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    Simian Samurai (help)

    Scribbled this out while watching a special on the japanese macaques (snow monkeys).
    Would like some initial feedback before getting too far into as well as suggestions on what style or technique would be cool to finish it out.

    Thanks for all feedback and suggestions!

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    Hey there, not a bad start at all, are you going to add a background?

    Some of the facial features are a bit lop sided, the tilt angle of his head suggests that his eye line diagonal would be going the other way. Make sure all the invisible lines running through the facial features are parallel with the imaginary line angle at the to of the head. Here is a bit of a draw over to illustrate this, sorry it's a little rough but I'm at work :p

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    Wow, thank you so much for your detailed critique. Amazing how a little tilt hear and there makes a world a difference. I knew something was "off" about the face, but for some reason I couldn't see it right in front of me.

    As for a background, one idea I thought about was giving it a japanese watercolor type look similar to Utagawa Kuniyoshi with maybe a modern flair. Haven't figured out what the "flair" is just yet.

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    You're welcome, it's looking much better! Can't wait to see it painted!

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    Doing the whole thing japanese woodblock would be sweeeeeet. I like it!

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    If you want to add a black line to it, It maybe gonna look cool with an style similar to the Japanese artist called Hiroshige.
    His style was based on this features: black lines for the contours and a flat-apllied watercolor for the elements.

    It´s cool this monkey-samurai drawing !!

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    The sword's proportions are wrong. The tsuba is way oversized. I took this from a photo of a 33" katana and placed it in your drawing and you can see what i mean. This is an oversized katana mind you, and the only kind i could find proportions to match your drawing. I'm 5'2" and the largest katana i can hold with practicality (not touching the ground from a down to up cut) is only around 26-27". The proportions would definitely changed if you used a shorter blade. I dont know if your Macacaque is human sized or not. Your saya also lacks the gentle curve of a conventional katana.
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    Also would you consider setting the sword handle up, rather handle down? If this samurai were to get into a fight as he is sitting there smoking, he would not be able to draw his blade quickly, because of the configuration. Holding it via the tsuka while still in the saya is not very graceful at all. While holding it via the saya upsidedown would risk the blade sliding out.

    I would also consider placing it on his left shoulder if he is right handed.

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    Thanks again for the input and suggestions, especially concerning the sword type and placement.
    I'm still figuring out the best approach to finish out and color this piece. The watercolor technique is a little outside my comfort zone, but that's what makes it that more exciting!

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