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Inked and shaded that Dualmask sketch from last night at work today with my markers. I really like how it turned out.

HB lead, Microns, Copic Multiliner and Warm/Cool gray Sketch markers on 8.5x11" cardstock paper.

Maybe my one medium is every medium...I just can't stop jumping around...

Dualmask is me
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Frequent-Blackouts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's been too long since I worked traditionally...I need to do it again sometime.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice clean color work! You've got a good eye for tones and shading, but turning that into solid results with traditional materials can be tricky. I think you pulled it off well. The way you've enhanced the inks on his upper torso with your tones, for example, is great.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I figure whether I'm using traditional art or digital, there's one main way I like to color and applying the same approach to markers worked out nicely.
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your nameksake IS pretty cool!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:bow:
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Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your getting even better with those markers J. This looks great.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Barry! This one is definitely my crowning achievement with markers to date. But I still have a long way to go.
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Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome man. I'm sure the journey isn't going to be to long for you.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Awesome work here
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :)
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Rhesus-Factor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! I like the simplicity of the design. It works.
You'll get people comparing your stuff to other things they know, I shouldn't worry too much about that and do what you want to do. Practically everything is comparable to something.

Looks like a cool character. I'd read it. :-)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm not worried about it. I've been hearing such remarks for years, but I haven't changed much about my character since his inception. I've always felt Dualmask had a functional, iconic look.

I just find it weird that people mention Deadpool. I mean, the mask is pretty different and the colors are way off and the weaponry is different... it doesn't bother me, but makes me wonder where the line of thought even comes from.
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Rhesus-Factor Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those people don't know what they're talking about. They see the minor comparisons instead of the mayor differences, because that is easy. Happens to me also. All I can do is shrug my shoulders.

And you are right, Dualmask has an iconic look. :-)
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Randommode Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You did a real good job
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cyberyanmar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he (you?) looked like deadpool sans the colors :) nice job!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I get it when folks compare him to Deathstroke (even though Dualmask is not based on him at all), but I never get the Deadpool comparisons. I'm not much of a Deadpool fan.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's pretty neat. I don't think I could ever handle markers, myself.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm always looking for more compact ways to create fully realized art, so I'm not tied to my PC for hours on end. That alone was inspiration enough to give markers a try, and then I see so much pro work shaded with Copics that I was sold.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I get that. I think it's why I never got into doing 100% digital art - I've done a couple of pieces that were generated entirely on a PC but now all my lineart is rendered on paper with pens. A lot of it is simply health and ergonomics - my drawing wrist and fingers need constant physio so it's important i don't spend too long doing one thing.
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Deathstroke, but otherwise fantastic work!!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I get that a lot. I actually made him up before I knew who Deathstroke was, but I can't prove it so I don't bother trying. Glad you like it!
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It happens. There are only so many designs for costumes people can make before things start to look similar, after all. I actually had an idea for a female character who would be deadpool's love interest, and in the story he makes her wear a matching deadpool costume....And not too long ago Deadpool corps came out, with Lady deadpool. Derp. They aren't similar characters, but that small bit bothers me lol.

Anyways, great art! I'm going to look through your gallery now lol!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. That's probably a subconscious reason why I can't bring myself to do much with Dualmask aside from write short stories and draw him standing there every once in a while--it just doesn't seem like I'd get very far before the Deadpool/Deathstroke comparisons would overwhelm any appeal he might have, so I'm content with Dualmask just being my mascot.
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Who is he supposed to be as a character? If you wrote him dissimilar enough, I think you would be able to work with him fine. Like, for example, why does he have that costume? Does it have to do with his origin? Perhaps he's bipolar? I think that would be kind of kool, it would explain his his costume well.
Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Or both?
The possibilities are endless. Also, Deadpool and Deathstroke have similar origins, in the fact that they were both in the military, and are both mercenaries. Perhaps you could change those things?
He seems like a really awesome character. One of the reasons why I don't really have any OCs is because I feel like I need to know my characters very well, but once you do, everything becomes easier.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, Dualmask is extremely well developed as a character, and nothing like Deadpool or Deathstroke at all. He ran away from home as a teenager because he was ostracized by his father for not being a genius like his older half-sister... found himself joining a martial arts school where he met his chief rival as well as the love of his life... there was an incident that separated the three and he returned home only to find his father dead, his sister in charge of the family finances and himself without direction, so he ends up taking a job as a masked enforcer for the company his sister works for in order to make his own money and get to know the streets, so he can investigate his father's death. Meanwhile, the rival and the girl (who became a couple) are a pair of vigilantes who fight crime and investigate the murders that Dualmask commits (among other crimes), neither knowing who is who behind their respective masks...yet.

