Rafael Kayanan would make a cool
lead character for a movie. You know the strong, quiet
artist-type who in reality is also a highly trained
martial artist who when pressed can kick butt and take
I first met Raf well over twenty
years ago. He was a very young aspiring artist. But even
then he had the talent and you just knew that this
kid was going to make it.
Raf continued to perfect his craft
as both a traditional and martial artist. And boy
has he had an
He's worked as an artist for Marvel,
DC, Image, and a bunch of other comic and non-comic
entities. Raf did storyboards, worked as a
trainer, technical advisor and did the fight choreography
Hunted" [with Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio
Del Toro]! Recently Raf was working on
developmental art for Paramount Studios' "Princess
of Mars" (based on the John Carter, Warlord
of Mars novels). Does Raf lead the life, or what?
Raf sent me his cool take on Sly
as John Rambo from "First Blood."
I love how it incorporates Rambo's [and Raf's]
skills with camoflauge and knife fighting. Raf is
Check out Raf's
site and watch for his forthcoming The Art of
Rafael Kayanan . You'll be glad you did!
[October 17, 2004]