Original is oil on canvas board

It was commissioned by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) for their CCG “Legend of the 5 Rings”. They wanted to feature a katana, that was the original working title of the card, and that was pretty much it. But no, I couldn’t be satisfied with just painting a static picture of a sword, they must have already had enough of those. I thought it would be better to show a little action and a heroic guy drawing it and running off to do some good deed. Eh, I think it went over well and it turns out that they even gave the card a more dramatic title. “Soul of the samurai” is still a reference to a samurai’s katana, but it sounds more poetic.

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Soul of the Samurai

Model for painting: Edwin Huang