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Bastion's 7 by dfridolfs Bastion's 7 by dfridolfs
Well....I finally got around to joining the fun.

Bastion's 7 are the creation of for an upcoming comic. Various artists on deviant art have been drawing them for fun and Cheeks has been collecting all of them over in his journal/gallery.

I wanted to work on a sketch for a long time, but you know how scheduling can get. And then when I finally sat down to sketch out the characters...as what happens a lot of times when I sit down to draw....I just get frustrated in the process. I think it's just my impatient nature. I'm very comfortable and used to getting a piece that's already finished, and inking it (an ink monkey I forever am). So when I sit down and have to draw, it's a really crazy process....usually hit or miss (more the latter than the former).

I worked on some warmup drawings of the characters to get a feel. But after doodling forever and trying to get the right look or pose, I just put the pencil down and figured I'd come back to it later when the creative spark resurfaced. It's something I'm sure all artists have to do at one time or another. And I just kept putting off getting back to working on a sketch. You can see my original attempts here, in my scraps: [link]

Anyways, here's the character I decided on finally...Mallot. I just love the design, so here's my take on him (maybe more pudgy than he should be). The thing that's always impressed me about Cheeks art is how the characters always look 3-dimentional. Very alive on the page and in their surroundings, and something I continue to struggle with as I draw and usually end up making things look more 2-D than anything. Something to strive towards.

I've included the rough sketch I was going to draw, but decided to pose him a little differently in the final piece.

One final note to Cheeks: Man...would love to see you color the piece, but only after I've had the chance to ink it (my pencils aren't as clean as yours, and I'd rather give it the old ink polish). Once I have the inks finished, I'll post em.

Until then, hope I haven't ruined your character.


Pencils: Me
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:icontiddas:
WOW, JUST WOW, that is just awsome, that design is so perfect, and i know i wouldnt wanna be on the wrong end of that hammer!
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:icondfridolfs:
Yeah Cheeks came up with an interesting look for him. He always has a great eye for designing.

- D
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:iconsugarballs:
Yowza that's one hell of a walnut cracker....

Nice job I likes
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:icondfridolfs:
Thanks man!

- D
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:iconshyguy9:
Sweet. I could totally see this as a 3-D render.
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:icondfridolfs:
Thanks for checkin' it!

- D
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deankotz Jul 18, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a nice piece, Derek. Seems ready to leap off the page and whack something. Very crisp.
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:icondfridolfs:
Cool thanks.

- D
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MichaelWoods Jul 18, 2006  Professional Writer
tiiiiight! Let's see it in color! =)
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:icondfridolfs:
That's the next step. Well...actually, first my inks, then onto the colors :)

- D
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