A few progress shots of the drawing of the fourth katagami stencil in the manhole cover series.
This is proving to be quite a complex pattern to draw to scale precisely from the little scribble in my sketch book. Lots of measuring, followed by more measuring, while at the same time back-filling the motif as it rotates within the pattern...and making sure it is all connnected as a stencil should be! Whew.
And a detail of this intricate design. My work was often described as komakai whilst I was studying this technique in Japan. Komakai roughly translates as small, fine or minute. This pattern is sure not to disappoint in that respect ;)