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Bully Beef
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Published: March 27, 2014
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That’s “bully” in the quaintly archaic sense, meaning “commendably splendid”, natch.
 
In the course of doodling a commission for the ever-groovesome Doppleganger55, I found myself designing an original character who could conceivably slot into the roster of fighters in Nintendo’s Punch-Out! series of boxing games. The idea was to come up with a British equivalent of Bear Hugger (perhaps a distant cousin, or somesuch) – and a spot of scribbling and shading later (employing 2B and HB pencils), this jovial fellow turned up.
 
Doppleganger’s concept for the character was a cheerfully patriotic British wrestler who, keen to take on a new challenge, decides to try his hand at pugilism. Going by the in-ring name of Beefeater, he’s distinct from the vast majority of the Punch-Out! cast in that he’s not in the least bit villainous; indeed, he’d be fearfully cross at the dishonourable antics of Aran Ryan and Great Tiger, and wholly disapproving of the contempt with which the likes of King Hippo and Mr Sandman regard Little Mac (up to the point at which he knocks them spark out, that is). Beefy, as he’s affectionately known by his fans, prefers to wish his opponents well before a fight and shake their hands afterwards (even going so far as to congratulate them warmly if they beat him), and uses phrases like “What ho!” “Gadzooks!” and “Jolly good show, old bean!” without a trace of embarrassment. Regular readers will be unsurprised to learn that I really, really like this chap.
 
Beefy’s design changed barely at all between this concept drawing and the final commission piece – the only amendment was to his gloves, as you will see. I was aiming to emulate the style of the 2D character artwork created for the WII version of Punch-Out!, and I’m still really chuffed with how he turned out; I reckon he’d be a worthy addition to any future game in the series. Are you listening, Nintendo?
 
Beefeater is the copyrighted creation of DG55, and no mistake. Infringerisers will receive a bally good thrashing, don’chaknow. :icondoppleganger55:
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kuren247's avatar
kuren247|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The design of him reminds me of the late wrestling star "Big Bully Busick"
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CLCanadyArts|Professional General Artist
I'd love to see this guy animated. Doing a good belly laugh or something. :)
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MatthewSmith's avatar
I fear animation is beyond my capabilities, but I agree, that would make for a cheerily fun little sequence! He is very much inclined towards jovial chuckling.
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CLCanadyArts|Professional General Artist
May I try my hand at it? I have played around with after affects a bit and this would be a good one to practice with. I would cut it into a few layers to manipulate separately, and would have to extend some things so there aren't white gaps showing when something is moved.

It would be pretty simple, and I cannot guarantee when it would be done as I am fairly busy at the moment.
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Zounds! That would be amazing. If you'd like to give it a go, then by all means, go right ahead! I'm enormously honoured that you'd even consider it, and no worries whatsoever time-wise; please, take as long as you like. If a larger version of the image would be helpful, let me know and I can send the original full-size scan your way.

Huge amounts of thanks for your kindly grooviness!
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Nightmare-Nikki's avatar
I want to see him fighting against Narcis XD
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Heh! That would be fun, though personally I'd be most interested to see him take on Bear Hugger. That'd be a real super-heavyweight slugfest, and no mistake!
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Arabianprince1|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's so handsome! I love this picture, it's really well done! How long did this take?
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Cheers muchly! I'm glad you like him such a lot. I can't remember exactly how long it took to put this piece together; the linework was quite speedy, because this started out as just a sketch, but I was having fun with it and so decided to add the shading, which always takes rather longer. I expect I was working on it for two or three days, but not solidly.
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Arabianprince1|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, alright. Thanks for the reply !
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Shadowstalker55's avatar
This guy would be great for Punch Out 2!
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Goodness, that would be ace. If they ever held a character design contest I'd have to submit him (with the commissioner's agreement, natch).
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nishi|Professional Digital Artist
Hope to see him in the lockers. *w*
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MatthewSmith's avatar
I suspect you'd be hard-pressed to miss him.
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nishi|Professional Digital Artist
Ehehe, I'll have to hang out extra long just to make sure I get enough time~
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ogrebear|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work there Chap!

Especially excellent shorts there dear boy!
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Thank you kindly, sir! And I must confess, I was rather pleased with how the trunks turned out. The Union Flag is a surprisingly tricky one to draw properly, especially in the form of spandex undergarments.
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bmarch's avatar
LOVE HIM! GREAT design and idea, hee hee!
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MatthewSmith's avatar
Delighted he proves amusing, my good bloke!
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Thomas5a04's avatar
He can definitely knock out super macho man Meow :3 
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MatthewSmith's avatar
I reckon so! And he'd even manage to do it politely.
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Furvent's avatar
Really nice.  I love his expression.  I look forward to seeing him in the ring with someone.
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Pleased you like the pic! And you don't have to wait to see Beefy in action; just poke these words with your pointer and you can witness him battling the one and only King Hippo...
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Scarecrow113|Hobbyist Writer
I always did have a thing for Brits...
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