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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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Phenometron Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Jitsu is a warrior with a heart of coal. x]
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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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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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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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