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Jade Samurai by BadLukArt Jade Samurai by BadLukArt
“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.
This much I really want to find out. Where did you EVER find this?! This is not just beautiful, it is... MAGNIFICANT! All my life I dreamed I would find something very unique above and beyond all art imagined! This is what I always wanted to see!

To start, The capturing of this photo was very suitable. It has a good viewpoint that captures a lot of beauty in this.

Second, the coloring is just beautiful! It has the strong green, flashes of other colors, and the details in the armor are just outstanding!

Finally, you capture a lot of good essence in the background that makes it stand out and pops out at you.

All in all, you did a excellent job capturing this on photo! I tend to save this to my favorites, and pray you have more beautiful pieces to offer the audience! Wonderful job!
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KragTheEnder Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This is by far one of the sickest suits of armor I have seen. The colors are intense, the structure is awesome, and just the fine details in the stitching and the ornamental pieces make me wanna be a samurai.
BadLukArt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you my friend. I am in the process of creating a piece unlike any other. I am sure you will enjoy seeing it once it reaches the final stages of completion. I hope all is well with everyone at the shop. Allison and I will come visit again sometime in the future. Continue to peruse my work and retrieve some ideas through it. If you and your brother are interested in anything just let me know. If so, I like details and ideas, everyone should have a piece of Artwork that they can relate to. Whether it be as small as a Kabuto or as large as the entire battle reignment. I will be happy to help you guys out. Take care... Allison says hi. lol
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Submitted on
November 11, 2012
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Shutter Speed
1/13 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 25, 2012, 11:58:46 PM
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