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How Strong Is Your Punch? by darkspeeds How Strong Is Your Punch? by darkspeeds
That's the power of Ashworth's Phantom Flame Impact! :nod:


Love doing these pages cuz it demonstrates how far I can push myself with techniques self-discovered in traditional pencil drawing. The blurred shading on Ash's fist are smudge marks from using bits of tissue paper rolled up into balls and smudging the lead parts with a tootbrush motion directly on the page. Looks cool doesn't it? :D

With pencil drawings I place more emphasis on the backgrounds and details more than the manga style comic because I have that ability to do so.

In this scenario fans may actually recognise some of the interiors/decor in the background (as well as the people). ;)

They are actually reference to this location in Fortune Islands:

  • (Roof & Windows) [link]

  • (Pillars & People working in the building) [link]

  • (Registration Area - Notice the 'BOOTH' sign?) [link]


    You may wonder why I had added those references into this Chapter PIN-UP for Chapter 8 (the one after Chapter 7: Ruby's New Companions
  • ).

    Well Chapter 07 finishes with Ruby and Ashworth making out of the Tomb of St. Monblur safely with the treasure that no one in the island can get (remember Page 5? Yes that is the very same tomb she barely escaped - thanks to Stream the Hawk - and the treasure that Ruby was holding before the caverns collapsed! It is a treasure that was almost impossible to get - even for experienced fortune hunters.)

    Ruby and Ashworth retreats to Fortune Islands and rests overnight. The next day Ruby heads over to the Registration Building to get her World Quest License.

    Starting to make sense now? But why the title and what's with Ashworth the Wombat almost causing complete chaos to the Registration Building?


    Only one will find out when they read on. ;) The chapter should be complete before MAR2009. Sorry for the delays but I'm taking my sweet time on it. :)


    How about a clue you say? Well let's just say that Ruby will be in for a complete shock from the truth behind COFT (i.e. Council of Fortune Hunting - the ringleaders organising the World Quest Licensing requirements and rules of Fortune Hunting in the Gloreya). Ruby won't only be in shock but she will be abused for her hard work (poor girl).

    However Ashworth will step in to show Ruby just how ridiculous the idea of of a legitimate Fortune Hunting scheme is by COFT. That is all. ;)


    Also I've also got exciting news to share about the new change on how I format the release of the books - it will be more frequent and efficient trust me! :nod: *thumbs up*
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    :iconjonahgut1998:
    jonahgut1998 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
    nice drawling
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    Sorain26 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Student General Artist
    My punch I don't know, lol, cool pic.
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    TeslaCloud Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
    Great job!
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    JiaYueHoneyJade Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    katiefoxe: Nice!! ^^
    D-Tech: O_O;;;; now that's scary...!!
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    Amaranth-Pink Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
    Nice blur effect.
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    sanderg Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
    wow it's fantastic! what about your punch? can it take heavy damage? =P just wanna know
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    SONICJENNY Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
    omg man he hot lol :XD: i just love that move can't wait to see when he goes at it with some one with that move. i bet they won't get out of this. for real.:D
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    KentaruZ Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Writer
    fantastic picture x3
    nothing to say!!! it is incredible!!!
    the pose and the effect is great x3
    fantastic work Elson :clap:
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    sonickidnextgen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Filmographer
    lol cool :iconsonickidnextgen:
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    shimmyshammy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    As always, you have cease to stop presenting such a strong array of work that has grown stronger every time. What is nice to see here is a homage to the early days of your work and that you can still present a majestic array of detailing and character anatomy that strengthens each time.

    The way you have posed Ashworth is excellent and you can feel a sense of enjoyment from what he loves to do best. Of course, what really takes the cake is your wonderful assortment of pencil markings that are viewable both in the foreground and background. The mixture of soft to hard is explored well and adds a nice drive of endurance within the work.

    Keep it up.
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    kamakazee26 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    awesome job! this is probably one of the greatest action-based deviation yet!! i like how ashworth being in front show more of him and how the background isnt any old background. you're a very smart guy! good job!
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    Sharkmillian91 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    Now thats what I call a strong guy!!;P
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    Solar-Twist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    That guy in the behind him face expression reminds me of that guy expression for DBZ when vegeta punched that machine thing at the tornament
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    Zeraphalanx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    I remember seeing the actual animation of the technique it was mind blowing......literally. :laughing:
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    EvyCrystal Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
    nice pic dude : o wow now I'm in wonders of whats to come :giggle:

    keep up the great job dude and take your time :D
    this pic really nice I love the shading and the use of pencils ^_~ WOoT WOOT
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    HappyAggro Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    Ah, wow, really....awesome! O___O~!

