Don’t you see? A real sword will kill you.

Another ink sketch on my travelling Moleskine. This is my favourite scene on any martial arts films. It is from Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai – 1954) by Akira Kurosawa. The duel Kyuzo (left) felt forced to fight against an unknown ronin.

Kyuzo’s demeanour reminds me a lot of my old Kendo senpai. I remember reading that the actor, Seiji Miyaguchi, had little to not training at the time of the film. Hard to believe.


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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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