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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:
tiddas Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
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:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Yeah Cheeks came up with an interesting look for him. He always has a great eye for designing.

- D
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:iconsugarballs:
Sugarballs Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
Yowza that's one hell of a walnut cracker....

Nice job I likes
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Thanks man!

- D
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:iconshyguy9:
Shyguy9 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
Sweet. I could totally see this as a 3-D render.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
Thanks for checkin' it!

- D
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:icondeankotz:
deankotz Featured By Owner 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:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
Cool thanks.

- D
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:iconmichaelwoods:
MichaelWoods Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional Filmographer
tiiiiight! Let's see it in color! =)
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
That's the next step. Well...actually, first my inks, then onto the colors :)

- D
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:iconmichaelwoods:
MichaelWoods Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Can't wait. =)
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:icondaborien:
daborien Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
Hey bro... very nice sketch!!! Cheeks gonna loveit!
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
Thanks man!

- D
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:icontheonlywarman:
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
yeah b7's been picking up allot over here, its like tagging but better good job on mallot here awesome work
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Yeah I just had to jump on the bandwagon. So many impressive pieces by a lot of artists so far.

- D
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:icontheonlywarman:
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
well you made a realy great work
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:icontheonlywarman:
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
well you made a realy great work
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
:) thanks

- D
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:iconmorducai:
Morducai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Interesting character design and I just love the lineart!
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Much thanks!

- D
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:iconartistneedham:
ArtistNeedham Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I know exaclty how you feel. Maybe once you have drawn him a few times, if you are planning to do so, you'll know the character well enough to draw him in any pose you want.
Still, great design.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Thanks. The design is from the wild style of Cheeks. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the character.

- D
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ArtistNeedham Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Nice, I like the balance of detail and simplicity of the character, and the flow of the designs good too.
I like it alot.
And I like the pose in the corner.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Thanks. I kinda liked the original pose too...I just couldn't pull it off well, so I went for the more simpler of the two. Next time, I'll take the road less traveled.

- D
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cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006   General Artist
Wow, Derek! I am totally feeling the way you drew Mallot. I knew you had some real drawing skills when I saw some of your sketches you posted in your gallery. I totally feel you on what ya mean about how difficult it is to draw an image. I face it ALOT, but each COMPLETED piece does make it that much more convincing to one that we can do it, and to be able to do more. :) You really did capture the character by giving him attitude, and making him come off as a 3-d design. Great history to the drawing and awesome execution. Thank you, Derek. I would LOVE to color it after you ink it. Ya know, to be honest sometimes I would rather color than draw, so that I can have a peae of mind hahaha.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I think I probably need to attack my penciling more like you have, with an almost animator's sensibility. Even though there are more steps involved (lightboarding a nice clean-up final compared to the roughs)...I think it's a process that pays off with a more well rounded finished piece.

And the thing is...you're well rounded, your colors and your pencils. Man whatta combo. It's really the total package when you're able to do both, but I can understand sometimes wanting to do one over the other from time to time. I'm more comfortable when I ink than when I draw. But to grow, I need to keep expanding outside the lines.

- D
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006   General Artist
thank you for all the kind words, Derek. I feel I need to grow a ton more, and you're right it's about facing what's hard and conquering it! See ya at the con this week. I have some prints for ya. :)
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Cool man. I'm a gonna bring this art and some other stuffs for ya I've been meaning to bring ya since after Wondercon.

- D
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006   General Artist
I'll have my suitcase for the protection of them then!
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:iconmegaman1988:
Megaman1988 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006  Student Filmographer
Interesting character, I'm not capable of drawing so cleanly as you do ^^
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:iconmegaman1988:
Megaman1988 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006  Student Filmographer
Eh, it would take me another half a year to get a different assortment of postures that I can draw off the top of my head
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Thanks. And you might surprise yourself...have a go at it :)

- D
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:iconbenjamin-84:
benJamin-84 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Wow, very well done. I'd say you did it credit. And you deffinatly drew in three dimensions. He doesn't sit flat on the page at all.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Thanks for taking the time to look and post .

- D
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:iconbenjamin-84:
benJamin-84 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
An artist like yourself inspires me to keep working on my own art. I strive towards your abilities.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Always the journey for us all. As they say, never get comfortable...never stop learning and wanting to learn.

- D
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:iconbenjamin-84:
benJamin-84 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
And never stop wanting to create. Mold your own universe. Explore your mind! Get you thoughts out? Any how You are a talented person.
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
Much appreciated!

- D
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:iconbenjamin-84:
benJamin-84 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
Any time.
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