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The Tiger's Strike

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First post of the New Year! Okay, so it was supposed to be my last post of last year, but I'm lazy and on holiday. :lol:

Sort of a follow up to my last one with this character 'The Tiger's Gaze', in a way. This one is when he's a bit older (as you can tell by the grey/white wisps at his temples and a few extra lines on his face).

When Tora gets stressed (which is pretty easy for an assassin) or feels like he needs to refocus himself, he comes to the dojo and runs through his forms. As is befitting of his name, he's a practitioner of the tiger form (kung fu) and what he's about to follow through with is a defining characteristic of this form - the 'claw', which is a rather nasty palm strike.

As he practices, his body takes over and his mind is released � it's not exactly zen, but it's as close as Tora gets to feeling 'free'.

This image took longer to complete for a few reasons - it was my first attempt with using dynamic clothing (Poser), which took a little bit to figure out, as well as a bit of the Poser cloth room for the towels (laid over the bench behind him). It wasn't that hard and I'm quite pleased with the results!

Also, and this took the better part of the time, this was the first time I had drawn this much of his irezumi (body tattoo). I'm quite happy with it too, despite the pain in the butt that it was to lay out. One day I'll show you guys the full design on the back... but not right now. That could take a while to draw!

Click for a much bigger view - and loads of nice detail. ; )
Production Credits
zollacce - Taekwondo for M4
January 2, 2011
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Jan 2, 2011 12:15:23 am
magnificent work, this obviously took alot of effort, bravo!

by ricardo719 Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 12:16:48 am
~Excellent character and pose!~

by alessimarco Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 7:24:13 am
Great character !

by rogue29730 Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 8:07:59 am
once again you never fail to amaze, great job!

by celticfire Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 10:43:22 am
Like I said on VN, great work LT, this is one hell of a piece and that tattoo is a piece of art in its own right.

by perrin1977 Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 11:19:21 am
HOLY CATS, LT, that's awesome. You're right, you got the hair painting down cold, not to mention the tat. *bows* Just beautiful.

by nfredman Online Now!   Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 4:11:18 pm

by mgtcs Homepage »

Jan 3, 2011 11:58:48 am
Another winner! He looks incredible!

by MKeyes Homepage »

Jan 4, 2011 10:08:50 am
Awesome character! The sweat on his skin looks great! And so do his tattoos...

by vapo Homepage »

Jan 7, 2011 9:03:13 am

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