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BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL sketch, circa 2001 by AdamWarren BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL sketch, circa 2001 by AdamWarren
Today's blast from the past: An old (2001) sketch of Manji and Rin from Hiroaki Samura's fantastic manga Blade of the Immortal. Manji's face is plagued by fairly severe symmetry issues (plus, one of his hands looks okay, while the other doesn't), but regardless, I like the overall composition of the piece.

Alas, the photocopy I scanned this from nipped the edges off the sketch, hence the disappearing blade at left. (Speaking of blades, my shading choices on Rin's "Golden Wasp" knives makes it seem as if she's holding a whole bunch of open lipstick tubes, but maybe that's just me.)
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monsterpaperbag Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Cool choice!
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guyverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Nice work, but what are the odds that you would post this a few days after i started reading the manga? Nothing important to think about just saying. Again Nice work
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serymaru Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
awesome
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the greatest manga's there ever was... I'm just sad that the story keeps going in circles.
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rexen724 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH!!!! THANK YOU FOR THIS!! Love the series. It is coming to an end though.. :/
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blackpassmore Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
love this series and this drawlin!
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Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
a very nice rendering of one of my favorit manga's main characters. well done.
but as you say, Rin's knives look a little to.. round in lack of a better word.
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Dark-Kuno Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Pure awesome :D

I love BotI (as if my avatar didn't make that obvious)
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chuquin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow you are doing pure clasics..
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Goombah11 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its not just you.
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Love that book series
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Caraphae Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Any facial symmetry issues Manji might be having can be explained by his having TWO EYES. Clearly he's hacked off part of some dude's skull and grafted it on to his own, here. o_0

Curious: What would you choose to do differently now on something like Rin's Wasps? I always admire your shading, and small blades are tricky!
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Jowjow-or-Hellskull Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
the shading is just perfect. Faved.
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LokitheDM Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awes-WAITWAITWAITWAITWAIT!
Manji lost his left eye at the beginning of the story! Why does he have both his eyes in the picture?

Apart from this particular, excellent picture.
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666888 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Don't all ninja chicks use lipstick knives?
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Kuruyami30 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sweeeeeeet......lol
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bar1scorpio Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We'll give you a pass on your criticisms, mainly because "Manji's face is plagued by fairly severe symmetry issues, (plus, one of his hands looks okay, while the other doesn't)" in-continuity. Especially after "the badger hole" *shudder*.
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Bretzky Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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arconius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   General Artist
Meh, a full arsenal of lipstick can be an effective weapon too, so I don't see the problem.

;)
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elchavoman Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
This manga is awesome.
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Zoroko Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Adam Warren drew Blade of the Immortal fan art <3 dream come true!
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Oilcoverpencil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
like it :
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Lurkndog Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Great composition. Manji looks a bit... zombified here. Probably just the pose, the shadowy eyes, and the wrinkly hand.

Thanks for opening up your old sketchbooks. Looking forward to the next Empowered!
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jackmackhack Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Isn't Manji bassically a zombie? =p
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Marvsamune Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Manji Rules!!!!Warren Rules!!!
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nork Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love Blade of the Immortal.
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heh those eyes are like glass marbles! It's cool to see your old stuff.
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finex666 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very awesome
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jackmackhack Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Oh man! This looks fantastic!

...Man. Rin is short. Though this is a pretty good example of different male/female builds I think. Very well done. (though they both look pretty sharp with the knives).

Manji's face isn't to bad, he always was supposed to be a scruffy looking bastard.
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sssssssssharp. :)
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Dontjudgeeee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
omg.... you actually drew this?!?!?! the hand looks fine :) did you draw this from memory/imagination or did you copy it from something? and i love the way you've drawn her eyes, really depthy :)
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