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concept for General Rio Blast (old version of Rio Blast from the future, yes), for a Princess of Power fan-comic series by

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Drew this while being sick as a dog, on a pad on my knees....so I guess it could've been better. Happy with it nonetheless :)
This is the first time that I've ever used those water-soluble coloured pencils, and I gotta say - those are some tricky little bastards!
I think I've learned quite a bit here...10% of which goes to "how to do it" and 90% to "how NOT to do it".
Just as usual. :D

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The arm-cannon-thing is based on something I did to my vintage Man-At-Arms figure, back in the day when he was far from being 'vintage'...

Namely, his left hand got completely chewed - I have no idea who did it or why - it looked gross, all stretched and flat and totally 2-D, as if someone had slammed it with a mallet in a gag cartoon.
....so I sliced it off at the wrist, encased the stump within a carved rubber eraser, grafted a (kid-scaled) toy space-gun onto that, upside down, and painted the juncture over so it matched the gun's colours.
The bayonet was an unrelated piece of plastic wedged between a pair of (slightly trimmed) screw-posts on top of the muzzle, and the pincer-thing is actually a folding gun handle. .
Poor ol' Duncan had some difficulties standing up, but man.....he looked SO badass that all my friends wanted him! :#1:
Several decades have passed since then, but I think that this above looks quite accurate to the actual thing.

I still have that Man-At-Arms, proudly standing on my bookshelf in full gear and perfect condition.
I got him a new left arm, though. :)
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CroctopusArt Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome!!!!!!!!
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
it's even more awesome that you're among the living! :la:
So great to hear from you!!!
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CroctopusArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Life has been...less fun and more aggravating as of late. I'm sorry that I've been such a phantom, man. 
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saganich Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
ugh...so sorry to hear that... :(

If you ever need to talk about that aggravating stuff, well.....feel free to sling me a note or an email.
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CroctopusArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
sorry too! things haven't gotten better lately. And DA for some reason really sucks on my Mac. I thought getting an updated system would change all that but no, so half the time it doesn't load up, I can't tell if my art posted right away and notes don't load up right. Very frustrating. Not sure if you're on FB but if you are, it would be easier to reach me there. If not, I'll try to send a note soon. 
Basically I have to start making great changes in my life. There will be chaos but I think in the long run, things will get better.
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saganich Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
sorry, I'm not on FB, gave it up ages ago.
Not anywhere anymore, actually.....only here, on a local Transformers forum, and email.
Sling an email or a note any time if ya wanna talk stuff.... ;)

Hang in there!
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CroctopusArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
Just sent you a note!!!! :-)
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theZakon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Student General Artist
ajme ajme kako sam mrzia ovog "mastersa"... ahhahhaha 
a što je najgore ima sam ga hahaha
no nikad se nisam igra s njim... 
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
a zasto je jadan u navodnicima kao masters? :o

imas li ga jos, kojim sluchajem..?
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theZakon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Student General Artist
navodnici čisto radi kroatizacije naziva brenda haha

hmmmmm ako i imam, u lošem je stanju... fale mu djelovi and stuf...
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
aaa, ja skopcao da ga ne kontas pravim mastersom, iz nekog razloga :D
jer nema krznene gache ili stavec, hehe
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hellbat Featured By Owner Edited Sep 23, 2015
One man army - cool!  I'm guessing he don't do much typing. Great job with those colours.
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hellbat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Well, it looks like the old boy's still got plenty of fight left in him yet ;)
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JoeTeanby Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
It looks absolutely awesome!
This dude has so much character. i love how you coloured it and the design has so much thought put into the weaponry. That gun-arm bayonet grenade launcher thing is so badass! :)
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Thanks so much! :ahoy:

Not entirely happy with the colours, I think I should have gone with some different technique for that....but since it was my 1st time, I shall be gentle on myself :)
I've seen people do insane wonders with these water-soluble coloured pencils...... I think I've learned enough on this to give them another shot. I still don't know what to do and how to transfer  the 'vision' down on paper, but now I think I know what not to do.
That's a start, heh!
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JoeTeanby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
I've only used watercolour pencils a couple of times to try and get a sepia effect.
I coloured in as normal then got a tiny brush which I wetted, and brushed over the pencil. Seemed to work ok but I would need to build up confidence with it.
I think your colours work great here. The suit Grandpa well! :)
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
that was the procedure here, as well....only, I think I may have used too much water, there was a lot of (unwanted) transfer going on.
Plus, I think I made a wrong choice regarding the paper. I took aquarelle paper (figured it would need to soak up much liquid), but I think I should have used some Bristol-board-like thing instead, with smoother surface. Much increased drying time, but there would be no white specs all over, due to paper texture.

That what truly surprised me are blending possibilities. I have only the basic set, so his pants are actually yellow+brown + green, in different amounts

...and speaking of sepia, here's a shameless plug: saganich.deviantart.com/galler…
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JoeTeanby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Hmm. Yeah, sounds like there's plenty of experimenting to be done. You're getting great results though and perfecting these different techniques is all part of the challenge.
Looking forward to seeing you try more with the watercolours.
And the Bell Men comic looks fantastic! !!
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Absolutely - my 'ideal' would be to learn as many techniques and styles as I can (drawing, inking, colouring..) , and then apply them as I see fit, depending on the task and the mood I want to achieve and convey.
Basically, that no one can instantly recognize that something is coming from me.

I get very little time for drawing, but within that time, I try to wander around as much as I can. :)
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JoeTeanby Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
I agree. Mastering every skill to use as needed would be amazing. Experimenting with new stuff is always fun. :)
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saganich Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
One day.
One day.....

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