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Hokusai Champloo

A Samurai Champloo fanart, based on famous Japanese painter Hokusai's woodblock print "Fishing in the Surf". It depicts the scene from the begining of episode 15, when Jin is trying to catch some fish out from the river unsuccessfully and become a bit nervous.
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solar-sea's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

(Yes, once upon a time I had to try myself at writing a critique, and finally! - met the deviation that is definitely worth me spending some time mulling over its peculiarities and enjoying the whole affair.)

Without further ado, vision - nearly perfect (like, seriously perfect), the only thing that may bother serious art connoisseurs (in case the work should be exhibited somewhere in Guggnheim, e.g. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> ) is the fairly centric composition, revolving around Jin, which brings the unnecessary symmetry into the picture, whilst otherwise the image is flourishing with dynamics!

Another thing (though may be rightfully regarded as extremely subjective) is the use of colour - it's either asking for more contasting colours to be added (like golden and or/orange ochre) to deepen the impact we receive; or on the other hand to be turned into a monochrome lineart.

This however doesn't mean the current colour scheme is wrong, just a few little details of another colour, I believe, could make it even better!

Originality - not 5 out of 5 simply because a fanart is already not an original work, same with using already existing ideas and styles (such as the awesomeness of Hokusai) - but on the other hand, the way you apply your knowledge of various stylistics deserves to be praised!! It's always a pleasure to see a good and tasteful 'crossover' of styles mingling in one picture.

Technique - nearing sublime. Why, you'd ask, not sublime as of now? Well, mostly because of the tricky watercolours, that require certain amounts of practice, mostly in the gradients part of the work, that could require more attention on artist's part.
(So it's a wish for your future development)

The lineart is also very decent (I especially like everything about Jin!) the waves and scarce grass on the cliff look exactly as Hokusai could have drawn them, and may be the foam and the fog could be more intricately inked, same for the disappearing mountain silhouette.

Finally, the impact - perfect.
Otherwise I highly doubt I'd have even bothered to write a critique <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
Needless to say, 'Samurai Champloo' is one of my favourite anime, and I always refer to it when people ask what's the best product of Japanese animation they should watch.

Therefore it makes me genuinely happy when I discover truly original, witty and stylish fanarts amongst the piles of trite copying of the show - a living thought even if not executed with utter perfection, is a thousand times more precious to me, than a sublime, but heartless, lifeless copy.

Oh Jin, my love, it was his name in the browsing window that brought me to this beautiful deviation <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
Yuzuhira-chan's avatar
Damn, this is wonderful!! =DDDD
cobayanigiri's avatar
Glad you like it :)
fejoslaszlo's avatar
Nagyon szuper lett! :-)
wow! supernice
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Shaccer's avatar
ez nagyon tetszik. bár hiányolom mugent :)
Uyi91's avatar
love it, I was listening to the SC's ost when I saw this. awesome featured here [link]
cobayanigiri's avatar
Nice! I glad you like it!
AnticiaJK's avatar
Húú, ez nagyon gyönyörű!!!
Látom sok dolog van még a galériádban, amit nem láttam, pedig anno már elkezdtem végiglapozgatni. :D
Haha azt a részt még pont láttam, poén volt, hogy a nagy higgadt is elkezd idegeskedni, egy csöppet mániákus, nagyon aranyos volt. XD
És annyira szépek a tónusok meg a vonalak, egy csomó üres tér a megfelelő helyen, tényleg gyönyörű! *u*
cobayanigiri's avatar
Köszi:) Igazából minimális a saját munkám ebben, mivel nem fejből rajzoltam:) Mondjuk a lényeg itt az alap fametszet volt úgyis, csak SC figurákkal. Na itt akartam felhasználni a retro állatos gyereknyomdát a lap sarkában, amit múltkor említettem.
AnticiaJK's avatar
Akkor is nagyon szép!
Haha, tényleg? Ezt nem is tudom elképzelni igazán, hogy jön össze. XD
Mugen-kun's avatar
fishing is a life-and-death struggle between man and fish. forget this, and you will surely get hurt.
lmao!!! epicly awesome pic!
Morgan9's avatar
Gorgeous work! I love your subtle insertion of Jin. Samurai Champloo fanart or not, it's a gorgeous painting.
lady-leliel's avatar
Haha, great idea and it looks really good :D:D:D Jin looks like he's about to be pulled in.. :P
Kozi87's avatar
úúú, ez nagyon tetszik! :)
aylie's avatar
outstanding idea :-)
killedinhersleep's avatar
This is really phenomenal I am stunned :D
U-R-IU's avatar
heyz i really like it thanks for contributing
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