Hakone shrine’s chief priest used his magical powers to change the dragon into a nine-headed protective spirit.
Almost a year after painting the initial Hakone shrine painting, I wanted to revisit the image, but I wanted to add a bit of a twist to it; merging it with the folklore connected to the shrine. Hakone shrine is a Shinto shrine is hidden away in the forest close to Lake Ashi, but one of its torii gates stands in the lake itself.