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Japanese Buddhism x Horiyoshi III

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Size: 6"x9" - Pages: 376 - Published: 2010 - Price: $100 - Softcover

Japanese Buddhism x Horiyoshi III is the first book of it's kind on an esoteric and difficult to approach subject matter. It includes almost 400 pages of beautiful photography illuminating Japanese Buddhist iconography from the top four Buddhist expanses in Japan, with clear and thorough explanations, in English, of the numerous deities and symbols and their significance. This publication also includes tattoo reference provided by Horiyoshi III and his clients and an interview with him on Buddhism and it's relationship to Japanese tattooing. Text by Manami Okazaki and photography from renowned cameraman Geoff Johnson, this is a must have reference book. The book is a monster, 6" x 9" and softcover with superior binding. 

Buddhist Statue Images

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 120 - Published: 1987 - Price: $35 - Binding:  Softcover


This is a great little reference book on Japanese buddhist statues. The text is in Japanese but I've included it because it includes some really great photos and a section in the back devoted to facial details: eyes, ears, lips, eyebrows, teeth. This book is full of great  full color photographs and imagery.

Buddhist Gods in Outline

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 78 - Published: 2004 - Price: $68 - Binding:  Softcover

This is a great instructional  book on drawing Buddhist deities. Printed  on heavy duty paper, this book includes 32 incredibly detailed outline drawings like the ones in the pictures. Text is in Japanese but half the book is exclusively full page imagery. Great for tattoo design and artists in need of a little help with the many small details that make good Buddhist illustrations great.

 

Drawing the 7 Luck Gods (shichi fukujin) OOP

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Size: 8.5 ” x 11.5” - Pages: 112 - Published: 2007 - Price: $58 - Binding: Softcover - Used but good/mint condition

This is a great book on how to draw the seven gods of fortune or "shichi fukujin". The Seven Gods  - Hotei, Jurojin, Fukurokujin, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Daikokuten, and Ebisu, according to Japanese legend, ride around on their treaure ship, the Takarabune, bringing luck, fortune and longevity.  According to Okazaki in Japanese Buddhisn x Horiyoshi III - " They are a jovial bunch of deities that originate from various countries, and existed independently for thousands of years before being joined together in a boat in the 17thC by a monk Tenkai, Bishamonten, Daikokutenand Benzaiten are of Indian origin, Fukurokuju and Hotei are from Chinese Taoist-Buddhism and Ebisu is Japanese, originally from Shintoism." Each god governs certain attributes for example, Benzaiten is the goddess of knowledge, beauty and the arts, and Ebisu is the god of Fishermen and merchants, and it is said that they will come into town on New Years with gifts and good fortune for those people who are virtuous and kind.

This book includes both sketches and fully illustrated full page images. Text in Japanese, reads right to left, Japanese style.

It just went out of print. So grab one now before they are completely off the shelf!


Drawing Daruma

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 125 - Published: 2006 (reprint) - Price: $72 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great reference book on Daruma. Daruma (or Dharma, Bodhidharma) is the father of Zen buddhism (chan buddhism in China). He lived sometime during the 5th or 6th century AD. Legends about him vary but most agree that he achieved Satori (enlightenment) after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes. During that time his arms and legs atrophied, shriveled up and fell off. Some say he cut off his eyelids as well - in anger at himself for dozing off, and they fell to the ground and sprouted into China's first green tea plants.

You cannot visit Japan without seeing countless lucky Daruma dolls, little round red guys at all the temples and in many of the shops and homes. They are also called Okiagari Koboshi or tumbler dolls. Because of their shape, if pushed or knocked, they spring back up making they emblems for persistence, optimism and determination. Traditionally you have one Daruma doll in your home. They are eyeless when you purchase them. You make a wish and draw in one of the eyes, if the wish come true you draw in the other, if not you wait. If you want, at the end of the year, you can return to the temple and burn the doll. This purification ritual is to let the god of that temple know that you are not giving up the pursuit of your wish but are going to take another path to make it come true. Very cool.

This book includes tons of sketches and sumi-e ink drawings, as well as several full color renditions. Most are portraits of Daruma or Daruma dolls. Special pages devoted to sketches of his ears, eyes, lips, beard, nose and eyebrows. Very thorough! This book is printed on thick, high quality paper. Text in Japanese, reads right to left, Japanese style.

Buddhist Statues Survey Book
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Size: 6" x 8" - Pages: 158 - Published: 2006 - Price: $35 - Binding:  Softcover

This is a great book that came out fairly recently. The text is in Japanese but I listed it because it includes some really great photos of Japanese statues of gods and deities. The photos include images of the gods that are posted at the front of temples as guardians - which tend to be overlooked. The book includes full color photos of statues and will as outline drawings highlighting details like body position, hands, feet, accessories and head ornaments, different poses....all and all a pretty cool little reference book.

Paintings of Buddhist Gods


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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 119 - Published: 1998 - Price: $68 - Binding: Softcover

This is an amazing book....definitely one of the best ones out there. Much less text/instructions in this one, it is predominately brilliant paintings. Over 100 pages of full color illustrations that are nice and big. Incredible attention to detail.  Amazing renditions of deities on lotus, standing alone and among the masses....all sorts of poses. There is a bit more variety of style within these images and the colors are nice and bold. Great book for artists and collectors.

