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Tomoe Gozen - the Woman Samurai Warrior by Orkideh84 Tomoe Gozen - the Woman Samurai Warrior by Orkideh84
The Woman Samurai Warrior


Tomoe Gozen 1157–1247, was a female samurai warrior, known for her bravery and strength.
She is believed to have fought in and survived the Genpei War (1180–1185). She later became the subject of legends, plays, and poems. Even today Tomoe Gozen is celebrated as a folk hero during Japanese festivals and has inspired comic books and cartoon characters.

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Re-drawing due to the older version was terrible in my opinion. I'm still not 100% satisfied, but I did my very best.
How exactly she looked varied and in many illustrations and portraits of her during the times weren't the same, but I tried to make her armour looking as crediable as possible and refused to sexualising her as I've seen many artists doing so.

Feel free to comment, like it or hate it.

Tools: promarker, shinhan marker, graph-it, micron, copic

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First of all, I must say this drawing is really eye-catching! The colours go together very nicely and I absolutely love how you did all the little details on her armour. The dotted pattern on her pants, especially, is very nicely done and adds a lot of interest. The green parts of her armour are nicely shaded and actually look 3D--I can just imagine how they feel. However, I think her hands are too small. Try comparing the size of her hands to her head--right now, the hands are too small and should be perhaps 1.5 times bigger.

Good work on the sakura behind her! I think you did a nice job on the branches; they look natural and not very stiff at all. I think the simplistic shading on the petals and blossoms is great too--it's detailed enough to give a sense of volume and depth, but not so much that it distracts the viewer's attention away from Tomoe Gozen, who, of course, is the main attraction of the picture.

The grass must have taken a long time to do. The texture looks quite realistic as well--I think your grasp of backgrounds has improved a lot :) However, I still think you can add a little more shading in the background, since it looks a bit flat to me. Perhaps you could've added more shadows on the parts of the field under the trees.

Finally, I think you did a great job on the horse's head. The proportions are pretty good there, but the horse's head is too small compared to the chest and to Tomoe Gozen's head. Horse heads are quite a bit larger than human heads, after all.
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Stardust-Phantom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017   Digital Artist
Beautiful! She looks great and I love the horse's face.
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
That horse was really a pain to draw! XD
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Stardust-Phantom Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017   Digital Artist
It came out very nicely. I hate drawing horses, I can never seem to get them to look right.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfully redone! The colouring is much smoother this time and I'm really impressed by how your anatomy has improved the last year or so. Her armour is really eye-catching in particular. 
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, especially now that the both anatomy and armour is finally looking way much better than the previous one for 3 years ago.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great to see the improvement!
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Hallowie29 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Looks beautiful and well done! ;)
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Hallowie29 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Anellyz Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Very nice, beautiful colors!
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! <3333
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Senshee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student General Artist
She looks awesome! I like how you drew on the horse and the colouring is awesome! And the sakura in the background really brings lots of life and colour into the picture, awesome work! :+fav:
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
Oh that horse, I kind of wished I studied from more referense on horse anatomy before drawing, but again thank you so much!
The colouring was one the things I was most pleased about! ^^
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa very beautiful work!
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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Kemikeni Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
woah, this looks beautiful, loves how the lines are so clean and the colours so intense and defined, love the drawing < 3
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the lovely comment and favorites. It means a lot. Take care. :)
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Mister-Crool Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vackert! Kolla in mina verk om du vill.
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friendshipisfiction Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
the way you color with dots..i just...how..!?!? HOW DO YOU MAKE IT WORK !!?!?!
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Well, hard to say, but I practiced with dots all the time, it takes a lot of timing with the markers and concentration to make it look good. 
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friendshipisfiction Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
you're a genius!
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Historyman14 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
AMAZING! 
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Canankk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Very nice :heart:
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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