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Novembers Notes

A place for me to toss out artsy type stuff and ... things... and ... stuff. I've been working on my art here and there for a couple years now.

I started - and for the most part continue to try to do one piece a day, every day, and never put in more than 3 days on anything, so a lot of my stuff I really would not damage anyones retinas by displaying here.

Some of it, I'll hit a trigger with and keep going and refining and so my better stuff I'll post here, on deviant, on behance, face book... pretty much anywhere. I am, by no means an artist - I just enjoy the heck out of it and do my best, so here's my stuff. Kinda Spartan right now - but I'll add more as I go.

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Okay rather than drop stuff

Okay rather than drop stuff off in places where it's not supposed to go... :) (Extremely guilty of that...)

Figured I'd start dropping off stuff here.

Here is something I've been working on for a while. Mary Marvel... need to clean up the neckline ... but almost done.

Mary Marvel Final by rjakobson, on Flickr

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This started out in another

This started out in another forum... Flygirl... and yes... it's also not done... yet..

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Here's an older bit. LilRed

Here's an older bit.
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good stuff...I love the

good stuff...I love the vintage vibe I get from your work. :)

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Yeah, I am guilty of having a

Yeah, I am guilty of having a love of the 30s, 40s and 60s posters. Which is odd because as a reader I prefer modern comics. But there is something about the older stuff that's so sincere - nothing quite like the look of it.

Modern comic arts are often flat or they have this very plastic/artificial 3D to them, and that's a good look also -- but they're colder, and lifeless. In the retro eras people weren't all muscles ripping out and they had flaws. They played with lighting - which we almost never do today. They were just as artificial mind you, more so, they often had this studio lighting thing going for them.

A lot of my favorite stuff - like the Mary Marvel started out from using a couple old 1940s unknown starlets as reference. Originally that was an actress who was in Julius Ceasar with Marlon Brando, and Dawn Wells (from Giligan's Island) in a toga from some other 50s roman gladiator movie. It needs a lot of work in matching the head/face up but it's getting there.

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agreed for the most part,

agreed for the most part, although I do think it depends on the artist for the modern stuff.

my only question is when can I throw some money at ya for work! >:)

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It will be a long while

It will be a long while before I charge people money for what I do. :) At least for this kind of work. But I do thank you for the compliment. :)

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I like your style november.

I like your style november.

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Vintage is gooood!

Vintage is gooood!

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Indeed.

Indeed.

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Here's my next toy I'm

Here's my next toy I'm playing with...

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I openly admit - I have total art ADHD. :) Was just as bad in the game - had like 50 toons I'd created and only 3 50s. I'd get bored leveling them and then create another ... and another...

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The first step in dealing

The first step in dealing with your art problem is admitting that you - Ooh, nice!

What was I saying? Can't have been that important.^_^

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Classical-Modern? I like it!

Classical-Modern? I like it!

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Speaking as an artist who had

Speaking as an artist who had over 100 heroes (though admittedly
a dozen+ 50's) and 3 villains over 7+ years I can relate.
You latest piece is off to a nice start man.

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Yeah well originally I wanted

Yeah well originally I wanted to build a Storm for the hurricane which was hella fun - just slot her up so anything that touched her couldn't hit and you were good to go. Later rebuilt her as a Electric Blaster which wasn't as fun.

Backstory on her was she was a Weather reporter that had been reporting live in Terra Volta when a Respec mission went bad. Which... was kind of the truth. I got the idea for her during a respec mission after seeing how effective a good Storm was in guarding the core. After that she was my Go-To toon for respecs - once I had freezing rain, hurricane up ... I could pretty much protect the core from anything and let everyone just kill kill kill kill. Down side was I just had to have enough blues to keep her upright. :D

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That's a very powerful torso,

That's a very powerful torso, you have started. Might need a tiny bit more hip... on her right side? And I really like the mantle/collar bit. And that's a super face!

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Yeah... She's a bit too

Yeah... She's a bit too Batman in the torso. I give you that, and there's a issue with the legs that needs surgery as well. :D. I'll try backing it off and going more for a less forceful line structure below as well.

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Actually, I LIKE a powerful

Actually, I LIKE a powerful torso on some women. Dancers and gymnasts have that.

