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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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gkb3rk Jan 12, 2009  Student Filmographer
İ can only say wow
WOW!!! This is a masterpiece! Very nice!
ChaosFay Jul 31, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Major Kusanagi is one of my favorite all time characters. I love how dynamic she is as a character and leaves you hanging on her every word. The way she's drawn in this piece is quite beautiful and must kiss you for this ~kiss on the cheek~ Beautiful work. Thank you!
Obscure-Dragon Jul 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really well done!!!
In the words of Quagmire. "Oh God!" I must make this a favorite, it's so beautiful!
KainStormwolf Jun 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice. I haven't read any of the manga but I own both movies and both Stand Alone Complex seasons. I love cyberpunk, and this is the best out there. :love:
I was a huge fan of his work as I am today! He inspire me to draw great as I do now :3 you did such a awesome job on her
Love it.
Totally nice. Cool Motoko? and the Holo-screens are specially "realistic" and well done.
Masamune is THE DUDE! He a great painter
A very beatifull one!!
I love shirow too, buth I preffer to keep his style by himself!!
his influence on my it`s intelectual...
But, you do it very well!!
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