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Io Shirai: Sky Genius

Io Shirai

Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper

Artwork by Rob Schamberger

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Io Shirai is one of those people that really inspires me as a subject, where I know that no matter what the painting's going to be something special. I mean, yes, there's an argument to be made that she's one of, if not THE best pro wrestler on the face of the Earth today, but her aura, her overall aesthetic lends itself perfectly to the way I make art.

Even in a relatively easy composition like this one with a limited color palette, there's a gravity to her that comes through. I can clearly see that I'm going to be doing a whole lot more paintings of Io Shirai for the foreseeable future.