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Detective De'Arben by VulnePro Detective De'Arben by VulnePro
Hereís a pair characters (next to be posted in a few) I havenít drawn in quite some time. The inked illo for this, and the next posting, were actually drawn in 2001 but I didnít get around to coloring them till now. I had some time to belt these out and it was great to see these two characters come to life again. Theyíre both part of the Genuaa I.P.I.O. which is the Inter-bloc Private Investigations Organization on the planet Indus and they are both main characters in the next chapter of Theos: Theos Ke Basilea, all of which is primarily set on Indus rather than Polemos. Theyíre both very much classic film noir characters and Basilea will have an even heavier noir vibe than Theos Ke Polemos will. Whatís kinda funny and cool about Louander here is I designed his look all the way back in 1993 and when I began updating him this was the first illo I did to take him into the look and feel of my current style. Some time after looking at an issue of Premier magazine I saw an article about Joaquin Phoenix and seeing the photos of him I was like, damn itís Loander O_O So I have been slightly basing Lou on Joaquin a little since but he always looked this way for the most part.

Inked pencils CG colors Photoshop 7.0
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
Neat character design, I think his jacket looks ultra cool! :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Again my thanks :) Seems everyone wants his jacket, myself included LOL
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh...the other side of Mike revealed, smile. Great work and design of the apparel!!! Well suited for the World you have created!! Looks like a box cover to a character resin kit, smile!!!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot Chuck :) Yeah, it's funny, it wasn't intentional at first, but all my current concept pieces have this anime box art vibe which I'm now just running with, I'm glad it's coming across. I grew up withthis stuff so it's something I'm happy to give a nod to.
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
no prob!! well it s definitely working and working very well I might add. Great look and idea for Theos!!! I can remember coming up and going to the comic / hobby Detroit store called "Comic Kingdom" ad racing to see what new Japanese model kits they had that I had never heard of or seen, only to buy them with Japanese instructions and still put them together. The box art was alwaysa key seller, So Its a great idea and they way that you are doing it is very well done an strategic. Major KUDOS!!!!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
When I was a kid I used to damn near LIVE at Comic Kingdom man and that's the place where I got a lot of my early exposure to anime straight from Japan, almost all sans subtitles. The guy who ran that place, named Bill, was pretty cool and made tapes for me of al the new stuff so I saw Akira like a month after it came to Laserdisc in Japan, for a kid back then very cool. I also bought my fair share of Gundam, Macross, Votoms, Dougram, etc kits there so I'm well versed in the 80s box art look :)
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
WOW!!! Its amazing hwo much we have in common!! lol Bill was cool as heck!! he was the one who put me up on so much of Anime, and metal figurines that I was interested in. lOl..You brung up Dougram, lol...Man I remember the first Dougram kit I got was t the kit that looks like the Shadowhawk in MECHwarrior RPG, lol.

Mannnn..talk about small world. I by passed the whole front part of the comic department to go back there where the anime, models and metal gureines were....

Did you ever go out to Readers, on Merriman Rd? They had a real deal out there as well
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Yup, went to Readers a few times as well. Overall I was at Comic Kingdom a lot though. I got kits there and a lot of anime art books. Yup, Bill was a cool cat, I even followed him to his second store Frontline Fantasy I think it was called, near 13 and Gratiot. I, and another old friend of mine, were the only kids (we were around 13-14 I think) he allowed at his anime night showings at Comic Kingdom and then Frontline. Sadly it went belly up and I lost track of him, no idea where he went from there.
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Mann, just amazing how its such a small world!!!! I still a have Gundam RX toy abut 11-12inches tall with poseable fingers, gun clips and all, in the box with all the weapons and directions that I bought when I was about 13-14 from there.
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The-Bug Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
thats really cool... eh

"Dectective De'Arben"
is that right?
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