Friday, June 6, 2008

Drawing from "The Art of Usagi Yojimbo"


A few years ago, I had the great pleasure and honor of being asked to contribute to "The Art of Usagi Yojimbo", a REALLY nice hardcover art book all about my friend Stan Sakai's character and comic book, "Usagi Yojimbo". They didn't have to ask me twice!

I had a lot of fun drawing this piece. I wanted to include the Turtles somehow, but not obtrusively -- I mean, this was "The Art of Usagi Yojimbo", not "The Art of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", after all. So I figured out a way to do that, and I think it worked out okay.

While at Anthrocon in 2005, I gave the original to Stan. I'm glad he liked it! -- PL

11 comments:

  1. Just another example of your amazing art. Please pencil an issue of Tales or Volume 4. I miss your art in the comics so much.

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  2. So when do we get that "The Art of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" book? Stan needs to return the favor, after all. ;)

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  3. Very nice! I love Usagi, it's my sencond favorite comic book (after TMNT of course) :D

    The episodes where Usagi appears in de new TMNT show are my favorite episodes. Too bad he won't be appearing in fast forward as Space Usagi. Is there a chance he'll be in Back to the Sewers?

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  4. -->> O F - - - ~~~ ** !!

    you it be out of the question also to ask Stan back as well for a one shot or summin' ??

    >v<

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  5. It certainly was a clever way of including the Turtles.

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  6. Usagi: "These statues look familiar...."

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  7. Thank you for the art--for the contribution to the book, and for giving me the original.

    That is a beautiful book. Dark Horse really did it right. My favorite section is the gallery of Usagi art by other creators. I enjoy seeing other artists take on my characters.

    I have been posting some of these non-sakai Usagi drawings on my own journal. I have one that you did when we first met way back at the 1985 San Diego Con.

    http://usagiguy.livejournal.com/

    Cheers,
    Stan Sakai

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  8. "usagiguy said...
    Thank you for the art--for the contribution to the book, and for giving me the original.

    That is a beautiful book. Dark Horse really did it right. My favorite section is the gallery of Usagi art by other creators. I enjoy seeing other artists take on my characters.

    I have been posting some of these non-sakai Usagi drawings on my own journal. I have one that you did when we first met way back at the 1985 San Diego Con.

    http://usagiguy.livejournal.com/

    Cheers,
    Stan Sakai"

    Hey, Stan! Thanks for coming to my blog. I did see that drawing you mentioned, the one I had done in your sketchbook way back when -- I'd completely forgotten it! It was a real "blast from the past", as it took me back to a time when I was transitioning from drawing the Turtles the way Kevin and I originally drew them to the way I draw them now. -- PL

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  9. -->> ..takin' this as a sign.

    Miyamoto U.,Gen, and The Turtes really need to get back together.

    It's been too long.

    >v<

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