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Catoblepa

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This has been one of my passions since I was very, very little, and lately I've started doin' some game-related stuff... so I feel it's appropriate to post in the Neo forums (I don't think you wanna see my Rumiko Takahashi drawings) ;) I've also created some pixel art in the past, and I've been rediscovering my love for that particular technique.
These are mostly based on existing art. Sorry for the bad photos, I usually take them as reference, so I didn't do a proper scan.

An ink+watercolour reproduction of the Kiki Kaikai 2 Super Famicom cover

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A couple of small gift "postcards" for collector friends: starting from the original pixel art, turned into ink+watercolour drawing.

Nakoruru

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Blazing Star

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Another Nakoruru, an ink-only rendition of a famous SNK illustration.

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New pixel art for a character portrait in the Eye of Thyphoon Neo homebrew... with a little luck, it'll be in the final game. ;)

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That's all, for now
 
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Wow, nice stuff. I'm so bad at lining and don't really know how to improve.
 

Catoblepa

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Wow, nice stuff. I'm so bad at lining and don't really know how to improve.
Thanks! Well, I've seen your acrylic paintings and they're really nice. ;)
Edit: If you're interested in trying ink brushes or ink pens, I can give you some basic advice!

Very talented, amazing work

Thanks Sylvie, glad you like it! 🤝
 
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Thanks! Well, I've seen your acrylic paintings and they're really nice. ;)
Edit: If you're interested in trying ink brushes or ink pens, I can give you some basic advice!



Thanks Sylvie, glad you like it! 🤝
Thank you!
Sure - I've only used fine liners and the Pentel Pocket, so if you have any pointers on how to get started, that would be helpful.
 

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Thank you!
Sure - I've only used fine liners and the Pentel Pocket, so if you have any pointers on how to get started, that would be helpful.
Sorry for the late reply! Well, I've used very fine brushes, but my favorite inking instrument is a pen nib (don't know if I should say pen nib + pen holder, in italian it's just "pennino") ;) I always use india ink; and the wonderful thing about india ink is that you can paint over it with watercolours once it's reasonably dry - and it'll be completely water-resistant.
 

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I've been working on some missing pixel art for The Eye of Typhoon's NeoGeo project by Ozzy and Johnny... and that got me in the mood to work on some real TEOT drawing. The game's got some interesting characters, with a much, much better design than its predecessor, Fight Fever. Here's a rough pencil draft for Sauri, the game's kunoichi, loosely based on her winning pose, waitin' for the ink+watercolour treatment. 😉

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This is not exactly "art", but since it's a bit "creative", I think it belongs here. 😉

I never liked keeping flyers, mini marquees and move strips hidden in the original MVS boxes: I love to look at this stuff from time to time, just like browsing an art book. So I've decided to use ring binders with clear plastic sleeves, that perfectly fit the original flyer A5 format. I've found these white binders that let you use your own custom insert for the front and the spine, almost like a softbox, and I've created some simple artwork, inspired by the Windjammers logo. You can fit more than 100 flyers in one of these things, two flyers back to back for each sleeve (well, the third binder is only filled with the instruction cards 😅). They look a bit cheesy, but not too out of place, in my opinion... and they're also very practical.

Anyway, just in case you're interested in doing the same thing, here's a Google Drive link to my original hi-res PNG files, with correct printing measures (in centimetres, of course):


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Resized covers (don't use these for printing)

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I'm impressed, very very cool.
 

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Since Kim Hoon has finally been revealed as a playable character in The Eye of Typhoon homebrew (Tsunami Edition), I can share a couple of "making of" pics for the two new pixel portraits I've created for the game. 😉 Of course I've tried to be as faithful as possible to the original TEOT character design and shading style... I hope he'll merge well with the rest of the cast.

Character selection portrait:
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Defeated portrait:
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Character selection/life bar mini portait
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Excellent. Shading does look consistent, super job
Thanks Kid, I appreciate it 😉👍 BTW we always see the Neo as this incredibly powerful machine, but each asset must be drawn with a 16 colors palette... so you have to get a bit creative, and that's always a good thing. Helps to keep that retro look 😄
 
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