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FantasyCraft - Monk by Inkthinker FantasyCraft - Monk by Inkthinker
Fantasy Craft is back on the radar again with A Call To Arms, a new series of Character Class modules for the hit Role-Playing Game. This is the cover to the "Monk" module.

This one is a bit different than usual, in that I used Photoshop as well as Manga Studio EX to draw it. I made use of some PS brushes to get the ink-wash effect in the boar, but other than that it's entirely MSEX.

In retrospect I should have done a little more with her exposed stocking, some sort of pattern or something would have helped emphasize the hint of exposed hip there. The Octographics colors on the book cover picked it up, but as I've said before, if I can't make it work just as well in B&W then it's a fumble. I'm also not particularly satisfied with the effect of the lines to the sides, but almost two years have passed since I drew it. I like it less without the line effect, but I should have done it better, there's really no excuse.

©2008 Crafty Games. Crafty Games. Illustrated in Manga Studio EX v.3 using an Intuos 9x12 tablet.

No logo game in this one, sorry. The cowbells are a Crafty Games insider-joke, though.
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sykosan Apr 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
love the way this image "moves"
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:icontyleroot:
Great piece yet again. I just picked up a copy of FantasyCraft and it's awesome. The Art alone was worth the price. Great work.
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Inkthinker Mar 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

I told my friends and family, "buy it for the artwork, and get a free game with it!"
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Bluesigma Mar 25, 2010  Student Artist
oh god I just love eastern philosophical characters, nice job
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:iconaku-no-ringo:
I will reiterate what others have said by expressing my appreciation for your rendering of a female monk. This is so graceful too.

As an aside, how do you like MSEX? I have seen it before, but am a bit uncertain of what exactly it is for.
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Inkthinker Mar 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Manga Studio is primarily designed for creating comics, and illustrating line art in general. In that respect, it's absolutely my weapon of choice. All of the 60+ illustrations I drew for Fantasy Craft (except the cover), as well as the 230+ pages of Joe is Japanese, have been created in Manga Studio.

I'm still using v3, which has some quirks and bugs that v4 is said to have fixed. That being said, most of the tools that I use are available in Debut, and it's definitely one of the best programs I've encountered for digital drawing. The full compatibility with Photoshop doesn't hurt either.
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DUDE!! AWSOME A female monk! XD she looks soo kick ass fantastic job ^^*
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PTR-Trick Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the idea of a female monk. Not something you see everyday.
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WakeMusicAlarm Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really powerful looking layout on this!
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There is no chance the thigh could go unnoticed. I don't want to stoke a stereotype, but most gamers are guys, and we're like bloodhounds when it comes to spotting the bare skin on a woman.

I like the bling on the boar.
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