    You mean to tell me you never used a tortillian before, Darkspeeds? They're really fun to use, and would help a bit more than toilet paper...but they get really dirty fast...
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Toilet paper works fine. XD Cheaper than using tissues too! O.O XD
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    HappyAggro Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    Ah, well, that's cool~!
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    FantasyTheAlmiqui Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    This is incredibly awesome and would make a very cool t-shirt design. The detail on Ashworth looks great, however something that has been personally bothering me is his... well, crotch area. xD You detail it a bit *too* much in my opinion, where it seems like he should be wearing pants or something. But maybe that's just me... Though, some torn up jeans or long shorts may look pretty cool on him...

    Anyways, keep it up! This is one of your best Ashworth pics! ^_^
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Ha ha! Making it too Sonicy/cartoonish won't solve the design problem.

    I love it when I draw Ashworth in this fashion - it looks great to be naked like this. I'm going to get people that appreciate this cartoon style to accept a degree of nakedness in some characters. Ashworth is the perfect example.

    Making him wear any more than clothes will defeat the purpose. XD

    No matter what people say I'm sticking to this style, it's the new 'sexy' for me in cartoons of anthromorphic nature - not to reveal too much but reveal what's natural (with a little cheek) at the same time.
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    FantasyTheAlmiqui Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    I see. Maybe what makes it look a bit off in my opinion has to do with the fact that while his abdomen area has so much detail, his legs seem to be lacking a bit. Maybe it clashes a bit? In my opinion (though of course it probably doesn't mean much, lol) if you want Ashworth to be muscular and stuff, you really need to go all-out. You're gradually doing a better job at this (just compare this to Ashworth pics from last year) but make sure you don't just focus on one area to add the most detail, because the other areas will look bare then. Maybe you can't add much more muscles or whatever to the legs, lol, but I'd at least think you can add more shadows to make it have more depth. As I said, the abdomen looks excellent, and I don't think I'd care about the crotch all too much if it didn't stand out so much when compared to the legs. xD

    Erm, but I realize this is my opinion, and I know it probably sucks to continue to get critiques on your character's design when you have set in your mind, "THIS is Ashworth." And there comes a point when a character's design needs to be finalized and shouldn't be tweaked anymore. But I'm just trying to offer a bit of my personal feedback, because if it weren't for any feedback, Ashworth would still be a Sonic character. :P

    That all being said, I really like the detailed approach you've taken with the character and think it works excellently. :)
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    FantasyTheAlmiqui Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    Ew, I hate that tongue smiley, lol! Replace it with this one: =P
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    :D

    Fair enough. I feel that I would overdo the muscle and shading for a cartoon figure like the characters in TGAF. If I were to go full out on anatomy I will have to manipulate the style used in Western/Marvel comics - which I try my best to avoid.

    Detailed anatomy on the characters only happens during close ups or power situations where a lot of strength has been exhausted from a character (and only when characters show a part of the muscle or body). This is a common technique in manga such as DBZ, One Piece etc.

    Anyways cheers for the feedback, it has given me insight but it won't change indefinitely of my current style as you've mentioned.
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    EA-Firestorm Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    Shame of the building, but they shouldn't have asked him how strong his punch is... XD
    nice job on everything, love the detailed rubble... but the dust and small rocks seem to fly towards Ashworth's fist... was that the intention?
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Nope, those were added as a an aftereffect of his punch... Bits of smaller to microscopic debris float about like a feather - his aura is probably making it swirl in the air like that. :D
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    EA-Firestorm Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
    kewl =D but maybe it's better to make the debree fall downwards out of his twirling aura, because of the gravity... that way it won't seem like the aura is sucking up the debree, but merely slinging it around...
    Still very kewl, though X3 Ash must have trained for eternaty to be able to do this! =D
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    Bob-owe Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    Falcon...

    PUNCH!

