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Published: May 23, 2011
This is Kanbei/Kanbe/Kurokan/The Badger/Little Star (... lol thanks for the last one Oichi, I'm still laughing) from Sengoku Basara 3.

Notoriously cursed with bad luck, chained up, imprisoned, forced to do the dirty work for other people's schemes and serves as the Butt Monkey for the whole game.

Does it keep him from pursuing ridcilously high ambitions, like, uh, taking over the whole country while everyone else is smashing their heads in? No. :lol:

He's actually quite adorable with his smug overconfidence and his fits of despair and crying WHYYYY taking turns. :lol:
Also, blinding bangs! How could I not love this guy?

but I'm pretty sure you don't care about my unpopular opinions, so let's get on to some facts about the picture:

- This is obviously intended to be something similar to my last colored picture of Keiji from the same game. While that painting was done very spontaneously, for this one here I actually had the time to plan out stuff. It didn't really work very well though so the biggest similarity is the almost identical composition. Not so happy about that, but oh well.
- the rainclouds in the corners are actually the design on the back of his coat
- I really wanted to draw his chest armour but the damn wristcuffs got in the way
- it's supposed to be raining but I didn't really dare to paint in actual raindrops so... oh well.
- the rain was also supposed to melt the dangos, which is the only food I could think of that he'd be able to eat with his hands tied up like this. I don't think Dangos melt in rain though, so... oh well²
- the flowers along the border are wisteria flowers. Once I found out that they make up his Mon/Family Crest (and it fits, they're incredibly strong vines, able to break out of and destroy pretty much anything XD) I had to have them in this picture as they're among my favourite plants.
- for the wisteria I figured I needed to use masking fluid... since my latest adventures with that stuff always turned out to end up in desaster, I panicked and was already preparing for a NAZE JAAAAA moment as soon as it was on the picture, but it came off alright! Guess what Kanbei, you were lucky for once!

... I think that was all.
It's not a perfect painting, but boy do I love it.

Hahnemühle Watercolor Pad, Watercolors, Colored Pencils
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Adobe Photoshop 7.0
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Ermelin's avatar
Ermelin| Traditional Artist
Armer Kerl. Ich wünsch ihm viel Glück bei der Eroberung des Landes! ^^°

Die Colo ist toll! *___*

P.S.: Auf den ersten Blick dachte ich, rechts unten im Bild wäre eine kleine, mehrstöckige Geburtstagstorte zu sehen, dabei war das nur sein Ärmel... Ich glaub ich sollte frühstücken. XDDD
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XD Glück ist auch das einzige was ihm zu fehlen scheint, lol.

Die Colo ist eigentlich gar nicht aufwändig - ich hab sie aus Angst was zu versauen und zu "überarbeiten" absichtlich flach gehalten und nur ein wenig mit Buntstift nachbearbeitet wo es wirklich dunkler werden sollte.
Aber das Papier (Hahnemühle Echt-Bütten) ist sein Geld wirklich wert!

Jaa, das ist auch kein Ärmel sondern ne Art Schulterpanzer aus drei Reihen. Sieht wirklich etwas komisch aus wenn mans nicht weiss!

Aber keine Torte frühstücken, lol xD
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Kopanitsak|Professional Filmographer
Wow! :D What a cool picture! :D
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99-cells's avatar
Oichi always has a nickname for everyone and I was wondering what she would call Kanbe. Thank man. I should look what she calls all the others. I know two others that come to the top of my head:
Lord Happy :pointr: Ieyasu
Lord Grumpy :pointr: Mitsunari
It's rather obvious when she calls them so that's all I got.
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Ah, Oichi's nicknames are so ridiculously cute, they always make me laugh.

From what I've seen there's also these:
- Tsurihime - the white bird (obvious because of her clothing + Tsuru = crane)
- Keiji - pretty bird (well, just look at his feathers and how colorful he is)
- Saica - deer, apparently (maybe because of her reddish coloring?).

At first I was confused when she called Kanbei little star, but I think now I get why she chose that name.
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If they are anymore you can dig up, please send me another message.
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The-Longfall-of-1979|Professional General Artist
ah-ha! good on ya! :icongreatjobplz: title's great; and Kanbei's expression is perfect. Description is even more so!

glad you posted up them facts, too; helps me know a bit more about 'em. :D
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Thank you very much!

Oh I think I might have been able to write more funfacts but the description is already long enough to scare most people off from reading it anways! :lol:
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The-Longfall-of-1979|Professional General Artist
ha! well i say otherwise! it's good stuff! :D
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