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Highway Samurai by Inkthinker Highway Samurai by Inkthinker
A little something I put together in the spare bits. I need more technology in my portfolio, I'm perfectly comfortable with cars and guns and such but I really don't do enough of it to show that. You should maybe Download to see this in full-res, there's a lot of fiddly detail.

The composition of this piece got very messy at some point, probably because I'm easily persuaded to put in "one more cool thing" at the expense of clarity. I like most of the bits I ended up with, but the fact that I didn't plan it all out in advance really shows in the uneven layout. Still, I like the general designs, and I had fun with stuff like the dichotomy of the dragons, or the mousiness of the civilian car.

7 logos to find, but one of them is quite badly done... let's say 6 logos and a bonus crap one for the truly dedicated.

Cintiq 21UX, Manga Studio EX v3, ask me any questions you like. No refs were used for anything but the Space Needle, the rest of it is 110% freehanded make-em-up. If something is mechanically questionable, I take the blame.

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Daily Dev, no kiddin'!? Thank you! :D

For all the color requests, check out the Download option and you'll see that it's now at 3600x2400. Have fun with it, let me know what you come up with!

-DOUBLE EDIT-

Hey look, now it's a print! That's new. I've never sold a print before, but I'm thinking why not already?
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Given 2012-11-25
Highway Samurai by *Inkthinker ( Suggested by Hellobaby and Featured by alltheoriginalnames )
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codyrush Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
On a scale of one to ten, ten being 'last airbender' and one being...I don't know, what are the chances of Hollywood getting 'Akira' right?

I'm not particularly optimistic about the cinematic undertaking....due to the fact it's being helmed by suicidal retards who are casting exactly the worse people possible to play 'Kaneda' and 'Tetsuo', those being (to name a few) Zack Effron, that sparkly kid from Twilight, and Justin Timberlake.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm happiest if that project never gets made, at least the way they were discussing it. They probably wouldn't have even gotten the bike right. It sounded like it was shaping up to be another whitewashed "Last Airbender" disaster.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
People have told me that the location of the story and the race of the players are irrelevant. A part of me wanted to ask them a simple question: really, so if there was an all asian 'Bladerunner' sequel you'd be okay with that? Or how 'bout an all armenian cast for 'Gattaca'? Or how about a remake of 'Brazil' done by Bollywood?


The only way this movie could even begin to retain accuracy to the original is by being at least r-rated,shot with an almost all asian cast, and be directed by one of the following: david fincher, zack snyder, joss whedon, Terry Gilliam, Ridely Scott or Frank Darabont. Honestly out of those masterful cinematic ass kickers I really think only joss or zack can articulate the tone and harboild exuberance of 'Akira'.
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Michael29Norwood Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Really good inks and love the details.
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Tony-Toy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. It make me think of Akira !

And the pyramid in the background, is it reference to Enki Bilal ?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
More a reference to the use of pyramids as arcologies in general, and in Blade Runner specifically. Though that structure probably isn't big enough to be a proper arcology, I don't know.
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manuarts3000 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
exelente
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antimator15q Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
lol literally heard the akira music when i saw this
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ozzyopolis Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ga'damn!
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Jegudiel2013 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Reminds me of AKIRA.
; )
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LC85 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP THIS IS INSANE!!! :omg::faint: Granted that's what the truck driver's saying, but IT IS!!! :headbang::worship: My God, this is BEAUTIFUL. I love detailed stuff like this and there's so much action going on my eyes are jumping all over the place and enjoying the ride too :lmao:

I MUST ask this: I want to get a Cintiq21UX SOO bad, but I'd like to a user's opinion on it. From your POV, what's the best/worst thing about it (besides it costing $2000+) ? Manga Studio too, did that make the crazy inking on here much easier? And one last one:

Where you watching "Akira" at any time while drawing this?! :lmao: Once I got past the artwork itself and took in the scene, that's the FIRST thing that came to mind.

Superb work, man! Keep on keepin' on! :peace:
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you dig it! I've watched Akira more times than I care to count... I remember when it came out in '88-89, I've bought it at least twice (VHS and DVD) and I have the complete 6-volume set of the manga. I didn't directly refer to either while I was working on this, but it was an influence just the same.

As for the Cintiq, it's a serious investment, and I don't recommend it for just anyone. If you're already using a lap-tablet and getting paid to work with it, then the Cintiq will pay for itself in a handful of jobs and you can write the expense off on your taxes (though you'll probably have to depreciate it over several years). If you're a hobbyist or a student, then it's a hell of a price tag.

I generally recommend that if you're not sure, stick with a lap-tablet for a while longer... I know at least a couple amazing painters that prefer the "invisible hands" advantage, and the sticker price is significantly lower for a device that offers a similar degree of functionality. I worked with a 3x5 Graphire and then a 9x12 Intuos for 3 years before I went for the Cintiq, and even then it had a lot to do with the fact that I'd just wrapped up a job with a significant bonus, and for the first time ever I could afford it. Otherwise, I'd probably still be working with that 9x12 (I still have it as an emergency backup).

I hope that helps some... good luck!
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LC85 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First thing's first, thank you for taking the time to respond in detail :thanks:

That did help me make up my mind pretty quick :giggle:. Btw, are you a freelance artist? Just wondering when you said "wrapped up a job with a significant bonus", also if you are, what's it like?

Again, thank you :thanks:
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've been an independent contractor for about 12 years now, I think? For most of that time I had a primary client that took up about 90% of my time with subcontract animation and commercial production work (Studio Fates, from 2000-2010). Over the past five years I've slowly diversified the client portfolio more, focusing on illustration in addition to pre-production work in TV and video games (mostly storyboarding). During 2011-2012 I was employed at THQ and scaled down the freelancing to a near-stop, but I powered it back up again in April of this year and haven't stopped since.

