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Mugen: Wanna Dance? by Firu-Kun Mugen: Wanna Dance? by Firu-Kun
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One of my favorite animes is Samurai Champloo... mostly because of this guy, one of the three main protagonists... the vagabond known as Mugen!

He really made an impression on me in the first episode and I couldn't get enough of him. SO naturally what does an artist do when he's inspired by a character? Draw him/her! Heh. I've been wanting to try my hand at him for quite a while now and here's the result.

When I was first drawing this, though, I also wanted Jin and possibly Fuu to be included too (behind and following Mugen into, say, a bar).

But I think I did almost too much on drawing Mugen... I knew he was going to dominate the scene anyway. So I didn't bother in the end.

Later on I thought about maybe having nervous and sweating enemy swordsmen rounding Mugen here, hence his smirk almost implying a dark invitation to a ferocious dance!

Shading looked kinda better on paper than when it was scanned tho, but I was too tired to go back to it =p

Hm, I think I talk too much sometimes. Enjoy ;)
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GreyAngelofChaos Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
really nice
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zukomyprince Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
OMG I LUV SC!!!!
and you did real justice here to Mugen...i ADORE his expression!
very much his "aggressive negotiations" face :D

i too have done bunches of portraits of my fav characters so that way i can focus just on them...i know what you mean

oooooo and the title is PERFECT!! hahahahahahha
FAVS!
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
LoL. I'm glad you like it :D

I definitely seem to do better when it's close ups of characters I really like.
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INKtears Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MUGEN!!!I like it..
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
:D
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Dragonzair Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Mugen is teh smex. Especially since the voice actor is the same as marimo Zoro <3
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
LoL, leave it to you to find an reason completely unrelated to his looks for why Mugen's the smex xD
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Dragonzair Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
...

>_>

<_<

I only found that out after I watched it. XP But I did like Mugen the first when I first saw it. His style ROCKS. XD

He's the smex either way. KEKEKEKE. XD
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
LoL xD What about Jin?
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Dragonzair Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Hm....

Jin's alright.

...

But he somehow reminds me of those quiet, dark type of characters. Kinda like Sasuke....or something. XD I've only watched a few episodes (I have like, 10 of them, but I haven't finished it yet).

Mentos made me watch 'em. XD
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
I actually really like Jin a lot too, that's why I left him out of this drawing. Didn't think it would do him much justice to seem like somebody "following' Mugen. Heh.
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Dragonzair Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
ROFL

Quite true. It's like drawing Kakashi with Asuma, so I get what you mean. XD But drawing them all together would be nice :D
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coconutwatta Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007   Photographer
From your drawing here of Mugen I am certain I will recognise him in an instant if I ever get seeing the anime.

Its fantastic and love that expression on his face~~I am impressed
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Ah, you're kind! Thanks for your nice comments :D
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mugen!!! He was my fave character in SC! :D
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Same! xD So do you think I was faithful to the character here? :D
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, you depicted his attitude well. ^^
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Great, thanks ^^
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kadoman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Wow! This is great GK. In terms of capturing the character's likeness and overall effect I rate this very highly - *nearly* up there with your Urahara (and you know how much I love that one - I think it looks better than the original!).

I love how you've done the shading under the eyes and his neck and the texture of his hair looks great!

Isn't it funny how I use your Urahara as the benchmark? I sort of compare everything with that - not really consciously - but just as a knee jerk reaction type thing.

Do you do that yourself? Compare your latest drawing with what you think is your best?
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
I actually didn't even think of my Urahara as being that great initially so that's cool you liked it so much xD

I guess I just enjoy doing simple "portraits" of characters than anything else, I think because I can just concentrate on fleshing them out.

And yes, I've noticed improvements in my art lately - figure drawing especially - and I'm sorta trying to top each drawing as I go along. Though I guess if you still like my Urahara the best, I guess I haven't really gotten that far ahead with my character portraiture art ;)
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kadoman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Heh...already cleared up the 'progress since Urahara' with you on msn GK. :) That's amazing to me, that you didn't think of Urahara as being that great initially. It struck me straight away. But that's always the way isn't it? The ones you think aren't that great, others think are, and the ones you love, nobody pays much attention to! At least, that's how it is for me. :D
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Yeah, I took no offense ^^ Like I told ya, I didn't mind your saying that, as long as you liked what I had already done, and you don't think I'm getting worse. ^^

And I actually do like my Urahara a lot more now, I was just shooting for a little more realism back then. Now I can kind of appreciate that my art seems more suited halfway between, I think, if you know what I mean.
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Patzors Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
yes, i want to dance!
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
I know a good choreographer! I'll hook ya up with him ... ;D
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Havokness Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Wow thats awesome!
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Firu-Kun Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Thank you! =)
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Havokness Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
No problem ^^
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