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JET - I'm here... by Dualmask JET - I'm here... by Dualmask
I've made a choice.

A quick Jet Dancer doodle I did during lunch. Took about 90 minutes maybe. It's inspired by the wall sliding that I've incorporated into my Jet Dancer game in development.

Title is based on a song by the same name that's part of the Madlax anime OST.

Jet Dancer Jonathan Price :icondualmask:

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:iconbuuten:
buuten Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Really dynamic pose and so much action. Very easy to love :D.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) Funny how I can only seem to cut loose like this when I'm drawing for myself.
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JonKin Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I find the most striking is that despite being shot at, Jet still has a smile on her face. Is there anything that would wipe that grin of her kisser?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was just talking with someone else about creating imagery showing Jet in diverse moods. People love her smile but it would be nice to see if there's something that can upset her... something I should definitely explore. ;)
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wbd Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jet looks very lively in this image- but then again, isn't that how she should be? I like the link between this and your game. It reminds me of the title images or posters put out for various 8 and 16-bit games, and fits well with your idea and game-link.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It isn't even the first time I took inspiration from my game when drawing Jet...in the commission I did with the wolf character, I used one of the sprites I created as a foundation for Jet's pose. It helps me to keep my mind on my project even if I can't focus on it directly for a while. Plus such images might make for nice filler for a game manual.
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hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Pretty badass! I love the energy. You seem to have the most fun drawing her.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Gary! It's the simplicity of her. I don't have to think a lot when it comes to Jet, which plays to the strength of the drawing. It's almost too easy, really. :floating: I need to challenge myself further.
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hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ha. You said you didn't need to before...
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I did. Though I'm sure it was a completely different context then, that doesn't matter. Things change, we grow. :nod:
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hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol I'm just teasing. You (like everyone else) are all over the place with what you want to do. It's natural.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I figured as much. Still, it may be natural, but that doesn't mean it's not a problem. But I will say this: what I say and do on dA doesn't mirror what's going on behind the scenes at all. I'm always moving forward even if I might not be going in the right direction. =p
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hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, I know. I'm paying attention. :nod:
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Skaramine Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing action shot!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Chizel-Man Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, that is going to look real hot all colorful and finished. You should expect another 100 favs in one day scenario:nod:
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That would be nice, but I'm just glad if people like my work at all. :) I like to get favorites but positive feedback through comments and crits mean just as much to me.
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Chizel-Man Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome J.
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Randommode Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow that's exciting
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :) I wanted to make something action-packed.
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I wish I could doodle that well. :p Very nice!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps 'doodle' is the wrong word... ;) Glad you like it!
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RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool action scene, Jet enjoys getting into all sorts of trouble doesn't she?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps she needs a new hobby. Jumping off of rooftops and breaking things with her boots tends to attract the wrong kind of attention. :lol: Glad you like it!
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
You and your so-called "doodles..." :lol: I tell you, you never cease to impress with these, and yet, judging from your comments on a lot of them, you'd think they'd be something forgettable. My brain's going to explode if you keep this up... :rofl:

At this rate, you're going to have to seriously consider making an artbook or something, given the cover art quality of pieces like this. It's almost unfair that you can take an hour and a half out of your day and seemingly on a whim, put together a drawing like this. As always, there's plenty of action going on, and yet, Jet remains such a captivating presence within the entire picture.

I hope I didn't come off as rude there. It's really just my way of expressing just how cool it is that you're able to do this at this point, and it's getting tougher by the submission to come up with things to say... =P
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, sorry...I can't describe it any other way. I mean, I don't put a great deal of effort into these pencils (because I'm always thinking I'm just going to digitize it anyway), and I really think that shows. Rough, smudgy, but decent enough to be inked, at least given the way I ink. I will admit that the 90 minutes I spent on this didn't include the time it took to set up the thumbnail... =p

Honestly, these don't take much thought but it may be high time I draw Jet in a more emotive fashion. She can't be all bubbly smiles and explosions... can she? :D Glad you like!
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
"I mean, I don't put a great deal of effort into these pencils"

You're killing me, man... :rofl:

Still, I understand what you're saying, even though I just find it bizarre whenever I see sketches like this with comments such as yours. Just gotta respect the skills. :) And let me guess, 5-10 minutes on the thumbnail tops? =P

Hmm... that doesn't sound like a bad idea, really. Even the most carefree of characters can display a different side every now and then. Although I must say that Jet's personality is the kind I'd like to see more in a hero/heroine, and that's taking care of business and enjoying it every step along the way.

