Legend of the Five Rings: Kuni Yoshi

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Kuni Yoshi

Okay, so, more than a year since my last contribution to the main page. As it so happens, this is exactly how long it took before I got around making another drawing. This is a drawing of yet another RPG character (my only incentive for doing art anymore, it seems) in the ‘Legend of the Five Rings’ setting. Not much to say about this particular piece. It’s been a year, so I needed to do some freshing up. I actually blanked at the first brush stroke, unable to figure out what I was supposed to do. Nothing a few Youtube tutorials couldn’t fix, but it was an awkward start. It’s just a character portrait, so background and pose aren’t all that exciting. In hindsight I didn’t give the background fan the attention it was due, but I know I’ll never get around fixing it up properly. Most of it is painted in one layer, baring the background and the finer details later on when I got scared I’d screw up my hard work. All Photoshop CS6.

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7 thoughts on “Legend of the Five Rings: Kuni Yoshi

    • Thanks mate! We (the players) have only played one session so far last friday, but I’m pretty excited about it. the game’s got a pretty rich lore and setting, and there’s much to explore. Maybe I could start a campaign log on the forums.

      This guy is Kuni Yoshi, a shugenja (mage) of the Kuni family, of the Crab clan. Unlike most Kuni he’s fairly open and socialy adept though. He likes to go out and interact with the common folk, and he can muster some courtly sophistication. He does adhere to Kuni traditions like the facial paint though, so he has to deal with the sceptism and distrust any Kuni would suffer. He considers it an added challenge, to represent the Kuni as best he can, to underline the importance of the social sacrifices his family makes in their quest to understand the enemy from the Shadow Lands. This task has him traveling far and wide, often on behest of his Dayimo, seeing as Kuni who can manage themselves in court aren’t all that common.
      An added dificulty is his physical limitations. A fire when he was young caused severe burns, destroying his eyesight in his right eye (hance the part mask) and crippeling his right leg, making him lame. Obviously this makes traveling harder, but he’s supported in this by his friend and yojimbo, Hida Makato.

  1. the rendering of this drawing is well done. i can see the tremendous effort spent on skin and cloths and metal fan. each individual part really shows through.

    an advice to further improve this drawing would be making the individual parts more uniform. so far individual items are done well, but they are as I said, individual. try to give them the same lighting and mood to even out the difference in color. like doing a light 5% opacity overlay or multiply layer of a color of light or choose a color of light to lightly highlight the entire drawing. another good method would be to choose a single color to shade the entire drawing, but considering how dark your works are already in general, probably wouldn’t want to add more shadows to it.

    • Thanks a lot both for the artistic praise and the excelent pointers, TNH, escpescially with the practical examples! I can’t say when my creative outburst will take place, but I’ll try to keep your advice in mind.

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