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WCL: The Polaris Team by Dualmask WCL: The Polaris Team by Dualmask
After struggles with my scanner and traditional art, I decided to go back to full digital for the rest of the WCL team pinups I'm working on. Here's team #3, the Polaris Team.

Polaris Team Banner by Dualmask

I also created a sped-up video of the coloring process...my first time doing something like this. Feel free to check it out (it goes for around 9-10 minutes but the actual rendering took about an hour). youtu.be/7JI1NO5JMjA

I'm looking to produce a WCL source book with all the pertinent info about the concept and characters therein, and part of that is a section where the character bios can take center stage, separated by team group shot images.

(I'm going to go back and color teams #1 WCL: The Striker Team by Dualmask and #2 WCL: The Hunter Team by Dualmaskin due course.

WEAPON Combat League, related characters © Jonathan Price :icondualmask:
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adekii Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!  It's cool to see them together!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It surprises me how rarely I draw all the team characters in group shots lIke this. I'm working on fixing that...there are parts of the story that feature all 24 competitors in the same scene and I need to be able to draw that!
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adekii Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm looking forward to you doing some multi-character clashes for this setting!
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wbd Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I sense action!

I know you like traditional art, but your digital work is solid. I like the shading and tones in this image. It conveys muscularity and also a form of grace well.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! I don't know, I just feel like even though my digital work is good, it's not as valuable or lucrative as my traditional work could be. I want to try selling art physically, and after selling some sketches to co-workers and looking at the works of folks like :iconmariochavez:, that's what led me to using markers and such...but I'm not happy with the progress I've been making, or lack thereof. I guess I should just accept and re-embrace my digital work.
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wbd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you feel about printing your digital works? With decent stock, it could look pretty nice. I know that a lot of the folks at the nearest anime con to me print their pieces after working on them digitally.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Prints...I never considered it, primarily because I don't do a great deal of fan art. I guess I never thought that images of my own characters or my RPBs would sell, but... it's worth a try.
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JaredtheFox92 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Do they have villains?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
WEAPON Combat League is more of a 'competitive gladiator sport' (minus as much death). So while there are villains, the story is more about the competition itself and its effects on the numerous characters therein. There's a lot of rivalry but it's not a standard good vs. evil tale.
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JaredtheFox92 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, I'm just trying to give my villains a purpose, well other than doing what they want that is.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I think the concept of villainy in itself is too cheesy. Instead, take a position in your story and create a character or group that is against that position. Don't make it a "take over the world" thing; come up with a motivation for your antagonist that people could actually agree with.

For instance, in my story, there is a military officer who doesn't agree that the League is a good thing so he wants to end it. He goes to drastic measures to accomplish his goal but what he wants isn't so unbelievable.
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JaredtheFox92 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's not cheesy if it's well developed, however the whole running around in undies is the cheesy part.Also my villains aren't trying to take over the world, rather exploit it.Though I have empires that do indeed want to take over the world, but hey actual armies in real life have sought conquest so yeah.I think the cheesiness in super characters is what makes it fun,  like in that movie Herucles taking out the fantasy and unrealistic nature of the story for the sake of realism can ruin a story itself. It is only if said story is made to cater to a more realistic setting then when the characters need to be such.

Well my characters varies, there have been some play outright assholes in history as well as people who believe they're doing the right thing.So that is how I portray them.
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ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok yea clean lines and quick scans are a pain.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They sure are. As much as I like drawing traditionally, it's too much of a hassle to get it to look right with my current equipment. I need to buy a better scanner, but in the meantime, digital art is the way to go.
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ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A31200s mustek is not bad but compatibility issues with windows 7 usb are a killer. I am using a old labtop running windows xp.
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