Kannon Illustrations - OOP

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 117 - Published: 2001 - Price: $120 - Binding:  Softcover - used/mint

This is a great collection of full color and outlines of buddhist goddesses. It is predominately renditions of Kannon, goddess of Mercy and compassion.  This book is large in size and beautifully printed on high quality, thick paper. It includes appx. 30 pages of full page, color images of Kannon in different positions/activities. 30 full page, sepia toned outlines of her in various activities, a section with ontline drawings of all the buddhist gods and then a full color, full page section featuring different deities. All in all a great collection for both artists and collectors. All text is in Japanese so a little familiarity with the different deities is reccomended. This book is out of print, if it is out of stock you will be notified via email and your name added to the wait list. Thank you for understanding.

Daruma Illustrations - OOP

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 130 - Published: 1994 - Price: $120 - Binding:  Softcover - mint/great condition

This is an awesome book on drawing Daruma, one of my favorite Buddhist icons! The father of Zen Buddhism (chan Buddhism in China). He lived sometime during the 5th or 6th century AD. Legends about him vary but most agree that he achieved Satori (enlightenment) after meditating in a cave for seven years without blinking or moving his eyes. During that time his arms and legs atrophied, shriveled up and fell off. Some say he cut off his eyelids as well - in anger at himself for dozing off, and they fell to the ground and sprouted into China's first green tea plants. These legends have carried Daruma into mainstream Japanese culture and even now you will see Daruma dolls/effigies in front of home and businesses. This book features Daruma in a variety of different poses - as a doll, as a man standing, sitting, laughing....it devotes individual pages to eyes, mouth, ears, mustache/beard, nose....it depicts him as contemplative, brooding, happy....the numerous variations make this one of, if not the, best book available on Daruma.

Drawing Japanese Buddhist Deities

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Size: 8 ” x 11.5” - Pages: 83 - Published: 2009 - Price: $75 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great reference book on Japanese Buddhist Deities. Text is in Japanese but over half of the book is full page illustrations. Includes the deities both in outline and fully rendered making it a valuable tattoo resource.

 

How to Draw Buddhist Goddesses

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Size: 8 ” x 10.5” - Pages: 56 - Published: 2006 - Price: $35 - Binding: Softcover

This is a no nonesense reference book. 15 fully detailed color illustrations followed by the same images, but outlines only. Great as a springboard for original composition.

 

Outlines of Buddhist Gods


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Size: 7.5” x 10” - Pages: 120 - Published: 2006 - Price: $40 - Binding:  Softcover

This is a great little book on how to draw Buddhists Gods and Deities. This book is full of finely detailed single line outlines - perfect flash - and special attention is paid to the difficult parts, like hands and elaborately detailed accessories. All in all a great, no nonsense reference book. Text in Japanese.

Drawing Buddhist Gods & Deities Outline Book #2


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Size: 9” x 11.5” - Pages: 48 - published: 2006 - Price: $35 - Binding: Softcover


This is an instructional book on painting Buddhists Gods and Deities. This book is not very thick but includes great full page illustrations and has a full page outline of each print in the latter half of the book which is perfect for flash/base lines. 10 prints and 10 outlines, a great, no nonsense reference book. Book is printed on thick, high quality paper.

Buddhist Statues

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Size: 5" x 5" - Pages: 770 - Published: 2006 - Price: $90 - Binding: Softcover

THIS IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS OUT ON BUDDHISTS STATUES IN JAPAN. IT BOASTS 771 PAGES OF FULL COLOR IMAGES ON ALMOST ALL PAGES AND INCLUDES THE NAMES OF EACH STATUE IN ENGLISH,(ALL REMAINING TEXT IN JAPANESE) I SCANNED A LOT OF THE GODS AND DEMONS BUT THE BOOK INCLUDES MANY IMAGES OF BUDDHA AS WELL. OFTEN EACH STATUE DEPICTED FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES OR SPECIAL ATTENTION PAID TO FACE, HANDS OR SOME DETAIL THAT STANDS OUT ON THE STATUE. THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK AND WOULD MAKE AN INFORMATIVE REFERENCE BOOK AS WELL AS BE STUNNING ON A COFFEE TABLE.

Buddhist Gods & Deities Outline Book

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Size: 9” x 11.5” - Pages: 40 - Published: 2006 - Price: $35 - Binding: Softcover

This is an instructional book on painting Buddhists Gods and Deities. This book is not very thick but includes great full page illustrations and has a full page outline of each print in the latter half of the book which is perfect for flash/base lines. 10 prints and 10 outlines, a great, no nonsense reference book. Book is printed on thick, high quality paper.

Japanese Images of Hell - OOP - Amazing Oni!!

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Size: 7” x 8.5” - Pages: 127 - Published: 1999 - Price: $68 - Binding: Softcover - Condition: Used - Good.

