Navarro Ninja

So I was having dinner with my pal, the uber-talented Rafael Navarro, and we were musing on what a ninja would look like if drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby. He whipped this off on a napkin, and seeing as I was footing the bill, I swiped it for myself!

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Love those Kirby-esque square fingers!

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This inspired Raf to spend a night rendering some better-realized shinobi more in his own style in a proper sketchbook, and here they are — A VINTAGE NINJA EXCLUSIVE!

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Watercolor brush pens and a rough-tooth paper stock make for some beautifully expressive lines here. Love these, but I especially adore this dynamic dropping sequence ending in the requisite 3-point landing!

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Raf has been a go-to illustrator for me for seemingly forever. A few years back I collected ten years of Mexican wrestler art he did for my magazine and books over at FPU in a nifty tome called Lucha Noir: The Complete Rafael Navarro in From Parts Unknown.

Score a copy here.

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Posted in Art and Advertising 1 year, 6 months ago at 9:38 pm.

4 comments

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  1. Kevin Apr 6th 2013

    Awesome! Napkin sketches are always the best sketches.

  2. Redmao Apr 8th 2013

    That’s some awesome art.
    The action sequence is amazing.

  3. andrew Apr 8th 2013

    the flip is awesome

  4. Outstanding work.


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