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May 29, 2005
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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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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
Eldahast Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
so MUCH action in so little space. Brilliant shot.
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!
butterfly-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
unable to comment here... must... push... keys... in... right... order... while... laughing... :D
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...?
Alamus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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
Illuminatii Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice action! *fave'd*
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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