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Kurenaino Kyojin by JohnSu Kurenaino Kyojin by JohnSu
Title: 紅の巨人 - Crimson Giant
Subtitle: "Kappa no senaka ni tobidasuno kinoko motteiru kyojin" - "The Mushroom Wielding Giant who Jumps on the Kappa's Back"

A.K.A: Yamato Mario.

I made this mostly because I was getting upset with my inability to make aesthetic strokes on my tablet. The temporary solution, therefore, was to draw something grotesque where if the lines were slightly off it would work well with the picture.

The inspiration behind this was probably Osamu Tezuka's Saruta (You gotta love that nose). Plus, I wanted to picture what kind of character Mario would have been if his modern incarnation had roots in Japan of old (though strangely not Italy). Yet he looks more like a djinn than anything else, doesn't he?



Hooray for brown nipples!

Made in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
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:iconvictorian-lover:
Victorian-Lover Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MAN BOOBS!!!!!!!!!!! Haha! Poor Kappa.
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Ego-Kronos Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
who else thought of mario when they saw this? they have da mushroom, they have the red clothes (partially missing), the turtle. although i must say mario does look pretty disturbing 0.0
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:icon0choe:
0choe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
DIE KAPPA!
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:iconkausv:
kausv Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome Art!! Super Mario + Old ink japanes paintings = This!!

Hey dude, I have some questions...
-Why his A.K.A. is "Yamato Mario, what means "Yamato? I don't know japanesse, but it's interesting! :D
-And another question... How do you say (or write) "dwarf and giant" in Japanese (romaji)?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yamato (倭) can be translated as:
1: Yamato; ancient province corresponding to modern-day Nara Prefecture;
2: (ancient) Japan; (Noun or verb acting prenominally)
3: Japanese

dwarf and giant = kobito to kyojin
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:iconkausv:
kausv Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
oh thanks! :D
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:iconwerepantherwarroir:
werepantherwarroir Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
chesticles
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:iconamrasfelagund:
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
That would be an... interesting character to have seen in Okami!
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:iconvacanal:
VACANAL Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Nice work remind me some old ink japanes paintings.
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:iconkazoyi:
Kazoyi Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Why can't he actually look like that? *sigh*
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:icondjalexkidd:
DJAlexKidd Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
This picture is so great, I've once used it as my wallpaper.
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:iconmoonkinrage:
MoonkinRage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is pretty amazing... :nod:

Also, I love the expression on the kappa's face. It looks feared. :D
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:iconket-shi:
Ket-Shi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, I found the source image for this (as it's been passed around the internet)! I've always loved it as a fun re-imagining of Mario.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ooo, I'm glad to hear it's been making its rounds!
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:iconspidermiranda:
spiderMiranda Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
:rofl:
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:iconspidermiranda:
spiderMiranda Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
literally
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:iconamurutimate:
Amurutimate Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
What the...
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:iconxylish:
Xylish Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
LOL that makes too much sense!
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:iconrafaellam:
rafaellam Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Huahuahahaah! Awesome!!!
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:iconbitchwolf:
bitchwolf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
This. Is at least seven kinds of awesome.
That's a really creative take, and really gives off the feel of a Yamato ink drawing :XD: Really, I both giggle and go "ooh" because hey, it's funny, those drawings often were, too - but it's also nailing the style pretty damn well.
...why I never thought of the koopas' similarities with kappa is completely beyond me.
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:iconsamantai:
Samantai Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Praise the heavens he's based of italians.
Nice work really, but he scares me a bit. :D
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:iconsapere-yibril:
sapere-yibril Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Great work
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:iconthemasterofgore:
Themasterofgore Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHA
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:iconteamaquasuicune:
TeamAquaSuicune Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ffffff- My brain just got fried. XD

I love this. :heart:
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:iconezkexis:
ezkexis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I love the line strokes. I've found some troubles myself trying to get neat lines with the tablet, it's hard work. "Grotesque" linework has a more visceral nature, it's instinctive, and has a lot to tell us =) :+fav:
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:iconbrettdagirl:
Brettdagirl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe I didn't get it at first >_<
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:iconredds:
Redds Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Will he become a fire-breathing demon if he eats a flashing orange mushroom?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yes
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:iconaerisdermetzgermeist:
AerisDerMetzgermeist Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
lol brown nipples
:D
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Atomic-Bubblegum Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
that's hot.
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:iconthemetalmonkey:
themetalmonkey Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
Pure Awesomeness!
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:iconmilesmagnificent:
Milesmagnificent Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Oh my.
Shit just got real.
And such. Fave'd.
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:iconblacknastopian:
BlackNastopian Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008   General Artist
Mario?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Aye, Mario.
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:iconblacknastopian:
BlackNastopian Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008   General Artist
:D
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evilfujiarmu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Indescribably hilarious.
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:iconbandanastan:
BandanaStan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
Oh man...This just made my day!

Here's a fav and a watch for you!
:iconimhappyplz:
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:iconsakura872:
Sakura872 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Poor Kappa. Some half-naked fat man is breaking his spine while holding nasty fungus.
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:iconsakura872:
Sakura872 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Wait a sec- is that a half-naked Mario?! I just read the artist's comments, it is!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now this is truly awesome. How you could ever come up with an idea like this is beyond me. However the outcome is fantastic! Props for managing to reproduce the sumi-e style so well :+fav:
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, this is hilarious! This definitely would be how Mario would have looked if created back in those days ...
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:iconhotpopcorn:
hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
is this a joke or what ? don't tell me mario was inpisred by yokai
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
1.) Yes, it's a joke.
2.) No, I seriously doubt he was.
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:iconhotpopcorn:
hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
oh ok lol
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:iconxxyoshima-kunxx:
xXyoshima-kunXx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
mario?
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:iconumbbe:
umbbe Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Princess Peach is somewhere around!
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:iconmeggieport:
Meggieport Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Student General Artist
I bet his nose weighs a third of his body weight! XD
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Mjonir001 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
Oh
My
F*@$ing
god.
that is so very awesome.
so very awesome that I will favorite it.
*click.*
now I will actually click it, instead of making little sound effects in asterisks.
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tsukinoyagami Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Professional Filmographer
this is so awesome! It had me laughing so hard
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:iconmylaundrystinks:
MyLaundryStinks Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is the Mario whom, after consuming the mushroom, finds himself still hungry--and comes after your brain.
Creepy!
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