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Fox Meets the Bear sketches by suburbanbeatnik Fox Meets the Bear sketches by suburbanbeatnik
Here are some character sketches I did for Chris Dabnor's story, "The Fox Meets the Bear," in the upcoming issue of Astonishing Adventures Magazine. I always find that drawing head shots of the main characters really helps the process along. These won't be appearing in the magazine; I'm only doing it for my own reference.

It's a WW2 spy pulp, about two Soviet spies and their English ally. Sickle is based on Milla Jovovich (so great in The Fifth Element), and her partner Hammer might possibly resemble the Heavy from Team Fortress 2. As for the English spy, the Fox, he looks like Ryan Cartwright, aka John "Moneypenny" Hooker from Mad Men, and Vincent Nigel-Murray from Bones. (He's not the typical choice for a gentleman spy-- he seems to be cast a lot as twerpy nerdy types-- but he does look dashing in a fedora.)

It's so much fun playing casting director-- I'm really excited now to do the illustrations, which I'll do next week. Upwards and onwards!
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Dabnorfish Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Well, saw the final pictures and they were as marvellous just as I expected them to be.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'll post them on dA soon, I've been so busy with my move to NY! :)
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Dabnorfish Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
They grace my desktop at work and on my phone already.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! I hope you've gotten lots of nice comments. :)
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Dabnorfish Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Finally signed up, so I could comment on this... Hammer, especially, is spot on - combines physical brutishness and a pleasant, open, face. Looking forward to seeing it all.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Chris! I'm so glad you like it. I had a lot of fun working on the cover featuring those characters. They'll be in living color, fighting Nazis! :)
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Dabnorfish Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Can't wait.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
She's beautiful! And the men's character design is really interesting.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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NovaDot Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Student General Artist
awesome character designs! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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NovaDot Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student General Artist
my pleasure!! :D
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
I love the fashions of the WW2 period; wonderful coats, hats and hairdo's. Awesome characterisation, I can really grasp their personalities in the sketch.

Fantastic :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I have several drawings featuring these characters-- plus they're going to be featured on the AAM #8 cover. It should be out by New Year's. I'm pretty excited about it! :)
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Wow, congratulations! I have been following the magazine since you linked it, and I have enjoyed all of your illustrations :D

I will need to look out for the #8 cover. :+devwatch:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's here!

Well, actually, AAM #8 was here a month ago, but I've been too busy to post anything about it. :blushes: But here it is anyway!

Mediafire PDF download: [link]
Issuu: [link]

I've just started uploading all the art here... I hope you like.
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blind-fate Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Wonderful! Thanks for the update. I loved your pictures in the issue, they worked in so well with the stories. :clap:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just uploaded the cover illo I did! [link] Don't forget to comment on it, I love to hear what people think. :)
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temiel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very cool! I'm doing "Catching Time" myself, but I considered this one. :) I do headshots too, actually, when I work up finished illustrations. ^_^ I can't wait to see the whole thing!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Kathy said your illos were great-- I'm looking forward to working with you on Dark Valentine, if you're interested, of course. :D

Headshots are very useful, aren't they? When I was painting the cover, I looked back at them a lot to see if I was capturing the character's look.
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temiel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, she did?! That's great, I haven't heard back from her yet after I sent them in, I was worried I didn't make the deadline! :worry: I'm REALLY excited for Dark Valentine. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The site's going to up very soon! And then we're going to start getting the first issue together. How are things with you?
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh excellent... :D Very exciting.

Things are pretty much the same with me. Gearing up to move back to Maine soon, because at the end of the day that's just where I want to be right now. I'm so glad everything's been going relatively smoothly with your New York move!! Are you liking it? Do you have a job yet, or are you earning enough by freelancing?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm earning enough freelancing for now, but I'll probably have to get a part-time job soon. Let's see...

Are you in Boston right now?
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Indeed I am. We're going to be moving in April. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The Fox guy kinda reminds me of Jonathan Rhys Meyers! And I really like how you're a.. "casting director", I do that too hehhehe.. I wish I could do it in real life, not just illustrations! ;P
(you use cross hatching better than me.. ^^; *needs private lessons* )
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers! I used to like him, in his Gormenghast days, but now that I've watched 3 seasons of "The Tudors" I'm not as much of a fan anymore.

Cross-hatching-- it just takes practice. I've been practicing a lot this year. :D
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