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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.


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!


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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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-11-25
Highway Samurai by *Inkthinker ( Suggested by Hellobaby and Featured by alltheoriginalnames )
Really good inks and love the details.
Tony-Toy 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 ?
Inkthinker 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.
lol literally heard the akira music when i saw this
ozzyopolis Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of AKIRA.
; )
LC85 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:
Inkthinker 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!
LC85 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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