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Faust Raven:Ruin Bio by Dualmask Faust Raven:Ruin Bio by Dualmask
Another character bio completed with thin line art...I think I'm going to stick with this approach, let my coloring do more of the artistic heavy lifting than my line art. I've been wanting to get him done for a while... not only does he signal the completion of the second team, Reaper, along with and , but also the "Four Horsemen" along with . This completes visual designs for the first four major characters featured in the WCL story, which means I might as well put more effort into the comic now!

There are other things I want to do with WEAPON though... I want to give these characters and this concept the best fighting chance.

Faust Raven/Ruin, WEAPON Combat League :icondualmask:
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a cool series you're puling together here, but this one's my favourite. I also happen to think this guy has a pretty good name, as well.

I'm also interested to note your comment that you're not a big reader of comics - neither am I, as it happens. I have a couple of dozen graphic novels, not any big or famous ones either, and almost all the loose comics I own belong to an old Avatar series called .. Faust. I guess that name ( and the concepts associated with it - dark wizard sells his soul to the devil ) always appealed to me. The artist, Tim Vigil, is also one of the few comic artists I truly admire, but enough of that - it's great fun seeing how totally polished and pro your stuff is looking these days. It takes some serious skillset to sign up to a group named High End Skills...one day I may hope to join you there! :D
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! The thing about the 'High End Skills' group is that I joined it around the time the person running the group kind of...gave up on it and left it more open. Anyone can join now, I think...and everything is accepted. Still, I don't post everything there, just the stuff that shows that (I believe) I have high end skills. Basically I use it for exposure the way I do most of the groups I post to. I'm not a member of too many quality-focused groups...got tired of trying to prove myself to a few when I get enough feedback (and commissions) to justify some measure of confidence in my work. Besides, they all want digital painters...

Hmm, dark wizard sells his soul to the devil...that's kind of fitting of my Faust character in some ways, actually...

I'm glad you see my work as looking more polished, because I'm really trying to make it all more balanced and better (not just the women!). It's hard tearing my mindset away from "more favorites = better" which has been driving a single-minded, instant-gratification approach to my work in the past. Though many have noted that it's weird someone who doesn't really buy or care for comics wants to make them...but that's not all I want to make and I hesitate to even say comics are the main thing I want to create.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand...I think you and I are pretty much of the same mindset when it comes to creating work, characters and stories. We simply all have stories to tell, characters we care about, and we want them to get out there. I don't even read that much fiction any more and yet I'm always writing it. Currently I'm just about to start reading a series of old Westerns from the 1980s, just for something different!

I'm also aiming for more balance and focusing on quality, as much as I can, and I do enjoy seeing other artists progress and reach those higher levels. I certainly know how much I've improved in the last few years, just by being on here and studying stuff by guys like you.

I will have a look through that group, maybe the title was a bit off-putting. ;)
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GaryPope Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great back story. His look perfectly shows it, too. I like the effects you've gone with here, they reflect an angrier power.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Faust is one of the story's key characters and I really tried to reflect his importance here. There's a LOT more to him than meets the eye. Thanks!
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Not sure if I like the black energy myself. Just seems to come off wrong. Faust for a real first name also seems...off. :p I do like the shoulder/knee covers which come off as skulls, Im guessing that's the point?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The black energy is story-critical. I could certainly find a way to illustrate it better, though. Maybe the purple after-glow isn't working.

I don't know much about the foundation of the name Faust, but that's the name that came to me when I was designing the character. I'm extremely fond of it.

I don't want you to think I'm upset about your feedback. You're definitely giving me some things to think about. Names are important. You've got me seriously considering getting rid of the callsigns altogether because the genericness (if that's a word) of some of them has been bothering me lately. It's not like the characters have secret identities (most of them don't, anyway) so maybe I don't need them...
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
If I understand the concept correctly, the callsigns make total sense :) I think it's a good idea to use them! I don't think you have that type of thing going on, and not have callsigns.

My thoughts on Faust was purely my thinking of "Who would name their kid Faust?"

It could be the black energy needs a lighter afterglow? Lavendar maybe? Might make for a better glow effect?

And callsigns are usually generic, it's just that Vampire sounded just a little to generic. Does that make sense?

Ruin, Scythe those sound good. And it's just my opinion on Vampire sounding a little bland. Beast isn't a bad one, it's just that it's also a well known X-Man name, so something to consider before going with it.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I've certainly heard my fair share of unusual names, both in real life and in other properties (Final Fantasy, for example), and the last thing WCL is meant to be, is realistic.

The dark glow's whole point is that it's meant to be dark. :shrug: I was thinking ditching the color completely and making it more like a total black mist. It's easy enough to experiment with it since the file is still broken into layers.

As for the call signs, as I said, they're emphasized far more on these cards than they are in the story. The characters actually rarely refer to each other by the call sign names; they're merely for designation during the announcements and what not. It's almost more like the suits are separate from the characters, kind of like a Gundam character's mobile suit has a name and then the rider has his own name. It's not "Reynaldo Hart is Vampire", it's more like "Reynaldo Hart is equipped with the Vampire WEAPON." Although during the competition scenes, the announcer does often say "Reynaldo Hart also known as Vampire". It's...complicated. I'll have to post a chapter of the story to make it clearer.

And yeah, I considered the Beast character, of course. I'm no stranger to Marvel comics characters, and I thought that through already years ago when I first made the guy up. I decided that it was just going to have to be that way. There simply isn't a better word that suits the character and I'm not about to rewrite him so he's not that animalistic type--the story is way too far along for that.

Not being a big comic reader, I just came up with simple handles that suited the characters, but others were connected to mainstream comic characters as well. There was a speedster WEAPON named Impulse that I ended up changing to the much less impressive Dash, and there was Graviton that I changed to a more fitting, but less descriptive Dominus. But Beast has always been that problem name. I always figured some would make a ruckus about it--I just decided that I wouldn't worry about it because I gave up on trying to come up with a replacement name years ago--suitable replacements are either lame or also connected to mainstream characters. Just going to be more than one Beast character out there until I can think of something better, and hopefully the fact that Renard isn't one of the most prominent characters in the story will keep his call sign from being too big a deal. If I get sued or something (highly unlikely), I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Meanwhile, I'm going forward with my project.
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ebony-chan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
You're really putting some great work together with this project man. =)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I can't wait to be able to publish the work.
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