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Karakuri by Keithwormwood Karakuri by Keithwormwood
Commissioned long ago by the 7th Tokugawa, a great patron of Karakuri design during the Edo period. Used to entertain guests with its charming grace as it carefully presents its hosts with tea, the Karakuri has also been used sparingly in Noh theatre, much to the shock of the audience when they discover the true nature of a seemingly masked actor.

Key Features-
-Tea for the host and his guest is presented on a laquered tray.
-Tanned skin tubing delivers the compressed air from the main pumps.
-Two pneumatic pumps function as the Karakuri’s prime source of locomotive power.
-Large laquer box contains the cogs and switching boxes that control all the air tubes that lead to the Karakuri.
-Shinto charms are affixed to the engine box, and are said to help instill the Karakuri with a soul.

Prints available here: [link]
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:icondapperdoom:
DapperDoom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the Ball Jointed Doll concept of the design 
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shadowzero20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
would be nice see more chineses and japanese steampunk technology. Im always finding victorian europeon or amercian style steampunk
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We-All-Have-Rabies Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Artist
I Remember This From A Book I Recently Purchased. Book: 50 Robots To Draw & Paint. I Loved It... Thanks For Sharing.
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Tigerach Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW that's amazing! I'm a huge fan of robots, so, this is excellent. The soul thing is a good idea.
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Geishatron Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so awesome!!
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:iconkiteofazureflame123:
KiteofAzureFlame123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats soooo epic... :O
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:iconmidsney:
Midsney Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I want that kimono.
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:iconkeera-chan:
keera-chan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This combines 2 of my favorite things: Traditional Japanese clothing/tea and robotics
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:iconnonalie:
Nonalie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Artist
cool, is that a doll in a kimono?
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:iconmaster-kankuro:
Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A really cool design here. Would be cool to see this as a real working karakuri or?
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:icongensokyo-intruder:
gensokyo-intruder Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Are you invited to join us in Neo Shinsengumi Group
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:iconkiareginadellafollia:
it's wonderful!!!!

molto bello :)
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:icongerdaditrih:
GerdaDitrih Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student
perfect!!
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TheApprentice225 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
I see you really enjoyed the How to draw 50 Robots book that this is from. I sort of liked the little monitor one.
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keichoku Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Karakuri are fascinating! Commissioned by the 7th Tokugawa shogun, Ietsugu?
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MissUnfortunate Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student Photographer
Featured: [link]

Have a lovely day!
:iconiluplz:
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GraySayell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
:heart:
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:iconkooborisapphire:
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Lovely. The Geisha version of a Necromancer :D
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Madjack0305 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Love the Geisha/automata look.
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:iconstarsofcassiopeia:
StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, such an interesting concept too!
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animeluv4ever107 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
oh my- sooo amazing!! ...............
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CarolinaWinkler Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i love
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anomia-grey Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Absolutely stunning. Soul-animated machines work fantastically well in Shinto and Daoism, I know there's an actual Daoist story of a robot being animated by the Dao simply due to its perfect near-human design.
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:iconkermon:
Kermon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
very elegant, and I love the shading :)
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:icontyliss:
Tyliss Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Is it possible that I saw your artwork in a "drawing-tutorial-book"?
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:iconantuniey:
Antuniey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:wow: so great
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jesterknife Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
It's greatly detailed! I love the kimono especially, but the sleeves are a bit weird. They're not smooth and they have lines under the opening. Did you do that on purpose?
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GothicFeverDream Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
I love the part with the charms said to give it a soul, this is insanely inspiring
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:iconbecca-chan-x:
becca-chan-x Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning! :D
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:iconalucine:
Alucine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009   Writer
beautiful lighting :)
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I've featured this in my journal ([link] )
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Yanina Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Great job!
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lolasiannodel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Absolutely beautiful and very steampunk, I love it!
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PsychoticChibiiUsa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive :D
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
I have featured your work in my Top 10 list for 2008 here:

[link]

thank you for sharing your artistic vision with us - and have a wonderful 2009! :heart:
Warm Regards.
Sandi
aka `oibyrd
PS - I apologize for the cut-and-paste - all a part of time management ;)
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LiluSkitten Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love!


Ugh thats amazing!


Lilu-chan
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:iconsombrefeline:
sombrefeline Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I've featured this piece in my journal ( [link]) :wave:
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:iconhaffri:
haffri Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Man, you did these illustrations! I have seen this and few more some time ago in some book about robots and thought they're just beautiful.
It's honor to meet you here :)
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shadow-mew Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
There is a book with various robot designs in my school and this was one of the photos. Excellent work!
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:iconsnowva:
Snowva Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Really great idea... especially when one knows the principles of japanese tea ceremony.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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:iconraemo:
Raemo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
the concept is incredibly creative, and the composition is beautiful.
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:iconimilla:
imilla Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I love your style!
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greatzombiejesus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
you have an interesting mind... nice work!
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Dr-Stain Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Student
great lovely!!!!!!!!11
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Pim-s Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Great work! I really like it! love the colours and the artit's comment is very expressiv
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lauraorganasolo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Fantastic design, neat colors.
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yamikuroi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Such a nice, unexpected concept! :D
And very beautiful too... :heart:
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Calicot-ZC Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice concept *o*
So beautiful <3
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! so many details! I love this atmosphere
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