I came across some totally inspired Stock photos on DeviantArt the other day. They are by a German artist and photographer called Phelan Davion. There is a whole series on Samurai in different poses. The one I liked the best from the very first time I saw it was this one:
(Please find the original of this super image in Davion’s Deviant Art gallery.)
So I made a quick sketch:
And then had tremendous fun inking it:
Because so much of the Samurai was dark I had to play around with texture effects in the ink to distinguish different areas of his armour.
Later I also added some basic grey shading to the ink. I had to do this is Photoshop since my grey pens haven’t arrived yet. Here’s the finished picture:
While I do really like the purity of having just the black ink to work with I think even a single grey shade adds a nice feel to it. When my grey ink pens come I’m going to try doing all of it by hand and see what that looks like.