#2 Kannon & Ichi

| November 3, 2010 | 8 Comments

Inspired by watching the trailer for Seijun Suzuki’s Pistol Opera, this is Kannon, who can only be described as a Geisha Gun Witch, I guess. A natural markswoman (marksperson?), it is rumored that at any one moment, she’s carrying an arsenal large enough to outfit a full battalion. To some, it’s downright impossible, almost supernatural. What only supports these claims is her unspoken bond with a large, hellish, blind wolf simply called Ichi. Some claim it’s not a pet, but a familiar as the ominous canine often acts as her ears & nose. Not so much eyes. Working mostly as an assassin, clients find that she picks & chooses her jobs for reasons unrelated to money. Everyone has their own theories about her shrouded past, but at the end of the day, they all share the same uneasy feeling in her presence.

I got carried away with this, as posting this late can attest to. I got too into adding details that are ultimately hard to see in this scan, like barbed wire weaved into her hair & bandoleers wrapped around her obi. Even speed loaders faceted onto a ribbon she wears around her shoulders. And it’s probably something everyone already gets but her name comes from the Japanese Bodhisattva of Mercy. I’m going to get a little more done with my #3 (though if I wanted to cheat, I’d count the wolf), & then come back, clean this up, & add some colors on this one. So maybe check back if you remember. I’m thinking when I reach 30, I wanna composite all of them together in a big crowd shot.

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  1. I love the movement and the style. Great stuff!

  2. K says:

    Love how little gritty details are juxtaposed daintier ones. Western Django!

  3. great job! Love the details and the face!!!

  4. Tim Mrozek says:

    You are doing some really great work. I know the details wear a person out, but I think without those things this drawing wouldn’t be as compelling as it is now, so I hope you continue to add them, as long as it doesn’t mean burning out of course.

  5. Anthony says:

    Stunning & lovely.

  6. saulone says:

    Grogeous stuff! Really love the red on white. There’s a lot of grace to this one. Keep it up!

  7. Matt Zolman says:

    Love the oriental / western mash up. The red pencil and overall composition enhance the feel.

  8. Jared says:

    Hey guys! Sorry I was at work & then out most of the evening, so I didn’t get a chance to properly respond, but thank you all very much! Appreciate you all taking the time.

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