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IBUKI issue3 alt-cover pencils by AdamWarren IBUKI issue3 alt-cover pencils by AdamWarren
Behold, my pencils for the alternate cover I did for issue #3 of Udon's STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS: IBUKI #3, due to hit the shelves of your Local Comics Store on June 30, 2010. The book itself features words by :iconzubby:, pretty pictures by :iconomar-dogan:.

As I have little taste for inking nowadays (not that I ever did, even back in the day), it was decided to have the piece colored directly from my pencils, which :iconfrozenlilacs: did quite nicely; I'll post that final version shortly.

This version admittedly looks a fair bit more static and less dynamic than the original rough, which you can see here (where it lurks, well-hidden, in the "scraps" section of my gallery):

The fact that I left the shurikens' trails off (to better be depicted as transparent streaks and highlight blurs in the coloring stage) and depicted the projectiles as static objects certainly doesn't add much kineticism, it's true; then again, my attempts to depict motion-blurred objects with smearing and streaking line art have often been at odds with colorists' work, so what the heck.

Furthermore, the original rough also has a bit more energy than the pencils because I had to shift Ibuki's figure to a more upright orientation on the final illo to keep her clear of the various logos and such. The rough has a bit better diagonal flow, IMHO, even if that flow reads right-to-left, which is normally quite the bugaboo for me (as I spend almost all of my time doing sequential art, which requires left-to-right flow).

Have to say, I considered adding quite a few more bizarrely shaped shuriken to the piece, as I'd dug up plenty of colorful ninjutsu-tool reference for a Ninjette fight scene that wound up getting cut from EMPOWERED volume six... Oh, well.

Speaking of (my original character) Ninjette, I was vaguely discomfited to realize that she has a hairstyle broadly similar to that of fellow kunoichi Ibuki:

I was vaguely aware of Ibuki from her appearances in the Capcom art books (though I'd never drawn the character before this cover), but I can attest that Ninjette's hair design is only coincidentally similar; if anything, her hairstyle was prolly influenced by that of Jamadagni from my long-ago TITANS: SCISSORS, PAPER, STONE one-shot for DC (which in turn was prolly influenced by something else, in all likelihood).

Heck, if I had the time (I don't, sadly), I'd prolly do a sketch of Ninjette PLAYING Ibuki as a fight-game character, which would be rather recursively amusing; then again, it's been established in EMPOWERED that she's much better at actual, real-life ninjutsu than video-game ninjutsu...
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jademark02 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
nice line art! can i use this for my sample flat work? :)
vic55b Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I colored this wonderful piece, here it is if your interested in taking a look. Thank you and I hope you like what I did with it. Ibuki By Adamwarren By Artmunki vic55b colors
DougGarbark Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome piece. I just ended up coloring this to add to my portfolio. Here is the link if you are interested in checking it out… .
manuarts3000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
HectorRubilar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey I just colorize this piece I hope you like it!
Gargu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
I just wanted to write this:

"Your Ibuki is a lot like Nnjette. COINCIDENCE?"

So, yeah.
Donatato Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Very cool, i'm a big fan of street fighter!
DE-Juanchi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
bro this is some crazy pencil drawing. do yo by any chance use diferent types of pencil to add the shadow and other part of it.
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nahh, I'm pretty sure I used the same lead for everything... HB, if I recall correctly.
DE-Juanchi Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
nice...and you make it look nice and clean. compare to mine "sigh" i need to get that down.
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