Joshua E. B. Raynor is a character artist and illustrator from Raleigh, North Carolina. He has over nine years of experience with digital sculpting and has worked with a variety of intellectual properties including, Marvel, DC, Dungeons & Dragons, and Pathfinder.
An honorably discharged combat veteran, he was deployed twice in four years to Ar Ramadi, Iraq as an infantryman in the United State Marine Corps. Upon re-entering civilian life, he attended the Living Arts College in Raleigh, NC. He earned certifications for 3D art, animation, and graphic design.
In The Hagakure, Yamamoto Jin’emon is quoted,
“A kusemono is a man to rely upon.”
As it was understood in feudal Japan, a kusemono was a Samurai who followed the Way without question. As Japan’s culture and military became more westernized, the Samurai fell out of favor and now, in modern times, kusemono translates to “ruffian” or “villain.”
However, I am not your villain.