Monday, September 26, 2005

Old Ways

Been meaning to post this for about a week. I sketched it out on my lunch hour a few weeks ago and just got around to throwing down the inks about a week and a half ago.

One of my absolute favorite movies is “The Last Samurai”. The original one is cool, but the latest one is just uber-superb with all the rich landscapes, etc. I am not ashamed to say that I am a fan of Tom Cruise’s movies (note that I said his movies, not him, lol), and I think that he did a more than amazing job with this role and Ken Watanabe as a supporting actor truly rounded out the movie.

I’ve wanted to tackle a “full-on” samurai, complete with helmet, etc for a while, and don’t ask me why, but I decided to draw this sans the helmet. I think that it shows a but more personality with the character since we can see his face, but is not near as menacing as it could be if a helmet was attached. I ended up adding the tree to add a serene feel to it since we can see his face. Hopefully I will draw some more samurai-genre artwork when time permits.

It’s easy to compare comic book art with old Japanese art since both mediums use similar line work/brushwork techniques. It’s neat how something can be so detailed yet so uncluttered at the same time (I am referring to original Japanese artwork, not mine, lol).

J out.