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GHOST IN THE SHELL by chesterocampo GHOST IN THE SHELL by chesterocampo
a tribute to one of my most influential artists-cum-idols, shirow masamune.

this is my rendition of major motoko kusanagi, protagonist of shirow masamune's seminal graphic novel, Ghost in the Shell.

it's almost ten years to the day since I read an article in Wizard Magazine about the rising influence of manga in american mainstream comics. in that article were colored pieces from shirow masamune's Intron Depot artbook. in a time when photoshop was hardly as popular an artistic tool as it is now, masamune's color work was by far superior to his contemporaries... and he drew his artworks with WATER-BASED ACRYLICS!

you can say that i pursued self-studying how to color because of shirow masamune's work. talk about influence, man!

anyway, i hope i do the major some justice with this one. :)

pscs2 with a wacom intuos and intuos 3 (worked on it at home AND at work -- yeah, i was into it that much!), around 12 hours spread over a few days. :D


EDIT: Sorry for the re-post, but i just wanted you guys to know (and since a lot of you have requested these), there are wallpaper versions of this deviation in my scraps section.

1280 x 1024 resolution >> [link]


1024 x 768 resolution >> [link]

i disabled the comments on those as they're merely resized versions of this one. :)

to everyone who's commented, added this to their favorites, or even just viewed it, a big THANK YOU.

i :heart: you all!
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KaineNier Nov 17, 2012   General Artist
Love the manga, the anime,the tv series...and this wonderful picture:D
Great piece of work, as I absolutely LOVE the Major. I think she is Shirow Masamune's best work. For those who have never seen GitS, you really need to watch it. It's one of those series that you can watch more then once and see new stuff or catch subtle clues you missed earlier.
Très belle version
Willstone Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my all time favorite drawings.
Ah, nothing is greater than GitS.
Lokix2501 Sep 21, 2010  Student General Artist
I freaking love GITS.... Great job!
I love his work and you have done him justice!
Your lighting and details are great (especially the hi-lights on her back)and I like the way you've added your own style to her face.
Awesome work of art. Fantastic job.
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