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Zombiebomb rough by Inkthinker Zombiebomb rough by Inkthinker
If'n I don't drop the ball, this ought to appear (inked and in color) in the next Terminal Press Zombiebomb anthology. I'll be cleaning it up over the next few days, so if you have any critiques or suggestions, get 'em in now.

The only instruction I was given was that it needed to have "sexy babes" and "zombies", and rather than pick something coherent I decided that it doesn't gotta make sense so long as I'm having fun with it.

:D

Drawn in Manga Studio EX (v3) using a Cintiq 21UX.

-EDIT-

Finished inks are up now:

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CheekyMonkeySan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thats really intersting that you decided to invert it. Any particular reason? If you don't mind me asking? I'm a current art student and that kind of info I would find really helpful. :)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing.

In the West we generally read from left across to right, starting at the upper left corner and following out to the lower right (in other places around the world, they may read up to down, and right to left, and this affects their ideas about composition accordingly). Artists can use this to create a sense of "flow" across the overall illustration, and if you're very good at it you can guide the viewer's eyes around the page without them even realizing it.

If you step back and look at the overall image (or make it small), you may be able to pick out the way that some lines guide you to other lines, and there are a couple of swooping arcs of implied tangents and shapes that should (in theory) carry your eyes from the top left of the page (where you naturally start) into the center, around the group, and out to the bottom right. If you follow the lines up, the composition of the birds is designed to guide you back in. If you move to the left, there's less tangential cohesion and more chaotic grouping of shapes. Only out to the right do the shapes flow smoothly.

Mind you, I'm making about half of this up as I go... it's only recently that I've started to try and plan this stuff out in a more than half-assed fashion. I feel comfortable with anatomy, I feel halfway competent with perspective (at least when I try hard), but composition is still something I'm digging at. Most of the time I only start to consciously work this stuff out when I'm halfway done with it, and sometimes that means going back and making changes (this is why rough sketches and Layering are important!). Flipping the whole thing along the horizontal axis is, thankfully, as easy as a button-click, but if you compare the original sketch you'll spot a bunch of other stuff that changed as I went. For instance, the birds weren't originally there at all.

Being mostly self-taught means you pick this up slow, and usually by messing it up a lot before you get it right. Still, I think maybe learning it this way helps impart a deeper understanding of the issue at hand, because you're learning through experience.

At least, I sure hope so. :D
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CheekyMonkeySan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. That was very informative and a great eye opener. I don't usually have that much going on in most of my images but I do love the flow of this piece. I can't believe you're self taught. That blows my mind! You're an amazing artist and very open with your technique.

I will do my best to keep all of that in mind so hopefully I too will improve the flow of my future works.

Thanks again,

Cheeky
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hrhtomas Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
The sword girl looks a bit plain compared to the other two, but I really don't know what you could add; maybe some Yakuza tattoos or an eye patch.

*LOVE* those ray guns.
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Brosa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice composition and great movement of all the elements. yeah! I want to see it finished!!!!
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butterfly-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:+fav: it made me laugh and i liked it. It's exhilarating :)
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adony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
The gun blasts stand out the most for me. You need powerful guns when dealing with zombies.
Wait, can we still use the "Zed-word"?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like "Zack", from WWZ. :D
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Sakiido Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I sees me a boomer
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Leaping Boomer! It ain't even fair.
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Sakiido Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
You know, it really isnt... Cuz I mean come on, they already jump down from high places and explode on you! We dont need them with Hunter-esque abilities as well!
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krisbowen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god, my spelling is shithouse!
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krisbowen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dont want to be crude but the sexy space chick needs some nipples to up the sexy factor IMHO

Also smoke from a high firing rate weapon doesnt drift up like the CowGirl while firing, that type of smoke drift only raleey happen when firing has ceased and the bolt is not cycling back and forth.

On the Japanes Sword chick the hair appears to be moving, i feel the sword whould display some type of motion as well, in this type of environment a "samurai" would not be posed at the end of a cut but in continual motion until all threats were eliminated.

However, this is your idea on paper so if it work for you then feel free to ignore me!!

Catch ya later!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Some of what you're talking about will probably be addressed in the colors... I'm always back and forth on how to handle nipplage, and I may leave that up to my painter, but we'll see.

There's no smoke from the cowgirl's guns, but there is muzzle flash that follows the line of action (possibly not too well) which might be easily mistaken for smoke in the rough. I'm guessing you mean the gun in her left hand (technically a Glock, not that anyone should be able to tell) and not the right hand (mini-Uzi of sorts)?

I think you might be right on the sword, but I haven't decided if I want to use a hatch effect to define the motion, or delineate the line of action with secondary effects (like a blood trail). And I'm also thinking that the pose isn't effectively practical in terms of the action, but that practicality is waaaayy down the list at this stage. We'll see how I feel when I get there.

:D
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krisbowen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IMHO.. a blood trail or spray would convey the motion...maybe make the viewer feel the sword is at the top of the arc and ready to begin the next cut.

I figured the smoke near the glock was the cigarillo.

The mini uzi appears to have some drift drift, but it is just the roughs after all.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's pretty much the plan (for the sword). A swooping sort of S-curve that indicates the action is just starting to sweep downwards.
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jasonx1968 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I am all a-tingle with excitement to see the finished image.
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Love the Uzis with drums!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I was looking at different extended clips, and then I discovered C-drums for 9mm weapons, and that was it. There's video on Youtube of someone attempting to melt down a Glock by ripping through the whole drum in one go, quite a thing to see but no way to treat a weapon.
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Wow, poor gun.
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Dieman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BOOMER :P
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
leaping Boomer, no less. :D
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Dieman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zombies these days! In my day they burped to announce their presence!
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mrTwisby Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantasticus. I only feel that the top girl's left leg is a bit too curved back, from the knee down. It's more apparent because of her central position, of course. As always in your work, I love the flow. :+fav:!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The spacegirl? I'll flip-check it later, but I'm not opposed to exaggerating anatomy from time to time.
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mrTwisby Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: Of course. I think it might bug me simply because everything else is so spot-on.
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Plognark Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, I can't wait to see more work on this :D
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