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
, pretty pictures by
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
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...
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...