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Old (#26)
Nice slug. Sure would suck if the arrow broke while he was shooting it and he salted himself.
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@brome: glad it brought some sunshine to your day. as i'm writing this you are most likely playing gta4... at home... on a tuesday... you giant jerk...

@slingshot:
you know i find it funny that you said that about the salt screwing him up. we carry around guns and crap that can hurt us all the time and nobody ever says, "oh man, what if he shoots his own foot off!" thanks for the boost tho man ;D.


so here's the 20 minute extravaganza known as "the headsman" me and a small group of people are tossing around the idea of a game where you pilot awesome pterodactyls ala joust and capture flags and frag enemies. anyways i started becoming obsessed with class systems because the beta for tf2 hit pc's everywhere and it was infecting my mind.

the heads man was a melee specialist that could chop off heads with an axe like an executioner. in another sketch i did of this guy he looks even more apathetic.

ever since i could dream about flying on a pterodactyl i've been dreaming about flying on a pterodactyl.

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Old (#28)
aw that's amazing! I love your style! and all the original -not too detailed but also not to sketchy- ideas you come up with!
great stuff man, looking forward to more!
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Old (#29)
@Japhir: thanks for the boost man, after a quick glance at your page i noticed your wicked low-poly modeling abilities! cool stuff man. i really love the look of low-poly stuff and think it really shows an artists aptitude and efficiency.

so i just did up a second pass of the headsman because i feel that i needed to try tightening up some of my stuff. so here's another version of the headsman class for shivalry.

so here's the headsman sharpening his axe and taking a quick break from hardcore decapitation. he is wondering why the birds have taken a break on the face of his dactyl, the dactyl is mad, and fat. the charms on the tail of the pterodactyl are "guilt wards" to ward off any guilt the headsman may feel from killing foes.

since pterodactyls are so awesome i may do a few more sketches of the other classes before i dive into other things.

that being said i warn everyone that if they hate riding pterodactyls then should avoid the next few sketches. actually if you hate the idea of riding pterodactyls i think you have some pretty serious issues and should seek some help from a qualified professional.

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Old (#30)
your slug archer is a good concept, but one minor detail is bothering me, and thats how he's holding his bow, the arrow traditionally rests on knuckles of hand holding the bow, for more accuracy, I find it awkward to hold it that way tho cause I'm left handed, I have the arrow rest on my extended thumb, and so far nothing bad has happened to make me want to hold it the other way. Compound bows now have some sort of contraption that holds the arrow steady now as well, lazy bastards.
Anyhow, like I said, just a small detail I happened to notice, nice idea
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Old (#31)
ha ha a fat pterodactyl, sweet! I bet the headsman feeds the decapitated heads to his pet pterodactyl and that's why its fat.

Sit pterodactyl, now roll over and play dead good pterodactyl! here is a tasty decapitated head!
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@GsKanible:
well there goes any hope i have of becoming a professional archer drawer :{. thanks for the pointers on the bow and hand placement. i'll take that into consideration when i sketch up another bow guy.

@slingshot:
dude thats a really great idea! i'm gonna have to use that in the future when i draw these guys. like after a quick flying swipe the pterodactyl will loop around and gulp the head down. i never even thought of that thanks alot.

so i've been a little behind due too a buy weekend but i decided to do a heavily armored guy on a flying mount for the shivalry idea. he's like a legendary warrior and flies a dragon.

now i know what your gonna say. "hey jouste you unbelievable jackass, that's not a dragon, thats a crocodile with bird wings" well i am aware of that. and frankly i'm sick of dragons, but wanted some more flying reptiles so i decided to design my own dragon.

and before you crazy physics guys get on my ass about the amount of weight those wings are having to lift, let it be known that winged crocodiles are totally magical and awesome and eat the laws of physics for breakfast.

the dragon is holding a "reaper-bomb" that is used to raze enemy towers and bases. they're made out of a hodgepodge of leftover weapons and scrap iron and would totally ruin your day with a bunch of shrapnel.

this took a few hours in sketchbook and although its a little busy, its getting
closer to what i would like to start doing/

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Old (#33)
very nice stuff! thanks for the compliments too .
Only crit I can come up with is that it's kind of hard to read the shape, it took me a while to figure out how the beast was and to spot it's rider. maybe have a go at making a colored version?
looking forward to more!
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Old (#34)
Hey man, love your stuff. Fun sketches !
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Old (#35)
@japhnir: yeah dude i totally agree with you, i got too focused on details and didn't even realize how much my sillouette and readability bit it when i spent that much time on a sketch. oh well live and learn.

@kor: thanks for the boost man! i'm loving your sketchbook. some really great stuff. you're quite the demon with value.

so here's a rough of one of my older characters that i wanted to re-visit during lunch, her name is gill-o-tina and she's an octupussheadian, a race i totally just made up on the spot. so she's like your generic chick assassin except she can vomit ink all over you and totally gross you out (unless you're into that kind of thing).

i kept her belted up with knives and a sporty top. sometimes just succumbing to the basic human shape helps me rethink how awful some of my drawings truly are.

i tried to stay soft and loose so i could potentially take her a little further on a later date. again in alias sketchbook, around 45 mins in 2 sessions.

