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Suit Yourself from The Wayward Astronomer by darkspeeds Suit Yourself from The Wayward Astronomer by darkspeeds
This illustration of characters from "The Wayward Astronomer" by :icondreamkeepers: came out today. I saw it first thing on :iconkafelnikov:'s post on Facebook this morning and, well, for those who don't know, I'm a big fan of Jonny (he's the rather dashing lookin' Zebra with flamboyance written all over his colourful mane) - a supporting character in the story.

A Rogues' Gallery by Kafelnikov

Just LOOK AT HIM!! Arrrgghh!!! SO COOOOOOL!!!! XX3

So I decided that it was my days off work, why not dedicate some time to do some fanart? I've been meaning to make somethin' for Geoff and am I glad I was patient about it. 

So five hours later you get the above illustration! (It was suppose to be a two hour exercise, but I got emotionally invested in it that I had to make an extension!) 

It's something I would imagine the three doing together in the past (go read the story if you haven't already!) - brother-in-arms in the mafia-world, just chillin' out in the alley and Jonny's introducing the two to what seems to be an inhaling substance used to relax the nerves. Marcus tries it but got too much of a dose that he coughs it pretty bad - not enjoying the experience at all and he doesn't plan to do it again. Hal on the other hand decided to not go for it, just ain't his thing. Jonny's like: "Well boys, suit yourself!" *puff~blows smoke*

Hope you like it Geoff, and thanks David for the awesome drawings of Jonny - I WANT PLUSHIES OF HIM NOW!!!! *SHOT*
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Miffix Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With time off comes great fanwork!
Ohhh, I really like this piece. You've put a lot of detail into it and I hafta say it was absolutely worth it. The hatch shading has to be one of my favorite parts about the piece. And that zebra is definitely a great stylized character. With your newfound artistry skills, I'd be really interested if you would incorporate elements of the zebra into your old Ma Fei character just to see how it'd turn out.…

However, I'm not completely sure how that zebra is holding the cigarette. At first I thought he had cloven hooves, but closer inspection of your reference shows fingers. The way he's clenching it doesn't look natural. It's almost as if the cigarette is going to hop right out of his weakly clenched fingers. But besides that, his carefree attitude doesn't match his cigarette gesture at all. Maybe you could try some of these poses instead?……

Something loose and free. The classic cig butt held between the index/ring and middle finger can never do ya wrong, especially in a scene like this.

The guy on the left of the image is pretty hilarious. I love his tail going "bleghhhhhh" right at that sin! I feel like Hal should show more emotion like the rest of the nice cast you have here. You have the guy at the right hacking away, the guy in the middle all lax, and then you have Hal who looks like he's smiling and waving at the camera instead of politely refusing the cigarette. Perhaps if you turned his head a bit more in the direction of the zebra and gave his eyebrows some more personality, the gesture could work. It's something to think about. His right arm also looks a wee bit too big compared to his other hand too.

All in all though it's nice! You've got a knack for black and white doodles.
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, how awesome is this? Thanks Yellowcarbunkle for the critique! You've got a very keen eye and some excellent suggestions to fix up those issues that will potentially improve the communication in the illustration.

I'll take those notes into consideration for future drawings - thanks again for the feedback!

And blimey, Ma Fei... Goodness me after spending a whole month working with Gabriel on the ASHWORTH story I pretty much forgotten about Ma Fei! lol It's a completely new story and perhaps I may be able to incorporate his design in future for new characters that will help flesh out the story. ;)
CHICAGO-PD-STARS Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
:clap: I like it!
kevintheman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm absolutely loving the detail on the characters and the shading looks fantastic. I especially love how the character's faces came out.
JDE10 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Student Filmographer
Great job Elson! Now you got me interested as well! :D
FlourishX Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so good dammit!! The detail ahhhh!! *instant fave*
XalenTheWolf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Nice job. ^^
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
oh this looks fantastic all and all!! this seriously does no kidding~ such an amazing job :]
Kafelnikov Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Haha, this is awesome Elson! Thanks so much!
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure Geoff! This won't be the last time you see of them from me! :D
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