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I am making a manga, and this is the first character I am developing. His name is Kojisai Taisu. (Ko-Chan) If you want to see more of this character, this picture is part of a sequence of pictures featuring him. Feel free to use the link below to see more. This is the most recent in the series, but there will be a few more coming.

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I decided that I needed to draw him in his Tiger Kai form, cause I haven't in a while and I realized I hadn't even colored him that way yet. So I did. That's pretty much all there is to it.

the story that goes with this

Ryu walked into the empty Dojo with a look of annoyance on his face. If the stupid kitten wanted to play tough, he was game. He secretly told himself that he would have to go easy on the kid, as obviously he had no clue what he was getting himself into. Kojisai was humming a child's play song to himself and each step he took had a little bit of a bounce. It infuriated Ryu to no end. This distraction was costing him precious time. "Alright, if there is no other way to get it through to you, then fine. It won't be my fault when you get hurt kid." He glared his hardest and most frightening glare. It was met with an innocent smile.

"Fair enough" Kojisai chirruped. Then the smile faded and he looked seriously at Ryu. "But remember the condition. If you loose, you'll allow me to travel with you. You'll stop trying to give me the slip, and you'll stop trying to chase me off with talk of doom and what-not."

"Right" Ryu was a little fazed by the change in demeanor. "the condition, if you loose, then you'll leave me be. I don't need any help, and I sure as Dragon''s Fire don't need YOUR protection." He got into position, and drew the blade slowly. A katana would do today. If not, he had several other weapons... hidden from sight. That annoying kitten won't know what hit him.

Kojisai also got into position. His stance was a defensive stance, but his eyes had the look of someone ready to attack. Something menacing lurked behind them. Then he grinned. "It has been a while. I could use some practice. I hope you don't mind."

"Arrogant." Ryu spat. But before he could say more, there was a sudden shift in the air around him. Things seemed to be closing in all around, and then expanding. There was no wind, the light didn't shift, yet something... then he saw it.

"You are indeed." Kojisai agreed. "Very arrogant." His tail twitched playfully, and his ears lowered. Ryu took a step back in shock. Somehow, this annoying kitten of a boy turned into a tiger. Orange and black stripes, Keen ears, swishing tail, glowing eyes, and sharp teeth... Ryu wondered if there were retractable claws in there as well. "I'm ready when you are." It was a challenge, and yet the words came out as a purr. He seemed amused by Ryu's reaction.

"Fine." It doesn't' matter one way or another. I'll still beat him down. He told himself this, but his hands were shaking.

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And so they fought...
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WanderingDragon379 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work! Ah, manga writer/artist, eh? Same here.^^ If there is anything I've seen in your art so far that I haven't gotten at least decent at, apart from full image perspective, is making the shadows and folds in the clothing look correct. How in the world are you doing that?! I'm sure there are some poses, like this, that you couldn't do in front of a looking glass.
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well the trick is to have a strong understanding of fabric and how it behaves as well as an understanding of light. I have a very old how to on this... since it is old, it isn't the best, but I think it might help a little.
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DarkBattousai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
Your style is awsome! Your very good at putting your characters in different positions. I'm horrible that that! >_<
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I try. In fact, I drew this picture so that I could practice doing just that. ^__^
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DarkBattousai Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
^_^ Practice is always good! :thumbsup:
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
^__^
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Kheine Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Yoo sweeeeeet
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you vary much. ^__^
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shel1317 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Awesome pose.
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
And once more, thank you. ^__^ I had fun drawing that pose.
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fukaimoriMidori Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
There's nothing for me to say.
Except it's fantastic. Keep it up. :D
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
:glomp:
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soliary25 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Holy cow! Love the details!
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_______^
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Silver-Strife-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Wow sensei!!! :XD: This is so cool!!! It's a really smooth flowing movement!! The clothes look really natural as they fly up like that. ^^ I like that he's dodging some kunai, though the kunai themselves look more like shurikens...^^; The pose and angle of his body is phenominal!! :clap: The folds of the clothes are really one of the best details of the whole thing!! I like that youkept the dojo bg. Simple and clean and with bamboo bars!! the light really falls well on him!! ^^ Cat eyes!! :heart: So cool!! But...his hand doesn't look right on the ground....it doesn't really seem to be touching it for some reason...Oh!! The katana's handle!! The blue cloth wrapped around it!! I can actually see folds there too!! Awesome fine detail!! :clap:
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you for all that. ^__^ They aren't exactly kunai or shuriken... sort of a blend of the two. I donno, I just thought they looked cool that way... and since it is a fantasy... making up and blending weapons can be OK. :laughing: As for the hand... I wanted to give the feeling like it isn't quite touching... you know like the moment before really connecting, cause I didn't want him too grounded to add to the feeling of movement in the overall piece. I don't know if it helped with that or not, but that was my reasoning. Oh, and thanx again. :hug:
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Domisonic Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
Wow, this is really good! Keep it up :D
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much.
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ArkkiError Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice colors, light, shadows...8D just all. the eyes especially <3
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
I wanted them to stand out. Thank yuou
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Kyaara Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!! you did a fantastic job!! it's amazing! i love it!!
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you vary much. ^__^
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Kyaara Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcomed ^^
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Godsspiker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
Ahh!! Its a tiger tail! :3... its sooo cute.... *dies from cutness OD...*
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yep. A tiger tail. It's cute... he takes himself seriously and hates it anytime the word cute ... or Chan for that matter ... is used in a sentence describing anything about him. It is a source of much turmoil in his life. :laughing:
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Godsspiker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
:lmao: he he he.... *pokes Ko-CHAN's ego*
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ko-Chan: * :poke: 's you back. *
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happyloveygirl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
awesome job. I especially like his pose (seems hard to draw) and the colors you choose. :D
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you. It wasn't that hard to draw. which is strange. XD
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happyloveygirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Your welcome. :D
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The-Vampire-Danchan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Nice final product. I like the lighting ^-^
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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Yvee-chan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing! The effects of motion is perfect! You are very talented. ^_^
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you vary much. ^__^ Glad you like it
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iamnotinsane Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
omg he has a tail??

I didn't notice before.

HE HAS A TAIL.

And he will be :poke:d accordingly
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah. the tail doesn't show up much cause it is in back and all... and it only shows up when he changes form.

Ko-Chan :poke: s you back. =^__^= and says, "just don't pull my tail."
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Luna-Lilium Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ITS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Oxo
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yep. Kitty! =^__^= Thank you.
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Luna-Lilium Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
sorrwie I sound like an idiot
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
:laughing: no you don't. Lots of people respond that way. It is normal.
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Luna-Lilium Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
OKAY THEN!!!!*Smiles*
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
^^
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Starstoryteller Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
So hes part tiger?
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Part forest guardian, who has an affinity to tigers... basically. Yes.
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Starstoryteller Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
I like the part where he purrs. X3
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:iconmanic-goose:
manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
^__^ Thank you. I am glad you read that.
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scarlet-scavengers Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Student Digital Artist
^^; hehe i knew something was missing *didnt even realize it wasnt finished at first* im really jealous of the background too, youre so good at that ^^
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you vary much. ^__^
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scarlet-scavengers Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Student Digital Artist
O.O i love the finished one even more ^^ :+fav:
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manic-goose Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
^__^ I should hope so. :laughing: Thank you.
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