The Tengu's Apprentice BlkWh Picture

Goodness me, I actually got around to uploading something. I was originally planning to put up the current version (since I colored it in). However, I haven't been able to get a satisfactory photo or scan of the colored piece (swearing under my breath as I type this), so I guess I will have to wait on that one. As always these doesn't do justice to the actual scratchboard, but is at least a passable representation.

I've got more symbolism going on in this piece then I usually put into my artwork. It is intended to represent Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a famous Japanese warrior who was said to have trained under the tengu. Tengu are often portrayed as highly skilled with swords, thus the blade in his right hand. The mask he holds in his left, is representative of the tengu (in their humanoid form they are often portrayed as having long noses) as are the crows. Finally, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is considered a tragic hero in Japanese folklore -- he was forced to commit seppuku -- which is why I put four crows in the piece (four is an unlucky number in Japan and is often associated with death).

As always your comments are appreciated, so please write in. Also, I hope to have the color version up soon, which is better in my opinion.
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