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Motor-Ready by SquirrelShaver Motor-Ready by SquirrelShaver
Cover pencils for the Grimm Fairy Tales #60 – Phoenix Comic-Con 2011 exclusive from Zenescope Entertainment.

I didn’t realize the show is only a few weeks off until yesterday so figured it was time to start sharing this one. The realization also prompted me to stress out because I have a butt-load of work to do for the show including two more exclusive covers.

Anywho, the concept that was pitched to me was the girl climbing into the cab of a tractor trailer truck with the driver of the truck visible with a silly “OMG!” expression on his face. It sounds like a simple enough idea but if you break it down it’s actually a bit trickier to pull off than it sounds because you have to; make sure the girl is the focus point of the picture, show enough story telling on that figure so that the reader understands that she is actually getting into the truck and be sexy at the same time, show enough of the truck so the reader knows what it is but not so much of it that it becomes over powering to the main focus (the girl), and then somehow stick the driver of the truck in there and make it all work.

I decided to change up the truck driver from the original concept because every time I draw a dude on a cover he has that goofy “OMG!” look on his face and I’m just a little burned out on that, but mostly it didn’t really fit with this layout because that expression doesn’t match the body gesture I had established for him. The only reason I could think of why he would be hunched over and making a face with his eyes and mouth wide open is if he were kicked in the nuts and that hasn’t happened in this picture (yet). Instead I made him with a big shit eating grin and turning up the volume on the radio like, “Hell, yeah, lets PARTY!” which works better with his posture and looks less like I just shoe-horned him in there to make him fit ...which is actually what I did.

Pencils: Me (Mike DeBalfo)

Materials Used:
- 3H Led
- 400 Series Smooth Bristol
- Alabama Thunderpussy

- www.mikedebalfo.com: [link]
- Facebook/mikedebalfo: [link]
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:iconcharlesws:
CharlesWS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
My-oh-my, nothing says classic like a snug pair of Daisy Dukes...! :love:
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:iconjwiest:
jwiest Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That'd get my motor runnin...
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:icontrumi:
trumi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
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Geo Da Silva:
Party people, Do It Like A Truck !
W00t,W00t !
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Impaled-Corpse Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Alabama Thunderpussy FUCK YEAH!!
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:iconsquirrelshaver:
SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fuck yeah :)
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:iconimpaled-corpse:
Impaled-Corpse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconheadbang1plz:
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:iconmadpredator:
Madpredator Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
And that ass too!!
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:iconokina-silentecho:
Okina-SilentEcho Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Eric is rubbing off on you! Now you have your own "GO ASS!!" collection started! :D
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DoktorSpankenstein Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Thanks very much for letting us feature this wonderful artwork in #CheekyDenimParadise group.
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:iconamilova:
Amilova Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Awesome !
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:iconseoulman73:
seoulman73 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
crazy sexy, mike!
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I just love how the bac of that calf/shoe turned out. Truck needs a Lot-Lizards sticker or sumthin'...
Yeah, PHXCC is rushin' up on us... too much to do!!! Best of luck, and see ya there, Mike!
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FriedMeatball Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Truck driver smile. lol
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:iconpoysendeart:
poysendeart Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
You do so well with the woman form. I'm jealous. Haha. But yeahh, this is a fun concept. x] hehehe.
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Troilus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I wonder who is better at drawing the ladies between you and :iconebas: , you two should both make polls and see who wins. You both have great styles.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, that's a heck of a compliment, but I'm pretty sure Ebas would take that trophy home. Every time we meet I pick his brain for new techniques and advise. Again, though, thank you that's nice of you to say. :)
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:iconmpazin:
mpazin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat..fantastic.....
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:iconrenslo689:
renslo689 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! That is all to be said, haha
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:iconastralwolvine:
AstralWolvine Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is what you see around my home town. Whether they are fat or as sexy as her...hell even I wear that outfit lol
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:iconwildpegasus13:
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah yeah, you're an awesome artist who draws superb women and blah blah blah. We know. Keep rubbing our noses in it, why dont'cha? He he.

Me, jealous? Whaaa? NO! HA HA!

Love it! Great stuff! Awesome job!
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kanderson137 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Epic as always here Mike!
Like the materials list to, it is a hhuuumm great help. ;0)
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Grifther Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Artist
It's good realization of the idea for me. Really!
But... what the hell are an alabama thunderpussy? :P
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:iconrayartz:
RayArtz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
pretty slick work
the cab of the truck is superb, I use to work on those rigs so major props for getting it right.
I hope someone can rock that chrome intake, cuz it''ll look killer.
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Wolfly-Loyals Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you are an amazing artist i love your art
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:iconcyberzonion:
Cyberzonion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Love the lines..very nicely done..as always.
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:iconnx3fox:
Nx3Fox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn great artwork.
In a dynamic layout and loads of details.

Great job dude.
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:iconvfleming1:
vfleming1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
EBAS would definitely say it better, but let me chime in with a "Go Ass"
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:iconpako0007:
pako0007 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My first thought of this was Mary Jane :P
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NewGirlComic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
nicely drawn!
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:iconsteamboat-j:
steamboat-j Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice
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:iconred-james:
Red-James Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Writer
great job man! damn i need to find an artist like you to draw my dark comic series! ashame i couldnt afford you im sure..lol
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adampedrone8 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
nice.
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:iconcaptain-starbuck:
Captain-Starbuck Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
lol.

Truck Driver: "SCORE!" :D
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
:faint:
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:iconjwichmann:
JwichmanN Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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DontBornInInk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Alabama Thunderpussy...... lol!
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:iconmbishop2050:
mbishop2050 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Now there is a reason to pick up a hitch hiker, lol.
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:iconsanjun:
sanjun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
wow!!!
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:iconmycael006:
Mycael006 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
You should have put DeBalfo Trucking on the door, that would have been awesome :thumbsup:
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:iconcrimsondenizen:
CrimsonDenizen Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I agree to that awesome-ness ^^
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:iconbuckeyes1:
Buckeyes1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Beautiful stuff!
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:iconbrengun:
BrenGun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
really amayzing job!!!!
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FallenAngelGM Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Nicely done ;)
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:iconryanmkincaid:
RyanMKincaid Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
awesome....you know, some of us are trying to catch up with the DeBalfo greatness..... but dont slow down
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:iconpatrickfinch:
PatrickFinch Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great Mike! I'll have to pick up a copy at the show.
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:iconzerobr:
ZeroBR Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Very nice!! :D
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
sweet stuff! :thumbsup:
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LadyOrange Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can never use too much thunderpussy. She looks awesome. The art is fantastic as always. At first i thought those were dollars in her hand. But i'm kinda a hoe like that ;)
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JacksonMac Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Great Composition. Most people would just make that just straight up and down. Love how she's leaning into the page. Awesome.
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