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Aqualad's makeover... by cheeks-74 Aqualad's makeover... by cheeks-74
...or not! HAHAHA

Actually this is my Darkstalkers' tribute.
I love this property so much it hurts.

Out of the slew of characters his design was visually striking to me at first glance (of course I love all the other designs, too!!! :)) due to the color combination, and huge-@$$ fins everywhere. HAHAHA

I couldn't resist drawing him as my tribute.

The Darkstalkers Tribute Book is dropping at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles so that means we all get to post the work we did for it.

You can pick up the Con-Exclusive Hardcover from the UDON booth at any of the following Conventions:

July 2-5 - Anime Expo in Los Angeles
July 17-19 - Otakon in Baltimore
July 23-26 - Comicon International in San Diego
August 28-20 - Fan Expo Canada in Toronto
September 4-6 - Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle


Here's the [link] for the juicy scoop.

Hope y'all digs!
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:iconreiler12:
reiler12 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
O my god very lixo, isto sim copia de darkstalker, estão tão nervosinhos com os japoneses, por que os desenhos deles são melhores.
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
My fave Darkstalker!
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:iconbig-bad-wulf:
Big-Bad-Wulf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
This is just, FANTASTIC
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:iconmeteorman:
MeteorMan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I LOVE Rikuo's design!!! I always wanted to see a sculpt of him....
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:iconjmqrz:
jmqrz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool!
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:iconwonderboy1985:
Wonderboy1985 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wait a sec... You're the guy that my professor told me to emulate in my character design class, and you're requesting a critique? Everything I've seen you do is either pure gold, or the kind of happy mistake that makes your art awesome to begin with. Keep on truckin', man.
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009   General Artist
HAHAHA thank you so much!!!!
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:iconsmartasdan:
smartasdan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Artist
No crap, this is honestly the picture that I saw from your portfolio that made me watch you. Definitely one of the best.
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009   General Artist
thank you!
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:iconzk273:
ZK273 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rikuo: Great merman or GREATEST merman?
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
it's Aulbath!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I didn't feel comfortable writing a true critique because I'm not sure I can offer the kind of information from which you would benefit. However, I can share a few things I noticed and hope they are of some use.

I love the exaggeration of the hands, the pose and the fins. They make for a dynamic figure. But, my favorite part is the lighting, which is really beautiful, especially on his legs, chest and face.

The background is simple, but effective. I like the layering of the "bubbles" over some of the steams of water, this helps add depth to the piece.

One thing I did notice was the center stream that runs behind his right hand and body. I think I would have liked to see some of the darker background in the negative space created by his right arm, body and leg and between his feet. It is a minor detail, I know, but that area reads a little flat to me. I also wonder if you could have darkened some of the perimeter to enhance the depth of the water itself? The lighting seems almost like a spot light on his body and if the lower portion of the water were a little darker it might have increased that feeling. (I could be way off her and this also may be a matter of your form language/style).

With that said, these suggestions are very minor and would only serve to tweak this image rather than improving it in any great way. Again, I hope this is of some use and is received in the spirit in which it is given.
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:iconlacluna:
lacluna Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
coooooooooool
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:iconawgie:
awgie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
love it!
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:iconluigil:
LuigiL Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional
Awesome take on him Sean!! Love his pose!
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:iconpuggdogg:
puggdogg Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. I want to see him animated in this style.
Here's my Darkstalkers entry.
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:iconpinguino:
pinguino Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i love the fins too!
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:iconteatray:
teatray Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Omggg~ he's pretty attractive for a fishman, hawhaw. Sooo much lav. :heart:
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:iconmagix39:
Magix39 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
:thumbsup:
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:iconcassidyadams:
CassidyAdams Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
lol agreed.
Oh so sexy you made him.
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:icontecknic:
Tecknic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
You can't imagine that he would have alot of luck picking up chicks with those oversized fins. That is unless Morrigan decides to try dressing up as a mermaid.
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:iconsplendidriver:
splendidriver Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I have to admit that I've learnt a lot from you. It's your imagination and the dynamic way of thinking for art, I learnt that I have to think dynamic when I draw, and I think that's the best when looking at your art works :). Thank you so much for that sir :), and this is lovely done, totally diggin the way you work with the water.
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   General Artist
thank you very much for your kind words, bud. i am thrilled my work can do that for you. your work is gorgeous and i learn from it, too.
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:iconsplendidriver:
splendidriver Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is the greatest compliment I've ever received, sir, you really gave me a great motive power here :D
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:iconfillgood:
FillGood Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Digital Artist
Cool! ò________*
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:iconravensdojo:
ravensdojo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I think my watch single handedly made this book. I mean I've seriously seen so much already via my da account. Cool merman (forget his name)
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:iconthe1blur:
The1Blur Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice.. great pose!
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:icone-mann:
E-Mann Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional
Look at that . nice job dude
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:iconspringald:
Springald Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
Wonderfully executed. The water effects are very nice, indeed. :D
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:iconcre8tivemarks:
Cre8tivemarks Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Dope my friend. One of my favorites that you have done.

Best,
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:iconjazylh:
JazylH Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I think you can't critique anything thats this Awesome! :D
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:iconmattkaufenberg:
MattKaufenberg Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Daaang...wicked cool man!
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:iconjonixman:
Jonixman Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
He's oddly attractive for a fish man.
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:iconsopelana:
sopelana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009   General Artist
Great piece! Man, it's going to be one awesome book!
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:iconblack6589:
black6589 Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work.
His is my favor character in thr game.
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:icononikaizer:
Onikaizer Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You know what would be cool? a protractile jaw, like some fish have. nice design!
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:icondemonlizardman:
DemonLizardman Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Has that merman castlevania feel. Nice job!
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
don't know the character but the picture is really cool!
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner May 9, 2009   General Artist
thank you!
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconh2o589:
H2O589 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Ha, that's pretty cool looking. I like the murky water effect plus the enormous hands and fins.
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:iconjc-fashion:
JC-Fashion Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Dude, you kick so much ass.
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:icontamagostudio:
TamagoStudio Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Aulbauth are so great :)*
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:iconmr-representational:
Mr-Representational Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Niiiice!! He was always my favorite of that crew!
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009   General Artist
sank u! i'd love to see you draw them in your style. they'd look sweet!
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:iconabnormaltoonage:
abnormaltoonage Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Totally bad ass, as always sir
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:iconcheeks-74:
cheeks-74 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009   General Artist
thank you very much. :)
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:iconabnormaltoonage:
abnormaltoonage Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
As always, you are quite deserving my friend
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:iconecfor:
Ecfor Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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:iconakiman:
Akiman Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
haha! he was my favorite with great wave super move :D
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