Originally posted June 2nd 2014
Hello in this blog I am going to go into the story behind one of my most recent linocut prints, The Revolutionary Soldier
If you know me pretty well, I am a huge fan of the anime/manga series One Piece and it’s creator Eiichiro Oda. As a fan I wanted to do a print inspired by work so I looked through the manga I read and the figures I got and came across my name figure (pictured), as I’ve done a few soldier prints before this figure caught my attention.
So I draw a few ideas into my notebook (pictured) there was something about the helmet I loved that I had to draw it in. I am a bit picky when it comes to faces and ideas as there is many ways of drawing a face so I went with something simple like so. The hair got inspired by the hair the figure had.
Next came the body, when it came to the armour I got inspired by a small terracotta warrior statue that I have at my desk, the pattern really caught my attention.
As you can see in the picture I originally thought of calling this, Yonko’s Messsenger but in the end decided to call it The Revolutionary Soldier. The name like the idea behind the print was inspired by One Piece 😊
Finally came the background, I didn’t want a plain background so thought I be different with this lino & thought of a zig-zag pattern which helps the soldier stand out.