You can click on the images to see larger versions of them. Aren't these beautiful? There is so much movement and grace in these images! If you look to the one on the right, you will see what I have been telling you. From far away you can see the abstraction of the image, the white against the black, but as you look closely you can see the strong, elegant physique of the Vampire Hunter D bursting from the lights and darks, lines and shapes. I love this! He is able to show the mood, convey the personality of the character, as well as display the action all in the application of his lines! I would ask my readers, if you are interested, can you guess what sort of character the hunter is just by these images?
Anyway, so, all of this inspired me to create a series of sketches where I really explored these ideas. Amano has already been an influence on my graphic novel, and I foresee he will continually be a big influence as I go along.
The series is of Elijah, but from 1 Kings 19:9-18. It is where Elijah, after running for his life (he just slaughtered the king and queen's prophets!), goes to talk and plead with the Lord. The Lord tells Elijah to stand on the mount and there Elijah waits to hear from Him. As he waits, a strong powerful wind, an earthquake, and a fire come, but Scripture says the Lord was not in any of them. Finally, a low whisper is heard and it is only then Elijah enters the cave and meets with His God. I love the way the Lord works and as I was discussing about Amano's work, I chose to represent the power of these circumstances by my lines, composition, and really pushing my forms. I also tried to do them quickly, as quickly as I could push myself, and tried not to do too much revision or correcting. I wanted to show the power and might of the Lord who creates winds, fires, and quakes, but chooses to come to us in quiet stillness; and if I did it correctly, the images speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy these!