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January 14, 2011
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Vindicator by MissNysha Vindicator by MissNysha
Edit 2: Check out the PSD of his face! [link]

Edit: WHOA.....where did the DD come from?! @.@ Did not expect that! Thanks so much! 8D


Do not use for anything else or alter it in any way without my permission.
If you want to share the image, it must be intact (no cropping the signature) and with full credits linking back to this deviation or my profile.

Find this (and the bloodless versions) at Anime Paper [link] Minitokyo [link] and Brokentone [link] (Brokentone has alternative resolutions besides HD)



…Yes, Nysha has walled a bishie!

And for those who already knew I was working on this, it’s finally done! D:

So I had two main goals before this project: I wanted to wall a bishie (way too many girls in my gallery), and I wanted to wall bamboo (because I love bamboo!). And I didn’t want to wall just any bishie – I prefer the more serious and badass ones lol.

And thus Yone Kazuki’s fabulous artwork of Saito was the perfect match for what I wanted to do. I really like her official artwork, and Saito is my fav character design of hers. :D

Character scan:

The basic idea of the wall’s scene is that Saito is getting ready to defend/fight against an antagonist in the middle of a bamboo forest. Expect a super showdown with bamboos hacked over and everything. The extra blood is for those certain fangirls who like that. >D A “clean” version without any blood is also available (on Brokentone, AnimePaper and Minitokyo)

Everything was painted via vector masks like how I usually do. And 100% Photoshop with my Wacom Intuos 3 tablet. The background was made from scratch, while I used some various bamboo reference photos I took during my Japan trip to get the basic perspective. Some details of the original scan were either incorrect (the directions of the string’s braid) or too dark to make out (the sword’s handle), and I had to reference some tsuka-maki images [link] to see how the handle is wrapped.

Check out the progress pic! [link]

And also a gif animation showing the steps from each day I worked on this: [link]

And for those who wondered how, here’s the hair tutorial: [link]

The hardest part was actually starting this and deciding on a final crop to use. @.@ I first had a much closer/portrait crop, but I felt more of his body needed to be seen, especially the lower hand, because without it the string he’s pulling looks very awkward. XD

Basic stats:
Time taken: in 16 sittings, about 4-6 hours each time, over the course of about 2 months (I was busy with other RL stuff), so roughly 80 hours total, more or less.
Layers: about 400
Psd size: 292mb at 2844x1600px

Get the 16:10 and standard resolutions at Brokentone! [link]

Special thanks to Deto, alenas, Kitten, and ashlie for your continual support/suggestions on msn. :3

Enjoy! Just no stealing or removing my sig, or I’ll hunt you down just like him. D<


Saitou Hajime of Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan (c) Yone Kazuki
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Given 2011-02-12
Vindicator by ~MissNysha The suggester says: "I have been anxiously awaiting the full picture since MissNysha's amazing (and extremely helpful) vectoring tutorial came to be, and was KNOCKED OFF MY SEAT when I saw this! Every little detail, flawless. It is beyond remarkable! Truly the Vindicator of vectors." ( Suggested by Alyvia-Write and Featured by alexandrasalas )
RiLeq Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is awesome . i like this.
MidoriAoki Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bloody and awesome!
BladeWithin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS AMAZING!!~WELL DONE DEAR!!~So realistic features!!~ >W<
Sanjunin49 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a excellent Rohin illustration, showing emotion and focus. The blood adds realism to the picture and seriousness. The bamboo is the proper background for this sort of picture and does not distract from the central character.
MissNysha Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :)
WildwSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
SO awsome! O_O
juria-chan10 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Oh my .... *//* Now my life's complete!
MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
^________^ Thanks!
juria-chan10 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
You're welcome ((: x
Ichigo-Kitora Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
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