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DIRTY PAIR model sheet, circa '98 by AdamWarren DIRTY PAIR model sheet, circa '98 by AdamWarren
From a long-ago ('96? '98?) time when I was hoping to get other artists to draw Dirty Pair comics I'd write for 'em*, here's a design sheet I worked up for Kei and Yuri's body proportions.

I originally tried to draw the DP 8 heads tall, but as the years went by, I grew tired of drawing the elongated, spidery legs that an 8-heads-tall hottie's proportions require, and switched to a more reasonable 7-heads-tall (or less) scheme. Also semi-interesting: The '96-era Kei and Yuri sport narrower hips and thicker waists than I'd customarily draw nowadays.

For more DP wackiness, check here: [link]

*Like many (or most (or almost of all)) of my brilliant plans, this effort came to naught, as you might already have guessed.
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:iconmylemonblue:
mylemonblue Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I like the design still. Narrower hips is okay with me, I likes'em like dat. >.<
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wish i'd have been all grown up by that time and ready for that job :D
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batangbatugan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
This is one good example of the female anime anatomy standard back in the days. They got thinner and thinner as the decades went by, don't ya think? :XD:
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Neilsama Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bam! Sexy and cute at the same time. I love these old comics!
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inisipis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Really love your work, Warren, and your adaptation of the Dirty Pair is one of my favorite. I'd be really glad if take a look of my take on your take.:)
[link]
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adony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
BTW, I always thought the "Sacral dimples" were those dimples on the sides of the butt-cheeks. Shows what i know.
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adony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I tried the "7 heads" style once, but it just didn't work for me; my figures turned out too stiff.
I just 'Eye-ball' it.
Obviously it works great for you, though.
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BigStevieCool Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is very cool. consistancy is crucial.
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gir633 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Kei Does not lie!! She has always been cuter than Yuri, you can't argue with an acclaimed and trade marked HYPNO-BUTT!

But I may be biased seeing as Kei was always my favorite of the Pair, and up there among all characters.
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2ndtexas Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Loved the DP, hated to see them go. Hope the come back someday. Great, informative illo.
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:iconcodymau:
CodyMau Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Classic hotties in a unique style.
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RheJulMag Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. Short legs... eh, it works.
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
If you drew this now, would it have the exact same parameters?
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emichaca Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Artist
This is pretty amazing! :squee: I love it :love: nice drawing :icondragonnod1:
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Boobella Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Makes me want to animate your characters ^_^
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
   You follow a similar model to what I do now when using the "Head-height Rule".  The whole 8 heads thing seemed a bit "off" for me.  Later, I saw where people would just toss this aside and go for 9 heads, 10, 11... etc.  It just looked stupid, especially when trying to go for a more realistic portrayal of characters within a certain setting.  (I go for 7 heads.)

   Model sheets are something I used to do regularly when designing characters.  It's a habit inspired by the old anime "Roman album" collections, and stuff like Marvel's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series.  Whether you're working on a set of characters yourself, or with the collaboration of other artists, I guess it is a good rule to follow.
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Cylor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting. Always loved your version of the DP.
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macrossmecha Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I miss Kei and Yuri when you making a new comic of them?
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
That won't be happening anytime soon, if ever.
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macrossmecha Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
damn
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SFToon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
+1
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like these. you should post more sheets.
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otaking3582 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I should watch this show, if not for its popularity, then the Battle Bikinis
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SOULFORESAKER Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very cute.
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jerith667 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I always loved DP!....I remember laughing myself silly when they had a cameo in Excalibur during the Cross-Time Caper.
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o0Kyozu0o Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I admire you for drawing such perfect proportioned and beautiful girls o_o
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have fond memories of watching the original TV series back in the mid 1980s everyday when I was back from work in Japan. Not much left from the original designs here, but I guess they didn't let you use them, did they?
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, we had to come up with our own take on the DP, with no connection to the anime version (which worked out for the best, believe me). In fact, these sketches represent my third (published) iteration of the DP's designs.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's interesting how Sunrise could sell you the brand without rights to the designs. It's also interesting how the original DP TV series never made to America, though I have only seen some of the OAVs/movies on English DVD. Nonetheless I saw the mention of "Kei Yuri" used as a password in a Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode. :)
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, Sunrise didn't sell us anything. Our comic was licensed directly from Studio Nue, the company owned by SF author Haruka Takachiho, the creator of the Dirty Pair.

The original DP TV series was indeed released as a DVD set over here, though surprisingly recently... Some time late last year, IIRC.

Star Trek's ace designer Rick Sternbach was a huge fan of the (anime) Lovely Angels; I'm told that all sorts of DP references made it into TNG (and, apparently, subsequent shows).
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I see, makes a lot of sense getting the rights straight from the author than from the animation studio who produced the animated version. I find it also ironic that Kei and Yuri were mere side characters that only make a brief appearance in the Crusher Joe movie from the same author. Back in the 1980's, rumors were that Kei & Yuri only got their own series because of pressure from fans, but in reality the series originated from something stranger - the World Women's Wrestling Association (WWWA), which Takachiho was a fan of. The character names (apparently) came from Studio Nue's employees Yuri Tanaka and Keiko Otoguro. The "Dirty Pair/Lovely Angels" were references to female wrestler groups, such as the "Beauty Pair" and the "Queen Angels". It seems pretty plausible to me. :)
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leon-mcnichols Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You got a sheet in the Dainci Pose so I can attempt to model these two in maya Mr. Warren Sir?
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Mrmonkeyalsodraws Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
love DP. My first manga!
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tisinrei Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hhahaha great model and a extremelly funny explanation.:XD:

great job on both model and this amazing outfit.:#1:
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Warrennn Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Adore it
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CharlesAllenHarris Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"Sacral dimples" is my new favorite phrase. Love seeing this kind of construction stuff.
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Coxy-the-RedBeard Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like a mini tutorial :)
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mhunt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Always felt Yuri is the cutest :D


Sorry Key, as Kurt Angle would say.. "it's true... it's true.."
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
You want a job done right, do it yourself. I find the marginalia almost as interesting as the designs of our favorite trouble consultants. And of course, Kei has to get in that gratuitous butt joke. Thanks for another trip on the Wayback Machine.
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Hard to believe it's been that long.
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:iconbrother-tico:
Brother-Tico Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow! It's been like 13 or 14 years ago that I read this manga of yours :)
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EricGuzman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great Model Sheet!!
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jhwood9 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Feminoids don't get much more perfect than the Dirty Pair.
=)
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antigravity93 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
where can i find dirty pair online?? i saw a single page in a how to article u did in 2002 and it looked awesome/insane, but it's impossible to find a physical copy around here.
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Mozai Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Useful!
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I like the candid comments thrown in there. Also, boo for having duplicate body types :p Always so boring when all that defines a character is her hair.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll draw that for a dollar!(well, a dollar maybe a bit too low, but working with you would a huge honor and probably great fun!) :)
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Ravenhull Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Love the confession of "I often forget this" for the armbands. ;)
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I tried really hard not to press that button.... ugh. I favorited it. Again. I can't help it, I love your drawings, Adam.
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Riddle1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Still want to cosplay this.
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