Here is the art that I used to create the screens for the Underworld of Katan. All of the art is inspired by Ukiyo-e Japanese style printing. Which when I started this project seemed like a good idea for reasons unknown. Only after reading about Ukiyo-e did I realize what a good choice this style is for a few reasons.
Ukiyo-e means “the floating world” a place where you can forget about the real world and just watch the waves or the sky; a magical place or fantasy; the Buddhist call this place the plane between life and death.
This style of art was popular in Edo (modern day Tokyo) Japan in the 1600’s through the 1800’s and was in my opinion the first pop art. The screen printing I used might be the modern day descendant of the wood block printing technique used long ago.