This was the pencil sketch I did for the cover of Ronin Yoshino chapter 11 “Takemaru’s Ambition”:
Character is the *Daimyo named Takemaru, Arashi on his horse (breed is a Do-san-ko aka: Hokkaido pony). Arashi is dressed in samurai commander armor called Ohyoroi in ko-gusoku or “light armor” style (from the late Heian to mid-Kamakura period). His horse is dressed in traditional tack that was put on samurai commanders horses. I have a lot of fun drawing samurai in armor and especially one on horseback. It’s very diffucult, that’s why I love drawing it!
*Daimyo – “feudal lord” or a warlord (military rank). Samurai swore loyalty to him.