kata art

I’ve been playing around with some Discworld cover/poster ideas, and this is what emerged for Guards! Guards!

I expect I’ll play around with it some more, but I rather like this flat, limited-pallete look as it is. I’ve been drooling over the cover art of Matt Taylor lately and that no doubt had an influence - though obviously (?) the primary reference is 40s noir posters.

One thing I would like to look at is the dragon. I like it but it’s derived from a stock image and I don’t like to use anything not wholly generated by myself in work I call my own.

If I had time and access to Flash at the mo I’d make an animated gif out of this. Maybe one day I’ll get round to it…

Yes, forms.

The key to make forms work better for you is to have your mind in it.

That’s why shadow boxing works so well, we already think of it as a fight, when it comes to forms we only think of it as a choreography that we have to memorize.

You can make your forms work for you if you focus on completing the technique to it’s best most powerful version in “fight mode.” Your forms will do wonders for your training if you practice them with fighting intent, instead of just getting through it to the end.


Geraldo De Paula by Geraldo De Paula
Via Flickr:
Campeonato Mundial de Karate Cadete e Junior | 2013 | Espanha

I hope I’ll get time to create something specially for the week of creativity we’re having in honour of Pterry but in the meantime, here’s recent work I haven’t posted before.

You might remember I posted a cover design idea I worked up for Equal Rites a few weeks ago. Before I did that digital version I had a go at a collage/paint illustration of the idea, which came out like this.