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I'm planning a short, wordless story of 12 pages.
I've thought quite a bit about it, and the sort of atmosphere I want it to have. This is the character I've come up with after some sketching around. I only have the vaguest outlines of a story so far, so it would be really useful if you could let me know what sort of an impression you get from this character, and what you'd imagine him/his background to be like.
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EvilGrinn Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Oh dear! Glad i finally found your other works! This comic of yours was the one and only reason for my to buy and spare the Best new Manga 2. Really loved it!
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MacDoninri Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ive read your work about a month ago
it was the best among the rest in taht book
what do you know?
just browsing random devinats and i found you! the artist of Soujourn. :)
awesome
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by my page!
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MacDoninri Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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soyaMILKu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Student Digital Artist
sooo gooodd! i'll look forward to seeing your wordless comic! ^_^ hehe, will you sell it in conventions, it'll be awesome if you did and i'll totally purchase it XD!! <3
But yesh, the character design is great, i love how unique he is and the way he has facial hair! also, the colouring of dark colours is amazing *w* i'm also in love with the lineart. erm.. not sure how to say this, but i like how... the whole image seems somewhat blurry and soft? Not sure if it's the colouring or line art but it looks neato! ^_^v
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hmm... I'm not sure actually... I might sell it at conventions if I can't find anyone who'll publish it ^_^
Thanks for the comment! :D
Btw, the soft effect is got by duplicating and blurring the linework layer :)
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soyaMILKu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Student Digital Artist
hehe thanks for the advice, i'll try it out sometime, it's such aneat effect to make things look dream-like *0*!!
but yesh! hopefully it'll get published...!! >___<!!
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lainnocence Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
He was happy and leading a carefree life. Until one day... he lost all his money to his unhealthy addiction to decaffinated coffee and turtle racing...deciding there was nothing left for him he went on an adventure!... Packing his bags he goes on to become a proffesional hobo~ Out to see the world! So many discarded newspapers to read, so many benches to sleep on...So little time!

And I love his eyes! He's very handsome~
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Mwah! :D I love your story for him :D So little time indeed!
Thanks for the comment ^__^
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emmav Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmmm.....I imagine him as someone who has a head for business and who has been running some kind of multinational business for a few years. But now, he can't take it any more and has faked his own death to the media so that he can escape. Only a few close friends know he is really alive....

and off he goes, in search of something more fulfilling. ^_^
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah sweet, that's pretty uch how I imagined it except for the faking his death bit. Nice idea tho :D it's got a really romantic feel to it.
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emmav Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Really? Wow - I was obviously having a perceptive day ^^
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Ungapants Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh he seems like his life has just been ruined and he has lost everything. He's hurt and depressed and has decided to leave (the place that he was settled) to begin again. The bristle and (lack of sleep proposibly) suggest to me this also because it's like he has no care for his appearence or health anymore.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks for the comment!
I didn't imagine him having lost everything before leaving. I wonder what could have caused such a thing. That'll definitely be a good angle for ideas :D Thanks again!
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MoonLio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
hmm... I like him... I like him a lot and his expression or longing or perhaps regret. To me it seems as if he left something he didn't want to leave. Maybe he's walking away from something he regrets doing.

Also I can see worry in his gaze. Perhaps he's leaving on a journey for someone he cares for? And he's worried that he might not make it?

err..sorry dinky ideas but very well picture. I look forward to what you do with it. ^^
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Nice idea on the running away from something he regrets. I had him pinned as running from something he dislikes, but maybe it can be a mix of the two.
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MoonLio Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
o o; oo danke!

hmm, that'd be a nice mix. Did you have an idea?

He doesn't strike me as a mad scientest... >>;

I dunno where I got the regret idea from, but if I did have to pick it'd be more the expression in his eyes than anything else. You did good there. ^^
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kandinsky-prince Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
Eeee! I like convex noses you draw. I like the no-noses you draw too :D That's not an option for him, I guess? :XD:

Yes! So ... he's like Ged, but not. I can imagine Ged looking kinda like this. (If he was white, and in reality. Yeah). It's a Geddish aura. Though Todd (do it do it) doesn't look very prepared. He has his roll-mat, but his shoes look like trainers and his clothes look like he's just dragged something out of his wardrobe and gone a-walkin'. Although I happen to adore Ant's suggestion of cocaine-chic ("Dude ... this seemed like a great idea a couple of hours ago"), to me, he looks like a young business yuppie who's out to prove to himself that the world isn't sold at Staples and the outdoors (or, at least, the local park) is kinda sweet.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
ooh, you might be right about the ged thing. I've always wondered what Ged'd look like.
I'm so not calling him Todd though ><
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galsan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
the colouring is so beautiful :] and the character look's cool too ^w^
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! :)
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galsan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
you welcome :)
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Swazzo-mk2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007   Digital Artist
hmm. To me he looks like the sort of guy who has dreams bigger than his budget, but doesn't let anything get in his way. Sorta 'takes no shit' but at the same time is fairly wise and laid back about things.

