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Butterflies and Hurricanes by fayrenpickpocket Butterflies and Hurricanes by fayrenpickpocket
My spin on Musashi, for a weekly art challenge. <3 Named after the Muse song, whose title I felt was somewhat applicable. And I suck at naming.

The butterfly tatoo is not my design, but an emblem that was commonly used by warlords and their samurai. I have no idea if it was actually used in the time of Musashi, or if he had it, but it was too neat of a concept to pass up, so take that history!!

Plus I'm pretty sure he didn't have a glowy sword in history either.
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, love his buckteeth!
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MondoArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this... i'm so attracted to its details...
did you use pencil and then color it digitally? cuz it looks friggin' cool!!!
i love how pencils can have more "soul" compared to inks... ~ :D
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BaggySagger Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
great work! And hot! :aww:
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FrankieDove64 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Quite astounding. And props for the details of the tattoo. I love stuff like that!
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moodler01 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
NicE naMe! cool shadows really wish I'm good as you!
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CreepyWeirdo93 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I just fell in love with this artwork, the shadowing is simply beautiful :D
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mightymike95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Cool background and VERY cool how you present the sword with the lighting.
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Renee-Mariposa Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sooooo awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee
in love <3
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SaucyPlebeian Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting from the sword is amazing, and I love the anatomy and foreshortening in his hair~

Hahah, more than the awesomeness and beauty of the way you drew this, I am in love with...his teeth! Hahaha, once I saw them I can't ignore them! They affect the way I see this picture XD
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OstinatoBass Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I'm in love.
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nymsea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Ahhh, so amazing! I just adore that tattoo! :la:
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asura017 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
the first thing a saw was the title XD <3 Muse is my favorite band, and musashi is kickass! GREAT WORK!
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Blinklight Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
GOOORGEOUSSSSS.
Musashi was a pretty awesome dude, I don't think he would mind that you added that glowy sword. XD
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GillyMonster Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
pretty awesome but whats that thing on his fourhead
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Dalcasta Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! He looks really confident. And ready to wreck people with a glowy magic sword >:)
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XxUnknownJoexX Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoo, this is great! Samurai Swords! :thumbsup:
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Heart-of-chaoS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
FAR OUT! :headbang:
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negativesanchez98 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I are jelous of your art! This is amazing!
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ChateNoire Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent design, and such a vibrant, fun use of color and brush strokes. This piece is a joy to look at.
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Tuskface Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOO! MUSE!
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SDMcCarty Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice job! I love the glowy sword...even if it isn't historically accurate.
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the1truesushiboy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Woah... O.O

Nice. ^^
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Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Dynamic to the brink and a burning core within it all. Makes for a powerful impression.
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Pisces3Ferver Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Ah!
THat's dope!
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quirkyidiot Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Omg this is TT_TT so incredible....i wanna get as good as u!
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tovlillethegreat Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
You a Muse fan?
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Lord-Data Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
I swear to god I commented on this piece forever ago...Oh well seen this a bunch of times now and besides the fact that I really like your portrayal of Musashi, where did you find the butterfly tattoo? I have seen this tattoo design a lot in the past few weeks (working on figuring out some tradition Japanese stuff that I kind of wanted to incorporate into my own kind of design heh). Just curious if you had a reference and if that reference had more, similar family identifiers like this?
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relzodiac Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
he would make a Great Fighting Character
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janyhero Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Nice...luv the shading!
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ishmiel14 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
nice pic. love that song.
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neveraskwhy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
... WHY HAVE I NOT FAVED THIS PIECE YET!
its my faveourite picture... ever
well not the most popular but the most consistant
better a week as number 2 than a day as number 1
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jabberwocky14 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Space Cat Cafe tempted me to look at your gallery... I should've turned back... I can't afford to watch another amazing person TT^TT

...Ooh, forgot to mention I'm listening to this song right now :dance:
And... this is GORGEOUS .^.
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Skylord Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"My spin on Musashi, for a weekly art challenge. <3 Named after the Muse song,"

...I think I get it now.

MUSE-sashi. :slow:
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bag-of-Bones Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
wow! this is so good
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The--Vile-Cortex Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
I'm also pretty sure he didn't have antennae either, but then again anything with Mr. Myamoto is worth my affection.



...except Samurai Fencer. No homo-erotic context, plz.

>:/
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epicantlers Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Ooh. This was kinda awesome. And the name was perfect. When I hear that song from now on I will get that samurai in my head. OwO And that's a GOOD thing:dummy:

And I love the background and his mouth. It's very cool :'D
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Shwann Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
VERY COOL! Love this version of a Samurai! :)

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cinismemoriae Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your concepts and original art * * also, history needs more glowy swords! (not beam laser ones, screw george lucas!)
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Shrinkhead13 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Cool! O_O!
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Rheaver Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love how you colored this! And the background is freaking amazing!! And for the record, glowy swords are made of win ;)

Awesome pic!! :D
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RandyGreen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this! Really awesome!
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Apollyna Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
STOP MAKING ME LOVE YOUR ART <3 FFFFF
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babsbunny005 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Student General Artist
nice
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corvux-corax Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
awesome !!!!!

really awesome!!!!...:worship:
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ilovechocolat17 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
THIS IS SOOOO AWESOME. I love it! :ninjaeat:
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loki-lou Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Gorgeous style, I love the scratches and scars and they way you have painted them :)
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kina Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i *love* the thick richness your coloured pieces have.. do you normally just colour over the sketch?
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liquor-tmx42 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Great work... I would add something clever in Japanese...
but I don't know anything appropriate for this occasion/situation.. I guess I should learn how to say it's beautiful ....

Utsukushii desu ... ?
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