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Amazing Japanese paintings of Nintendo characters

5/31/12 12:00pm

Editor's Note: These prints come from artist Jed Henry and if you like his work, head over to Ukiyo-e Heroes on Facebook and let him know you like them on his wall. I also put those into a gallery. The Samus Painting was previously featured in a post of Caption This!

Are you familiar with the Japanese woodblock prints style Ukiyo-e? Me neither. However, what if I told you that it's featuring Mario Mario and some of your beloved characters? See, now we are talking! Although it results in a really funny looking drawing, the process of this old art (dating back to the 17th century) isn't an easy task, which consist of drawing on a transparent papers first, then it copied on the Japanese cherry tree plates (sakura). Then it been carefully carved by a skillful craftsmen, then at last printed on papers.

The word itself means the floating world which suppose to resemble the change in the nature and modes in the life (oh I see). The golden age of this art was at (1603 - 1868) in what called the period of Edo (known now as Tokyo) where it used in trade, calenders, post cards, commercials, restaurants, tea rooms, (you know what), and my favorite Kabuki.

It's worth mentioning that this tradition had influence in some other places outside the land of the rising sun, especially in France when it helped to propagate the Japonisme movement there. This style inspired many of big names like Van Gogh and Monet, and yes our beloved Amaterasu from Okami is a prime work of using Ukiyo-e style with brush and water coloring.

I am just saying they already made Zelda games in almost every way and this one here is not anywhere near the worst look of Link. 

By far my favorite, I don't know but there is something about those tattoos and the bad-ass eyes just make the fix to me. 

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