Monday, July 20, 2009

Last night Jackie Chan came round...



I'm still trying to work out what I should call these posts... Character Mondays is boring and lacks alliteration.

This guy is Shinichi Watanabe (perhaps, I can't find my old notes notes at the moment, but I definitely remember his last name is Watanabe). Long time viewers may remember him from old (and failed) comic "Fistful of Kung Fu". In that story, he's an Shaolin Monk drop out, who wanders into Shanghai, looking to start a gang war between the resident Triad/Yakuza gangs.

Watanabe is proficient in many forms of unarmed kung fu, particularly the 5 animal styles. He is also privvy to the secrets of the forbidden "Shadow-Eagle Claw" technique, which specializes in one hit kills.

He's a pretty casual guy, who likes to keep his cards close to his chest and his motivations hidden. When things don't go his way, he tends to overcompensate a smidge. All in all, I wanted him to be more Jackie Chan than Bruce Lee. For an outfit I wanted something that looked like a rough approximation of the outfits from period kung fu movies. The jacket is pretty much a straight up chinese jacket from one of those movies, the rest of the outfit is a little more modern-day hipster-ish. In other words, he's wearing it to be ironic. Or something.

I'd still like to get around to re-doing (and finishing) Fistful one day, but I could always turn it into some kind of fighting/beat-em up game. Half of the fun came from coming up with wierd unorthodox fighting styles. Admittedly, Watanabe was kind of boring in this regard, but there always needs to be some normalcy amongst a group of freaks.

This scan didn't come out as well as I was expecting. To be honest I rushed the sketch a little bit, but I had lives to save so I think it's ok. I decided to add a little more colour than the last one to try and compensate, but in the end it doesn't really matter, these are only supposed to be rough character sketches anyway.

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