Madam Boar

This character appears in” Samurai vs Ninja book 3: Day if the Dreadful Undead”.This is Madam Boar.

I thought it would interest some people to see the basic steps to get get this image ready for print.

Madam boar layers smf

This image appear (as at stage 3) on page 62 of the book. I have spent a little extra time creating stage 4 (above) to demonstrate the difference black and white and colour.

For the technical minded readers, this image was coloured in photoshop. I created a layer for all on the black line work. The line work was originally hand inked and then scanned. This layer had a clear background. Then by creating a second layer underneath this, I digitally painted the colour where it was needed. The reason I apply the colour in this way, is if you try and colour the layer with the line work you will end up with white pixel specks where lines join or your ink work is a bit rough. Not such an issue if you create the line work digitally. In the past I would have added the colour by guiding the cursor with my mouse. I have recently brought a wacom Intuos pro, pen and touch tablet. I have used these for this image.

If you have any question please put in the comment section or email me.

Samurai vs Ninja Kamizumo Game

When looking for extra activities for Samurai vs Ninja, I came across the game Kamizumo.

Kamizumo is a Japanese ‘paper wrestling’ game. Paper figures are place them on the Kamizumo paper ring. You tap your figures on the edge of the paper ring, the first figure knock over of out looses the round.

I have been hard at work on my first ever Kamizumo game. But before I start work on characters from the stories. I thought it would be fun to battle it out with Nick Falk. So the first characters are Nick and myself. If this proves popular, I plan to add other characters (Buta-sama, Kingyo-Sama, Skinny fish, Little pig, Sumo san, Mighty Fish).

Below is the character sheet, Print in landscape and set the scale to auto adjust to the page size.

Kamizumo character sheet Tony and Nick 200 dpi

and here is the ring. When you print it, it should automatically print in the centre of the paper. Just fold the paper edge under the ring to give a little extra spring. You can also place the ring on to a large book to add bounce.

Kamizumo Board 200dpi

Have fun!

The Totoro’s branch

From woodblock prints to anime. Japanese inspiration for ‘Samurai vs Ninja’, my series with Nick Falk, is everywhere. One of my favourite anime artists the master himself, Hayao

In this illustration (right) from the Curse of the Oni (page 71), you can see how I have borrowed from Miyazaki to give Kaba –sama a branch to sit on. The image on the left, as you will see is from “My Neighbour Totoro”. One of the movies I have watched many times with my son. I thought doing this is a nice way to pay homage to Miyazaki, as true master.

For more information on Miyazaki see: