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GFT 46 - C2E2 Exclusive by SquirrelShaver GFT 46 - C2E2 Exclusive by SquirrelShaver
Some of you may have seen this being colored on Nei Ruffino's 'Livestream' a few days ago. In case you're wondering this will be another exclusive release for Grimm Fairy Tales #46 at this years C2E2 convention in Chicago this April.

I really ejoyed doing this one because I really love the vintage 30's vibe. To me it feels like a time, where though life was a bit harder to live, but people lived simpler and more honorably than most generations since. It just seems like a real authentic period to live in. Plus the art in everything was astonishing. Everything was hand made and super detailed from the architecture to the cloths people wore. It all retains a lot of romance to me so this piece was a real joy to hired for.

The idea was to great the Grimm girls, Sela and Belinda, and "Bonnie and Clyde" characters which I thought was pretty cool too.

Hope to see more of you at the show!

Pencils: Me
Materials:
- H led
- 300 series Blueline Pro art board
- My Mitts!

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- Website: www.mikedebalfo.com [link]
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RandallTisdale Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Awesome! Do you use references?
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charlesdeshields9167 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Very well done.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Evwve Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
omg. the details! Love it :D
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BTrinidad Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist
I really like this.
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sitac01 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
The background is awsome!! As is the whole piece. Good work man.
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Neocene Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! First of all I really love your work. Been following it for a while and been getting a lot of inspiration from your designs. I'm hoping to submit some work to Zenescope this October at the NYCC.
I really like your attention to detail in this piece and its that extra time put into it that really gets a lot of people's attention. A lot of younger artists forget to do the same amount of work into the background as they do their main figures. A lot of editors look at that from my own experiences.
If I may say (and not to sound like I'm taking shots at your work), there are a few anatomical issues that kind of need addressing. The girl holding the tommy gun arm is a bit too long. It looks loop sided compared to the one going behind her back. The second girl's shoulder looks a little high on her figure and she looks really uncomfortable. Also the hand holding the revolver is really small.
Those are just some observations I saw. Otherwise, like I said I really dig your work and enjoy your deviations!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words. :)
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful lines - you did a fantastic job giving the feel of the 1920's. It really was a romantic era that was fueled by the gentleman's respect code of honor.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly. It seems like a more honest time in the world. I'm glad you like it.
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I really do :D I look forward to seeing more of your work!
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ThePrincessNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
i think i forgot to comment on this one, its my favorite ever of your covers! SO cool!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Kate! Perhaps someday it will be yours. ;)
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ThePrincessNightmare Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
now wouldnt that be a dream come true! you are so talented you know that? if not you should know that! everything you do gets better and better :-)
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, kate!
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ThePrincessNightmare Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-)
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tZuB Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i'm late, but finally i can admire your super work. It's something that even a mastercard can't buy! amazing! the background is a photograph (yeah to be honest i wanted to ask you how you did it..references from old movies? pic? what?), girls and dresses are...WOW! :wow: A sincere :+fav: in this one.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a million, man, that was a very generous comment. The background was easy once I found the right ref; 1930's Chicago. The hardest part was finding good reference photos from the era especially of the famous L train. Now that you mention it though Peter Jackson's "King Kong" remake would have been good to use.
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tZuB Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
yeah...i didn't see that movie but i remember trailers and i remember a good revival of the 1930's city...
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
this is aces!! :thumbsup:
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
you're very welcome!
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ChaniCthau Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
i HATE how good you draw!! Hate it! No seriously i am so totally jealous on your mad skill man!
Congrats and keep it up.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha. Thanks, man. :)
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Fantastic work...
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MatthewHuntley Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
My god they're gorgeous! :D

So, like you said in the note, this too started out as a loose, ill-proportioned sketch?
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly very similar to this: [link] and [link] I do these at 1/4 the size of the actual paper I'll draw on (11" x 17" paper) That means these sketches are done at 8.5" x 5.5". This allows me to draw them faster and see the whole picture.
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MatthewHuntley Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh, okay I gotcha! So you don't even draw it on the same paper and clean it up then (I can do that on the computer thanks to the magic of layers, so I had thought you just kept a super eraser handy :P).

That's a really good way to do it though- often times I just focus on drawing the girl and shoe-horning her into a background (><!).

Thanks dude! :D IT's awesome that some of the best artists are helping me improve.

Also, the second link 404'd.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry about the bad link, but it was basically the same as the first.

Right, I use two different pieces of paper. One for all my mistakes and changes and the nice stuff for the final pencils.

I'm glad I could help!
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jetteroheller Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
awesome work. :)
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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VivianColfax Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Those dashes are driving me mad... XD

But this is amazing.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha. Thanks
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Okina-SilentEcho Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Very nice! The "Bonnie and Clyde" vibe is calling my name. It's fantastic!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
;) thank you so much
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Okina-SilentEcho Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
You are so welcome! :D
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Esquilo-SoS Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's remember me Mafia's game to pc.. but... with sexy girls.. xD
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
haha. Thanks
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whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
This is super excellent work.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
very welcome.
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benji138 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You are one crazy bastard.

The background is jaw-dropping man. The details in the buildings and the train and rails is ridiculous. It's seriously amazing man. You improve with every piece you do. And the characters, of course, are excellent as well. I dig the perspective on the Tommy Gun. The chick on the left is SUPER hot and I think you're really coming into your own style, and breaking more and more away from the Campbell stuff that inspired you. The only thing that's somewhat off to me is the fact that you've got this great perspective all over the place, but the car is straight-on. It'd be nice to see it at some sort of angle, but then again, it would cover up some of the beautiful background so I'm cool with it like this. :)

Finally, I think it's awesome, although maybe not entirely accurate, that you can see the chick on the right's ass crack. Through her skirt. Either that skirt is translucent and she's going commando, or maybe you drew it as a guide and forgot to erase it. OR her skirt is made of superhero spandex. :)

Awesome job dude. Another instant classic. I seriously think you should collect all of these covers in a book some day...and I don't mean with inks and colors, I mean just the pencils. I'd buy it fo sho.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Benji. You're absolutely right about the perspective on the car actually. My intentions and layout, originally, was to have this as a mild worms eye view to give more dynamics to the piece, but somehow the girls ended up as you see here. More straight on so the car had to follow suit. Still you're right it would have looked really nice in a three point perspective.
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benji138 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't know how many times I've intended the perspective to look one way but after I draw it, it came out totally different. It happens I guess. Either way though, this cover still looks great man. Good job.
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WillNoName Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Extremly cool!!!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Will!
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sketchartist76 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool bro...your starting to rocketh at the art thing :P
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, David. I think I'll stick with it. I seem to have a bit of a knack for it. ;)
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sketchartist76 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah!!!
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