Here’s a glimpse at an onna-bugeisha (female samurai) illustration I began yesterday. Once again I’m faced with the problem when illustrating any female warrior, historically based or otherwise. Namely nearly all the reference images I find are either mostly historically/practically accurate but too small to be useful, or are large and detailed but are basically pin-up models posing with swords with little to no basis in reality whatsoever. (I’ll thank you all in advance for not pointing out the ridiculousness of my complaining about lacking historical accuracy in an illustration that involves fighting a giant monster.)

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