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Berserker barrage - sketch by Inkthinker Berserker barrage - sketch by Inkthinker
One of the things I love about Berserk (Kentaro Miura) is the way he draws these insanely brutal, violent splash scenes in which limbs and torsos and heads go flying all over the place... he does almost all of it with curves and hatch patterns and "speed lines". He's a madman with a brush, Miura is. I didn't quite take it to his level, but that's one of the things I was thinking about when I sketched this out.

Total time, 'bout an hour. Red pencil first, then graphite, red stripped out in Photoshop... so I did rough out the curves and arcs and positions n'shit before I came in with the semi-clean pencil action.

Just messin' about, trying to stay loose. Hit me with yer thoughts.

-EDIT-

Flipped it.
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:iconmrknifey:
mrknifey Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
subdual damage not the way to go it seems. try a big cannon from a distance guys;)
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:iconmr-crowley666:
mr-crowley666 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D, DF, F + PPP
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chorns Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
I love the sense of speed you show with intense speed lines! Nice!!
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:iconroronora:
roronora Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Sweet
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delicouslavethe8 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
ink man your beast i didnt even know you had all this stuff in your scraps man would it be alright if i learn your style of action PLEASE SAY YES SENSEI
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I'm not going to teach it to you... but if you want to pick up tips, by all means be my guest. I'd say that if you want to learn the method, rather than ask me it's better to look to the artists that I learn from. Top of the list for action in my book are Oh! Great (Air Gear, Tenjho Tenge), Yukito Kishiro (Battle Angel Alita) and Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal). Study what they've done, rather than what I've done, and you'll be closer to the source.
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delicouslavethe8 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
lol you know whats funny is im reading them as i read this statment lol im a big fan of them and vagabond but thanks man for actually responding
btw AWSOME EFFIN ART AND GIFS MAN
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Takehiko Inoue is also awesome. So is Kentaro Miura. Also Kenichi Sonoda, who is the only guy I've ever seen who can actually make a car chase in comics as thrilling as it would be in a movie.

A lot of 'em are coming from the same basic place, though... study 'em all, and look for what they have in common.
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butterfly-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Just wondering: why did you flip it?

Where you trying to give a greater impact because most people look at pictures from left to right?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
That was part of it. Mostly it's because I often flip drawings in order to check for errors, which often "pop out" more effectively when you look at a drawing in reverse, or upside-down. And sometimes, when I flip it to check for mistakes, I just find out I like it better that way. Dig around in the Scraps and Gallery and you'll probably find several drawing that I've done that with.
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Archaia Featured By Owner May 30, 2007   General Artist
such amazing action and dynamics I can feel the fury of this attack, its kinetic!
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ASZSephiroth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
Wicked action scene!!!
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:icontechnococcus:
technococcus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
My "thoughts" is: Pretty damn intense! It's cool, it's fast, it oozes "Killer", and it does it mostly with suggestion of line and movement. Kick Ass.
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Exocentric Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
Haha, this is brilliant. A crazy amount of action going around here...I really like that circle of dust kicking up around him too. This is just me, but I think since there's no blood trails or anything, I think it'd be nice if the limbs severed limbs were a bit closer to the body from which they were removed. :3 The torso slice is fine, because that's obvious, but the arms flying about, hehe, I guess I just like to see where everything is coming from and going to. *shrug* You can ignore this if you want. Just a thought.
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FuzzGod5 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
Amazing.

Took me a while to figure out that it was Wolverine under all of that carnage, but then I made out the claws. Fantastic work.
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SoundNinja Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
I love it man, I even counted the limbs to double-check XD
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Stuponfucious Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOT.
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yf19-sama Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
How did you do the speeds curves stay parallele, i have lot of troube doing this
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Draw the outer lines first, then use those to guide the inner lines. I draw the lines pretty quickly, too, in order to avoid getting the wobblies. If you look closely, you'll see that they're not actually parallel at all in many cases.

Also, I laid out the curves and such in sketchy red pencil, as I often do, and then drew over that with regular pencil, and removed the red in Photoshop. Having the guidelines on the page helps a great deal.
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yf19-sama Featured By Owner May 3, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
when you finaly draw with pencil you do it speedly too i'm suppose.
Thanks for the description I didn't know why you start with the outer first but I have to try.
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Gulril Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
and then they put that face like... "ow"

and it's son damn funny :evillaugh:
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SeanRM Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
I think it could benefit from some ink spatter coming off the sliced guys... But that is no biggie. Overall, a well executed piece.
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le-mec Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
chop chop chop! I really like this. Best rendition of wolvie in action I've seen in a long while! I'm gonna have to borrow this technique some time too, it really shows a ton of movement, but in a way that is not confusing.
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
Awesome but what are the weapons of the people being beaten up they look like electric batons (electro rods ??)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Something like that, yeah.
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:icontheonlywarman:
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
cool great idea
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MTB-X Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
weapon X in action?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much... not so much from the Weapon X miniseries, since I didn't do the helmet or anything... it's really not from anything in particular.
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acolyten Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
I think you did it correctly with the flying limbs and torsos. :thumbsup: I wonder what it would look like colored....
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MauroPeroni Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
very dinamic indeed !
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:iconfunk-meister:
funk-meister Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
Dude, this rocks.
youve got great talent
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Rulzdemol Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional
Amazing! lot of movement!
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Soliloquis Featured By Owner May 1, 2006   Digital Artist
wow, this is awesome, great job! excellent movement and action! n__n
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sweet-cuppin-cakes Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
just a question... what weapon is he using?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Wolverine has three "claws" (blades really) that are concealed within his forearms, but extend on command to emerge between his knuckles. You can see them a bit better here: [link]

He isn't my character, of course... or even a character I draw often. I'm just doodling outside of my normal box.
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sweet-cuppin-cakes Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
ahh, right! this is wolverine! i didnt know. i understand now :)
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just-spike Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
Man, this is really good; I personally an't think of any crit, as even the lack of detail on the characters seems to be very fitting; the sense of motion is something else, too. :nod:
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LilJoe Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
this looks real cool ,I will make sure to pick up some Berserk GN's
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Zorgia Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Feels like it's actually moving.
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:iconpadayappa:
padayappa Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
I think you did a nice job. but you should try another one, since you probly have a better grip on it now. but your line controll is still craazy
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x2creator Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Professional Filmographer
i think this is amazing. trully skillz of a master.

if you want my honest opinion though, it seems like the pose that the wolverine-looking character has doesnt match the action lines... i think what would help it would be to make the wolverine character a bit more dash-lined, giving it almost an effect of like Taz, though without making it look TOO cartoony... but thats just me, maybe im wrong about it.

even with that though, it remains to be an amazing drawing making pretty much anything in my gallery look like pure ass.

love it.
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shinwolf Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
woah. well executed action scene. wish i could sketch up stuff like that.
you could actually improve the slashes by making 'em more jagged, sort of thickens progressively...
make it look like there's a lot of weight in those cuts. (so sorry if i can't describe it more clearly... o_O)
but i still like how you made this scene. nice.
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Scythed Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
love the action in it, you can really feel the movement
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