A few months ago (isn’t time flying!) I drew a sketch I called Kensei. I did it just as an excuse to start a painting exercise and as part of a little study I have been doing about cyberpunk. I have been working on this digital illustration by bits on my spare time and I think it is time to move on. You can find the original post here.

I haven’t timed myself so I’m not sure how long this has taken me. But I took screenshots of different stages of the illustration process I’m thinking to post later on.

The idea behind the illustration was to portray a big fight of one against many, in this case a lone wolf against a myriad of corporate cyborgs. The word kensei means sword saint in japanese. And if you pay attention to the weapons involved you’ll find that the main character is wielding a katana while the other girls are wielding a ninjato. So this is a classic samurai versus ninja scenario.

If you’re wondering about the colours, or apparent lack of them, I wanted a cold, metallic mood with just flashes of colour. The monotone felt right and is akin to my ball-point pen drawings. Overall I’m quite happy with the result though there is a lot of room for improvement. If I was to draw it all again I’d definitely choose a more dynamic pose for the main character for starters. 🙂

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*If you are wondering about what does Ki-Ken-Tai No Ichi means, it literally means spirit-sword-body as one. It is something my old Kendo Sensei used to say to us when practising – encouraging us to achieve that.


Manuel Mesones is a Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator. Running away from the sun, he moved to Yorkshire, England, over a decade ago. His weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen but he is also very keen on digital illustration.

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