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.the way of the sword by ddreams .the way of the sword by ddreams
full view is really a must if you like blood

Well, i've been watching lots of samurai hardcore movies, with bloody scenes.. can you tell ? the thing is that a day ago i watched "zatoichi: the blind swordsman" and it was a visual orgasm.. i HAD to do something with the theme.. and here it is.

Quick vector piece, simple but it speaks by itself. I really don't have to tell you what happened there.. you can see it for yourself.

Done in illustrator CS 100% - little reference for thie piece, like my hand on the floor and the bridge.

thanks to ~z4sit4 & ~lady-alessandra for constructive criticism during the process.

hope you like it.

Here's a black & white version - i couldn't decide, i like them both

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zegghao Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Can i use this in my non-commercial album cover? This any vector? (my english is sick :/ )
lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the red one much better :3 Great picture!
Primeless Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
LucasSoji Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
So cool.. I love samurai movies and you made a great job making a theme for zatoichi
schnurrDOSE Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
fuuuuuuuuuuuck i really really LOVE it *_____*
JeremyYoung Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
very nice and unique, but I think it would be better with vines instead of the blood, they could still be red though
marcrigg Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this verision much better than the B&W version, the colour against the greys gives it alot more depth.
cain-mosni Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
san-aN Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
i love this pic ^^
i can´t say more^^
robotman256 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
i like the contrast of the b+w and the blood
SAMURAi-GR Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
just... Perfect!
Pinkaugust Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
I like it... so brutal and yet so calm...
masayumesoto Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Zatoichi, was that the old one, or the new, hip, blond one?

I personally Love the new one!
AngelsSoul Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow super :D
Scarlet-Kurama Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
I love the contrast in this piece. The red really jumps out and grabs me. I like the subtlety of the clouds in the background too.

When I saw the thumbnail I knew I just had to look at this. It's simple and yet beautiful at the same time.

By the way, I like the color version better but the greyscale version is very nice too.
dreadedwolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The contrast between the red blood and the gray setting is great! Gives the whole scene a SinCity sort of look. I dunno if that was your intention or not, but great job!
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Featured your work here: [link]
Kaimora Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should make this an availible print for people to have on thier walls! Especially for someone like myself, I love this style of art work. Perhaps its considered silhouette?
Kayanne51 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
definitely like the red. love the bg and all that too.
Kwonpacalypse Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
awesome; woohee
Blade20 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the picture by the intense atmosphere it radiats. The contrast of the early morning and the early morningfog combined with the intense red of the blood give the drawing a strong feeling of realism. +fav, great work.
Crazy-Rat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
Wow. I love the style of the artwork:D
RD-7391 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHH! Great movie, Zatoichi is! love that stuff. I am 34 now, but I have been watching Kung Fu and Samurai weekends now for years... AND years... >.<

You did a great job! I hope your are inspired to do more Samurai art... authentic, raw stuff. LOVE IT! :hug:
ahmadhafiz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007   Digital Artist
icemanic400 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
fan fricken tastic lol
this is awsome
im gonna have to see this movie that inspired u
whatrlz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
Ostias! Como rulea tio! :+fav: (y me lo pongo de avatar pal MSN vale? xD)
FLUMEZ Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Student Interface Designer
this is great..may i use it as a theme for one of my new works? as a theme D
swordbunny4486 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
AndrahFia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It gives off this early morning sence, on a foggy and overcast day. Over all it's a great picture, and it dose give off the sence of those old samurai films. ^^
Kai-1906 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
For an appreciator of orieltal culture, this is a masterpiece! :+fav:
pokeburro Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
sin comentarios, esta increible, tanto compositivamente como tecnicamente, me encanto
j4pan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
that is liek soo awesome love the patterns the blood makes, hardcore slicing +1. :P
instant fav
X1mon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
I like the whole thing: the characters that aren't clear, the enormous amount of blood, the really cool little bridge in the background and the dojo windows :) And I like the coloured one better but it's good you only coloured the blood :) It's really good :)
samental Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Student
Chade89 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Damn that's awesome. Definitely :+fav: And Zatoichi is awesome =)
Baardlord Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
wooow dude, thats a excellent pic :D
love it :D
ersen-t Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Student
that's great.
randyblinkaddicter Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
cool!!!! musashi lol
Cushi-Wu Featured By Owner May 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm getting Mugen from Samurai Champloo, was this intentional?
AlexTenshi Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Student
Ooo. Nice. =0
queenanneus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the one with the it more pizazz and more of a symbolic meaning....kind-of like the girl in the red coat in Speilberg's Schneidler's List.

Overall, I think you did a nice job with the shadows and balancing everything out and since the Eastern world is somewhat focused on balance, it adds to your picture.
daFlow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i can't believe my eyes!! incredible picture...
bmwz8us Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
eZ-kun Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
awesome piece of work. true art, if you ask me. i had to use it as a BG for one of my works!
please, do not hate me for not asking permission! i do it now. if you feel your art is not properly presented in this form, tell me and i will remove my deviation. i am sorry if i upset you.
love your work!
TOFUDRIFTER Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007   Photographer
holy crap.. that was amazing. i really like the intricate patterns in the blood and grass
SephirothsEvilTwin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
after seeing this piece of work i went out and bought zatoichi: the blind swordsman it was something ive always wanted to watch and felt intrigued by it, so thankyou for sharing such a wonderful piece of work! :)
candiice Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007   Interface Designer
Wow, that's beautiful! Very well rendered. I like the red version a bit better personally, because I think the one color adds some extra punch to the drama factor. Awesome work!
dadouX Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it !
Krifiur Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
Woah well done!!
Silver-PyroTech Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Student Interface Designer
Nice concept, nice colours, nice work ! +fav
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