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Kawa : Pirate Captain V2 by Bomu Kawa : Pirate Captain V2 by Bomu
A contest entry for 2005's International Manga & Anime Festival held in London. The work was displayed at the event alongside dozens of other fantasic entries.

About Kawa:

Determined, confident and always ready to kick some butt! She is pirate captain of the great ship “Bomu Aoi” (“The Blue Bomb”).

Kawa came from a poor but happy childhood. When she was still young her mother was attacked and killed by evil Shadow Monsters. Kawa was determined to get revenge and defeat all Shadow Monsters and the supposedly invincible Shadow King himself! She persuaded her father (a former pirate captain, retired due to crippling injury) to teach her sword skills. A few years later after intensive training, she became very skilled. It was now time to gather a small crew and set sale in her dad’s old (but still impressive) pirate ship.
She went in search of a way to defeat shadow monsters. Kawa and the crew would smuggle rare items between continents in-between to earn some cash…
On a stormy night she was tossed overboard by a massive wave. Moments later she woke up in an underwater cave. That was where she found a fellow enemy of the Shadow Monsters in the form of a “Guardian of the Sea”! The Guardian granted her power to defeat the Shadow King by giving her a mystical “Guardian Sword”.
Her sword possesses the spirit from one of the ocean’s Sea Guardians. This sword is alive! It can talk, fly, swim and uses it’s own initiative to help Kawa defeat her enemies. It has combined it’s powers with Kawa which gives her the ability to cast water-based spells. She travels the world in search of other Sea Guardians who posses new spells she can learn.
Once she has gained experience defeating monsters and learning new spells, she will seek out and destroy the Shadow King and put an end to his evil schemes.

About the Artwork:

This one took a seriously long time to finish! It was completed on and off over 3 months before the contest deadline and I’m pleased with the result. I believe I’m starting to find a style I like and can call my own.

I suspected IMAF would have some great entries this year, so upped my game to design this character specifically for the competition. I decided to start by thinking up a theme. I wanted to do a pirate, but not your typical rum drinking fat peg-legged swashbuckler. A female pirate captain seemed like an original idea, so I went for it! (I see Niki also thought Pirate girls are cool- what can I say, great minds must think alike!)

The outfit was key to the design. I’d describe it as a fusion of traditional fantasy, modern coolness and a touch of cyber punk. I kept to the sea / water theme by sticking to a primarily blue ‘ocean’ pallet. I added water-like texture effect to the main dress and made the top skirt like ocean waves. White frills were added to show a white water spray effect.

The line work was initial drawn in pencil, scanned, then digitally inked in Photoshop. The colouring was also rendered in Photoshop with the help of my graphics tablet. I spent a lot of time tweaking the colours throughout. I originally had the outfit in bright blue but it took away from the sword colour and it was important for this to stand out.

2014 Update:

This image was used for the cover of my book Digital Manga
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Swaggie--Vortex Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I love it! I even saw it on the cover of your book I got from Barnes and Noble!!
Bomu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. Thanks. Hope you found it useful.
Swaggie--Vortex Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, Mr. Krefta! Thank you for your advice!
susanoo0 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Totally in love with the color pallet :D
Bomu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Same. I've discovered I'm a fan or blue and purple also :D
G4MM43T4 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome weapon
darkpr1sm Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student General Artist
hello, um... I have a book that I got today with THIS artwork on the cover, I'm a BIG fan of this work....
Bomu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. Thanks and hope you enjoy the book :)
darkpr1sm Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Your welcome!
TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
that weapon though,  nice work!
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am LOVING those shoes! :iconexcitedbounce-plz: 
AngeroX Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Un trabajo espectacular!
AngeroX Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
lent-i Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Interface Designer
another great work ;D
i mean scary :P
Sasoriza-Scorpio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why do I have a feeling the weapon looks a bit like a Keyblade? xD

But that's me, being wierd, so...Yeah.

ANYWHO, nicely done. I love the colors and the anatomy. <3
eddymachina Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow .. thats really awesome, great character
Spacefriend-T Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
...and I was beginning to think I'm the only one who loves painting blue toenails...
Maverick-King Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Ok, i gotta be serious. when i 1st saw her weapon, i though it was a keyblade for kingdom Hearts. Im not saying that's bad, cuz i totally wish i could get a Keyblade that looked as kickass as that in Kingdom Hearts. Great job, keep it up.
sakkmesterke Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
Neo-Wolf06 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
i still think this sohuld have won, most of the other stuff didn't even classify as manga/anime
Kitashiko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
wow, i like the colors!
beefgir Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
ooo. kick ass and shiny!
IOUonegalaxy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
I really like the design - the outfit, sword, shoes - they all look great :)
AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005   Digital Artist
It's been ages since I've seen anything of yours :D! Your colouring is awesome as I remember it. I'm especially impressed by the way you make things glow, and by your choice of colours. I hope you'll post more often!
decemberbliss Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005   Writer
So very good - everything about it is beautiful! I like the glossy effect that you have on the nails and weapons, and the skin tones, and the eyes. It's all perfect!
WarriorPoet Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
wow i just have to say your style is fuckin rad. i mean damn pirate captain is awesome. ill have to visit your gallery.

augustc4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
impressive work all the way!
the only crit I have is that the coloring on her closed eyelid looks too bright, taking the focus away from her other eye.
if you could soften the coloring on it I think this image would be flawless.
+fav for sure, I really hope you win.
Shayeragal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
very good work
you technique remember the style and color of susumu matsushita (caracter desgner of maximo ghost to glory and army of zin)
RavenSkycatcher Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Student Digital Artist
impressive most impressive. I love the shear design and you really have ag ood theme. I would honestly watch an anime about that or read a manga. Need tos ee more characters from this idea. It's impressive well thought out as well. The only beef i have with the entire piece is the shoes. Not exactly befitting of someone working on a sea deck but other than that htis is awesome!
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