This little book boasts 127 pages of color and monochrome images depicting Hell and it's demons doing naughty things. It is a collection of scrolls created with the evident intention of keeping the masses on the straight and narrow! Grim Oni and demons torture and maim hapless sinners.....great demon illustrations, perfect for tattoo work. A great book for tattoo artist and collectors of traditional Japanese imagery. Text is in Japanese but the pictures speak for themselves. Book is now out of print.

Japanese Hell Illustrations - OOP

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 126 - Published: 2001 - Price: $100 - Binding: Hardcover - Used in good condition

This is a book devoted to Hell and all it's demons and monsters. It includes over 60 full color pages of oni causing mayhem as well as numerous monochrome images throughout the text. Text is in Japanese. Great reference book for artists, gruesome but detailed tattoo material, great for collectors of religious or grim Japanese imagery.

 

Painting Buddist Deities by Daisuke Ono
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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 138 - Published: 1997 - Price: $80 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great reference book for artists working on Buddhist gods and deities. It is a collection by Daisuke Ono and was just reprinted, this is the third printing. It is a big book (appx. 8.5" x 11.5")with nice, thick pages and well bound. The illustrations are full page. The artist provides both the outline and the finished painting for his work to illustrate beginning and end product and there is a section in the front, with photos, detailing the process. (text is in Japanese) There are a couple of pages on hands, for reference, both holding object and empty - but posed. The images are detailed and stunning and there are 66 pages of them. Book is 138 pages in total. Really good reference book for artists and collectors both.

Statues of Buddhist Deities

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Size: 8.5 ” x 10” - Pages: 215 - Published: 2002 - Price: $58 - Binding: Softcover

The book includes brilliantly detailed full color images of statues as well as the temples in which they reside. It also include photos of the gods that guard the temple gates, guardians which are usually left out of most collections for illustrators. These is a section of detailed outline drawings of the deities as well.

Step By Step Guide to Drawing Kannon - OOP

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 119 - Published: 2004 - Price: $80 -Softcover

This is a great "how to" guide to drawing Kannon, the Japanese goddess of mercy. This books walks you through key areas like hand position, finger details, veil flow, accessories. It is completely worth it's weight in gold and it is out of print so whether you do a lot of Buddhist imagery or are just getting your feet wet, I am positive this book can teach you a thing or two.

 

Buddhist Illustrations from the Maruyama School

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Size: 9 ” x 12” - Pages: 122 - Published: 1997 - Price: $100 - Binding: Softcover

The book is cool. Lots of really good sketches. Several rally cool fudomyoo sketches and some of the other myoo guardians as well. This is a fresh approach to many buddhist deities and includes imagery of the 7 luck gods as well. I just discovered this series and really like it.

Buddhist Hell Illustrations - NEW~

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 78 - Published: 2012 - Price: $55 - Binding:  Softcover

This book has TONS of cool oni. One of the best book on Buddhist hell that I stock.

Sketches of Buddhist Imagery From the Maruyama School

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Size: 9 ” x 12” - Pages: 122 - Published: 1997 - Price: $100 - Binding: Softcover

The book is full of rad sketches! Some amazing Fudomyoo, some of the guardians, buddhas, Daruma and the 7 luck gods. I really like these Maruyama School Art Books, they offer a fresh perspecting on Japanese motifs and are brilliant tattoo reference.

Outlines of Buddhists Deities

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Size: 8 ” x 11” - Pages: 48 - Published: 2006 - Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

The book is pure function. 16 great outlines of the major Buddhist deities perfect to use as a springboard for original illustrations. This will get you well on your way to some amazing large scale pieces. Fudomyoo, Buddhas, Kannon...it's a good little collection well worth picking up.

Butuzo Rock - Great Statue Photos!

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Size: 8 ” x 11” - Pages: 48 - Published: 2006 - Price: $58 - Binding: Softcover

The book inclused some really great photos of statues from verious temples and shrines throughout Japan including some the the Nio Guardians. Lots of great reference for someone wanting a Buddhist inspired piece but wants to stray from the most often depicted deities like Buddha and Kannon.

Buddhist Deities by Shichiruido Tenkei

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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 192 - Published: 2012 - Price: $58 - Binding:  Softcover

This is a beautiful collection if Buddhist illustrations that just came out. It includes some really cool Daruma paintings, as well as images of the seven luck gods and others. Tenkei traverses well from playful to stern in his work. Tons of inspiration in this one!

 

How to Paint Buddhist Deities

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Size: 8.5” x 9” - Pages: 103 - Published: 2009 - Price: $58 - Binding:  Softcover

This book is good if you are working on how to add color to your illustrations. It includes both outlines and fully rendered paintings and has a lot of step by step photo instruction on how the masters here in Japan approach the subject matter. Very instructional and some brilliant outlines for reference!

 

Fudo Myo-o Statues - OOP

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 160 - Published: 2009 - Price: $85 - Binding:  Softcover - Used: Good/Mint Condition - 3 in Stock

This book is awesome! I just found it. Lots of great full color Fudo Myo-o statues. Text is in Japanese, but there are more than enough photos to make this book a must have. Unfortunately it is out of print, I rounded up all the copies I could find and will keep an eye out for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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