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Furinkazan by SinistrosePhosphate Furinkazan by SinistrosePhosphate
Well, 30,000 hits have come and gone and no one picked up the kiriban. 
It means I get to do something fun for myself and share with the rest of you. 

I've been meaning to finish this piece for... years. When I saw the source material, I promised myself that I'd do something with it. It's a powerful image that spoke to me on many levels. Besides, if you've known me for a while... you might know that I was a big fan of the "neo-Japaneseque" J-rock band Kagrra, (yes, the comma is part of the name.) They finished their last tour on March 3rd, 2011; their lead singer tragically passed away at a young age soon after. More of a reason to get off my butt and get this done, really. 

So... for the many reasons above, why don't you share this moment with me?

Artist's note: 
1. Pattern credit: The incomparable Fukaya Yuichiro, for the equally incomparable Kagrra,. More information here:
2. Equipment: Cutting board, artisan cutting blade (#11)
3. Paper: Black lines - Recollections Card Stock by Michael's Inc. (65lbs/176gsm)
            Various origami paper (40lbs/60gsm)
            Various hand-made natural papers (various weights)
            Various chiyogami/Yuzen (various weights)
4. Size: Each panel is 3" x 5" (but you can still see the ruler)
5. Time: 40-45hrs 
6. Title credit: "Furinkazan" is the battle banner used by the Sengoku period daimyo Takeda Shingen, paraphrasing Sun Tsu's "Art of War".…. The character featured on the back piece is a Buddhist deity known as Fudo Myo-o in Japan and Acala in India; he is known as the leader of the "Wisdom Kings".

A big thanks to the local independently-owned art store "The Urchin" for the wonderful and inspiring paper collection. And thanks for all the help!

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GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I like your approach for this piece, it's well executed.
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a million, buddy!
I was trying something new and didn't know how this would turn out. But if you think it turned out alright, that means something to me. I'm planning on doing something like this again at some point in the future. Wish me luck! 
GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool then,I'll look out for it.
Again,you did a good job.
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a million! 
I'll do my best.
shebatortle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I dunno, I think I can see the face of the tatoo rather better without the color, to appreciate the detail... but the one with color is so gorgeous... I don't think I could choose :)
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really couldn't decide, myself. That's why I have both put side-by-side to give people the choice. 
The one with layers really wins from the yuzen papers' gorgeous colours and it gives the usually flat papercut a certain level of depth. But... hey, I hear you, I couldn't make that decision. But I'm very glad to hear that you liked both! ;)
aerockyul Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the color details!
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, my friend! 
I was hoping you would say that, actually. I think you came up with the idea first between the two of us. 

Thanks for adding it to your list of favourites, too. I appreciate it!
aerockyul Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tattoos don't look as cool in papercutting as they do with some color.  Really makes the image pop, as yours most certainly does!
SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right. Tattoos don't nearly show up quite as well in paper cuts. That's why I decided to bring in colours this time. It was a bit of an experiment. But I am glad to know you think it worked out. 

... thanks!
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