My only 'criticism' was the leg-hip-waist line, which seemed slightly out of balance. Muscles are Good! as long as they're appropriate. Not everyone has to be pixie-slim.

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Fireheart wrote:
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Actually, I LIKE a powerful torso on some women. Dancers and gymnasts have that.
My only 'criticism' was the leg-hip-waist line, which seemed slightly out of balance. Muscles are Good! as long as they're appropriate. Not everyone has to be pixie-slim.
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Agreed, but the much darker tone didn't fit in with the face and it gives too much emphasis on the body with the darker tones and thicker lines... backed off things a bit here and that seems to have helped some

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I like what you've got there.

I like what you've got there. I'll volunteer a nice, though artificial, model. Yours is a bit more compact, but objects in this image may be larger than they appear. Signysvarti, Level 80 Norn Guardian: Muscle definition is there, but feminine form smooths it.

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I approve of this! She looks

I approve of this! She looks very muscular but natural, I like that. I like the wavy hair too! Am curious to see how this drawing will end up

A point of feedback though. Her right boob, (left for those who are looking at her) looks a bit flat and manly, while the left one is looking perfectly round and female. Yes.. it's a frase... female boobs! ...you know, cuz there are man boobs too now

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I approve of this! She looks very muscular but natural, I like that. I like the wavy hair too! Am curious to see how this drawing will end up
A point of feedback though. Her right boob, (left for those who are looking at her) looks a bit flat and manly, while the left one is looking perfectly round and female. Yes.. it's a frase... female boobs! ...you know, cuz there are man boobs too now

I'm assuming you mean the physical right/left and not the visual?

Visually- the right you can see from the progressions started waaaay too far over. In a lot of ways her torso is too big. That's a common problem I have. When I'm drawing I zoom in - work on an area - zoom out. Great for faces and detail work. But it tends to really toss things off on scales of body parts in the whole of the form.

Once I get a basic guide area - then I'll do what I'm doing now which is to work on it pulled (zoomed) out where I can see the whole of it. One of the things I've been trying to do more and more is try to walk that line between what is realistic - and what is superhero like. For that I love the old pin-up girl art from the 40's and 50's and even 60's. If you've ever seen the refrence models used for some of those it's really neat the way they did what they did.

Not to saying everyone isn't beautiful - but we seem to think body modification started with photoshop. It REALLY didn't. :D I think Queens were probably the first to get a full re-touch by some of the Dutch Masters.

Anyway - I am going to try to use color and shading to give them more depth and life like quality that match. Haven't gotten there. Like the cape - I'm playing with like 4 ideas in my head.

The body structure will get less 80's work out queen and more realistic as well. But the original reference for torso was some bodybuilder from 88 who had a pose I wanted that matched up with the facial / head pose I wanted, add the cheeks of marylinn Monroe the eyes of rita Hayward and the hair and mouth from Donna Malone?(not sure - she was a tv actress with a few films in the 50s), sides of cheeks into forehead and jaw are just glue lines and smoothing so it's not all Frankenstein... 10 minutes of photoshop and reference done. :D

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Yup - that's the direction

Yup - that's the direction this is going. Maybe not quite that far toned back - but pretty close is what was in my head. Since I lack the skill to just translate what I'm thinking to paper directly - I go out and get cutouts of actual people / models and work from there. I have an idea - just I see a waist or a face or a set of legs. I almost never have a complete vision of it all bottom to top in my head. Just a look I want to try to do.

That's a big part of why I never say I'm an artist. My vision is very limited in that regard. I'm a great technician - but real artists have visions strong enough to hold in their mind. Too much ADHD in my head for that. :D

My original model for the pose and form (torso and legs) was a body builder from the 80's that had the pose I wanted. I tend to be very literal when I copy musculature- she's very Batman as I said and I need to work that back. The head and face are ... softer. Warmer I guess. When I was putting it together and I had this kind of pastiche of a face, even though I still needed to do the perspective and shapes to the scales I needed - I was like - "Yeah - this is awesome!" and that's how I knew I had that. I had the expression I wanted and that locked in for me.

Body was like... hmmm... gymnast... no.. boxer... closer... wait... who dat? Close enough. Never got the "yeah this is it" moment. It's a good pose and it fits but it's never locked in. Maybe when the kit gloves are on... we'll see.

