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X-men Manga style by strawmancomics
X-men Manga style
I can't completely shake my western influences but I do believe that my manga take is pretty cool and in a few spots I might have pulled it off. I started sketching with a blue pencil first and worked my way through the cast. I like the fluidity that drawing first with a blue pencil gives me. I was able to make smoother, rounder designs and I was able to play with the composition a bit. I needed to fit Wolverine in there somehow. Originally he was in the foreground but there was too much competition for him. So I thought about going in the opposite direction by emphasizing his shortness. In the process of attempting manga design I realized that it seemed a little more natural than what I thought it would be. In fact this style might be getting closer to my intended natural drawing style that I've been trying to find. I notice that I give Straw Man some of the same kind of bouncy line work but I normally don't extend that same feel to "human" characters. There may be a balance between this Manga style and my normal stuff that I'll eventually settle on. For now enjoy this experiment.

For the rest of the "line it is drawn" work see this link: goodcomics.comicbookresources.…
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Spice is Nice by strawmancomics
Spice is Nice
I had a bit of internal conflict this week over at "The Line It Is Drawn". I generally don't draw provocative characters (male or female) and the assignment was to do a send up the infamous Spider-Woman -- butt in the air-- drawing with male characters. We were given several to choose from but I settled on MODOK because of the absolute absurdity of him trying to look "sexy". All though I wanted to use the word "Sexy" in big bold print I thought it best to find some kind of clever analog. I settled on Spice is Nice. That way it kinda lends itself to more the indulgent crazy side of life rather than the blatant "modok in drag" deal. I don't know. goodcomics.comicbookresources.…
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David Branstetter
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It's my great privilege to be accepted into CBR's "The Line it is Drawn". Every week I get to draw a new piece based on the suggestions of fans.

It was a very weird experience joining the group. The night before Brian Cronin posted an open call for "The Line" I thought to myself, "How does one join the Line is Drawn?" When I saw that they were taking applications I figured it might not hurt to ask about my work. After sending Brian a link to my DeviantArt page I got an encouraging email from Brian suggesting that I go ahead and create a new piece to apply for position.

So I came up with the Conan meets Heman illustration and sent it along. I was having a busy month and I wasn't even sure if it would be worth the time to create the artwork. I thought at the very least there would be some resell value in it if I wasn't accepted. Knowing the quality of the artwork produced I imagined the competition would be fierce. To my shock and surprise I received the following message "Hey David, Welcome, you got picked!" two days before Christmas. It was a real gift and it was an amazing high being accepted as professional peer for the first time in my life.

Every week is a challenge. It's a blast seeing the new artwork created by the "Liners" every Friday morning. It's like Christmas every week! They encourage me to produce the best work I can possibly create and that is a good thing!

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:iconmathieugeekboy:
Mathieugeekboy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the fave on the Rainbow Randolph piece the other week. I thought that no liked that one. Cheers, man.
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strawmancomics Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
it was actually one of my favorites that week, hands down.
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:iconmathieugeekboy:
Mathieugeekboy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks a lot, man. The initial response kinda bummed me out.

Great work this week btw. It really cracked one of my friends up when he saw it...though he initially thought it was a Dune reference. The guy doesn't know comics that well.

 Take care. 
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strawmancomics Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
well I mean "Spice" could lend itself to a DUNE reference.
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Happy Birthday! Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne 
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:iconstrawmancomics:
strawmancomics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you, thank you!
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:icondarcat1530:
darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Welcome my friend! Hug 
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:iconpaintmarvels:
paintmarvels Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy B-Day My talented friend!!!

Best wishes from Chile!!!
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strawmancomics Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
much appreciated man! I feel many blessing from Chile!
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WilsonGuillaume Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You have a real unique classic style. Love it!
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