Updated 9 August 2004: Redesigned site.


3D Go | Hikaru No Go | Other


Welcome to the new home for ESP's 3D Go! This is a collection of digital artwork I've made in homage to the great ancient game of Go (aka Baduk, Wei Qi). I made these images for my desktop, but you can use 'em however you like. All I ask is that you send me a quick email.

I've posted a few of the kind messages I've received from Go fans around the world. Have a look!


I've completed a long-overdue update of The ArtOfGo Online Shop! We've got new shirts, a stylish new Baduk symbol travel mug, and a flashy new messenger bag. Remember, all items are available for the base price (I make no profit).







3D Go


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A tranquil scene. The game is from Takemiya v. Sugiuchi, as shown in Attack & Defense.

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I've always liked the way the board looks after it's been organized for counting. This is from game three of the 28th Meijin (Yamashita Keigo v. Yoda Norimoto). The result: W+2.5.

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Another view of the same board. The grass looks a little odd so close-up, doesn't it?

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This is what my classroom looks like (I'm an English teacher by day). I don't know why anyone would want to download this, but I teach a lot of Go in this room. These images were mostly a chance for me to practice Bryce 5.

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A close shot on the equipment we use in school. Bright yellow board provided courtesy of the AGA. (Those are supposed to be Rubbermaid storage containers.)

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The start of a teaching game. This is frequently how my classroom looks at the start of lunch hour.

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It always hurts to resign, but sometimes it's the only thing to do.

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Sitting toward enlightment above the goban.

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Takemiya v. Sugiuchi, from Attack and Defense. How can white best reinforce the lonely stones in the lower left?

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Attention world: I'm now working in Bryce 5.0. This is a taste of what's to come.

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A standoff in the corner. Nothing new from Bryce 5 in this image, but I've gone from European to Asian swords.

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Sharing a beer after the game. Win or lose, let's respect each other when we're done.

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Inspired by an image from SandlotScience. The board on which the white stones rest folds in on itself.

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An extension of the Illusion image -- Black and white on flip sides of the board. The captured white stones are brought across to black's side.

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Tonight we had a harvest moon. You can tell I'm borrowing heavily from the Sunset images.

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Yamashiro Hiroshi (w) vs. Akira Ishida (b), taken from Attack and Defense. Can you find the tesuji to save the two stones on the bottom?

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Kajiwara Takeo (w) vs. Shimamura Toshihiro (b). The crosscut at bottom "is a good way of conjuring something up out of nothing." Taken from Reducing Territorial Frameworks.

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Trying to read the ladder out -- after a few moves, the path becomes indistinct.

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Balance and beauty on the goban.

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A gentleman emailed me a while back and suggested that I include images of the Chinese and Korean words for the game. Here's the Chinese "Wei Qi".

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And here's the Korean "Baduk". I really like the way this turned out.

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Masao Kato v. Rin Kaiho, 1968. From Kato's Attack and Kill.

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The Japanese symbol for Go, circumscribing a game in progress.

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For some reason this image is very compelling to me. An example, I suppose, of how images can take on lives of their own.

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White makes herself a bamboo joint to stay connected. I really like the background on this one.

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White captures black in the crane's nest tesuji. Look closely and you'll see the reflection of a crane flying overhead.

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Black has a nice shape in the middle, but white stays connected with a trumpet connection.

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The nadare (avalanche) joseki, with appropriate environs.

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For the fans of the movie π.

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The almighty board, floating.

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Black slams down onto the vital spot of white's shape.

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Black came, black saw, black conquered.

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Black slices white in half.

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Playing on the balcony as the sun sets.

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They'll have to play quickly -- it's getting dark.

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White threatens a lonely black stone in the corner.

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I think we've all felt like this at one point. It's reflected on a black stone for dramatic effect.

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White traps black in a geta.

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The same geta, seen from above.

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A life & death problem is nestled in the reflection of this white stone. Where to place it?

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I love the game, no doubt. But sometimes everything comes crashing down.

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Other times, I feel invincible.

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I am humble as I walk the path of Go skill. I've made progress, but there is much to learn.

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White threatens from below, and the black stones go running out into the center.

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A fight breaks out at the top of the board. Note the design on the shield.

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White strengthens her territory with a one-point jump into the center.

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A forced-perspective goban, with eight fuseki moves. The picture on the wall is from the IGS gallery.

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A completed game. The mountains in the background are derived from the Japanese symbol "Go".

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A common corner joseki.

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The common corner joseki revisited.

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A ko fight around the corner star point.

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Entering the middle game. Check out the sky's reflection on that large white piece.

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The Japanese character "Go", embossed.

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The Japanese character "Go", carved in stone.

Hikaru no Go

These images are made from the magnificent manga/anime Hikaru no Go. The copyright does not belong to me.

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Anime: The deadly duo, Hikaru and Sai.

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Anime: A nice muted splash screen.

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Anime: Hikaru plays an electric move (during his game with the top-ranked amateur in Hiroshima).

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A parody of Apple's "Think Different" advertisements.

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Sai and the moon (and some birds).

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A quiet collage from one of the large color panels.

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It had to happen sooner or later. Hikaru takes a trip into the 3D Go world.

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Oh, these little cartoons are so cute!.

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There's nothing wrong with taking your time in life.

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Sai and Hikaru play online.

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Hikaru strikes. I tried to colorize the B&W image, with moderately successful results.

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Double your Hikaru, double your fun!

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Sai plays the Meijin.

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Sai strikes, with zoom effects.

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Can anyone tell me what the hell this is all about?.

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Anime: Touya realized he is being tested.

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Anime: Sai's face, nice and big.

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Anime: Sai emerges from the goban.

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Touya Meijin's stoicism.

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Kuwabara and the new generation.

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A striking image of Sai.

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Sai trains Hikaru.

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Touya Akira. I really like the picture of him with the kids.

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This is the first HNG wallpaper I ever made, but I somehow forgot to post it here until now. Enjoy!

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How long have you been playing?

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Redux: One more game!

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Redux: Having fun and staying positive.

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The intensity of Shindo.

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Shindo, poised to strike.

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Sai plays the flute in a colorful scene.

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Exercise the body and empty the mind! Yes!

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Devotion and respect for the game.

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Keeping a healthy mind.

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A full-color montage with zoom effects.

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A montage of the pro applicants.

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Shindo, Sai, Akira, and Waya.

Other

Various other images related to go.

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From the IGS gallery: A bird's nest in a Go stone bowl.

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From the IGS gallery: Alone, contemplating the goban.

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From the IGS gallery: Elders playing Go.