Rose

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Just to let my readers know, there’s a huge imbalance of blog articles about artist alley without me actually showing my own artwork. So expect more recent projects or photography here. But don’t expect them to update every week :P

I didn’t get in the Capcom Tribute, but I submitted a piece I really like and wanted to talk about it a little. The Udon crew had an insane amount of competition, so I’m not surprised I didn’t get in (heck, a lot of people who got in that book were veterans or creators of the series). So without further ado, it’s Rose, from Street Fighter!
ROSE_mockup I’m actually really bad at the game, and there’s not a lot of fan art of her, so I was happy just making the piece for myself anyways. She is one of the few characters in the game that I can sort of get a handle on (i can’t do a Z movement on the game stick, and I don’t really know how to handle charge characters, so her limited moves help me out on that). The original illustration is actually markers, but the background, textures, and glowing are done in Photoshop. The piece took about two days to complete, and I currently have them available as a mini print in my store :D

I’m a very late bloomer, but one of the earliest arcade fighting games I’ve ever played was Street Fighter 4. When I first played, I used a game stick, and so when I begged my brother to buy the game for me, I couldn’t figure out how to use the controller, and begged him to buy a game stick for me as well. Best big bro ever!
I really fell in love with the art, and the comics that come with it are AMAZING. I want to give props to the writers of the comic series, the flow is superb.  A lot of my current work was inspired by the game. When the characters pull out their special moves, and the scene changes, it’s so dramatic, and the comic is like watching the game unfold with different characters! I love the sumi-e ink washes that happen when the characters use a focus attack. Anyways, I’m just in my own little world with this franchise.
One of my dream comic jobs is to work for Udon to make a short Street Fighter. That’s such a long shot, but I’ll keep practicing, and hey, who knows! This is my first attempt, I’m sure one day I’ll make more fan comics. 

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Chun-li X Ryu Fancomic

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The Street Fighter series is a oddball fascination for me. The characters are fun and quirky, but I almost never play the game with anyone because I’m REALLY bad at the game. I STILL can’t input a forward, down-back-forward movement on the game stick or figure out how to do anything past a three hit combo. That limits me to only a handful I can really play. Hell, i can’t really go past a three hit combo. Still, the Street Fighter universe fascinates me, especially the comic material. I love drawing this series.

When I heard about this project, I was intrigued. Not to mention I watched Assassin’s Fist AND read a bunch of street fighter comics a week before I found out about this project. I really wanted to do a comic, but I know if I drew some romance out, it would resemble something too similar to a bishoujo manga. Besides, I’m sure someone already did it in this anthology (and after i read the anthology, point proven). So I decided to make mines about their childhood. I was also given a page limit, so had to squish what would have been five pages into three pages and a cover. Still…
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I don’t know if anyone noticed or if my art skills were great enough to depict it, but I took some shots from Assassin’s Fist to depict the same place Ryu and Ken were living in.

It was called ‘The Waterfall’ based on a scene where Ryu was training on one. There’s a glimpse at 0:36
Ryu’s character design was also based on the character in the movie. I made him look like one of those kids begging to be picked on for this comic, yet at the end he was just holding back on everyone.

In addition to making this comic, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to COLOR it in markers too! Actually, one reason is that I’m really slow on the computer, and the other is that I wanted to promote the use of traditional coloring for mainstream comics. It was also a good piece of work to show in my portfolio.

I went to Emerald City Comic Con, and showed it to Copic Marker and the Udon table, hoping I’d be able to network. I think I did alright with both(?), so I will wait the rest of my life to see if they ever would. I enjoyed how Long Vo, Edwin Hyang, and Joe Ng saw it and the reaction was ‘omg this is cute’ XD Well, I wasn’t aiming for that, but it was a nice compliment coming from them.

You can purchase Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist here. It’s a live action adaptation done right :D
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist – Live Action (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

or just rent it here: Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

You can also read the rest of the anthology where my comic was drawn here: http://www.ryuxchunli.com/
The Ryu  x Chun-li Project Facebook Page

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