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I'm trying to find the part

I'm trying to find the part where MN actually asks for critique, constructive or otherwise. I'm not saying he minds (I'm guessing he will say he doesn't mind) most artists do want to hear what others think of their work or they would not be posting it but there is a difference between that and actively asking for or seeking out criticism/critique in order to improve one's craft. Just my

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.......................................... Yes.. it's a frase...............you know, cuz there are man boobs too now

"Phrase"... and thank you for that mental image.

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Hah! I KNEW I should have

Hah! I KNEW I should have googled that word! *shrugs*

I appologize if my feedback was undesired. I sometimes forget not everybody is asking for it . I shall do my best to try and keep my well meant feedback to myself and just stick with my findings

If it was not unwanted...well then ehm... you're welcome

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ChristopherRobin wrote:
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I'm trying to find the part where MN actually asks for critique, constructive or otherwise. I'm not saying he minds (I'm guessing he will say he doesn't mind) most artists do want to hear what others think of their work or they would not be posting it but there is a difference between that and actively asking for or seeking out criticism/critique in order to improve one's craft. Just my
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.......................................... Yes.. it's a frase...............you know, cuz there are man boobs too now
"Phrase"... and thank you for that mental image.

Not sure exactly what you were saying here - but I always like criticisms. Well, let's adjust that - no one likes criticism, no one does. But as far as accepting it - I accept criticisms always. I may not agree with them - and so it's up to me to ignore them or not. :D

I wouldn't put it up here if I didn't want people to give me input and tell me what they think. I still don't think of myself as an artist but I'll never get to be one if I don't learn and get input.

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Hah! I KNEW I should have googled that word! *shrugs*
I appologize if my feedback was undesired. I sometimes forget not everybody is asking for it . I shall do my best to try and keep my well meant feedback to myself and just stick with my findings
If it was not unwanted...well then ehm... you're welcome

Oh my ... did I come off like that? No, no, no.... no such thing as undesired feedback. Especially not from you. Okay? Feedbacks always good.

Now I might not always agree with it, or I may have a reason for doing what I do, or ... I may simply lack the skill needed to pull off something. But you really really have to work to give me feedback that I don't want.

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Got it! Feedback will not be

Got it! Feedback will not be stopped then

However, if you feel like you lack the skill, I am always willing to help "unlack" the skill with tutorials, hints or tricks. Just howl if you get stuck on something (or do it by PM if you don't want to howl publicly .) It goes for anyone here really.

I'm not saying I'm an expert. I can only tell you what I know and have experienced. But as long as that is enough...well... use it to your advantage, it will be my pleasure!

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Not sure exactly what you were saying here ..................................

DD was a bit concerned about offending with her critique since you frequently self-deprecate by saying you are not an artist (you are in my book ) and so I asked her if she remebered you ever asking anywhere for critique?

She did not. So I was giving you a chance to state your thoughts since this is your thread, while also reminding others not to assume everyone who posts their art here wants critique or help.

Those that do great! We had a great bunch of people over on the 606 CoH forums (some of whom have made their way here) that were happy to help in whatever way they could.

But those that don't want our help should feel like they can post here too.


What I'm saying here is communication is the key and remember not to assume, if you are unsure, just ask.

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wait......

wait......

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I still don't think of myself as an artist

*looks at all the art Mike has shared thus far*

ummm....you sir, are definitely an artist!

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Sorry for not replying in ...

Sorry for not replying in ... forever. :( Work work work work... you know the drill.

But I would never be offended by anything DD said. She's awesome so respect her and everyone here's opinion.

I'm not particularly offended by anyone so ... it's all good. And my self deprecation is more a question of seeing the failings I have and knowing I have a long way to go for where I want to be. You set the bar high -- you achieve more. Its a philosophy I've always had.

I look at the stuff I have here and as digital art goes - not soo bad. But it's not where I want to be. I think all of us are that way to some extent.

I am really uncomfortable about praise for things that I know are not my best effort. Keep in mind, for me, I started down the path of doing artwork mostly to get my skills up for work. I enjoy it, love it really, but it's just a bit of skill building and fun. So it's not a driving force for me that for some people it is. And I know for those people who are artists - people who want to do this for more than just a scribble or a hobbyist like me, they work really hard at it.