    ...or in this case, wombat. =D
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    UzumakiSonic619 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    Okay, Ash. Time to see if you can take multiple Rasengans!!!! *does about 15 and Ash is still standing* O o :faint:
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    InfernotheHedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    Remind me to never get into a fist fight with him. ^^;
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    lovesanime95 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    HOLY BAWLS THATS COOL!!!!
    great work Elson!!! 8D
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    AgentWebdog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student Digital Artist
    Ashworth... Does he usually destroy buildings for such reasons? O_o; Something tells me that he's not gonna improve his popularity as a Wombat up this way.

    Hey, out of curiosity, instead of balling up tissue paper, have you ever thought of taking an empty pen shell, cutting a bit of the tip off, and tracing some tissue paper through it? (Using a paper clip to hook the tissue paper) It's really good for blurring fine areas and if the tip gets gross, then you just pull a little more out, and cut off the used part. It's also a bit more natural, since you use it like a pencil.

    Heheh, the guy in the foreground, looking at Ashworth in disbelief reminds me of Leon. Are they the same species? =D
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    It's... It's Leon's stepbrother's half-cousin's friend from next door! *SHOT* XXD

    They probably are of same species! Don't know what they are called though.. O.O

    Hmm interesting technique! But I'm too lazy to make a pretty cool device like yours. I just go oldschool and straight to the point with no frills approach. :D It's more exciting that way too cuz there's a risk it may ruin the work so you'll have to concentrate 10 times more than usual. XD
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    AgentWebdog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student Digital Artist
    AHA! I knew it! XD

    Hmmm... Leon, what are you crazy guys? XD

    Ah, yeah. Heh, I guess that's the way you ought to do it. The more care you have to take with your work, is the more effort you have to put in it, and that always comes for a better and more self-satisfying outcome.
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    Frobman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Filmographer
    First thing to mind seeing the drawing was "PAAAWNCH".
    But I must say, you're special effects whatnot is pretty good.
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    Jen-Foxworth Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student General Artist
    woo prettiful
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    B-S-A Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    Awesome pic
    I think his punch is stronger than Captain Falcon's!! :D
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    shia342 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist
    cooooooooooooooooolllllllll
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    MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Damn...So this is the "Phantom Flame Impact."

    I'm going to have to counter it with my "All Or Nothing" gun-attack. Fourteen bullets in one and a half seconds. Here goes nothing!!

    *bang* x14

    ... ... ...

    Dammit, he dodged it!!
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Ha ha! XXD

    'Man All Or Nothing' sounds like a really cool name for a gun-attack! :)
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    MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Well, the attack "All Or Nothing" is basically an emergency attack whenever my character is cornered during combat. I als--!?

    *WHACK* *SMACK* *THUD*

    Ow!! Ashworth countered my attack with his "Phantom Flame Trinity!"
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    NikolaiMcFist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student General Artist
    This picture is so very epic. I love your style, I can't do pencil drawings like that for some reason D: Great work!
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    EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    I admire how detailed are your pencil drawings, Elson. Is cool that you're finding your own new technics. For the blurring I use a special tool for that or even my own fingers. And sometimes, and depending on the kind of effect that I need, when I want to make lighter a part of the drawing I use the eraser very sofly.

    Well, in conclusion: Very cool! :D :+fav:
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    I forgotten to add that I had used the eraser to shape the smudges on the drawing! :D

    It's cool to know that you use that technique too! :)
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    EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    How cool! That is a technique of my own! Nobody told me ever about it! :)
    And you're the first person that I know that uses that technique too! :D
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    Muzickjunki91 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    No one's face would want to be a part of that....
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    I really liked what you said there! :D
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    Muzickjunki91 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    :XD:

    Thanks....
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    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    Sorry my reply sounded a little awkward! XXD

    I liked how you quote something relevant/in context to the drawing - it's exactly one of the things I had wanted for observers to think about when they see Ashworth's almighty punch. = )
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    Muzickjunki91 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
    No it's not awkward at all....I'm glad you agree with what I said...cuz thats how I felt at the time...XD

    I mean you see how he abliterated (I know I spelt that word wtong) just turned that building into dust?!?! I wouldn't want to say something wrong to him....XD
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    Fly-Sky-High Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
    *gets blown away, not just by drawing but Ahses power*
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