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Bartkira test 02 by Inkthinker Bartkira test 02 by Inkthinker
A couple of mockup models sheets I drew over an evening while I wait to hear back on The BARTKIRA Roadshow.  Hit download to see it a little larger.

Kaneda's movie costume has a surprising amount of pink and orange in it. I don't know how I never noticed it, but I checked several still frames and it's pretty consistent. It's always depicted as being red leather in cosplay and in many of Otomo's original comics illustrations, but in the animation... pink and orange. I'm sure there's reasons for that, like I said I don't know how it is it never really registered to me before. I've certainly watched AKIRA enough times, but it's really eye-opening to be reminded how color-blind I am (artistically, not physically).

I'm near certain that the model sheet I based the Bart design on is too modern for the style of the eventual trailer. Nevertheless it's what I had in hand to work with, and it's all just practice wankery anytoots.

Drawn in Photoshop with my faithful old Cintiq. I haven't been picked up for the Roadshow project yet, but I'll let you know when I hear otherwise. :D
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ParaParaRevolution90 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!
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boxingglovehands Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
it works and I like both characters.
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Nice mashup by the way too!
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I bet the color seemed more red to you because of all the other greys or muted tones in the movie. The only scene I could see a difference is after they are arrested from the bike run and when he tries to get the girl to turn herself in for the guy she killed.
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OlegEvteev Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
Cool!
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Path-Of-NoEnd Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Milhouse: "BART!"

Bart: "That's 'Mr. Bart' to you, PUNK!"
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Great fun. I especially like Milhouse as Tetsuo (Milsuo?) - there's something quite delightful about having the luckless little dweeb cast in the role of a terrifyingly powerful psychokinetic nutter.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I can't take much credit for the casting, but he does fit the role really well. I'm guessing that clear match in the relationship between Bart and Milhouse, Kaneda and Tetsuo, is one of the things that attracted James Harvey (the artist who originally sparked the project) in the first place. Other characters are harder to match up, but that central casting rings true.
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Larscatson Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow,Bart and Milhouse is so coool!!
Collaboration with akira is great ideaNod 
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NoirZone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good idea!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I wish I could take credit for it. :D
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mariankiller Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
aaaaaa this isss sooooo aaaaaamaziiiiiiiing
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soliton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Loving Mista Sparkle as the pill :D
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jaredjlee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome model sheets!
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mg1342mg Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
My favorite thing is that image of Homer seems to be from when that Japanese company combined a fish bulb. ha!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
MISTA SPAKERUU!

Yeah, as I say I don't think I came up with it, but I sure ran with it. :D
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kite-anomaly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Bart: "Tetsuo!!! er- I mean Milhouse!!"

Lol good job. I can't believe even though I haven't even watched Akira that I know about this stuff lol. I got to watch it some time soon. (^_^)v
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's a classic, but a little weird. Try and catch it with subtitles if you can, or the old Streamline dub if you must. The latest blu-ray release has 'em all.
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kite-anomaly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Yeah, I should do that. (^_^)v
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trepptoxic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey so does that make Homer Clown? Also these are freaking awesome!.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Krusty as Joker. You can see their full casting list on one of their pages.

I'd say about half is pretty dead-on perfect, some key roles had to be fitted with obscure Simpsons characters (like casting Laura Powers as Kei) but overall it's pretty solid.
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trepptoxic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm that's fitting it makes sense. So if I remember right Nelson(Yamagata) is going to get blown up?. The lineup is solid, are you going to make a comic? If so, how would I get a copy?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The comic already exists. Because it's a non-profit work of art, you can read it for free... some print editions exist as part of gallery showings, but I'm not sure how to get one.

The comic is a collaborative effort on the part of hundreds of artists, each working in their own style across 3-5 pages before passing the baton. I've applied, but won't likely be accepted for the comics because there's a backlog of volunteers. But I've also applied for the animated project related to the comics, wherein animators will collaborate to recreate a mock animated movie trailer.
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Gulril Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
So god damn good.
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HelpILostMyEraser Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen
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Marvyn1990 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
they're so cute =D
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alphanum001 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic! Brilliant rendition of Bart as Kaneda and Milhouse as Tetsuo
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I can't take all the credit, there's been a lot of groundwork laid out already. :D
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deemasta Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
awesome, Milhouse like a Eustass Kid
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Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant 
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satanasov Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
I never thought Akira can be even MORE awesome :D:D
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mrknifey Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
y'know what? milhouse really suits tetsuo... that's bizarre XD
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
MILLHOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUU... se!
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mrknifey Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
BAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaaaa... yeah, the actual katakana comes out to "baatokira", with the "o" in "to" being that sorta half-dropped vowel sound that Japanese does. :D
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mrknifey Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
so this is more than just a random concept piece then?:)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, not really. I'm inspired by the comics project, and I'm interested in participating in the animation project, but there's nothing more significant to this than that, for now.
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I suspect red pops too hard on screen, especially as an animated object in contrast to the painted background?

Either way, it's a really interesting observation.

PPS. THE CHARACTERS FIT SO WELL IN THEIR ARCHETYPES HAHAHA
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's gotta be something like that. I'm just shamefully blind to it, which means I can't create it properly. That's a problem for me, I gotta work on that.

I didn't set the casting, but I think one of the reasons this goofy premise actually clicked was that amongst all the absurdity of the Simpsons universe being recast into AKIRA, Bart and Milhouse really do make a perfect Kaneda and Tetsuo.

The had to stretch for some other roles, but the core conflict is between those two and it just clicks. And there's enough of the other roles clicking as well (Ralph as Akira, Krusty as Joker, Ned Flanders as Ryu) that it keeps on being funny for a long while.
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TeuvoH Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
very nice!  i recall the production report they said that the backgrounds used a lot of reds and greens for the night time scenes. maybe they shifted kanedeas colour for that reason. 
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MrShuffleDeck Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Trillhouse!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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LongingForAutumn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just brilliant!
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theBellhop Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
I <3 this so much. Good job man!
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Your drawing are really close to the actual models.  It's hard to draw these guys especially at first, they look easy but then you try and you're like, "wow this is complicated."  Even after drawing them so many times I still say that to myself haha.  These look great though, I hope you get picked, not just for your drawing ability but for your amazing animation abilities.  Good luck friend!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

It's all thanks to the various model sheets and screencaps that I found online. I'm not above dropping the sheet under my sketch to check it and revise, and in the case of Bart and Millhouse their substructure is pretty easy... plus I have the benefit of dressing them up, which covers for myriad sins. Let's not sell my ability to seamlessly pick up the style until someone hits me with a hard one. :D

But yeah, it's kinda the job to be able to break down a style and try to mimic it, so I hope I'm doing it well enough to pass on the fly. Luckily after all these years there's a pretty consistent style guide on The Simpsons. If anything, I worry that maybe I'm being too on-the-nose for the project at hand, but this is how I'd want to do it.
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah one thing I learned is that all the characters are basically the same.  Bart and Millhouse have the same body construction, just like Homer and Apu have the same.  I think you should just do it the way you want and what you're comfortable with.  I hope you get a chance to work on this because your animation would be sweet.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I noticed Homer and Krusty have nearly identical models, which of course plays into the episode where Homer goes to clown school.

I hope so too, we'll have to see what happens!
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah exactly.  Good luck buddy!
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Kalshann Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was a great laugh! Perfect, I love Milhouse' screaming look.
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