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Great Date by Stekichikun Great Date by Stekichikun
I moved back to America in 02 after an editor from a company that now no longer exists called one early morning and offered me a job drawing comics if I relocated. Because I had learned to draw in Japan there was always a manga feel to my art and I really struggled with it; trying to bring a more American/superhero feel to my comic pages. When I was cleaning out my office I found a bunch of really nice, never used pages that sort of represent all that hard work to change, and also my zenith so to speak in terms of drawing American. This was done around the time I was starting to want to create my own stories, and although nothing came of the idea, the picture here is one of my favorites. Enjoy!
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Honga Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
everybody so smiley, and everything so peaceful, it took me a while to notice, the apprehensive guy is holding a big gun. is beautiful
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theRealJohnnyCanuck Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
this is great work. to bad it never saw print.
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nityanshu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012   General Artist
awesum
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Would you PLEASE put the gun away!?!?! :X
hahah nice.
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KajiTetsushi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice MP5, bro. =)
It's a nice change as most of the heroes I see around me prefer claymores and katanas.
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eddywang Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Stekichi-san how long does it took to draw this peace of art? Looks incredibly awesome
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Stekichikun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Artist
That was probably a long day sort of affair. It was so long ago I don't remember though.
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eddywang Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ah, hehe and i though i was one of the few who could spend an entire day on a page hehehe
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Padder Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's a very interesting story to your art work here : )
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marcialrms Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
everything is so great i like it but for some reason i feel drawn to the machine gun!
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Gorgeous lines, great detail on everything.
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wakinslo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks for sharing some of your story, man! And this pic - it's cool how this guy is in a crowded street with an Uzi and everyone is either indifferent or, in the case the girl on is immediate left, thrilled! It's a interesting and unexpected dynamic in this picture. Any,how - it's awesome!
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nicely done. The woman looks a lot like my sensei's wife when she smiles. The MP5K seems a bit out of place in all this, since everyone seems to be very calm and collected despite someone being armed with a machine pistol... though I suppose that's part of the storytelling, now isn't it?
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JoeWillsArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artist
NICE linework!
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Majeed-Q8 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the amount of detail is wow. you did this traditionally O_o
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DPRagan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Looks pretty western style to me, other then the architecture of the from part of the background. But then again I seem to be trying a more Manga feel to my work.
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Stekichikun Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artist
This is the most western I was ever able to make my art feel. I was constantly getting calls and comments from editors complaining about the manga-feel to what I drew. Eventually I just gave up and enjoyed drawing. What I learned from all this is that forcing something is never the right way to go.
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DPRagan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Yeah, forcing myself I have to do spurts and the quality suffers as well.
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evelyn-stormcraft Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But at the same time it's also important for an artist to challenge their usual way of doing things, or be challenged to do so, at least every now and again. And the effort you put into facing that challenge definitely shows in this picture; personally I don't think see what the editors were complaining about.

I'm curious to know what your method is for drawing urban architecture. It's very clean.
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Stekichikun Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artist
I don't know how to answer that. It is referenced from photos of Yokohama. Yokohama has a very clean and open feel to it, unlike Tokyo and I wanted that feel. I just use rulers and try and avoid too much smearing of the pencil lines by trying to keep my hands off the paper as much as I can. Or could.
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