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'Under the Wave off Kanagawa' ('The Great Wave') is probably the most iconic Japanese artwork in the world. It depicts a monstrous wave about to come crashing down on three fishing boats and their crews. On the horizon is Mount Fuji, dwarfed by the colossal wave. The print was created by Hokusai when he was about seventy years old, as part of his Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji series. The print was made using colour woodblock printing and many thousands of impressions were made - each one sold quite cheaply.

 

Watch the online tutorial and try creating your own version. Have fun!

How to Draw The Great Wave by Hokusai

Learn how to draw The Great Wave by the famous artist Hokusai in this easy step by step art tutorial.

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