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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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BRAINARD--DESIGN Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice work!
EA-Galen Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I guess Ghost in the Shell has led to the most fantastic fan works among all the animations.
nicely done!
orabich Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]

:points: [link]
Ispok8 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
really cool
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Good job ![link]
xxxecil Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I want to hold funimation hostage and force them to produce more Stand-Alone-Complex.
PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   General Artist
Love the manga, the anime,the tv series...and this wonderful picture:D
darionovoa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
The 1280 x 1024 version link is broken :(
Anyways Awesome job.
drgnlrd Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
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.
THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Très belle version
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