Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tengu Sleeve

Did this outline the other day on a good friend/client of ours.  Very fun piece for me.  It is the first part of what will be a 3/4 sleeve of all tengu.  Tengu are Japanese mountain goblins that have a very long history in Japanese folklore (which I will try to get into more detail in future posts).
This particular one is Sojobo, king of the Tengu and teacher of very secretive and powerful martial arts.
He was said to have instructed Yoshitsune, leader of the Genji clan and one of the most famous warriors in the history of Japan.
This is a companion piece to a 3/4 sleeve of all Foxes, that I finished on his other arm earlier in the year.  There will be a tengu mask, statue and a Karasu-tengu (crow tengu) coming soon...

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