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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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:iconjademark02:
jademark02 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice line art! can i use this for my sample flat work? :)
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:iconvic55b:
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
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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 douggarbark.deviantart.com/art… .
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manuarts3000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
exelente
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HectorRubilar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey I just colorize this piece I hope you like it!
[link]
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:icongargu:
Gargu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
I just wanted to write this:

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

So, yeah.
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:icondonatato:
Donatato Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Very cool, i'm a big fan of street fighter!
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:iconde-juanchi:
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.
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:iconadamwarren:
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.
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:iconde-juanchi:
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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:iconharuukunn:
haruukunn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
IBUKI!!
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:iconmello254:
Mello254 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it love your drawing style and ibuki's the only character i pick in super street fighter IV lol
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:iconidentity-glitch:
Identity-Glitch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Ibuki!!!!!!
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:iconcodymau:
CodyMau Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
She fit into your style pretty well if you ask me. I'd be happy to see more of the capcom girls fall into your lap for pictures in the future.

I wouldn't worry too much about the copy in hair design. That looks been flying around with martial arts anime women for over a decade now. lol
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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jmk1999 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
lol, well, she could always cosplay ibuki in a future issue... which would allow you to fit in that concept AND feel like you're working... assuming anyone really knows ibuki. it's not like she's as famous as chun li or cammy i guess. :P
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:iconzepeda:
Zepeda Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Having read both Ibuki and all of your Empi books, Ninjette is by far the better ninja and cuter
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gir633 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Ninjette is my favorite character, I love her hair, face, outfit, and back story. I would love to see a lot more of her in the comic, so now I will restlessly await vol. 7 before I even have vol. 6.

Oh, and the Ibuki cover is very nice too. Thanks for the cute filled fun of your artwork.
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JamrocKid Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great work! although i'm sure you've heard that a lot about this piece already :)
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:iconakatsukidjinn:
akatsukidjinn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
man you never cease to amaze me . . . you have one of a hell of an drawing arm i just love your sketches and illos thank you again for inspiring me keep it up man
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themeltdown Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, man. i wish I could ink like that.
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juanbangag Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
love the details...
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:iconicesamurai:
icesamurai Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
cant wait
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phoenix771 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D this is a really sick pose!!!! :boogie::dance: i also love your perspective of the image!!! really really cool!
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Drawninja Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Mr. Warren, sir, your skills are truly amazing! I would not have known this was just pencils if you didn't say so.

I simply MUST know how you:

a) get such clean, solid lines!

b) get such a good scan!

please tell!
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
a)Mainly from experience and sheer, grinding repetition, I'm afraid... Also, when I'm working on any particular part of the page, I mask off the rest of the image with taped-on sheets of copy paper, which keeps the bulk of the page clean and free of graphite smudging.

b)The piece is slightly level-tweaked in Photoshop, for one thing. For another, I use the Epson Perfection 4490 Photo scanner, which is remarkably good at picking up very subtle grayscale variations. I had to ditch my previous scanner, a Canon model, because it couldn't scan pencil art very well at all.
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Drawninja Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
thanks for the response!

its funny you say that about Canon scanners... I am currently using a Canon >.<

I guess I know what to save up for now.
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5ZuL Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this one look good! luv it :D
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Shen-fn-Woo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
WORST. FACIAL. ARTSTYLE. EVER
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dirtscan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Ibuki > Sakura
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Grigori77 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hot ...
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:iconvshen:
vshen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great pencil work:)
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Awesome :la:
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:iconcrimsonartz:
CrimsonArtz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Gorgeous work s always Adam. Seems Ibuki was made perfectly for you to draw! :)
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Nice work, as always, Adam.

Hmmm...maybe a Ninjette/Ibuki crossover could be in the future?

(Yes, it would be doubtful, but hey, one can always imagine...)
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"So what do you want--a medal?"
--from THE LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (1999)
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Ravenkeeper Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
awesome ^^d the "star burst" on her kunai knife where she deflect the shuriken is a brilliant detail ^^d
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:iconsternguard:
Sternguard Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Ah more Ibuki goodness.
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gL0 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lookin' great :D
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Vegeancesoul Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student General Artist
wow im so gonna hit that comic when its out
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obsidianzero Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
cant see a peice of adam's warren's stuff, or see his name, without feeling the need to pull out his dirty pair stuff. Ueeheehee....!
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EchidnaJoe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
needs franklin badge
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Hayakain Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is exceptional.
I see a bit of Ryan Kinnard style here, or perhaps he uses yours? :D
Cheers on a job well done.
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Kenta-San Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IBUKIIIIII!!!!!!! :love:
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:iconsameagle:
sameagle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
ninjette would totally kick her butt
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
cool
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GeruSadora Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
This is really lovely. I envy your pencil work. :)
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michealdark Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Cool!
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Doing any converntions any time soon?
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I thought you inked all your own pencils. I never saw the last one. that great.
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks again for doing a cover for our book, I'm hopin' you bring those lines to SDCC....
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