I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but I am a big Martial Arts movie fan. More specifically Hong Kong Kung Fu movies from the 80s and 90s. Jackie Chan movies being my favorites. So I wanted to try out making an homage poster like artwork. Now one of the other things I really love is the original Dragon Ball (when he was a kid, I say this because people think I mean Dragon Ball Z which was just ok). I want to talk about these two loves of mine a bit more, but I will have to wait on that because I am planning on covering these topics on future videos.
With that out of the way Inspiration came from the gag character Jacky Chun and my love for old Hong Kong films. I chose one of the first movies where sparks of what Jackie Chan would later present to the world, Drunken Master. A 1978 classic Martial Arts film. And since Dragon Ball has many martial arts influences including Drunken Master it would fit perfectly.
There are many poster variations but I ended up picking this one (which I feel might be the original poster).
I really like these old posters where they hand paint them and have really interesting themes and expressions.
This is the rough draft that I originally made while at an anime convention.
These two are the basis of what I am working with, and next is the process. First are the pictures I took with my phone.
I used Copic Markers for coloring by the way.
The title of the movie poster is done with a brush, so I wanted to do it traditonally. I measured the center and spaced out three spaces for the characters.
I also tried to emulate brush strokes for the characters.
And now some scans of the process.
After painting on the title I was contemplating painting on the rest of the text. And well, I tried but soon realized to instead do it digitally.
I decided to make the text digitally because it would be alot cleaner, the text would be level and wouldn’t be crooked. On top of that, I was trying to have it ready for Nan Desu Kan.
Here is the original poster again:
And here is my finished version:
I tried to emulate as close as I could all the text around the poster (as well as the background texture), I don’t know Chinese (though I did study a bit of it for a semester once, I obviously am nowhere near at the level where I can say I know a little or any really, just a couple of words and phrases) so I had to guess what each sections of the text would mean. For some of them I just added whatever I thought I could cram with references to me and my work.
Here is what each of the characters I typed means (I used Google translate to come up with the characters so it most likely has a lot of typos and misspelled words and phrases):
That concludes the process for this Dragon Ball piece. Hope you enjoyed it and that it helped you on your art journey if even a little.
Hasta la proxima,