Book Illustrations for ‘The Fundamentals of Judo’



I was commissioned to create three paintings for the book ‘The Fundamentals of Judo’ by Ray Stevens and Edward Semple. On a recent visit to Japan I was given permission to photograph a black belt training session at the world famous Kodokan, the home of Judo, in Tokyo. I used the resulting photographs and my travels in Japan as inspiration for these paintings.

I wanted to show the judoka (judo players) in a very traditional Japanese context to represent the roots of judo, but I also wanted to give the paintings a contemporary feel so I have painted the judoka in a manga style very common in Japan today.

The book is available on Amazon and in bookshops ISBN 978-1-84797-414-3

Signed prints are available for sale at £65 each plus post and packing.

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