ハムレット（殺されるの前）Graphite and watercolor.
Part of a series of costume designs for Hamlet set in Heian Japan. This is Hamlet prior to his death. He has completed his transformation from a scholar (other costume) to a warrior (this one). We still keep with the ocean theme, but this time the wave patterns on his vest are araumi waves, which are more roiling and violent (as is he). Symbolically, we've got sakura (cherry blossoms) and a centipede. This duality attempts to show the duality of violence, since the sakura is a symbol of the samurai, a violent hero, and the centipede is the symbol of a violent villain, yet, as we see in Hamlet, violence is violence and one person's hero may be another's villain.
For each design in this series, I was inspired by a Japanese monster. I can't find my mood image for this guy, but it was this raging rooster warrior sort of thing. Just trust me.