It's important to remember that you're not just an artist, you're a small-business owner. Most of what I do on the business end I've modeled after the construction contracting I grew up around, which suffices for most things though it's not a 1:1 analog. You've got to do a lot of negotiating and networking and accounting and amateur engineering and other stuff that's not drawing, which can be scary and frustrating (taxes... eurgh), and if you can't maintain a financial buffer it can be extremely stressful. And always, always, the competition. Especially these days, as more and more young artists learn the craft through powerful digital tools, and continue to raise the bar (and often lower rates) across the industry.

On the up side, you are the boss. You set your own hours, and you decide how to spend them. You can take off any time you like, do the job however you think best, and you are the final arbiter of quality. If you can do the job well and hook the right clients, you'll be encouraged to make creative decisions, which is ultimately rewarding when you see those decisions create a work that's well-received. Eventually you may reach a point where you never have to take a job that doesn't make you smile, and every day you can work on something exciting and fun, and create a personal legacy that lives long beyond your days.

If you're strong enough.
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LC85 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, again THANK YOU for the detailed response. I greatly appreciate it :thanks:

Yeah, I'd read about the joys and downsides of working for yourself. It DOES scare me a bit, I'm not gonna lie :giggle: ^^; but nothing truly educates you like going out and doing it.

:thanks: :highfive: & :peace:
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absolute8 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think I'll watch Akira today :)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Rarely go wrong with that. :D
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AGMorgan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is most righteous
A running battle of rides
I mean holy shit
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theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
knocked out of the park!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooohhh, shit. I hope that didn't hit someone's window. Run!!
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theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
if you did, well worth it!
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Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
DAMN!! A lot of Sh!t is going down in this sketch. Try and keep it simple, there so much going on that I got a little dizzy scrolling down to see everything, I mean WHAT IS GOING ON!?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
CRAZYTOWN, I know. It did get a little over-the-top, but I was having a good time. :D
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Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I can see that! You don't hold back do ya!?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Only for Lent.

Which is surprising, since I'm not Catholic.
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Lovelynice Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
This is great. I love the bikes and dragon.
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poofler Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
i like the finger right in the middle of the pic
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RyanOttley Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Artist
RAD!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Now I just need to do it 16 times a month. :D
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
mind blowing. feel the speed and tense.
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Sanguisa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shadowrun! Yeah!
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J-M-Martin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Would love to see someone tackle the coloring on this sucker.

Also, dig the "Mom" tat on the dragon. Ha!
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amadarwin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Beautiful piece, Ink! However, I have one (minor) gripe - typical throttle functions are located on the right hand grip. Completely releasing the grip results in an immediate and moderate reduction in speed. It's much like a car with a manual transmission, not surprisingly, since both are manually operated, except that the reduction is slightly more pronounced on a bike. Holding in the clutch, located on the left grip, would delay that slightly, and would have comparable speed reduction to a car with an automatic transmission.

Despite those facts, I completely dig the piece. Just wanted to keep you informed for any future motorcycle maimings you render in the future.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Throttle lock! Little thumb-switch, locks the throttle in place. It's like cruise control, only more dangerous. :D
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amadarwin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Haha! Nice save! Though I don't see it...must just be a bad angle. :clap:
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, totally, it's just on the other side of that button-thingy with the danger-stripes hat. Yup, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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amadarwin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Oh, and forgot to mention, love how you handled the speedlines in the shadows and the road. Subtle, yet effective.
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furloph Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Mmm shadowrun
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martianink Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Yup, pretty damn awesome!
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CrimsonBlack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome and hehe @ the holy shit? love the action!
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Jon-Wood Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
STREET SAMURAI has evolved into HIGHWAY SAMURAI!
*fanfare*
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He uses Speeding Slash!!

It's super-effective!
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martinhoulden Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
that is some dense ink, man, gj
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Luna-31 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
woow!! really really awesome art, its soooo detailed :O i love it !!!
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Gratz on the well-deserved DD! And damn, I'm tempted to have a go colouring it...!
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derivagiana Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Wow, your drawing really take my breath away! I always a fan of your drawing style. Back in the day I always looking for japanese comics that have this style (mainly in detail and the sense of 'dramatically natural and sensible' to my eyes), one of them is Akira. I'm not really in to general manga style, but if your drawing is also a part of manga, then I luv manga! I always dream to have the abillity that you have, but I think my talent won't go that far... XD! I think I have strong calling in coloring this piece, I'll let you know when it's done.
Always looking forward to your next piece, I'm sure it'll be more awesome!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

I try not to get hung up on categorizing "style"... I've been reading comics and drawing all my life, and I feel like I've got a wide range of artistic influences. Some of my favorite artists are Japanese, and I use manga-associated techniques when it serves me to do so, but I also pull stuff from cartoons and indie graphic novels and underground comix and from all kinda stuff that's older than I am, so I think in the end it's a toss-up.

I don't care what people call my style, so long as they call it awesome.

:D
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derivagiana Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Totally with you, we do what we do, we love what we love, not by the style, but by the love and effort we put into a piece! So your toss-up style works awesomely for me.. XD!
Can't wait to see your next stuff!
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vitolicio Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Dear Inkthinker My questions are the next;

How do you do for make the straight lines and the ovals?

And what´s the final image size ideal for publish that draw?

It`s very important for me to understand what it is the ideal level of detail that i can apply in my work such that the common viewer appreciates the detail.
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vitolicio Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!!!
:D
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