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A while back, Todd Dezago asked me to color the lineart I'd contributed to the Mike Wieringo tribute sketchbook sold at Heroes Con 2008. I think this will be printed in something that will come out next year. It depicts Jarek from Mike and Todd's Tellos comic series, with Charlie, Mike's cat.

It was very emotional working on this. A lot more than I thought it would be. I got through the lineart okay when I originally drew it, but when it got to the colors... Even though it was over a year since Mike passed, it was very difficult to work on. I guess because I'm not primarily a colorist and don't have the experience yet to be able to churn stuff like this out, I had more time to sit and work and dwell. Working on Charlie was the hardest part of this entire piece, and even though he is a small part of the piece, size-wise, he is so much larger and most important in the grand scheme of things. If that makes sense.

I've shown this to some of Mike's family and friends and they have given it a thumbs up. And that means more to me than words can say. I'd like to think Mike would have enjoyed it too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I teared up a bit reading your comment. A beautiful piece of work- I'm sure he'd love it.

And the cat is seriously full of win.
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burtonite42 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awww... simply delightful ^ ^
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RobertLaszloKiss Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Student Artist
OMG that cat, adorable!
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EvelynMusing Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Beautiful piece, and extremely well done. (The coloring is fabulous!) It definitely shows just how much you admired him. Wonderful work. :heart:
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Ninja-G33k Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
FWIW, this piece gets a big thumbs-up from me too.

Great job, as always!
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist
Shame that Tellos Colossal 2 is delayed, I really want it.

RIP Mike.
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007-R0B3R7 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
great job =] sounds like a very heart-touching guy
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