“Jade Samurai” Imperial Warrior
The “Jade Samurai” was my first opportunity to use a theme from a culture that I respect and just ran with it. I wanted to create something completely unique. A piece of Art that you would recognize like an old friend. Only to find out that the person you thought you new is completely different from how you remembered them. I wanted to use a color not normally associated with the Japanese Samurai. Thanks to all the magnificent dyes and paints in my arsenal, I was able to use a combination of techniques to bring out the multitude of details and colors.
Carved around the entire suit of armor are two Japanese style serpents in aged gold. Complimenting the jade/emerald sections of the armor are amber crystals. To help complete the connection between the two tones, I incorporated emerald crystal stones in the aged gold sections of armor as well. Shielding the glair from sun and shrouding this characters appearance in mystery is the “Kasa”. (Traditional Japanese Hat) Through out this particular Kasa is carved four different types of “Oni” (Japanese Demons, Spirits) along with two Japanese koi fish. In each one of the Demons eyes are red ruby crystals. Splash carved leather surrounds the aged koi fish as they leap from the surface of the water. Crystal stones are inlaid into the eyes of these two symbolic fish.
Although I greatly enjoy recreating traditional armor. It is always great when I am faced with a project which grants me the fictional ability to rewrite history through my Art. There are many details throughout my armor that I have left for the powers of observation. (Check out the album “Jade Samurai” for detailed photo’s) Thank you and enjoy.