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Antoine the Savateur by NicGiraffe Antoine the Savateur by NicGiraffe
It's never made any sense to me how Antoine doesn't have any other combat skills to rely on should he ever lose his sword. I'm pretty sure it's just the writers never giving the issue any thought/or just not caring though. But anyways, after learning about savate, which originates from France, I thought it'd be the perfect martial art for Antoine to take up. These are just a few sketches of him practicing his new skills.

"Savateur" refers to a male practitioner of savate. This was my first time drawing Antoine in a few years, so I'm trying to get used to drawing him again.

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Dukect Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Very cool drawing keep up the great work also I would like to see Antoine and Sonic sparing a friendly type spar  
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :) Since someone also suggested a sketch of the two of them sparring, I guess I'll have to draw that at some point.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Fantasic work yeah some additional skillss would be good
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I like seeing characters learn new skills. It's believable, especially if you happen to be a Freedom Fighter.
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SuperAbachiBro Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nice! It's actually fitting of him. I can see him do more of this than just using his own sword all the time.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, glad you like the idea! I agree; how cool would it be if Antoine was squaring off against a bad guy and busted out some savate techniques?
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SuperAbachiBro Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yup! I would personally would like to see more of this, especially with Antonie squaring off with someone in the ring. Any ideas who you suggest?
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That'd be awesome to see. I'd actually like to draw more combat-related stuff featuring Antoine myself.

As for Antoine could fight against, off the top of my head, Patch comes to mind. Geoffrey St. John or one of the Wolf Pack guys like Reynard or Diablo would be interesting, IMHO. Hmm... I'm trying to think of other characters who are hand-to-hand fighters (or wouldn't look out of place in a ring), but I'm blanking. :brainless: I'll sleep on it and get back to you.
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SuperAbachiBro Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Geoffrey and/or Patch sounds like great choices.

As for characters in terms of hand-to-hand, Knuckles is an obvious choice, same with Augustus and Thrash. But I'll wait to hear from your ideas later on.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I keep forgetting Knuckles knows hand-to-hand combat (never read his series much before, though I probably should've in retrospect, and I don't follow the comics, so he's not a character I know much about). All three could work.

My digging didn't turn up much, unfortunately. The only other character I chanced across that might be a suitable opponent was Elias.
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SuperAbachiBro Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sounds good as well. How about Sonic as well?
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why not?
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
I'm slow on commenting on stuff right now, but I wanted to say how much I love this. XD I do totally agree that Antoine needed some more combat skills. Making it so that you're helpless without your weapon is just not the greatest of ideas. It's also nice to see Antoine developing as a character in general.

You did a great job with all of these. It's not just his facial expressions that are fantastic, but the posing and body movements as well.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci beau coup. :) It's not wise at all, especially if you're in a line of work that requires you to protect others and have tons of psychos gunning for you and your 'friends'.

I'm so glad I'm getting better with dymanic poses and movement. Referencing photos and things really helps!
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Exactly! It's just smart to have alternative talents to fall back on. I know I'd want a back up fighting style if I was in a situation like his.

And you definitely are doing a great job and improving. :D And I know you're gonna get even better at it.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: As long as I keep practicing. XD
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Flammifleure Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh. I thought that kick was vaguely familiar, then I saw the title and I made a connection with Raphael Sorel, my favourite character from the fighting game Soul Calibur II. He's French, and his fighting style is supposed to be a mixture of fencing and savate kicks. I think I know now how I'm going to portray Antoine if I ever feel like writing Sonic fiction.

And you did a very nice job with drawing Antonie. ^^ And you're awesome for having him do savate.(And giving me a real world example of it. xD )
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never played Soul Caliber before, so I Googled Raphael Sorel. He not only sounds but looks like a really awesome character. And it's cool to see a less well-known martial art like savate show up somewhere! FTR, I'd be happy to read a Sonic fanfic from you (if the muse ever strikes you to do one).

Thank you! I think Antoine would be all about learning a fighting style from his native country. =D
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Flammifleure Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! I'm glad you like him.xD I felt a little guilty bringing up a completely unrelated fandom, even though I  meant it as a compliment.

And you're welcome. :3
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries! :) It was still related to savate, and you were interested in the artwork. If you had done something like "This reminds me of Raphael Sorel. Well, that's all I have to say!", then I would've been like :confused: Someone actually has done that to me before, only it was about an original story of mine's that reminded her of a book. She summarized the book's plot for me even though I own said book already, and never said a single word about my idea. Very bizarre.
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Flammifleure Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ai, very bizarre indeed. Glad I avoided that. xD
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. :)
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vaginajerky Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Nicely done. I especially like his sitting posture and the kick.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MetalExveemon Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
So savage and brutal... and yet so cute. :XD: :D
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL.
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LanternPower Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I applaud to you of your work.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow: Thank you. :)
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LanternPower Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
You're welcome. :-).
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