By: NORIYUKI YAMAGUCHI (ARTPRESTO)
The reason I chose Zoro this time is very clear. Since it’s a world competition, I wanted to sculpt something that felt distinctly Japanese.
Before getting into posing and all that, I did a lot of research into wielding the Katana.
No swordsman in history has ever held three long Katana’s at once, to my knowledge, but I wanted to bring reality to this anime character.
I also wanted to feature a Japanese style of sculpting, so I studied Katsushika Hokusai’s ukiyoe (woodblock carvings used to print art and paint),
and incorporate elements from his works, like the outlines of a kimono, into this figure.