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MHI - Martial Arts by Inkthinker MHI - Martial Arts by Inkthinker
One of several interior illustrations seen in the impending Hero Games Monster Hunter International Employee Handbook, the tabletop RPG and worldbook based on the Monster Hunter series of kickass urban fantasy novels by Larry Correia. Check it out!

On this project I enjoyed the rare pleasure of full-color paint work, something I used to avoid and now relish, because I'm almost positive I'm getting better at it.

The MHI series is all about finding those things that go bump in the night, and bumping back with .357 silver-tipped hollowpoints. It was especially important that I illustrate the weapons in these illustrations accurately, as detailed and realistic description and usage of firearms is a hallmark of Correia's novels in general. This particular piece illustrates a Hunter disarming a deranged cultist, but crazy-eyes isn't down for the count just yet (though you would think the Glock against his temple would make a decisive argument). The Latin on the Hunter's arm loosely translates to (I think) "Without Knowledge, Skill Is Nothing".

This work was pretty similar to what I had to do for the Mistborn RPG (converting book content into visuals), except that the contemporary setting of the MHI novels doesn't require quite so much improvisation in terms of fashion design. It doesn't really make the job easier, per se, but it gives me lots more leeway in terms of reference.

This was PS CS5.5 and ye olde Cintiq 21.
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Schwarzer-Carnifex Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Thought it was Trip for a minute, then read the description and saw the tattoo.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
you drew stuff for monster hunters AND mistborn? fuuuuuuuck. what i wouldn't do to get a gig like that. :)

great piece! love the energy and the thought you put in it. 
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Your work's not bad, if working on this sort of stuff is something you want to do, I think it's a goal you could meet. I didn't have any special connections, I met Brandon through his fan-site years ago, and I got the Corriea job just by applying through his blog when they made the all-call for artists on the book.

It probably didn't hurt that I was a genuine fan of their books as well as a competent illustrator. I did get a bit of a leg up with Mistborn by doing some fan-work just for my own joy, and that got Brandon's attention at just the right time when he needed a guy to do a job. So don't underestimate the value of fan-art (plus, it's fun!!)

Mostly it's about being a professional and doing the job when they give you the shot. Keep it up! Good luck!!
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
aw thanks for the reply! i'll keep an eye out for new postings at their respective sites.

dude, i loooooooooOOOvve correia's books. i've read and devoured all of them (dead six too!). (except warbound, that's still new and i want to savor that).
i only thought about drawing for corriea when i read hardmagic and spellbound. the interior art was... certainly something. do you know why they went with the dude they got? maybe i'm missing something.

equally, i loooooove sanderson. the mistborn series is my favorite of his. i also like elantris and warbreaker.


thanks again! i really appreciate your kind words.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think the artist was someone that Correia knows personally, and he wanted to give that guy a shot. Illustration is a challenging business and I reckon he worked really hard.  The first few years are always the most difficult.

Haven't tried the Dead Six books, but I do like the GrimNoir series quite a lot.
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MikeDimayuga Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
ah okay. at least its corriea's choice. i thought it was the publisher that paired them together. good for correia and the art dude.

grimnoir's like well done x-men comics. the fights are all memorable and so goddam clever. i love the characters.

dead six is more like a straightforward military action book. loads of fun (if you like stuff like that.). reminds me a little of john ringo's paladin of shadows series.


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TatteredTabi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great taijutsu technique here. ;)  Well-played. :clap:
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humanisticparadox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
The wristlock seems off. The guys thumb isn't on the other dudes thumb controlling.

Or is it meant to be that aikido lock where you put the hand on your shoulder and twist the arm with your upper body? That seems like a very inefficient method to disarm. Its a move that has as a requirement that you be incredibly advanced in grappling and your opponent be as sucky as you are good. There are far easier and just as effective locks or submission to choose from. Granted, this is art, so I sort of get why you'd want the flash of a much more complicated joint lock.

Just my two cents.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In all honesty, I just looked a bunch of different examples of arm/wrist locks and picked one that looked flashy. Efficiency is practical, but not always pretty. For practical purposes, our here has got a gun to the cultist's head... even if that knife comes around, he can't turn into our hero because his arm is twisted, I suppose he could try and come up from below but I don't think he's faster than a 9mm. :D

I never mind creative, constructive criticism... it helps me do the job better the next time around. I'm not a martial artist, I just play one on the page.
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RareKarma Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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