But hey... she's your creation. I trust that you'll do whatever your instincts tell you to and she'll still turn out fine.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Getting through the thumbnail quickly really is the key. Get that idea out of your head as quickly as possible; don't worry about quality or neatness or proportions at that stage. Just get the feel for what you want. What I have been doing lately is taking a sheet of graph paper and sectioning off a block of 8 squares by 11 squares, doing my thumbnail inside of that, then blowing it up to 400% so it actually ends up the same size as a regular sheet of paper. Then I take a fresh sheet and draw over it. The thumbnail itself takes seconds (though I might make several before I get something I like), the prep a few minutes (one of the virtues of working in an office with free flowing paper and a high powered copier machine) and then the drawing goes easy because I have a foundation.

I want to develop Jet into more than a pretty face, though I don't want her to be too deep or heavy-handed. Seems people really like her positive, simplified nature, and I have to admit that her being an about-face of my usually serious subject matter is refreshing to me too. I'm not going to force more out of it, but I have been drawing detailed images of this character for quite a while now, and a part of me is thinking that more should be coming out of it at this stage of her development.
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
I'd like to think I understand the concept of thumbnailing good enough. The actual execution of it on my end isn't exactly great, but that's probably a subject for another day. =P

As for Jet, nothing wrong with your intentions of giving Jet a bit more depth as a character. That said, one thing that's evident with your Jet-related drawings is that you do have a lot of fun putting her in the majority of situations she's in, which as a result, really helps in making her such an appealing character already. That's not to say that I'm not looking forward to seeing what you have in store for her, but I hope that at least the aspect of Jet being a fun character for both yourself and the viewers doesn't lose its edge. Still, I trust that you'll make it all work out.
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every time you and Jet touch, it's magic! I haven't seen a mediocre pic of Jet done by you ever...it's always a home run pic when you draw/color her! :XD:
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could say that's true...there are some less than successful pics of her, but it is true that I always strive to do a little more when it comes to drawing her. She's just so much fun. Thanks!
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well...IMO, pretty much all of your Jet pics are some of your best works. As I've said before...I have the same thing with Sapphira that you do with Jet.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. A lot of people seem to feel that way. I figure it's high time I went ahead and accepted that...or rather, instead of looking at it as something to accept (in defeat), to view it as an opportunity to achieve a victory!
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah...no need to fight it. I know right now that your heart is playing tug of war between WCL and Nia again, but there's no denying that if nothing else but for pure aesthetic purposes/eye candy that Jet is money.

But I understand that you want for your other ideas/concepts to be just as well received if not more than Jet. I know you've had Jet appear in a cameo role via WCL, but have you thought of perhaps making her one of the major players in the WCL?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, Jet is starting to be 'money' quite literally, as I'm getting commission clients coming to me, telling me that they were attracted to my art because of my recent Jet Dancer images...even from sites other than dA!

I've began to realize that instead of constantly trying to make X work when the audience is VERY CLEARLY saying they want Y, I need to start questioning the validity of pursuing X in the first place. And what that means is instead of making Jet a bit player in WCL, it may very well be time to flip the script and make the cast of WCL serve as supporting cast members and rogues for Jet. Because it's one thing to be true to myself and whatever, and it's another thing entirely to be vain and stubborn about it. If my goal is to sell my work and attract fans and customers, I have to listen to the "market". Besides, to be honest, if I really, really wanted to make WCL a reality, I would be having as much fun drawing WCL imagery as I do with Jet...and that's not the case at all.

