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William Kilpatrick:Knight Bio by Dualmask William Kilpatrick:Knight Bio by Dualmask
"This is war! We're not here to make friends... fight to win, or don't fight!"

Completed another WCL character bio. I tried some new things with this one...can you tell? Mainly, I went for much thinner line work than I usually do.

Observant folks may notice that this is the exact same image of William that appears on the roughs of WEAPON Combat League page 2: . I decided that I could do that sequence in a more dynamic way, so I scrapped almost all of those panels and started anew. It's going to be much better. But I thought the head-on shot of William was perfectly useful for a bio card.

William Kilpatrick/Knight, WEAPON Combat League © :icondualmask:
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GaryPope Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Another great story. I like this guy. In my universe, he is what passes for a hero from what you've written.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I try to put a lot of thought into these characters. WCL isn't a story of a bunch of unscrupulous antiheroes stabbing each other in the back (though many characters in the story ARE like that); there are some honorable folks in it, and William is one of them. Nelson (Seismic) is another, and then there's Zeigfried (Thunderbrand), and then there are characters who start out rotten and learn to be heroes over time. Quinn (Saber) is one, and there are others.

I only wish I could show people the whole story in one fell swoop. They say you're not supposed to fall in love with what you've created, but whenever I re-read my story, I can't help but feel proud sometimes. If only the strength of my art could catch up to the strength of my writing.
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adekii Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design, both visually and in terms of the character story!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like. I'm really happy with how he turned out.
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I like the color direction here. On one hand, William's recolored suit represents a new purpose for battling, but there are also still the black and red parts with his WEAPON that are a reminder of his past. I suspect that's no coincidence. As for the lines, I can see their impact in certain areas, like the chest, where I think they add depth without being jumping out too much. Still, thin or thick, your lines are usually so top-notch, they hardly become a negative in any of your work.

Nice work on Knight. By the way, do you use blue lead for some of your work, or were those WIPs altered digitally?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's always a joy to see how well you pick up on the deeper intricacies of my WEAPON characters. It helps strengthen my confidence in the concept just a little bit each time. :D

This was one of those seeing the forest beyond the trees situations--if that's the right use of the phrase. While working on the thin lines, it didn't look like it was going to turn out well because I'm traditionally a fan of thicker, tapered lines. But I kept at it, and once I applied color, all my worries disappeared.

As for my blue sketches, what I do is scan regular graphite drawings into Photoshop and turn the lines blue. It's a simple matter of filling a layer above the sketch with light blue, changing the blending mode to screen, and merging down. It's so my eyes can easily differentiate between the original drawing and the digital line art. Come to think of it, I should probably stop working with a white background too...but I digress.
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
At this point, I've become comfortable with the belief that most of the things you do are a result of great planning and design direction. It's usually just a matter of taking the info you give and looking at the drawing, honestly. I always realize that I could be wrong about something, but I just like trying to figure out if there really is a purpose behind a certain design or effect. Plus, if it brings something positive to you or any other artist, I couldn't be happier. :)

The question about the blue sketches came about because I've been using blue lead for my own sketches lately, and I've become quite fond of it. It does make sketches easier on the eyes, and I can certainly understand its impact when it comes inking/linearts. Don't know what took me so long to join the club... =P
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J-Styles75 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
great design. love the color combination :)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I was going to change it to red and green for story-related reasons, but I changed my mind. :)
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J-Styles75 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
you're welcome :D i like these colors better.
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