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Drew Baker -Mirumoto Kenzo XP2 by artpox Drew Baker -Mirumoto Kenzo XP2 by artpox
Another L5R piece. In this one I wanted to show how the burden of the shame swords had worn and aged Kenzo, show him fighting in the war, and show him resisting the swords. (He's striking with Ambition, while holding Fury back in defense.)

I also wanted people who don't know L5R to be able to like it.
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Passin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Really awesome
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elijahwan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
this is awesome. i love how the main guy pops so much!
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!
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MingotheMerciless Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Dude. Awesome.
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artpox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thanks very much. I'm pretty happy with it.
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Jhulls Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Perfect, i love this!!!
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rika195 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
You did awesome!
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TheMindgamer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
I really like this piece, Drew. The attention to detail is well appreciated by this fan of L5R. Are the prints of this and his previous incarnation that you did available?
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EnlightenedMadness Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thanks for doing this one, man. It's good to see Ol' Kenzo again.
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trockn Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010   Digital Artist
very nice colors :)
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Faily-chan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
The composition in this picture is so powerful without being too much. :D The feeling of motion is stunning and the color-scheme works quite nicely.
I like how you really captured Kenzo's struggle with the swords (and that you aged him to show that it's really wearing on him).
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MitsuYokuni Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you're holding Fury back in defense. It's even more incredible that you know so much about the character and setting, being an artist that does his research on the game and characters makes it cool. Do you play the L5R?
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dagamush Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
A Dragon killing Lions? I like it.
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allendouglasstudio Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
This is one of your stronger pieces... I don't know much about L5R but it's interesting to hear how you incorporated the specifics of the character and his weapons.
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AaronMiller Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
great composition. and it works even better with a the narrative laid out.
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artpox Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thanks, Aaron.
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Tommi-75 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Er yes... I don't really know L5R and I LIKE it!
What do the Shame swords do?
I love the tension in the pose.
Very inspiring, I shall have to have another go at more Samurai dudes :)
Are you using some kind of reference for your paintings?
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artpox Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thanks, Tom. The Shame Swords are basically demon-possessed, and corrupt anyone who carries them. So far he's been able to hold them off -- partly because the two swords don't like each other.

As for reference, the short answer is I used it for the good parts, not for the bad parts. Not using enough reference is probably my worst habit, but as a Ninja Mountain listener you already know that.

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I think that's basically it. The face was from a book, and the others are me. Yes, that's an Ethernet cable around my shoulders.
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Koshindou Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Very nice job, especially with Kenzo's face and neck - there's a mixture of strain and calm in him, which I think suits his struggle for control nicely.
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artpox Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thanks very much, Brent.
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Koshindou Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
You are quite welcome. :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
loving the contrast between saturated/desaturated colours - very readable and dramatic :)
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artpox Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thanks very much, Ralph.
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