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Bad Hand by Inkthinker Bad Hand by Inkthinker
Another western piece. The poker game that descends into a brawl is a classic staple of any saloon worth its whiskey. I had a bit of difficulty with what to put on the guy throwing the punch, because I wanted to show off his arms but I didn't want him barechested. So he ended up wearing just a vest, which (along with the leather arm bands) probably makes him look a bit like Crocodile Dundee with a six-shooter on his leg.

I feel kinda bad for the dealer, but he was probably in on the cheat.

I wanted it to look like the chair under the guy taking the punch had smashed beneath him from the violence of the blow, but I think it probably reads poorly. I should have had it bursting into the foreground more, but there wasn't much room at the bottom of the illustration. Oh, well, something to learn.

4 hours, pencil on Bristol, 9x12.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-12-16
It was noodle-scrambling to find that *Inkthinker had never received a Daily Deviation! While scooting around his gallery tonight I found Bad Hand; an older piece, yes, but still a beautiful representation of his incredible talent for movement, expression and general mischief-making. A talent that is carried on to many areas, including animation. Be sure to swing by and check out the rest of *Inkthinker's gallery! ( Featured by y2jenn )

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Ghettodemyn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I stumbled across this while looking up stock photos on derringer's this is astounding i think you should do a part two to this like a minute later in the seen where all hell breaks loose and everyone starts fighting
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Eldahast Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
so MUCH action in so little space. Brilliant shot.
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:iconsky-chaser:
Sky-chaser Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Student
It's incredible that a picture can have so much going on, and still look fresh and spontaneous. WOW!
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:iconbutterfly-dragon:
butterfly-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
unable to comment here... must... push... keys... in... right... order... while... laughing... :D
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AnkhAnanku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
Incredible line art... Love the shading on the clothing. I think you were right to leave off the sleeves, I can't imagine it being half as dramatic otherwise. Still... I wonder how that guy's leg got all the way up there...?
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:iconalamus:
Alamus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
YEAHH! I KNEW YOU WOULD GET ONE EVENTUALLY! CELEBRATE!
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:iconchocozilla:
chocozilla Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
very dynamic piece, awesome lineart

the only thing that seems odd is that the puncher is grabbing the guys shirt, it doesnt seem natural considering how the punch played out.

also kind of convienent how aces would obviously be the card to cheat with and happen to be the easiest to draw.
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
It's always aces... nobody ought to have a 6-ace-hand out of a 5-ace-deck. :D
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:iconilluminatii:
Illuminatii Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice action! *fave'd*
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MrMalice Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
I love your shading, and how you capture the raw violence that would have occurred in the same situation in real life. Love it.

Also, I saw the chair break under the sheer power of that punch. So, for me, you achieved what you sought out to. Thanks a lot for this, I enjoy it. Keep up the good work.
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NevermoreStudios Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
hey, Ink! nevermore over at PJ, saw you got this DD man, its great to see it, you are much deserving in it :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Excellent job, especially with the line control and the lovely way you control the viewer's eye movement throughout this piece.
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:iconrussellnails:
RussellNails Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks amazingly chaotic. Great eye movement too.
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:iconsean825:
Sean825 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
That looks incredibly complex and must've been a giant pain in the ass to draw D:
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Naw. Start out with a rough drawing and then just keep refining the shapes and adding details... then draw clean over the rough and it looks all nice.
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aumithefirstvamp Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
this is awsome. the detail is fantabulous. but i do feel sorry for the guy with the beard....shot through the chest, ouch..
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FatherOfBread Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
incredible
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:iconmegarathewarrior:
megarathewarrior Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
This is fantastic! I love how detailed this is. :D
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Hobbittzu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
I really like the expression on the gentleman's face that is being 'deck'ed. ^^ Very groovy looking. :)
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:iconzawtty:
zawtty Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now that's what I call a cowboy fight!
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:iconrippah2:
Rippah2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is an amazing drawing i love it i sat here for about 5 minutes just looking at it to see all the little details and thing, so much action in one shot it would look awesome in colour i think it might help to better see all the detail and stuff :)
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:iconeldavisimo:
ElDavisimo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
well done! this piece is fluid. great movement!
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:iconwire-master:
Wire-Master Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
This is amazing. I really love the attention to detail and the movement in this drawing.
Wonderful work!
:+fav:
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:iconmaxintoch:
maxintoch Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
real nice! keep up the good work!
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:iconnutlet94:
Nutlet94 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
There is so much going on, bu if you just look at it it's perfectly clear. I love the expression on the face of the guy who is punching! :+fav:
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masterofshadows Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Nice work, looks great! Hope the cheaters are the one's getting shot ;)
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:iconpipocanancy:
pipocanancy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   General Artist
wowo chaos ... nice :D
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:iconnever-give-up:
Never-Give-Up Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Big wow! There's a lot going on, but it's pretty friggin' shweet. 8D
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slvsgtt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
it's beautiful!!! but it's really hand-made? the lines are very precise!!!
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Is there another way? Crap, I've been doing it the hard way all this time...

:D

It's just about making rough structure sketches before you put in the precise linework, and then concealing that underlying structure in a variety of ways. Sorta like building a house, you only see the outside but there's a lot in the walls that holds it up.
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KampfVerein Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
It seems pure chaos at first, but, upon closer examination, the structure is perfectly clear. Wonderful work.
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:iconmicrowave:
microwave Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shouldn't you be with 4 to play poker?
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The fourth player got the hell out when the seventh ace showed up.

Or maybe they're playing Baccarat? Blackjack? Parcheesi? I got no idea, I'm a dice man for a preference, myself. :D
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:iconmicrowave:
microwave Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok then :).

Ever though about character deisgn?
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
You mean as a job? I get to do it occasionally as part of my animation work, but it's not something that I find is generally a "career" position... rather "character design", at least in games and such, gets folded in with other production positions, or is farmed out to freelancers. I wish I could just do character design work all the time, but it doesn't seem likely.

:D
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microwave Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, me and a couple of persons are working on a project, which will grow out in a game company and are stil looking for talented persons... :)

hint hint
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seaweedprincess Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Jesus.

I love the poses.
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Nightbreeze Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Nice drawing ^^ grats on the DD ^^
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:iconamotu:
Amotu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
I would really love to color this digitally. The movement of it is amazing.
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Have fun with it, I don't mind at all.
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Christobelle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
I love it, especially since it goes well with the book im reading, lol. secondly, i love your avatar, its so very creative^^
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
beautifully rendered! congrats on your DD! :D
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blank-zigzag Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
ah, nicely done
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swordbunny4486 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
very nice! very busy and very detailed and contorted... in a good way of course.
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etherealmurmurings Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Wonderful style you have. I love how you drew the man's clothes being pulled from his body after he was shot. The chair-smash situation is a little hard to grasp, though.
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sdrmutant Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   Filmographer
great scene! :+fav:
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:icontullio:
Tullio Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   Interface Designer
great job had to fav it
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:iconsuperbum:
Superbum Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Student General Artist
Very nice man.
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:iconniniel-chan:
Niniel-chan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   Digital Artist
'bout time.

great picture, I love the movement in it!
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:iconholdinghertight:
holdinghertight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
nice.
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