Denial...not just a river in Africa. =p
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There you go. I was just thinking, as an artist, when would it be time to stop ignoring the obvious and sticking so tightly to your vision in favor of catering to your audience/market. Not selling out...but as in your case, it's obvious that you love Jet and I know that YOU want to focus on WCL and/or Nia. However Jet is the clear cut "people's choice", if you will.

Kinda reminds me of something that's not directly related to this, but bear with me for a sec. I'm currently talking to this gal that I go to church with; she's spritual-minded (Most important; at least from what I can see so far), she's got many of the same interest/similar tastes that I have, she's not bad looking....BUT she has a 5 year old kid. For the longest time a gal with a kid was an automatic dealbreaker for me with females; I just didn't want to deal with the drama that came along with it. Now that I'm getting older, I have to realize that many single women in my age group are more likely to have kids already...so to rule out the whole populous of gals that have kids would mean that I would limit my "market" greatly.

I was thinking about how some women are so picky when it comes to things they want in a man; one of my friends' from college rule was she wouldn't even touch a man that wasn't 6'1" or taller. I would say to her, "So you mean the dude could have everything else you wanted in a man, but if he were 5'9" you wouldn't want even consider him a potential mate? Her answer...absolutely not. That's (partly) why she's still single to this day.

So I thought to myself the same thing...so you mean to say that she could have everything I'm looking for in a woman, but I'd turn her away and miss out on possibly one of the best things that could ever happen to me just b/c she has a kid? Ah ha!

Pardon my sidebar, but I think it's similar with looking at our character in the same way. Is is worth limiting ourselves to a smaller market/fanbase by sticking to our guns and focusing on what WE want rather than broadening our horizons and listening to what people like? Jet has the making of what could be a franchise character for you. Nia has a strong fanbase for you as well; however as a HUGE Nia fan and a fan of your characters for several years now, Jet is clearly your front-runner. Honestly, I have even started liking Jet more than Nia lately! ^^;

It would be insane to continue forcing yourself to stick to WCL or Nia out of duty...especially knowing that you always admit that you HAVE FUN whenever you do a Jet piece. And now...EVEN BETTER...you're getting paid to have fun drawing/coloring Jet and getting work b/c folks enjoyed your work featuring her. But I know the internal struggle that you've been going through for the longest all too well...I too bounce back and forth from Diamond to Sapphira wondering which should I make my Flagship character. However, I've committed to Diamond for now.

Sorry for the novel! ^^;
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, that's all right. :) Lately I've been saying to myself that once you make a decision...really make a decision, then God will either put the wind at your back or throw every obstacle imaginable in your path. In other words, you'll know whether you made the right choice or not. When it comes to drawing Jet, I have more fun, it attracts customers and I'm getting around every difficulty I have even when it comes to making the game I'm building with her. I'd definitely say the wind is at my back.

Good to know you're getting to know someone new. As for the girl, all I can say is this...when I first met the woman that I'll soon be celebrating a decade of marriage to, she had two kids before we met. You never know... if nothing else, children keep the lady grounded! ;)

Nia is the past, I see that now. She had a great run. 15 years is a long time. She made money for me and my book continues to get little bits of attention here and there. I'll leave the webcomic site up until my year of hosting is up--who knows, I might just go back to it one day, or I might write that sequel to my novel, but I'm not thinking about it. It's time to move on. I have to do what's best for me and my art, and you too...but only if the fun is there. Don't do it just because the feedback is strong...it still has to be what you want first. :nod:
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Whazizname Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   General Artist
I love the way she makes an entrance!!
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Get 'em Jet!! :w00t:
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
She's nothing if not an attention-getter. Thanks! :)
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sodacan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
90 minutes? This is really good. Definitely worthy of color.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It may not look it but some parts were really rushed.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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StarGamerWorld Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Looking wonderful. Love the dynamic pose. :)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Just popped in my head. :)
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Quel2many Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Also thats a l ong lunch where you work at:-*
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I work for the government. They're quite flexible. :)
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very action packed. Can't wait to see it finished. :dance:
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Can't say when I'll color it...I can always find time to sketch, but coloring is another matter entirely.
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