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offbeat early days by wulfmune offbeat early days by wulfmune
here's a doodle i did trying to draw the characters in their original design concept.

paul, mandy and mary (ms.b) are pretty noticibly different and of course the school uniforms got axed.

the logo is one of the early "trial" logos my friend khoeun made for me and i thought it matched the hoaky saturday cartoon feeling i was going for.
thank goodness i dont have to draw the same uniforms over and over and over again!
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YeLLowSuGArsTAR Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice. it really looks like a different Offbeat from the original but it loos way Awesome!!!:happybounce:


...............................btw. Paul sorta reminds me of Al from FullMetal Alchemist, but older more modern version w/ glasses.:D
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Gleeky-chan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
really cause with thebright blonde hair he reminds me of Ed from FMAEdward elric icon 
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
thanks! i ended up changing his design the most. i modeled him a bit more after a popular look at my college. :3
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cerviiidae Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap! Mandy looks like she would act TOTALLY different. lol And Paul looks like a samurai.
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sumeshiryuk Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
mary kinda looks like their teacher now... haha, i like paul! but i think he's better in the actual book, suits his personality better. (total fan of paul despite him not being in on the yaoiness >.>;)
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DJ-AKIMORI Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist
A brunette Mandy... hmm
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Horoholikka Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
I like this one! it's more manga-style like~!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
thanks! it was more simple lines
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Horoholikka Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
you're welcome :heart:
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blwhere Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Things I like about the change: Tory's freckles, uniforms, Ms. Mary's look, Mandy's look. Things I'm sad about: Paul's blonde hair... (He's even more hawt here than now... lmao) I feel like drawing!
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
yay~ draw draw!
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blwhere Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HERE: [link] i just finished it... I was suuuper bored. But I like how I'm getting the knack with photoshop...
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florauchiha Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Ms'b looks older now. kinda like a grandma.
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sesshysshewolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Wow...very different. X3
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kiwi-kraze Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
NEAT!! I love their designs now though, although this is very awesome!! :D
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C-h-i-b-i-N-e-k-o Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
I like the uniforms..and WHOA, Paul was a pretty boy at first. LOL
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aerinelillet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
By the way, if you don't mind me asking...what programs do you use to color your art? I really enjot the way yours looks, and I want to make a really good choice in picking my coloring program. ^^;
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aerinelillet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
I love the way they look now. Hm, what could I say about this....the things I really like about the old style are Colin's eyes and hair. But I really enjoy the way they look now, I would miss the frecklies.
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stephholly11 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
Holy crap, I at first thought that old-mary was the physics teacher o.O. I'm glad you changed Mary, Paul, and Mandy. They look much more realistic in their current designs. ^_^. Tory looks a little different, more cheerful xD. Colin is pretty much the same, although he looks like he's finally had a good ten-hour sleep xDD.

Awesome picture ^_^.
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TaylorWetton Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007   Digital Artist
Hey i love your work, you probably get this alot, but i actually just bought Offbeat one and two today and the story is so close to my life actually heh, it seems colin really wants to be with Tory but he can't take the hint fully. I love the story and your art style so much, do you know if or when the third manga is coming out? because i will buy it in a heartbeat
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Opallene Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Mm, I still totally get the "hokey Saturday cartoon feel" in the finished product. (And I love it! It's one of the many praises I have for it. =))

Very nice piece of work here. But I would say you did the right thing by changing the designs how you did. Mandy went completely from "Japanese schoolgirl" to "All-American girl," which works for her. I don't know if you're familiar with Yun Kouga's Loveless, but Paul here happens to be too much of a Soubi lookalike for comfort.

The uniforms look nice, but one of my favorite things about the books is the appearance of so many different outfits. (It's realistic! And...yeah...there, it deviates pointedly from Hokey Saturday Cartoon, but that's fine by me in this case!) I think Tory's got style whether he knows it or not -- and I totally want to steal his "I'm Swell" shirt. It would be a great PMS T-shirt, but don't tell him I said that. It looks good on him, too. Really. :D
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nils23 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
wow, tory looks so different!! 0.0 normal is the word i'm looking for i think ha ha. it's too bad the uniforms got cut but i think the civies(...non uniform clothes) look cool as well U.U nice pic!
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allenerio Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
I really like this one, almost more-so than the ones that made it into the Manga...I guess I prefer simple lines and simple shading. Yey.
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manga-inu-chan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
wow the art is veary veary simplistic and if it wasn't for you say that Paul was there I would have gone what the heck who is that? I do like the uniforms in the pic and Tory didn't have freckels(SP?)
I think it's the flat colloring or somthing but it dose have an old school feel. I like this one.
This is why you're one of my favorite manga-ka. :D
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HoboBoe Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
i love how this looks all oldschool .. ~
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Watase Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006
when can we buy more offbeat!
i loved that book!
true!
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Hydrogen-Mythos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
In every comic book I have ever read; I see that in the begining the art is more simplistic and as it goes further more details are added so that just by looking at the art you can see that it's a specific author. Like just by looking at your art people can tell its you. :blahblah: I probably don't make sense to anyone but if you look at your from the begining till now you can see the quiet changes that make it more unique. :heart:
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machi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006   Writer
XP I've been so scared to come to your page in fear I might find spoilers to the second book in people's comments XDD I'm waiting for mine in the mail, I think I check it every five seconds (as if, oh yes, the mail man comes around at 8 am, right?)

