This piece has got to have the most extensive research behind it compared to my other commissions so far. It has 33 references, including various stances for Baguazhang, Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu, Hung Gar, Tai Chi, as well as snapshots from Avatar (TLoA). I even watched the entire episode of The Blind Bandit, just to look for the best earth kingdom attire for this piece (not that I'm complaining). Big, big project, but I'm glad I could pull this one through.
Features: Over 50 whiskers individually attached Moving Jaw 3D LED eyes Fan in muzzle w/hidden switch by the ear Lips Silicone nose Clay eyelids (almond shaped) & tearducts with eyelashes Handsewn markings National fiber technology mane and inside of ears Cheek fluff
The samurai class produced many great warriors, but few of these warriors were female -- or more specifically, few women were mentioned as historical figures. As it turns out, the wives of samurai and female samurai were expected to be educated enough to handle the affairs of the household when their husbands were away...this even included defending the home.
Women of the samurai class were often associated with the naginata -- using their grace and dexterity to dispatch an opponent (often male) at a safe distance and prepare for the next.
Needless to say, practice was a necessity...
So at long last, this is the finished piece.
It took forever and I was forced to use the Windows Vista system. Don't get me wrong, it works, but XP never had this many problems with the graphics tablet.
This piece was originally supposed to be done for the Anthro weekly contest, but between work and the main computer going down, I couldn't finish it in time. At least I did finish it.
Edit: Because I've been ribbed for this, female samurai did exist in fuedal Japan. To date, I have only found significant records on a handful of women skilled with naginata -- Hangaku Gozen (Itagaki), Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko.
This was such a fun commission. Based off another existing mask but with some changes. It has a moving jaw that extends to the wearers ears for one wicked looking grin. Teeth are all made from super Sculpty clay, gums/lips from foamies, latex canine nose, resin cast eye custom painted. you see right this mask has interchangeable eyes!! they have velcro on the eyes and mask. there is also a cpu fan in the muzzle for extra ventilation with a switch just under the right ear. Hope you like him! o^-^o