He also looks like the type who doesn't think things through all the way and goes with the flow. I reckon he worked in some boring ass office where his dreams were able to collect so easily along with the will to persue them.

He's also stolen Jean Reno's nose cos he's that damn awesome.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah sweet, I think you're right about that office job. That really fits in nicely with the idea I had :D
Thanks!!
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skinnypencilfingers Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
nice drawing! looking forward to your story.
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:iconspoonbard:
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ Thanks! I'll put it up here when I'm done.
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CaptainOscillator Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
a loner, not a big one for large crowds or cities. he prefers his own company and a good book more than anything else. he doesn't have a home to speak of, just what he carries on his back. he has an older brother and his mother is dead. a big disagreement with his father sometime in the past means they don't talk now. he's looking for something, but he doesn't know what it is yet.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hoo... interesting! I imagined him running away from a life he once had, but maybe he's already lost it... I'll definitely think on that one :D Thanks!
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CaptainOscillator Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
I are helpy.
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Karasunokazu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
To me, he looks like a guy who had to leave his town because of a zombie infestation. Young, maybe slightly misanthropic. He looks a little bit like Tom Cruise, but that's the nose.

Maybe my impression says more about my state of mind than the character. >.>
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Mwahahaha!! I think perchance the latter. Or you've been watching too much interview with a vampire. And I know what you mean about Tom Cruise. The nose does give him the resmblance.
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sixgunsalute Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Your color palettes are always so wonderful.
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:iconspoonbard:
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ Thankyou! <3
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Denji-chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
I have nothing to say....;;

I really don't know why...but I love this art in particular. I love the character!! (I wonder why?) but anyway, this guy just intrigues me somewhat... Also I like the colours and use of lighting- it softens the picture and gives it a realistic feel :)
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ No worries, it's great to hear you identify with the style and the character ^_^
In the end the story doesn't matter unless the character is compelling.
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tenshianna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
funkycool!(thats my new word)
great lighting simple yet effective!
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:iconspoonbard:
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D :D Thanks!!
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westernphilosopher Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007  Professional Filmographer
He strikes me as someone who's used to being alone. He thinks he knows his way in the world and may be perhaps a bit jaded... but a nice guy all the same. I really like it.. am eager to see what happens with him. :)
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah, I definitely like the jaded angle. Maybe he's the sort of person whose actually lived in relative comfort, but thinks he's seen it all... interesting *ponders*
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rasdiggle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Great pic, he seems to jump at U from off the page.
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:iconspoonbard:
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ Thanks!
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
To me he seems very English XD Very plain,not overly polite, but still midly freindly, doesnt want to attract attention to himself, you know how us English folk are :P He reminds of the kind of people you meet when your walking down the side of a canel in the countryside, who will give you a nod when you walk past them and give them a smile....

aaaah I love England XD
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
lol! I know just the type you mean! X3 me too!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
He has that kinda sexy cocaine-chik look about him. ^__^ Nice posture and colour is perfect! Linework looks a little jerky towards the feet, but only slightly.
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
:3 I didn't imagine him being like that, interesting take. You're right about the linework. The shoes are the part I'm least pleased with. They're meant to be walking boot,s but they look more like oddly coloured nike air trainers or something.
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Maybe the jeans should've been tucked into the boots... would have made him look a bit middle-aged-fuddy-duddy though... =D
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spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
ah!! That's it, you're right. In the situation he's going to, he'd need to do that to avoid getting muddy trousers. Thanks :D :D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Yeh, but it'll also make him look about 10 years older!

:(
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:iconspoonbard:
spoonbard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ah well, I didn't particularly want him to seem young and desirable anyway.
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Aw. But that's what makes it a good illustration! (kidding, kidding! ^__^)
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