Today I bring you a Katana body paint tutorial!
“But why not Harley Quinn”, you ask? Because I’ve done 4 of her all ready, but I do plan on doing tutorials for the rest of the squad between now and Halloween. It’s just gonna take a bit of planning, and some bald caps. So why Katana first? Because her backstory is pretty freaking cool, and I love learning about new characters that don’t get too much of the spotlight *cough* Guardians of the Galaxy *cough*. I’m also super proud of how the jacket came out. Last time I attempted a jacket in a tutorial it didn’t turn out too good… to me anyway. So before we get into this Katana body paint, here’s a little back story on her.
From House wife to Assassin
Nah, I’m totally just kidding… sorta… Katana has always had a proficiency for martial arts, and luckily for her, her parents were pretty supportive about it. But when she got older, Tatsu Yamashiro (Katana’s real name) caught the eye of two brothers and married Maseo. Takeo didn’t take it too well- joining the Yakuza (the Japanese equivalent of the Mob) and working his way through the ranks. While one brother was working on the dark side of the law, Tatsu and Maseo had twins. Told you I was only sort of kidding. So why is all of this important you ask? Setting up a scene my friend.
Fight for Your Right
While rising in the ranks, Takeo found a little hobby. He liked ancient weapons a little. So much so that he was presented a pair of matching swords, one of which was a little more mystical. Apparently some people just can’t take a hint because Takeo then took both swords to his brother’s house and challenged him to a duel for Tatsu. Maseo was distracted by the welfare of his kids because during the fight they started a fire. I’m sure you can figure out how that one ended. And because of dramatic timing, Tatsu came in just in time to see her husband die.
Remember how I said Tatsu was really good with martial arts? Well she got the upper hand and disarmed him. She was going to run in and save her children, but the mystical sword spoke in her husband’s voice and told her they couldn’t be saved. This sword would later become known as Soultaker.
So what happened next?
Tatsu escaped and began training as a samurai. Once her training finished, she jet set to America to fight for justice. Katana (who took the name after the type of sword she uses) became part of the Outsiders where she met Batman. She was never officially a part of the Suicide Squad, only being convinced to help them at all in the first place because of a family member of Halo, after she was put in a coma protecting Katana. It also didn’t help that when Katana refused until things became desperate because of gigi-ninjo (“A debt of Honor even onto death” Direct quote from Wikipedia), the family member was killed. What was so important? A large horde of weapons was on its way to the Yakuza… In the movie however, they say she was brought in to protect Rick Flag from the rest of the members… I wonder why…
So what do you guys think of Katana now that you know a little more of her back story? Check out this video for a Katana Body Paint cosplay!
1. Don’t do the sketch lines until after you put the base color down (Sounds like a no brainer, but I keep forgetting lol).
2. Always keep your inspiration pics close by.
3. Don’t forget to shade and highlight complimentary to each other. Basically if you’re going to highlight something, have a shadow close by to match.
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (6.0)
Wolfe Fx (001, 010, 030, 006 040, 050)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (Warm Taupe)
Bellange Beautiful Blush and Bronzer
3/8 Angled Brush
1/2 Flat Shader Brush
Royal and Langnickel Foundation Brush
And a little from this one