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Samurai by vik-west Samurai by vik-west
This is the final version of my Samurai
i dropped out the last background and went in a very different direction for it.
It took me around 10 hours (I think) to finish it.
The symbol means POWER
<li>edit : worked on the background a little more and changed some small things.

<li>edit 01.01.2009: played with color settings, saturation etc. I also centered the samurai a bit. I think it looks better now

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:iconkosmossurfer5:
KosmosSurfer5 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, love it and I'm crazy with the old Japanese culture..!!! AND the Chinése monk's kung fu style...!
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blaverock Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very nice work! Love your detail on the armor!! If you like samurai, check out my comic book project: goo.gl/EwR1JD
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:iconcjrocky:
CJRocky Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
its a samurai and itys badass
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:iconmyshadow95:
MyShadow95 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
WoW i like it!
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:iconkusaharashi:
Kusaharashi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I'd buy this as a poster for my personal Dojo haha. I like the feel of the picture as well.
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:iconkdyates:
kdyates Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
If you don't already offer a poster of this illustration, would you like to? I am the new managing editor of Official Karate Magazine and we are looking for bonuses for our readers.
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
please send me a note with further information, we can agree on royalties of this particular illustration.
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:iconkdyates:
kdyates Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
We are putting together the first two issues of Official Karate, which will be also tied into a martial arts internet marketing network. We have negotiated with a custom framing company to do karate certificates and the thought occurred to us to also do some fine art prints that martial arts dojos might like to buy. Right now I don't have a feeling for what a karate school, or even a karate student might pay but your work is so cool that I think we could find a market for it. How about if I ask Andrew Linick, who is the magazine publisher and the marketer behind all this to contact you. You can also email him at Hanshilinick@gmail.com.
Oh, go to www.officialkaratemag.com and www.joinmagi.wordpress.com to see our working, beta sites. This will let you know we are serious about these projects. Thanks for your consideration.
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know. I fancy the idea so please have Andrew Linick contact me with more details at my personal e-mail - buktopster@gmail.com and I can talk with him directly for publishing rights and royalties of my piece. Thank you.
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A13XANDER Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconbetebet:
betebet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
excelent
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:iconbensonkkila:
BenSonkkila Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is some great work. :woohoo:
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconmangatellers:
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intimediating pose. I loved the BG. Looks splendid with the Samurai. Very nice colouring! Welldone!
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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:icongetmoney007:
GetMoney007 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Damn nice pic
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:iconsmile4thelie:
smile4thelie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
fantastic
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconsmile4thelie:
smile4thelie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ur welcome =]
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AncientCoins Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
I would bring out the right arm just a little more. It's a bit hard to see. From a distance it appears as if he is one armed. Other than that I really like it.
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:iconthijikata:
THijikata Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Зверски яко изглежда браво
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
мерси :)
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:iconthetawave2:
thetawave2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Having the background so busy and a similar red to the samurai’s armor seems to distract the viewer from the subject of the piece; I think changing the background color or perhaps making the pattern less dense would allow the subject to stand out more.
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the comment ;)
I do not remember the thread but I do remember posting it in a couple of "critique wanted" topics :)
I tried to make the samurai stand out from the background with the blue-ish highlights on his armor but doesn't really do the trick, does it :)
By the way I tried using a darker background, a black and white, more yellow one and really nothing else fits (feels right) to me than this background with this color. The background is much a part from this painting as the samurai himself, and I put a lot of effort in it.
And thank you again for the comments here and on Samurai 3 :)
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:iconthetawave2:
thetawave2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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:iconjester-tale:
Jester-tale Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
That's soo cool! I don't know what the old background was but this new one is awsome. What's the symbol above his head mean?
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
it means "power" :)
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:iconjester-tale:
Jester-tale Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
very cool
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh by the way the last background was this : [link]

I used it for this newer painting :)
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:iconjester-tale:
Jester-tale Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
That was good too,
By the way, did you already say what the symbol meant in the artist comments? :/
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
no I edited it when I uploaded the newer :) (yesterday)
the previous bg was good but it didn't really fit the samurai
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:iconlisagorska:
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
не е зле. :} само един малък проблем - фонът е по- на фокус от самурая. <:/
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
da nqkolko choveka veche go iztyknaha tozi problem:P
obache az go imam printirano na golqm format 70x90 i izglejda perfektno, daje sqkash samuraq izpykva ot samata kartina.
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:iconlisagorska:
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
moje bi sled pechat chervenoto na elementite zad nego se uspokoyava, znam li. :)
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:iconsnake-fisher:
snake-fisher Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Самурая ги цепи :D Добра работа, пич!
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
mersi :)
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Mojesh da slojish pove4e detail i kontrast v samuraia. fona ne bi triabvalo da e po "aktiven" ot kolkoto figurata kum koiato veroiatno iskash da naso4ish vnimanieto na zritelq. imash i variant da namalish intenziteta na fona.
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
mersi shte probvam po kysno s poveche kontrast v samuraq i shte namala saturation-a na fona ;)
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:icony3an:
y3an Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Wooooshhh !! What can I say ?? Nothing :D
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:icontvlookplay:
tvlookplay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awesomeness xDD
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:iconemptymemory:
EmptyMemory Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
我真实地爱您画的这张图片!!! (i really love this picture that you drew!) especially that you got the word right. :3
and the details are astonishing! ^3^
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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:iconemptymemory:
EmptyMemory Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
your welcome! :';)
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:iconliquid-86:
Liquid-86 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008   Digital Artist
terrific samurai rendering
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconalexbuechel:
AlexBuechel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool !!!!
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you ;)
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:iconlorraineofkeli:
lorraineofkeli Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool
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:iconvik-west:
vik-west Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconloverzero:
LoverZero Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the background a lot. Very nicely done. Good work!
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