The samurai class produced many great warriors, but few of these warriors were female -- or more specifically, few women were mentioned as historical figures. As it turns out, the wives of samurai and female samurai were expected to be educated enough to handle the affairs of the household when their husbands were away...this even included defending the home.
Women of the samurai class were often associated with the naginata -- using their grace and dexterity to dispatch an opponent (often male) at a safe distance and prepare for the next.
Needless to say, practice was a necessity...
So at long last, this is the finished piece.
It took forever and I was forced to use the Windows Vista system.
Don't get me wrong, it works, but XP never had this many problems with the graphics tablet.
This piece was originally supposed to be done for the Anthro weekly contest, but between work and the main computer going down, I couldn't finish it in time. At least I did
WIP, Part 1: [here]
WIP, Part 2: [here]Edit
: Because I've been ribbed for this, female samurai did exist in fuedal Japan. To date, I have only found significant records on a handful of women skilled with naginata -- Hangaku Gozen (Itagaki), Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko.
My search continues for more...
: 0.9mm mechanical pencil, Photoshop CS2Drawing Time
: 30 minutesCG Time
: 60+ hours