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DIRTY PAIR's KEI and YURI, younger, from 2000 by AdamWarren DIRTY PAIR's KEI and YURI, younger, from 2000 by AdamWarren
Generally, there's not much point in posting pieces on dA over the weekend, thanks to the lessened traffic... but, ehh, what the heck. I'm a g-d freelancer, which means I haven't had a weekend off* since the day I left the Kubert School; Saturday is just another workday to me, albeit a workday where my editor can't reach me. So, in honor of all my freelancer brothers and sisters who work ON the weekend instead of FOR the weekend ( la Loverboy), I might as well post a sketch! (Unfortunately, this one's scanned from a photocopy and not from the original art, so I apologize for the lessened image quality.)

This one's a random, 2000-era sketch of (my version of) Dirty Pair's Yuri and Kei in their younger (mid-teenage) years, circa AD 2137 or so. Yuri's wearing a top with video-displaying fabric, while Kei's sporting temporary-tattoo-ish imagery rendered by William-Gibson-esque "melanin stenciling"; in my take on the DP's universe, genetic upgrades like Kei and Yuri can vary their skin's pigmentation levels at will.

Can't quite recall for certain, but I think that Kei's top is loosely based on some odd fashion trend from the turn of our century, possibly from one of Li'l Kim's many wacky outfits. Note that grown-up/ grown-out adult Kei would presumably find this top's integral pockets to be of rather less utility, storage-wise. (Ahem.)

Anyhoo, for further Dirty Pair sketchwork, check my gallery here: [link]


*Unless you count conventions as weekends off, which they really aren't.
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cuuute! wonder what the stencilling says?

gess kei can get an instant tan! ^^
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alvarojr Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I bought Dirty Pair today. :D
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alvarojr Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I bought Dirty Pair today. :D
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charly5750 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Original bad girls
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JadineR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I love the ideas behind their outfits. I'd totally wear Yuri's top if I could! :heart:
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adony Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yuri's facial expression is so DEVIOUS here!
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CaseyD2K Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome stuff! I think the very first piece of art I ever saw of yours was a rendition of the Dirty Pair. Been fan ever since!
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Huh, a pocket top. Sexy and practical.
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Hunterchan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool Adam. You always surprise me with these one-off sketches. They always remind me to re-visit your old comics in my 'wall-of-awesome', and that always brightens my day. Cheers mate - an try to give yourself a day off once in a while... chase down some squirrels or something ^_^
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AlphaCMT Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you sir. I'm a double loser. With my "real job" I work weekends. As a freelancer, I too have no days off. Upside? It takes Mitt Romney a whole 17 hrs to make what I make in a year. It is to laugh!
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shatterdome Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
I noticed a pretty cool grid like pattern over the piece and was curious if it was the grain of the paper or what, then I read the description. I'm thinking the photocopier did it ? Either way it's like it gave all your shading a screentone effect, kinda neat.
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Grain of the paper. It's linen-finish cardstock, available in the "presentation paper" section of your local office-supply store.
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:iconcarpe-diem-et-noctem:
Ah the girls that made me fall in love with Manga and crazy woman. :eyes:
Always wished new material of these would come out one day.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I miss those guys. Sim Hell was my first exposure to your art, and it was fantastic. :D Will we ever see them wreaking havoc on unsuspecting planets again? Accidentally disintegrating large portions of galaxies? Le sigh.
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mrneccos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
in fact, Dirty pair is my first exposure to your work.
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mrneccos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
always a pleasure when you post anything.
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EricMor Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Joe Kubert School?
Wow!
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Ohnhai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
we need more DP. and I vote for the EMP pencil style only... :)
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Yes, I remember seeing this one in the extras portion in the back of one of the DP issues. This version of our pair is not my favorite, but it's a one-off. I liked the new tricks your Kei and Yuri could do in the black market planet story arc (Run From the Future, or something), but thankfully they didn't go around looking like this. Of course, looking back at what was teenage fashion back in the day can often be painful. Nice work, still.
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Lurkndog Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I think Yuri's shirt has her Facebook timeline on it... no wonder she ditched that look. :)
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blindeyeinsight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Ah, I almost forgot about Dirty Pair! Interesting designs here, but still true to the characters.
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DemienvanCope Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that "Good fortune" hieroglyph ?
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KingNot Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I love your Dirty Pair most of all!
---Really, it's illegally imported and translated back INTO Japan 'coz most fans think you do it far better!

---Though I'd really wish you'd do that "Blood of the Magi"


Is there any way fans could pitch in to fund such a project?
Meaning another Dirty Pair story or that Magi thing?
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finex666 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i always lived your detail sketches
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ipzofakto Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Love the Liefeld-kini.
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moxiee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I miss them tooooooooo!!!
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PR-Slater Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Youve made my week with all of your uploads but dirty pair, and yesterday's gen13, is the icing on the cake <3
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TheMightyLemon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any DP work you do is welcomed! :wow:
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Cmedard Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
You know, do really find your former 2k (or near) sketches magical. Here, on the brunette precisely, the way you draw and shade her eyes is just so damn nice.
Luv this stuff...
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I, for one, appreciate the weekend love. Cool pic! :D
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Komikino Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALF! :)
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VerboseVolition Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of old school manga! Especially Kei's face. I love the video-displaying fabric :)) Also Yuri's eyes ♥
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jhwood9 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Working for the Weekend by LoverBoy? You're showing your age. (And FYI I used to dance to it in High School, so I'm there with ya.)

My wife and I would love to see more Dirty Pair comics; they were some of our first introduction to anime (back in the day).
=)
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Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: :)
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