However, I do get this Saturday morn feel to it, kinda old skoolish (And upon seeing it, I felt as if i'd be waiting for the commercials of "School House Rock" to come on afterwards.) The characters are still cute, but I definatly like mary's present day design much better. Paul and Mandy in here are hella cute, however. =P but, I think I like Tory and Colin's current design much better. In here, Tory kind of looks a bit younger and very much kiddish. Still a good piece, however.
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Parkas4Kids Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Tory looks very different to me. Perhaps it's the happy-go-lucky smile on his face, but his features just look brighter overall. Like he hasn't a care in the world.

That, and his freckles are gone, but that was mildly obvious. ;)
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NermalCat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Off*beat is so cool...I need to read the 2nd volume...
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Stacie-Yuriko Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Nice, I can't wait to read the second one!
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steadybeat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
wow O__O
mandy looooks unannoying
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San-SanPenguin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
Yaaaay an update! Love the picture; concept art is so fun to look at! I like how your comic is now a lot, though. =3
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Cruzle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Student
But they're all still so loveable! XD Thanks for sharing with us!
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Darkshrive Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
wow, I didn't even recognize paul at first ><; Off*beat really has come a long way.. I'm glad you went aganst the uniform idea, I love how you did hte characters' clothing in the manga.. esspecially mandy's.. such cute assorories! [/rant]
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twincast Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
you know, you really captured that saturday morning cartoon feeling.
and now poor me wants the very same thing to actually happen. XD


and aside from the stuff already mentioned by many(practically all) others I don't want to point out for the nth time, there's one thing I noticed: Tory just looks geeky, not an ounce like his superiority-complex-ridden-scary-maniac-stalker-perfectionist-kind of geeky self. so different...
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
all around more generic looking is what i think when i look back at the old designs. and not really as modern feeling.
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twincast Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
yeah, I see what you mean.

and by the by, I really like how Tory's "what uniforms?" line in vol.1 is practically an in-joke.
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XnamoreX Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
I think I like the second OffBeat logo-thingy better(no offense or anything)
TORY'S FRECKLES!THEY RAN AWAY!
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ktep Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
wooooo! mandy is cute either way! totally my type .. if i was like 10 years younger>_>. Glad u changed tory's mom, i totally would not have the hots for her if you stuck with that design!

It's a shame that you dont have your original sketches , i realyl love those! =(
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Sakurai-nii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
I see you changed some of their designs. collin and Tory's hair grew a bit too. ^^
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refade Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
those uniforms are so much cooler than the one i have to wear for school. i have to wear a maroon blazer! :fear:
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Nodds Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
I have to wear a polkadotted dress. Stop whinging :giggle:

Anyways, I'm pretty glad you changed Ms. B's, Paul's, and Mandy's design. Although the inner psychotic fangirl was crying out for pretty-boy Paul, he just wouldn't be the same D:
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junjun249 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
they really are kinda different ^^ but id still wuv them either way! (oh and PS; yay for the second volume of Off*Beat! :D)
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japanimator Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
X3 They're so cute!

I will now proceed to fave everything in your gallery! :boogie:
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Gooderikilla Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
beautifuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul!!!!!!! I really love the way u draw tory!!! *drools* , he looks so sexy!!!! , and mandy has another color hair !! so cute!!!!!
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slugfood Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Mandy and Paul look SO different... Mandy actually looks like more of a flirt.
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Teragan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Oh my god Tory looks SO adorable. XDDDD ahhh, in fact, they all do! Really, really cute. xD It's kind of good and bad you ditched the uniforms, because I love them, but it is nice to see a wide variety of costumes in any form of media and it brings out their personalities more.

I can't wait for my copy of volume 2 to be delivered... u___u
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NekoAiTorankusu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Y'know.. I always hated when I would start coloring because I'd NEED to add shading.. but I hated how it's so time consuming.. but.. I really like how yours colored doesn't have shading.. that's definently a nice add to your style.. :D
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
it helps to play around with hue, saturation and overlay options. i used to think no shading=lazy looking. nowadays, i'm finding i can like the overall aesthetic look of flat covers over shading at times.
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