This is just amazing – Afternoon KC, the Japanese publisher for Samura Hiroaki’s Blade Of The Immortal manga has just released what is apparently the first ever video of the artist at work.
The 3 minute long video shows Samura-san drawing a piece for the character Manji, and although much of it is fast forwarded through it still gives us a fantastic insight into the elusive artist’s superb technique.
A long time back I was chastised by my art teacher back in school for sketching with a mechanical pencil, because it doesn’t give one the broad expressiveness of a standard graphite core pencil – but I feel a little consoled now seeing Samura-san doing the same. ( although he does switch to those when he starts rendering work. )
I also noticed that Samura-san is working on an A3 “canvas” size – does anyone know if this the the manga standard size for originals ? ( At least for the 18.5 x 12.5cm tankobon comics ) During my visit to the Otomo Genga Exhibition, I noticed that the Akira manga originals are B4 size – but Akira was released on a much bigger format, of course.