I have a few prose stories about him in my gallery, told from the first person perspective, basic one-shot adventures surrounding the character: [link] [link] [link] [link]

The black and white is due to the fact that he commits evil acts, yet has an honorable spirit. He can't decide if he's good or evil...he kills, but most of his targets are just as corrupt as any criminal. He's constantly indecisive and wrought with second guessing, so his sister thought Dualmask was a cool name for him.

But I have so many other characters and stories that Dualmask seems low on my personal totem pole. If you explore my gallery, you'll find numerous images of a character named Jet Dancer that people seem to like a lot more, and then there's WCL, which is a huge concept in itself...and the fact is I tend to lean toward drawing women a lot. I find it hard to decide for myself which direction I should go in...which is why Dualmask is not just my mascot but my online name everywhere. =p

For me, coming up with stories is too easy. Actually pushing them to completion is where I struggle.
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Gyr633 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OH! He does sound quite interesting!

I like the idea of this character alot. I think if you even wanted to, you could turn this into a comic series, and copywrite his name and likeness as your own.

Yes! I have that same problem with a lot of the stories I write aswell. The trick is, you have to map everything out before-hand, and make an outline and get the important details out of the way, and the rest will follow. But gee, that stuff is SO not fun! I like to just take an idea, and roll with it until it runs out, but usually that method fails, and I can't come up with what else is to happen.....So THEN I have to map things out, and it is a huge pain, so I usually end up giving that story up...Ugh.

It's all one big cycle. One of these days, though, I'm going to actually start putting things together the way they should be put together!

Lately I've been thinking about character design, and how I should just start designing characters for the heck of it, with no intention of using them, just so I have them to use. I want to do this, mostly because of the fact that a LOT of my artwork is fan art, which is kind of bad....I mean...It's not BAD bad, but I still feel like it's good to design and use your own characters whenever, even if you don't invest a lot into them(which sometimes can be good).

Sorry if I'm rambling! lol
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My biggest problem is not being sure I want to make comics at all. I like drawing, and I like telling stories, but I lose interest in the comics I try to make. Could be that I'm not meant to be making comics, could be that I'm just not trying hard enough, or that I'm not motivated by my ideas. Can't be sure.

You should do what makes you happy, even if it is fan art. Don't feel pressured to make up your own characters if it's not really in you. Or if it is, the best bet is to pick up some tutorials or books to help you focus (one book I bought recently that's been helping is "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel"). The script writing software Celtx is pretty useful too. Working completely on your own doesn't give you any new input to work with, so the cycle will always repeat itself.

I've tried planning my stories, and I know I CAN do it if I want, but I'm so much more comfortable 'brain farting' my ideas. Of course, my track record for actual completed projects makes it clear that I need to do something different...though I did complete one book (linked in my signature), it took me, off and on, about a decade to get it right. Getting too old to take that long to make up something new...

No prob on the rambling...walls of text are fun! :D
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adekii Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh yeah, this is hella sharp! Looks even better with a nice high quality scan!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I think it was that shot of warm gray in the back that really made the figure pop. It was a last minute idea I got after reading a tutorial by :icontoddnauck: on the Copic website.
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StarGamerWorld Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I think you're really improving on the anatomy (at least I think so, I'm not one to judge ^^;) cause this looks very neat! Very appealing color choices too :D
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I practice all the time, so it's no surprise, I guess... ;) Glad you like! :D
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StarGamerWorld Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
No problem! :)
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