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PUMMEL 11 - "Western" by Inkthinker PUMMEL 11 - "Western" by Inkthinker
Monthly PUMMEL competition over at Penciljack, my topic this month was "Western". Given that I played a lot of Red Dead Redemption over the last month, I was not lacking for inspiration.

Once again I put this off until the last minute, so it's pretty sloppy, but I think it got where I was going. Tones need much more attention, and I don't think the dust reads as well as it needs to in order to sell the action of the horse and corpse rolling past to either side. Do you think flipping it might help?

Drawn in Manga Studio EX v3, toned in CS2, total time a little under 3 hours.
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brody-lover Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
You've been featured! [link]
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Neat! Thanks!
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brody-lover Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
no problem!
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akosilovin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
w0w... like it... haha...
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spider-wal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
RDR OWNS..... (+this piece 2)

i wish i could buy the game though...
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Zero-Optix Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love the swirl of the smoke from the gun!
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Bluesigma Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Artist
that came out siiiick
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Inagraph Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Amazing, I love western pictures, and this one clearly depicts one of the most exploitable scenes a western can provide.

Love it!
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LoganPike Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010   General Artist
great work as usual, man! are they ever going to release that game for PC, or is it exclusive? i have to say, all that exclusive shit is for the birds.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No idea, though I hear it's a bear to port. Apparently GTA4 for the PC didn't come out so well?
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks to you I did some research on MS EX and I'm going to give it a shot. If it does half the crap they claim it does, I'll be impressed.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know what they claim, but it makes drawin' comics a little more convenient. I like it, anyway. :D

Try the Debut version first if you just want to put a toe in the water. Half the fancy stuff in the EX version I barely use, I'm pretty happy with just the straight raster pen set and the unique tools/actions. Though I can't remember what the deal is with Debut and the import/export of PSDs, which is a useful function in EX.
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, too late. Already got EX! I'm really impressed with it's memory management. I'm flying through stuff in it that takes me forever in Photoshop, just because Adobe products can't manage ram to save their coding. I'm honestly floored by inking in vector layers with the brush nib for the pen. It's the first time inking digitally has felt like inking with my real tools only faster. Also, the 3-D stuff is a blast to have on the go. I had my laptop with me while I was stuck at the car dealership and just started tooling around and before I knew it I had a reference model posed and lit. So, I must say thank you for turning me onto it. I'm going to have to revisit some old photoshop files that I never finished and see what kind damage I can do now.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you're diggin' it!
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DinTheInperceptive Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is some godly work. FANTASTIC.
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Omnoproxyl337 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice!
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NAN0jam Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
love the smoke and dust and the overall sense of movement.
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GatesuRyu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Filmographer
I think you might be right about flipping it but what I think needs to be brought out to sell the dust is the impact point of the body, It took me a bit to see that he'd left a mark in the clouds.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think you might be right.
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Looks great! Love how loose you are with the smoke. Not sure if it was intentional, but I'm having a little trouble with the depth of the body on the guy to the left. The others are awesome! I'm going to have to hop on Penciljack.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's my favorite place to talk comics. There's a few other professionals, a lot of fans, and a pretty good atmosphere. You should totally show some of your work there.
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sairex90 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Kickass :salute:
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weisen1 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm feeling the man falling but I agree the horse looks like it's still charging on ahead.
Either way, this is fucking ace, love the action you've managed to pack in such a small sketch.
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hrhtomas Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Cool. Very samurai. My only gripe would be the lack of gore on the corpse. The hat, with its gaping hole and broken chin strap, implies that pony-boy has a chunky exit wound on his skull. His tumbling body should be leaving a sloppy red line on the ground like an anthropomorphic paint brush.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're probably right about the gore, though I'm not sure how much you really would get from a blasted head wound. Once the skull empties out there's still blood to go but the chunky bits clear out pretty quick I would think.

I thought the gaping hole in his face was enough, but maybe I obscured it too much.
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Katsuu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Filmographer
I love the implied action! This shot is so... geez, I don't know, bad-ass? I don't really like the simplicity of the smoke/dust in contrast of the detail of the characters, but the details really make this piece. :D
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional
and yes, I'm stealing that spinning gun-smoke thing.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
S'allright, I'll steal somethin' of yours and it'll all even out. :D
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional
deal!
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional
this is awesome dude! If i can throw a recommendation out there; I'd flip it and add a horizon to unite things spatially. A white sky and grey gradient at the bottom would add to the depth.
But this is a sweet piece. Really fluid looking characters and motion
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I was thinking a stronger white gradient (there's already a slight one) would be too much, but perhaps your right.

I was on the fence with flipping it. I like that with this orientation you read horse -> corpse -> shooter, but flipping it would allow the action to follow the reading flow.

Hrm.
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JHarren Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional
I've caught myself in the same situation. I usually end up flipping a coin to save the aggravation.
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Madmoonie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
YAYZ! Another western!
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Dojang Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
i think if you played up the dust from the 'loser' in front of our 'winner', making it overlap him and be more opaque, you might have more luck.
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Padder Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Lovin' the smoke movement in the scene : D
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ParadigmTradition Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Uber-super-fucking-awesome-sweet!
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Mango-Monkey-Boy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
The movement is great here! The dead man's roll seems a lil awkward to me, like his should be rolling more on his side instead of tumbling forward.
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1pez Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
i LOVE this! That spining smoke from the gun? Fucking genius!
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EGoff Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
agreed 100%
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1pez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
right? bad ass!
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
"BUT I HAD A HORSE!"
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