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VALENTINES DAY @ THE “HELLO ONSEN, KITTY GARDEN”

While Sean’s putting the finishing touches on his newest Hello Kitty-inspired art piece, he’s making a few Artist Proofs available just in time for Valentine’s Day – vintage and original. The final art will actually be part of a series of Mixed-Media originals depicting Kitty-chan (as Oiran) and friends at the famed Japanese Hoshinoya Onsen.

The piece is based on several photos taken at Hoshinoya Onsen, redrawn (Pop-Surreal-ポップシュールレアリズム-style) and featuring a cast of Kitty-esque favorites with a Mandala-Zen-Buddhist visual structure.

Hoshinoya Karuizawa (Nagano) – Ryokan / Onsen

I included a multitude of re-drawn gotochi-kitty inspired keychains/toys for the supporting case. For Kitty herself, I went all Oiran-Maiko-Geisha crazy, and re-imagined her walking down the streets of Kyoto in those massive Koma-Geta.