They earn the title. Now, not everyone is that way about the title - some people are not sensitive about it, and they do it as much as a hobby - like me. But for others, they really put all they have into it and I have to respect that. They earn every drop of sweat they put into their art.

So for me to just flippantly drop the word out there and include myself into the work of people who really have given themselves to their art is - kind of rude. I mean, if I stopped doing this tomorrow I'd miss it but it's not like its going to crush a personal dream. For someone who loves art - or music or anything - you don't do that. We all have dreams and aspirations. Some will be great at them, others not so much. But always respect the dream, yknow?

I might go full on artist some day but I really don't have the kind of... visual not even sure how to describe it... but I see people who have it, and I know I don't. Not yet. I might but it will be a while.

But I appreciate everyones input and criticisms. :D Can't get better without it. So it's all helpful.

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Annndd... on that long winded

Annndd... on that long winded speech... going back to drawin's an stuffs.. :)

Here's what I did this week...

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......................I look at the stuff I have here and as digital art goes - not soo bad. But it's not where I want to be. I think all of us are that way to some extent..........

Yep, same here.

I guess those people you describe who do this full time or who want to make their living at it I would call professional artists, career artists or something like that.

If artist is a title you feel you must earn well "Ingen ko på isen" my friend.


Me I just draw for a hobby in my spare time but after enough people called me an artist for long enough I stopped resisting it. We who create stuff like this are often our own worst critics and many times it's other people who see the vision in our work before we do.


You create and share art I call you an artist, that's my .

Oh and your green haired lass is off to a nice start.

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Here's what I did this week...
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nice! I likey! :)

...and welcome back. :)

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Yeah, it's a Potatoes /

Yeah, it's a Potatoes / Potatohs thing.

Just cause I don't calls me one of them thar arrrrteeeests... Don't mean I don't appreciate it when others do. :D

Call me whatever ya likes... just don't call me late for supper.

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Well, mister late for supp..

Well, mister late for supp...eh.. I mean... ehm...

I too didn't feel like an artist for the longest time. But, like hero names (or villains), if the title is given to you, you might aswell accept it . (unless it's one you're not proud of having obviously) Agreeing to be one is the first step to acceptance! Now repeat after me.. I'm mikenovember and I'm an artist. Cows on ice or not, you deserve it! - but that is my humble opinion ofcourse.

Now the green haired lady: That's a great come back! You have such a great way of playing with colors. Keep it up, because it's an awesome skill to have (I, for one, don't have that skill). I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished

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The rumors of my demise...

The rumors of my demise... although not entirely premature... are somewhat exaggerated, I am not deceased. I'm just intermittently 'alive' for want of a better word,

Oh - and I actually got almost a full day and half of a weekend off this week... yay me! Here be what I did with them...
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Ming the Merciless's evil

Ming the Merciless's evil twin sister?

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No idea yet ... its half the

No idea yet ... its half the fun of doing these. :D Was actually thinking that it might need a toga-skirt aka Princess Leia or the other route I'm considering is this kind of Semi-Armored look for hips and legs... mid-riff wil be undecided until the very last minute...

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Am I the only one wondering

Am I the only one wondering what having the correct key would unlock?

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Am I the only one wondering what having the correct key would unlock?

Hehehe... ironically enough you are dead on correct. I saw this lock and had the design stuck in my head and ... well...

https://www.cityblis.com/item/8368

As I get more done I'll drift from the design a bit but it was a great place to start from...

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Am I the only one wondering what having the correct key would unlock?

Nope, I saw the keyhole, but I didn't want to make too much of it.

That's a pretty cool lock, though.

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Am I the only one wondering what having the correct key would unlock?

Hehehe... ironically enough you are dead on correct. I saw this lock and had the design stuck in my head and ... well...
https://www.cityblis.com/item/8368
As I get more done I'll drift from the design a bit but it was a great place to start from...
ArchanaPhobia by rjakobson, on Flickr

Ooooh I like that.

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Am I the only one wondering what having the correct key would unlock?

My guess: regret.

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Bit of color added...

Bit of color added...

ArchanaPhobia Color by rjakobson, on Flickr

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I guess I should have

I guess I should have mentioned it before, but the lady has no hips. I understand 'slender', but then she wouldn't have such broad shoulders?

