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EXALTED : Ki Punch by Inkthinker EXALTED : Ki Punch by Inkthinker
Third in the series of illustrations drawn as a subcontract for White Wolf's Scroll of the Monk gamebook for their long-running RPG series Exalted.

This one's a little different from the others, in that I did the least amount of work on it, for various reasons. I don't usually leave something this unfinished before handing it off, but there was reasons.

As with the others in this set, the top two frames are my work, the final frame shows the image as it appears in print after being sweetened by the tone artist.

The man responsible in this case is fan-favorite: Shaun Healey. Ahhh, yes, I knew him before he became a rockstar.

:D

The description for the drawing called for the character to resemble Bruce Lee, and I aims to please... Shaun was given wide latitude in the background and some specific instructions to change up the lines, which he did quite nicely. If you ain't seen his work, check him out.

More to come, I expect.

EDIT

There's a possiblity that this particular illustration didn't appear in the book after all... I haven't seen a copy to check against yet, but when I find out for sure then I'll mention it.

Not gonna take it down or nothin'... still a good drawing.
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LuckyLefty Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006
I LOVE IT MAN
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Eldaros Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
Yeah, it didn't get into the book. They seem to have put Mel's there in it's place on page 83. They are quite similar. Either way, your work is definitely a good addition to any book. Hopefully they'll have more of your work in books for the future, and hope you actually enjoy working on Exalted. Keep up the great job.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That's the plan, anyhow. Soon as I get my home studio resituated post-move, I intend to send stuff out to them and others. I really enjoy the Exalted universe, so I definitely hope that I get more of those.
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tkim2008 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The final outcome is simply amazing, funny though how he closes his mouth. Kinda reminds me of Bruce Lee.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, he totally should... the direction for the piece specified that the character resemble Bruce.
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timterrenal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
awesome scene
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
so shawn helped you on this ??

awesome pose though reminds me of sothern chinese kung fu style works really good with chi (or ki as you call it)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
He's the man... one to watch closely.
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
I am believe me but still you rock man if it wasn't for your lines shawn wouldn't have done a god job toning
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NicoBlue Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
hahah, the Bruce action is cool
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Taimat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
bruce is the main man!
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SuperMelty Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, you can see the action happening in still motion. So fluid. :D
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Naill Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Haha, Im very glad you changed his expression, that one made me laugh.
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EvilWall Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
I love the Bruce Lee expression.
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MrBallistic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
His expression is actually kind of humorus.
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marceujija Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
wonderful! shining and strong hands! hahaha
:D
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ragweed Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
This is so awsome <3
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rodzyn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Bruce Lee :p I like it.
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Morducai Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Awesome dynamic and perspective!!
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wahay Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I noticed the planes you set up in most all of your sketches. What would you call those? They're too dimensional to be Mondrian lines.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The perspective grids? I can't draw a background without 'em.
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InsaneInfernO Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Traditional Artist
holy crap dude, this looks amazing!
how do u get sutch awsomely cool angels and poses?? i must know O.O
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Perspective! It makes everything awesome.
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InsaneInfernO Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Traditional Artist
hehe, ok then how do u get the awsomely awsome Perspectives ^^;
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of study. :D

Most perspective classes and books are REALLY boring, but it's one of those things you just gotta push through. I hated 'em, and it always seems like the knowledge I got in classes just sort of poured back out of my ears, but I realised a while back that you just can't get by without it... faking it only goes so far.

So I've been busting my head trying to get a good handle on it, and it's helped improve my work a good bit. I'm still not a master, but I'm getting better at it.

One thing that helps is to draw the rough sketches without the grids, but using foreshortening and depth... then drawing in the perspective grids to match and support the angle established by the sketch. As long as you can get two lines, you can extrapolate to find the vanishing points and build the rest using maths. It takes a lot of practice, but it's totally worth it.
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InsaneInfernO Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Traditional Artist
thanks alot for the tips man! i was thinking for doing some curses in art and i gess ill just add this one to my list. ;)
ill try use it in my next work! thanks again!:D
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blaquejag Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
nice work
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
nice motion man
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kaivoetmann Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
real bruce lee style... wonderfull stuff! love the way you show how its done...
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ShikaruOC Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Filmographer
awsome!
the first thing i said to myself was "hey thats bruce lee :D"

great work dude.
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ERIKEXETER Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
its funny that your end product sudenly looks like bruce lee :)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Naw... it's fortuitous. The final was changed quite a bit by Shaun, so he gets more of the credit for that.
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sk1nz Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
thats quality, i like the way you show your process :)

good stuff
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LilJoe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
nice work.
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carlospita Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
You have pleased the clan young grasshopper.

