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After reading Miyamoto Musashi's _Book of Five Rings_ to kill some time, I felt like doodling a samurai of some sort, and then the drawing just refused to die. O.x So, I ended up trying to make something similar to Japanese brush paintings. I didn't try to mimick the style exactly (especially when it came to the lineart <.< ), but I think the palette, coloring style, and pattern work are pretty similar to what you find in them...?

Patterns were taken from photographs by mailtobee and mordoc at sxc.hu.
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rrquinta Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This is incredible.
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GabrielBrum Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A samurai and a tiger... simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
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TucanoImperatore Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I love it!
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Wolfie-Okami Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is just too cool for words.
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RoninKai Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How could I not love this?
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ex-m Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate the kind words. =]
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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GillyMonster Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
omg that is gorgeous
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ex-m Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ye kindly! =D
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Amccaig Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
This is suuuuuu awesome!!! Brilliant job!
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Hyshinara Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   Digital Artist
I can't see any more than the head :ohnoes:
The rest is just grey area with the dA logo on it :(
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Psychoswordman Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
I would love to have this picture on a shirt, or hoodie, or something.
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Psychoswordman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Wow, that's awesome! I really love the Japanese brushstroke style.
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samurai-james Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
What an awesome picture!! The samurai has always been my favorite character. I wish I could draw one but I only draw the samurais sword and kenji.
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Eye2Mind Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
It does remind me of the old Japanese paintings
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Rikhart Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Awesome work!
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Bluesigma Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student Artist
so is that book about mystical kungfu? very nice illustration btw, your title is what really drew me, reminded me of storm riders.
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IvanHajduk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Good work :)
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xdawg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Student Interface Designer
wow this one is going in my favorites!
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OffTheChain2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i didnt know you were good at art too XD
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Jun-Sasaki Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006
Saw this as artwork of the month at TM, really awesome stuff. Good job Ex. :)

*faves*
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Shiryou-san Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
Ahh . . .Gorin-no-sho . .great book :) . . .'n your picture is awesome . . .I lve samurais 'n this one is great :clap: . . .must :+fav: it :)
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lunadementare Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006
Coolness =)
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WhiteStorm Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good job capturuing that calligraphy style.
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ArchAngel6 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
Daaamn
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Shiera Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
That's fantastic. The colouring it great, and it all goes together really well.

:+fav:
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thenoesis Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
Yikes, that's insane.
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LordFerret Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
Well, you did it. Very nice ^^
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capnkupo Featured By Owner May 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow Ex! This really turned out very well! It does have a very similar look to the Jap brush paintings, just from the colours, composition and content. I love the pose the guy and tiger are in. There's also something very attractive about the simplicity of the sun and clouds. I see you found some great asian designs to stick on the clothing. Though on the pants the patterns feel a bit strong, but they're not a big deal.

The katakana, really cool. Adds a lot of flavour.

You are a machina. lol.
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zroBelow Featured By Owner May 28, 2006   Interface Designer
Wows, really nice stuff. So much talent :)
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Purple-Twilek Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
Really nice Asian style you've got going!! I love it, especially the tiger. I have an affinity for Samurais ^__^ What is the lettering to the side?
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ex-m Featured By Owner May 28, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I signed the name "ExMachina" in katakana (Ekusumakina xD) and the date in kanji.
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Narutolover54 Featured By Owner May 28, 2006   Photographer
i think it turned out pretty well^^ good job. +fav,
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