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Alleyway - Dirty Pencils by Inkthinker Alleyway - Dirty Pencils by Inkthinker
Bunch of edits, not the least of which is the design on her tunic/robe/dress/skirt/whatever... Added detail here and there, plus all that pencil shading. This is probably about as far as I'll take this for now... it'd look tight in color though, no?

8x10, no.2 pencil on Canson sketchpaper, kneaded and solid erasers, Ticonderoga red checking pencil, triangle and ruler. That's all she wrote...


What do you think of it when it's flipped? I kinda like better this way, it's been pointed out to me that your eye flows better across the page this way, lamp to sword to guy to sword to girl down sheathe to final guy, and the flag (which really isn't supposed to be so prominent a feature, I shoulda blocked something into the foreground, like leaves or something, to obscure it more) is less obtrusive. I think for now, I'm keeping it like this.


- The shaded areas represent, if not black, at least "areas of deep shadow", keeping in mind that my sense of lighting is deeply flawed because I'm still making baby steps with it. So yeah, multiple light sources, right?


- That thing in the upper corner has been, at various points: a streetlamp, a heatlamp, a moisture collector, a moisture distributor, an electrical transformer and a "cool-looking thing to hang from a pole". If it gets your imagination rolling, then it works.

- And just 'cause people still mention that big frickin sword: [link] to the whole thing on the odachi, the big damn swords of Japanese history.

- If you want to color it up, go ahead... send me a Note when you do, and I'll link it here:

First up: [link]

Reilly over at Penciljack did this really kickass monotone pass over it: >>> [link] <<<

Another: [link]

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There's like a bunch more, I've not been good about adding every version to this list unless requested.

Thanks for polishing up my scribbles!

If you don't want me to link it, then tell me so, and I won't, but let me check it out anyway... I get all fuzzy inside when I feel like I contributed somehow. :D
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StriderSoryu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work. Cool perspective on the sword really makes it pop out. I can almost feel the tension about to break into violence by looking at it long enough.
NDDragor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Its awesome!
Like the small details and the background.
honorable-sword Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Photographer
...somebody should cosplay this.
uauaUahalo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist
wow great perspective!!!
dire-musaera Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
This piece ticks all the boxes. Clean line art, attention to detail, amazing foreshortening, a sense of drama and action, clear depth of field. Absolutely gorgeous.
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, this is Ōdachi? Heh, when I heard about this sword, I just could not believe. OVER 2,5 M OF LENGHT? WTF?
Anyway, great work. And this pendant in end of sword... LOL. :D
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heh. Yeah, most of them were ceremonial, never meant to be used in combat. But there were a few that were legendarily known to be used on the battlefield for cutting down horses or riders. They say the blades were long enough that you needed a second man to hold the sheathe while you draw it.

It might be a myth, but it's fun.
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very fun! :D
kelvingreen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I really like the exaggerated perspective on this; it grabs the attention right from the outset, but then there are all the little details to explore. Very well done.
kamikaze18 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
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