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Anime cliches, I can't stand them. But this, I never expected! Cowboy Bebop is fantastic. It breaks away from the stereotypical anime, and is... just fantastic. Although hardly original (bounty hunters, trying to make money... and failing) Cowboy Bebop is a joy to watch. The characters are so imperfect, you love them for just that. The whole 'Space' element is hardly there, it's just a means of transport. It's just like an animated detective story [sic].

One thing that always stands out though, everyone will say it, is the music. A deadly fight scene will be accompanied with a light hearted jazz soundtrack, taking off the serious edge and making it so enjoyable! You don't have to like jazz to appreciate how it's used.

Enough praising of Cowboy Bebop, this here is Spike Spiegel, one of the main characters from the series. He's quite often seen with a bent out of shape cigarette hanging out his mouth, and for me that just summarises him. Bah, as much as I hate smoking, he makes it look cool.

On a technical note, I've employed a slightly different colouring technique this time around - probably visually no different, but it's much quicker for me. Huzzah! Glad to get more pictures out too.
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4lric's avatar
I love it !

Can I use it as an avatar on social stuff ? (Google+ and whatnots)
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2dforever|Professional Digital Artist
Sure! Of course you can use it. All I ask is that if anyone asks who made it, you'll point them in this direction :)
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4lric's avatar
Of course ! :-)
Thanks a lot !
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Rorro1|Hobbyist General Artist
omg just awesome
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Yeah!
That's how we like Spike!
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TheMostSpoonyestBard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One thing I did love about the series was that theme song, Tank! That was a good, heart-pounding tune that would always pump some blood to even the most depressed of people.

I believe that theme songs can be trademarks to any anime.
I always first judge an anime by it's opening theme. Then I sink into a bite of the plot and consume the living hell out of that certain series. Cowboy Bebop was no difference.

I mean, no other anime back then was about cowboys in SPACE!
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2dforever|Professional Digital Artist
Yes yes yes :) As soon as I heard the theme tune on the first episode I knew I was going to love Cowboy Bebop. The action and jazz just seem to work so well together, it's a fantastic series
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TheMostSpoonyestBard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a pretty good conversation that we're having, and I agree perfectly with you.
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TheMostSpoonyestBard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always loved Cowboy Bebop! And I personally thought that Spike should stop smoking the same cigarette for an entire series! :P

I really love your work. My personal favorite piece was about the Dreamcast. As much as I loved what the Dreamcast had to offer, (From Sonic Adventure to NiGHTS: Into Dreams to Jet Set Radio) I love your art!
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2dforever|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm really glad you like them! I hate to be picky, but NiGHTS didn't come out on the Dreamcast (I always wished they made a sequel for the DC...) - it was a Saturn game, and probably the best Saturn game at that :)

Anyway, thank you for the kind words!
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TheMostSpoonyestBard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Damn it! I made a mistake! Thank you for pointing it out for me.
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TheMostSpoonyestBard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew there was something wrong with that first comment. Thank you for pointing out what I couldn't have. I guess I thought NiGHTS was so good that I forgot it was a Saturn game and mistook it for a Dreamcast game. Anyway, you're a good artist and thank you for pointing that out.
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I spotted this being used here and fell in love with it. [link]

Took me a while to find you, but I think the image is fantastic!
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I've never heard of Cowboy Bebop but if it's an anime that probably explains it. I love the hand, I heard they're like kryptonite for artists, but yea it looks so good.
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2dforever|Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I'm not a massive anime fan, but Cowboy Bebop is quite different. Give it a chance if you happen to come across it one day, it's great fun!
Thanks for the kind words :)
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ZeBaZt|Student General Artist
Cowboy Bebop!
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EndorphinSelig|Hobbyist General Artist
That looks like a good anime :)

If you like that kind of anime, I hardly recommend you Hunter x Hunter
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funny thing i'm listening to the end theme to this show right now :3
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Very nice! Very cool. Good work. :)
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Daughterofdreams|Professional Writer
Hi Tom (2DForever),

I'd love to know if I can use this image in an upcoming guest blog of mine - with attribution to you of course! Please let me know as soon as possible by e-mailing: rosie ... @ ... travelground ... .com (remove the two ...).
Thanks in advance!
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2dforever|Professional Digital Artist
Of course you can! Providing you give me some form of credit like you said, that'll be fine. I've also emailled you to say the same thing.
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I love this series... It's so different! Love this pic too ^^
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I LOVE this. You have real talent. It's so accurate. His nose, his crazy hair, his sharp, glowing eyes...I love the veins in his wrist and his shallow cheeks. His character is fascinating, and even though I got bleary eyed when I thought that Spike might have died at the end of the series, I don't think I'd really like him in real life. Hmm...ironic. I love your portrayal, nonetheless.
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