I think it's great, too. I never thought I'd like such a style... it's amazing that the artist can make Fuu look so cute and girly and have Mugen be so rough and crude at the same time, without them seeming completely foreign to each other. haha
Holy crap... definitely a lot easier to get a sinsibility of how you work by looking at the un-colored or inked pieces. I really love the jagged edges where the shadows meet light here. Not to mention, his pointy little nose and huge, stretched out feet are pretty neat super-stylized additions as well.
After looking at your work in Arkanium, I can't help but think that some of Samurai Champloo's style is attributed to your work and other US artists who incorporated some sort of manga influence. The anime was like a Japanese interpretation of a US interpretation of manga/anime (o_O I'm not even sure if that made sense).
you wanna know the WIERD part? i created ARKANIUMs style, look and DESIGN and pages in jan 2002!!!!!!!!! literally like, 2 years before champloo was even in development!!!! great minds think alike? coincidence? you be the judge! thanks for the comparison.
i love champloo. it remiinds me so much of the flava i was droppin BEFORE Bebop was completed a series.
Yeah. That's why I included you to being a source of inspiration. I remember reading those comics far back when I first saw that anime. You were also the first artist to come to mind when I watched that. It was like a cross between your work and Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz).
I don't really think it's a coincidence. I wouldn't be surprised if some of your art got passed around the animation studio during design and production.