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Fireheart wrote:
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I guess I should have mentioned it before, but the lady has no hips. I understand 'slender', but then she wouldn't have such broad shoulders?
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Shes walking. Right leg is in the foreground, just hasn't been shaded yet to show depth. methinks. :)
So her hips are not only to the side, but right hip is sticking out from, and left hip is sorta hidden more because of her Bone structure. Hmm... this is Too detailed. Must be using a photo of a real model?!? ;)

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It is a real human, the

It is a real human, the shoulders are more from the bizarre cloak. I was going for this kind of Mr. Sinister thing - which gives the impression that it's way out of balance. Here's the starting point from the original - which was a run way model that had a great confident walk.

Once I started on the armor - which was a look I really wanted - I think someone mentioned Ming - but that whole Mr. Sinister, Ming the Merciless, Dr. Strange cloak and head gear thing mixed with a bit of Big Barda / Wonder Woman was kind of where I was headed.

Right hip is definitely too far inward. Should be matched up with her thumb - where it was when I started and she was blonde... and going to have more of a cat suit fit...

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I'll keep at it ... here's an update with the hips reworked a bit.

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Looking good.

Looking good.

Izzy, I was a massage therapist, I know how the bones and muscles look, I have xray-vision. *grin* So, I could see that her hips were turned by motion, but still noticed that there wasn't enough.

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Looking good.
Izzy, I was a massage therapist, I know how the bones and muscles look, I have xray-vision. *grin* So, I could see that her hips were turned by motion, but still noticed that there wasn't enough.
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Ahh.. you Win! ;D

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Yeah, I got to see a lot of

Yeah, I got to see a lot of ugly people without their clothes. *grin*

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And what I'm gonna call final

And what I'm gonna call final because my OCD is fighting with my ADD... lol

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Yeah, I got to see a lot of ugly people without their clothes. *grin*
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Perhaps you should have specialized? Official massage therapist
of the Swedish Bikini Volleyball Team for example.

MN: Nice finish.
***wanders off in search of key***

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Oh noes! CR is going to

Oh noes! CR is going to unlock the bosom! Take cover everyone!

But I agree.. nice finish Mike!

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Hehehe... just logged in

Hehehe... just logged in after being stuck in RL and read that exchange - - -

You guys crack me up. :D

... So... sharing a cover concept for my son's toon... need to sit down and do his costume next. Kind of a first pass at the concept and look.

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very cool!

very cool!

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very cool!

Thanks. My son created this character when he was... about 10. Before he was playing City of Heroes or even knew about it. We've talked about creating a comic book forever, and I've taken a few bashes at drawing him before but never really got across what I wanted in it.

This is about the closest I've come so far.

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I really like how it is

I really like how it is coming out...like A LOT! kudo's to you and your son on this great piece/concept. :)

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Follow up to Spacehawk...

Follow up to Spacehawk... some work on the Costumed version. Very rough but we're getting there.
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Been playing with textures

Been playing with textures this week - well learning more about the look and feel of them. The sort of pleather latex look - takes a bit to do, but getting the hang of it. Using a blurred edge water color digital brush.

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Interesting effects.

Interesting effects.

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WOW! I love this! Amazing art

WOW! I love this! Amazing art! Your son must be real excited! :)

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whiteperegrine wrote: very cool!Thanks. My son created this character when he was... about 10. Before he was playing City of Heroes or even knew about it. We've talked about creating a comic book forever, and I've taken a few bashes at drawing him before but never really got across what I wanted in it. This is about the closest I've come so far.Spacehawk by rjakobson, on Flickr

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Just a heads up, MikeNovember

Just a heads up, MikeNovember, but the recent video with the sun and planets should have a certain familiarity. :) I could have used some of your direction there. You up for any of that still?

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Hey Fireheart, For some

Hey Fireheart,

For some reason, Spacehawk reminds me of Starlight Saint in theme...

So, you and MN's son must think similarly...

just a thought...

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I like the feel of the

I like the feel of the characters here, the retro is cool...

makes me want to pull up my stuff and start making more characters, but school just takes too much time...

still...

keep up the good work man...

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Culach wrote: Hey Fireheart,
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Hey Fireheart,
For some reason, Spacehawk reminds me of Starlight Saint in theme...
So, you and MN's son must think similarly...
just a thought...

