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Soulfire #4 by SquirrelShaver Soulfire #4 by SquirrelShaver
Finished pencils for Soulfire #4 cover.

This is a four piece cover I started for Soulfire #4 with Aspen Comics in September 2012 and just finished last week (February 2013). This thing is HUGE--like Gigantor huge. haha. All put together it's 22 inches wide x 34 inches tall (56 cm x 86 cm) and barely fit on my desk. It's even too large for me to store anywhere do I had to break it down to keep it safe.

As a whole I'm mostly satisfied with how it turned out. After scanning it all in and digitally piecing it together I see a few compositional flaws, but they might not be as apparent in the finished cover for production. It was a lot of fun tackling something so different from my norm. This image really pushed me to step outside my comfort zone and explore things that I honestly haven't touched on in a long time. It felt so good to stretch the 'ol creative muscles for a change. :)

:iconsquirrelshaver: Pencils by: me (Mike DeBalfo)

- My :facebook: page: [link]
- Website: www.mikedebalfo.com [link]

Copyright 2013 Aspen MLT
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:iconhiggins32259:
higgins32259 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
OUTSTANDING PIECE,NEW FAN.
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:iconjuritanaka:
juriTanaka Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is very amazing an detailed
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TomMcClaren Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014   Writer
All I could think when I saw this was, "Holy crap!" because there's so much going on that I don't know how you still managed your incredible amount of details. Easily one of my favorites!
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koreybarton Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work :D
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Pencils like this should be  untouched by any other media.
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:iconsinus0ida:
sinus0ida Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
You are BIG dude :). Fantastic skills!
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:icon510necrocomics:
510NecroComics Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's amazing, I have a lot to learn!
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:iconegocant:
EgoCant Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student
Beautiful composition! :D
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:iconace1729:
ace1729 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Details @_@
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:iconorgnixstudios:
orgnixstudios Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Epic
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:iconwedge-strifehold:
Wedge-Strifehold Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Truly an amazing piece!
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:iconjrscoupe:
jrscoupe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Love the pencil more than the colours, I think it has more presence
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:iconbroken-nib:
broken-nib Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are becoming the next Michael Turner, wow!
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:iconjustart27:
JustArt27 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so proud of you mike, lol. now put the pencil down and take a break before your hand stays in that cramped position. :pc: i have to admit that is the darkest Ive ever seen grace. way to embrace the shadow tech to build the facial structure. would have to say she and your dragon are the best parts.
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chibi-stella Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I envy! is a pencil spotless! beautiful
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:iconramgar21:
ramgar21 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Sick with it, love it!
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:iconrjsoria:
RJSoria Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
holy sh**!!!!! i luvz all of dis!!!!!
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
awesome and badass
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:iconseclusionstudios:
SeclusionStudios Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
That is FEKK'N awesome!
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:iconrobertarts:
robertarts Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Perfect Page, Great Style.
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:iconjetteroheller:
jetteroheller Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Looks wicked!! :) Awesome job! :D
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:iconaeanchile:
aeanchile Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
great, GREAT GGRREEAATT WORK!!! WOOOW!!!
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:iconkjarnold:
kjarnold Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy fuck shit.
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:iconbryce-lee:
Bryce-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your progress since we sketched together back at Drawn to Comics has been amazing Mike. Your work is amazing brother. Keep it up.
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:icontom-wilsondotcodotuk:
You're like an inkers dream! no confusion as to where the blacks lie. Some outstanding work!
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:iconbyrdman-08:
Byrdman-08 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it, reminds me of Michael Turner style. :hug:
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:iconfooxd:
fooxd Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice

[link]
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:iconstrayfies:
strayfies Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Good lord, these pencils. I love every bit of this.
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:iconmcd91:
mcd91 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, really great work. You should challenge yourself more often.
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:icondragonx81:
dragonx81 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Detail is... :wow: great :)
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:iconorabich:
orabich Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]

:points: [link]
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:iconwetwork777:
wetwork777 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing drawing, the detail is mind-blowing!
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Chainsaw-Munkey Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The awesome thing about this piece, other than the size of it, is there are a lot of different characters on it. They have different looks and reflect that your abilities are vast. Solid work on this Mike!
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:iconsullensquid:
SullenSquid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
wow ... thats some serious piece of work there :jawdrop:
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:iconiwai:
iwai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional
GREAT!
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:iconmonsterkingofkarmen:
MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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:iconroschwoe:
ROSchwoe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This is amazing! I always like your hot chicks pics, but this really showcases the full range of skill you have exceptionally well.
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:iconcrazyfeetmcgee:
crazyfeetmcgee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artist
My mind has just been blown.
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:iconquesogr7:
QuesoGr7 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lookin pretty sick Mike!
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:iconnimorales:
NIMorales Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
So good!
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:iconleandrosans:
LeandroSans Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
very nice work! good job man!!!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Bravo, Mike!!! As I said, Love This. Some of your best work
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Y-O-D-H Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet! Nerds across the nation are singing your praises, or will be. And I whole heartedly join them.
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:iconredstormtrooper341:
Redstormtrooper341 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome
8○
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! This is your best level ever! :wow:
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:iconamy-hands:
Amy-Hands Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just amazing!! Who is doing the colours for it?
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:iconfooxd:
fooxd Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
[link]
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CAVUMcomix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artist
damn.. way to wicked..
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:iconcavumcomix:
CAVUMcomix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artist
too wicked*
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Nomad55 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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