Your skills are extraordinary.

Kick ass.
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flinx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
*grin*

you knew him before he was a rock star too hey? ;p


*sigh*....artists...they grow up so fast! ;P
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wolfgangh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Reminded me of the guy from street fighter :P But yeah I spose he was based on Bruce Lee too :D
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Fei Long? Yeah, he was totally Bruce, but I liked him anyhow. :D
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bearcavestudios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
these step by step drawings are great
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Lu-Kutha Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
great
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kiyo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
...I just went through the entire book and it looks like this picture didn't make it for some reason. o.x Are you sure it was supposed to be in Scroll of the Monk?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thought so... were the others in there (I drew about five...)?

For that matter, am I listed in the credits at the front? I haven't seen the book myself.
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kiyo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The other ones you've posted here on DA have been in the book. And I don't know your real name, but for MESS the credits are: HOON, Shaun Healey, Ben McSweeney, Jeff Simpson and Linda Tso.
Your contract didn't include you getting two copies of the book for free? Both me and my boyfriend got two copies for free for doing art for it.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I would be the "Ben McSweeney". :D

Well, at least that's right. Funny thing is, though, I don't think Shaun worked on any others besides this one, so if he's got a credit, what else would it be for? Are you sure it's not in there? Like... maybe small, or in the back or something?

I gotta get a copy someplace.

I was under subcontract, and never dealt directly with White Wolf... essentially MESS gets the contract, we get the jobs, and the cash gets divvied up. I was planning to send a direct submissions package through another friend of mine who's worked with Brian Glass (I believe he's still the AD for Exalted, yes?) after the holidays. I'm hoping I actually get a response this time... last couple times I sent in submissions in for Exalted they must've gotten sucked into a black hole... I never even got a form rejection letter.

:D

Normally I do get comp copies (I got a little shelf for all of 'em... almost up to a round dozen), but not with subcontracts. All things considered it's not the way I prefer to work, but when the job comes up for an established series like this I'm not gonna quibble about it.
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kiyo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure it's not there... sometimes they mess up the credits, so it might be that Shaun got credited even though he didn't do anything that made it to the book.

I've been wondering how the subcontract thing works... both myself and my boyfriend work for them independently. Anyway, Brian's still the AD for Exalted, so you should give him a poke about the whole thing. Personally I love receiving free books for my efforts, especially since I play the game myself. :D
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The subcontracting thing is just about networking... in the case of MESS, it generally happened through a dedicated subforum on their board where only qualified artists were allowed access. Got some nice little jobs that way, while it lasted.

Direct contact with the client is always better, though. I'd much rather work for the publisher personally than through a subcontract (or a sub-subcontract, as was sometimes the case). For one thing, you get more money that way. For another, it's easier to make sure the job goes as planned... the more layers between you and the client, the better the odds that something, somwhere, will get sticky.
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Protex-blue Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Interface Designer
have you played GOW yet?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Gears of War or <God of War?
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Protex-blue Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Interface Designer
gears of war. you played it?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Just a little... don't have a 360 myself (no time, no cash to spare), but I've got friends. :D

It's a gorgeous game, the actual gameplay is very reminiscent of kill.switch, and older game with the same 3rd-person cover-and-move strategy to the action. Gears of War is much more entertaining and has a MUCH better camera (I love the GoW run-cam), but kill.switch got kinda repetetive, and ended up in the pile of "games I haven't gotten around to beating yet, but occasionally take out and think about playing before remembering that I have shit to do".

God of War was pretty awesome too... I'm looking forward to the sequel for that.
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