I can see the resemblance, but Starlight Saint started out as 'evil Indiana Jones'... just a wee bit different, right? *grin*

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Starlet by rjakobson, on Flickr

freakin sweet! love this one!

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I am getting back where I am

I am getting back where I am up for it. :D

Was moving and ... had a lot of stuff going on when you posted this. But if you still need a hand let me know. You can always reach me at www.rjakobson.com - always has my current email and phone, and I never mind people reaching out.

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Back.. well mostly... getting

Back.. well mostly... getting back. Got my office set up, and a few hours here and there to play around now.

Was thinking it would be cool to do a kind of Fire/Earth/Air (aka Sandman) kind of character and came up with NG2... aka "Sahara".

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She looks to have a 'tanker

She looks to have a 'tanker-torso'. Powerful. I could see a sand-based Earth/Fire (Air) Tanker. That would play well.

Lovely art, sir.

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So... had this idea floating

So... had this idea floating around for a guy... The Bubbler.

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Welcome back!?

Welcome back!?

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Oh crap... I left? Damn

Oh crap... I left? Damn cheap batteries from Korea! Must have zoned out there... :)

Okay... here's where I'm going with this... Nebbish of an accountant type who builds a supersuit that lets him produce bubble force fields because... I was a bubbler and I miss it. :)

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Well, I suppose a 4-month Nap

Well, I suppose a 4-month Nap is normal enough. I didn't think I'd like Bubbling, until I tried it with a friend and we made twin FF/Energy Defenders, who we played entirely in Turbo-Scrapper-mode. Amazing how aggressive you can get away with being, when you've got dual bubbles going.

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Yeah, I was a Mind/Bubble

Yeah, I was a Mind/Bubble troller from the very early days before all the buffs and nerfs. Stayed that way in my primary till my final days. :) Good times. Remember back before they nerfed the heck out of Mass Sleep and Mass Confuse and Personal Force Field. The tank's would taunt and we'd bubble'm up - keep them from holds mostly, they'd pull a massive mob to a dumpster and we'd lock'em down - have them hit'em with fire. Wash, rinse, repeat.

We killed more Ninja's than all the Chinese Dynasty's combined. (And yes, I know... Ninjas are not Chinese. ;)) Good times.

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Ok... so I has not died.

Ok... so I has not died. That was a rumor, and it was perpetuated by evil forces who... you get the idea.

No, actually I've been a bit busy.

Although I did hear some news recently which got me to drawing, cause I went slightly nuclear when I heard about Statesman being used by NCSoft to sell stuff... So this is kinda my tribute to that feeling... still needs a lot of work I'll finish it over next few weeks. Was nice to do some inking, haven't done that in a while.

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Explosive!

Explosive!

Great image.

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Awesome hair!

Awesome hair!

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And... getting back to actual

And... getting back to actual characters...

Did this for my old Fire/Rad... Nuclear Blonde. Still a work in progress but coming along well... it's a very trippy character.

NuclearBlondev1 by rjakobson, on Flickr

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And... the final for Nuke...

And... the final for Nuke...

Bless her an her little fire monkies... She was a leveling machine in her day. :)

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Warburg! Looking awesome all

Warburg! Looking awesome all around

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Warburg! Looking awesome all around

Warburg... nah... that's Crey's Folly. :) Used to go there, have my "team" stand outside the fence - grab a tank, light him up, power him down, and let the monkey's grab all the XP.

Wash - Rinse - Repeat...

Then for fun, we'd go kill Ninjas.

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That truly does look

That truly does look explosive! Look at those colors!
I'm happy to see you back in action, Mike.

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Thanks DD... and always good

Thanks DD... and always good to see you! Was lookin at some of the stuff you've been up to ... very nice. :)

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Latest bit of work... for my

Latest bit of work... for my own Toon... it's a work in progress.

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And the color...November

And the color...
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Interesting!

Interesting!

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Cool approach and imagery.

Cool approach and imagery. Expression and posture are especially evocative with the background energy.

A Wing and a Prayer, A Strong, Strong Wind, All Forests are One - Venture City metahuman novels in the spirit of City of Heroes and other comic book superhero fiction. (http://bit.ly/sdpbooks)