Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. I based their outfits on what they are wearing in their respective statues that seem to be dotted around Japan, ‘cept for Ieyasu’s hat, wich is from a painting of him. His head didn’t look right without it.

Anyway, I know I said this in an earlier post, but the idea for this set of portraits came from a classic story that I first heard while listening to Cameron Fletcher’s excellent podcast, A Short History Of Japan.

Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa were watching a cuckoo bird and waiting for it to sing. First Nobunaga said “Little bird, if you don’t sing, I will kill you.” After him, Hideyoshi said “Little bird, if you don’t sing, I will make you sing.” After both of them, Tokugawa Ieyasu said ” Little bird, if you don’t sing, I will wait for you to sing.”

That’s it for portraits of Japanese warlords, for the time being. It was great fun. I love doing portraits, though, especially of historical figures, so I’d like to draw more in the future. Is there anyone you guys would like to see?

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