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Old (#36)
I looked a your gill-o-tina chick and she made me think man she might look cool with an electric eel whip.
Ink puking nice!
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@slingshot: another great idea man, consider an electric eel whip in her arsenal for sure! you keep this up and i'll have to crack open your skull with an axe and take a look at what else is swimming around in there, good suggestions as always ;D

been a bit since i posted due to things beyond my power, but here's a quick attempt at adding some color to one of my images, i kept it pretty loose and wanted to warm up my line work.

so this is like another type of mounted guy, kind of my version of a manticore but more like a really really ugly lion with bat wings and like super venomous spines on his tail. that guy on top is totally using a magic weapon of some sorts that either barfs lightning or gives really embarrassing hair-cuts, i haven't decided yet.

i think my next few sketches are going to be a little more functional and on the conceptual side of drawing. kind of my favorite things to work on cause i get to draw those little arrows that point out notes and make it look like a way smarter drawing than i could have completed otherwise.

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Old (#38)
yes! colour! looks sweeeet.
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Old (#39)
amazing! love the expression on the face of the "manticore"! definately go with the embarrasing haircut weapon lol .
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Old (#40)
@Ged:
thanks for the boost, my coloring has got a loooooong way too go but i appreciated the comments thanks

@japhir:
on expressions: i figure all you need to do is get one expression down, do it over and over, on all your stuff, even the things with no eyebrows. this one expression will be used on every drawing you do and as long as you don't tell anyone you'll get away with it forever... wait... goddamnit...

so over my lunch (20 mins sketch 20 mins color) i drew up another mount, this one is pigasus the hell boar-n, the rider is wielding the fabled "ugly stick" of many jokes and insults of old. this flying boar is really bad ass cause he's been hit by a bunch of crap and is totally not caring.

i'm a fan of the tusks and the ratty vulture wings, again my colors need a loooong way to go but i feel that you gotta start somewhere, and what better place to start then a hacked together slop fest of chroma.

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Old (#41)
I am vote for the magical weapon that gives really embarrassing hair-cuts.

Thanks Thanks allot, now I am craving bacon. If the boar was real that man would need a ugly stick to keep me from turning his boar into bacon right now.

Only crit: The leg looks like it is floating tho, the brown part looks like the saddle because the guys arms have Grey cloth and the pants are not Grey too. Kind of deceiving.

Like the color sketches so far.

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Old (#42)
I sit beside this man for 8 hours a day and I swear its like watching Merlin cook up spells. Keep on' keepin' on Jesse.
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Old (#43)
I like how you capture the baddies with very simple forms... instead of random craziness .

Just curious, you're not doing these for anything in particular? just for fun? This has been a really fun series .. getting me all motivated to try something similar
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Jesse what the hell does your signature say? Surely thats not your name?
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@slingshot:
man the haircut weapon is getting a lot of attention. i'll have too look into that... and yes, bacon is amazing.

@ericelwell:
actually its kind of a pet project i have going on with a really good friend of mine. initially its was going to be a simple game but now its leaning more towards a digital trading card game. which is awesome cause i love tcg's ;D

but get on drawing stuff right now if that's what your thinking about doing! if this stuff gets you going on something that'd be great! keep me posted on whats happening and maybe we could do a sketch trade or something.

and yeah i prefer simple shapes cause i'm not a very complicated person

@brome:
tanks for the boost dude, and as for my signature i've taken the liberty of noting it in a jpeg at the bottom of this post for those who are interested, like you apparently.

so i did another quick rider guy because i hate posting in here without an image regardless of quality.

so this guy's got the fabled "bee helm" basically a bee-hive with two eye holes cut out. with this helmet you get stung a bunch but can control bees and get access to as much honey as you want (i needed an edge over bio-shock). he's also wielding a sword (wow jouste... real original buddy...).

the mount is the winged crocodile from a few posts earlier. i'm pretty sure its going to go through a few more revisions until i'm happy with it. maybe i should start doing those conceptual drawings like i said i would.

anyways this took longer than i liked and i like less of it than my other ones, but that's alright cause i learned a lot and got to draw a beehive on some guy's head. and below is my signature broken down for those who give a flying pig.


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Old (#46)
been really enjoying your work. I think I'll have to make a simple beast and rider for a few fun animation tests.
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Old (#47)
what! your signature is a cigarette smoking shark? wtf
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Old (#48)
it would make a nice little fish skeleton
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@aesir:
tanks for the boost man ;D, and i saw your stuff and i think you should totally do an awesome beast rider animation. you gotta do a decent gnashing animation. i swear to god there isn't enough good gnashing animations going around and you may be the person to fix that problem.

@slingshot:
damn right its a cigarette smoking shark, is there a problem?

@ericelwell:
for sure, it does make a strong fish skeleton. maybe... a little TOO strong...

so here's another mountable creature idea; yes, you guessed it, its randy the red-nosed pain-deer. these majestic ass-kickers fly without the aid of wings so they can totally punch the crap out of their foes.

and getting on the business end of those antlers will totally ruin your day, and pain-deer's are also notorious drunkards and are real jerks at parties.

the rider has got a fly-by slicer shield that can deal some mean damage as well as a bull whip.

i had fun drawing this guy and really wanted to keep the shapes simple on the mount because after it was noted by ericelwell i really found myself liking the process, plus it means i can barf some colors on it quicker and move on.

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ah man, so awesome. You inspire me to loosen up my stuff... my art, that is. These latest color pieces are great, you've got a good eye for color. Some kind of LOTR-esque bandit riding a polar moose? Why not. I'd hit it.
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