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Kurenaino Kyojin
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Published: December 12, 2006
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Title: 紅の巨人 - Crimson Giant
Subtitle: "Kappa no senaka ni tobidasuno kinoko motteiru kyojin" - "The Mushroom Wielding Giant who Jumps on the Kappa's Back"

A.K.A: Yamato Mario.

I made this mostly because I was getting upset with my inability to make aesthetic strokes on my tablet. The temporary solution, therefore, was to draw something grotesque where if the lines were slightly off it would work well with the picture.

The inspiration behind this was probably Osamu Tezuka's Saruta (You gotta love that nose). Plus, I wanted to picture what kind of character Mario would have been if his modern incarnation had roots in Japan of old (though strangely not Italy). Yet he looks more like a djinn than anything else, doesn't he?

Hooray for brown nipples!

Made in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
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Gecko1993Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy, yet so intriguing! I LOVE IT!
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Victorian-LoverHobbyist General Artist
MAN BOOBS!!!!!!!!!!! Haha! Poor Kappa.
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who else thought of mario when they saw this? they have da mushroom, they have the red clothes (partially missing), the turtle. although i must say mario does look pretty disturbing 0.0
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Awesome Art!! Super Mario + Old ink japanes paintings = This!!

Hey dude, I have some questions...
-Why his A.K.A. is "Yamato Mario, what means "Yamato? I don't know japanesse, but it's interesting! :D
-And another question... How do you say (or write) "dwarf and giant" in Japanese (romaji)?
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JohnSuHobbyist Digital Artist
Yamato (倭) can be translated as:
1: Yamato; ancient province corresponding to modern-day Nara Prefecture;
2: (ancient) Japan; (Noun or verb acting prenominally)
3: Japanese

dwarf and giant = kobito to kyojin
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kausvHobbyist Interface Designer
oh thanks! :D
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That would be an... interesting character to have seen in Okami!
VACANAL's avatar
Nice work remind me some old ink japanes paintings.
Kazoyi's avatar
Why can't he actually look like that? *sigh*
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This picture is so great, I've once used it as my wallpaper.
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MoonkinRageHobbyist Artist
This is pretty amazing... :nod:

Also, I love the expression on the kappa's face. It looks feared. :D
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Ket-ShiHobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, I found the source image for this (as it's been passed around the internet)! I've always loved it as a fun re-imagining of Mario.
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JohnSuHobbyist Digital Artist
ooo, I'm glad to hear it's been making its rounds!
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LOL that makes too much sense!
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rafaellamProfessional General Artist
Huahuahahaah! Awesome!!!
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This. Is at least seven kinds of awesome.
That's a really creative take, and really gives off the feel of a Yamato ink drawing :XD: Really, I both giggle and go "ooh" because hey, it's funny, those drawings often were, too - but it's also nailing the style pretty damn well.
...why I never thought of the koopas' similarities with kappa is completely beyond me.
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SamantaiHobbyist Digital Artist
Praise the heavens he's based of italians.
Nice work really, but he scares me a bit. :D
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