The Samurai Tragedy of Bayushi Castle – Part 3

Let’s take our mind off all those horrible murders and do some… Wrestling! Fun play-fighting!
Err, well, the very polite diplomat from the plains-dwelling Kirin clan ends up laying the smack-down on the effete Crane Clan artisan.

The Samurai Tragedy of Bayushi Castle - Part 3 - All-in Wrestling!

I should say, once I start throwing around ridiculous terms like ‘Kirin Clan’ and ‘Crane Clan’, you could do a lot worse than looking at the ridiculously exhaustive ‘L5R Wikia’ – the fan-maintained wiki of the Legend of the Five Rings setting that these table-top role-playing game sessions I’m running – and drawing – are set in. Although I then start stroking my beard and then say that I’m running it completely differently to the canon setting. Mynah.)

So these pieces have been coming fairly thick and fast recently because I’ve been catching up. That’s done now, the next one should be in about a week. It’s good to do regular pieces because it lets my experiment a bit. Case in point, I couldn’t quite get the colours and the light-dark balance to work in this one… I knew I wanted a strong background for a change though, going against the pieces I’d done in the same series up to this point.

The Samurai Tragedy of Bayushi Castle - Part 3 - Colour flat.

I reckon this simple colour flat has a certain something to it that you just don’t get in the finished piece…

The Samurai Tragedy of Bayushi Castle - Part 3 - quick snap of original artwork.

And here’s a quick snap of the original. I keep on going over the sketchbook page with these ones…

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