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MOTU, Mini-Statues, Jitsu by valstaples MOTU, Mini-Statues, Jitsu by valstaples
Emiliano Santalucia and I have been doing all the packaging illustrations for the MOTU mini-statues since they began.
Emiliano draws 'em up and I ruin them with my colors.
:D

I was really happy with how Jitsu came out.

They never print exactly how I want, but does anything ever print like you want?

The figure is on a gray background because the figure is on a layer so it can be transfered to the packaging template.
In instances like that, I always color over gray so there is a neutral influence on my tonal range.

Tony Moore gave me some good advice on how to approach rendering in the future.
Work with mid tones and work out to highlights and shadows.
In the past, I've always done midtones/shadows out to highlights.

I did a little of that with Jitsu and the shadows, which allowed me to shadow his ribcage; leaning his torso forward,
and it allowed me to push his legs back, bringing his metal hand and arm forward without the aid of planial gradients to mask back areas of the figure.

I still haven't pushed shadows as far as I should.
I'll be working on that as time progresses. :)
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Jitsu is a warrior with a heart of coal. x]
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:iconvalstaples:
valstaples Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
it's a furnace in there.
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Ryusukanku Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Great picture there.
I like how the hand is now an oversized artifact-like thing rather than just a metal replacement for a hand.
He looks genuinely Formadable rather than just a bad guy with a gimmick.
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valstaples Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Emiliano did a great job with the art, and the 4H with the design!
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dollarwine Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
i'm guessing this is a character from the comic version cause i've never heard of him
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:iconvalstaples:
valstaples Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Jitsu was a classic MOTU toy and in the Filmation cartoon as well. :-)

www.he-man.org is your friend! :-D
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dollarwine Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
i lived & loved he mas growing uo but never heart of that guy
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F4tb01 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Great color !
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:iconvalstaples:
valstaples Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Thank you! :-)
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feuerkorn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Intersesting take on ol'jitsu. Great pose and nice chestpiece.
Well done!
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:iconvalstaples:
valstaples Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Thanks, but I didn't draw it. :D
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FatherStone Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I love your work for MOTU! Really cool work on colours!
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:iconvalstaples:
valstaples Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Thank you! :)
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FatherStone Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
My pleasure! Your work are awesome... And I use to play with MOTU when I was a child, so it makes me remember my childhood. :)
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
I also have trouble with the deeper shadows, well, I think so... everything always seems so light! This is spot on though imo :D
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:iconvalstaples:
valstaples Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Thank you! :-)
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SickZano Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Your colors are great! Which program do you use?
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valstaples Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Adobe Photoshop... what almost every pro uses in addition to Painter. :)
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SickZano Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Thats what i thought, but i´ve heard there are some programs especially for coloring comics.
Maybe i was wrong ;-)
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FlowComa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Looks darn good to me :)
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happymonkeyshoes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You've done an excellent job Val, seriously dude create a tutorial!!!

I'm really impressed with his hair.
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SeanE Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is lovely - any chances of the high res B&W's to it to have a play with it myself?

sean@seanellery.com

cheers
Sean
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JazylH Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Brilliant teamwork no doubt. And these covers are 30% of what makes me buy the stactions. You rock , Val.
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JohnRauch Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Nice!
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mankindram Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Great work, my mother got me this for X-mas, His hair was broken due to paint not being fully dry when they packaged him..............
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RubusTheBarbarian Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!

I hope you are about to post some more of these (from the rest of the series that is...)
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mightybuck Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
i'm not really a fan of jitsu, but i still like how this turned out
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Jukkart Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
With the latest MotU-related statue-box arts, I've noticed that you've added an little extra highlight-shine to the characters. Skin mostly is what got my attention. While I don't like skin to be too shiny (as it's a completely different material then fabric or hair), I think you pulled it off quite nicely, thus giving them a great contrast.

Don't know about pushing the shadows further....been always afraid to go too dark with my shadows on most cases. But I'll wait and see how the results will look once you get there. ;)

I'm also always amazed how you manage to make the colour-tone look warm enough, so it doesn't look plastic. With an gray environment not affecting your colour-mood, the highlights could have gone too close to white, which would make them look....well....not as good.
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robtlsnyder Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I dig it. Your really under rated. You do great work with amazing detail.
I don't understand why your not working on bigger projects.
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