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Traveller - Kidnapped by SteamPoweredMikeJ Traveller - Kidnapped by SteamPoweredMikeJ
This is probably the most embarrassing drawing I'll ever post here... but I do it in case anybody is curious where I started as an artist. It's one of several illustrations I did for Traveller's Digest Magazine (I don't remember which issue), back in 1990. My characters were incredibly stiff, my tech design was weak, and my shading was god-awful.

A few things changed for me shortly after this though. I discovered Masamune Shirow's manga "Appleseed", which blew my mind with the Japanese approach to tech design. I also discovered the work of Geoff Darrow (via his work in "Hard Boiled"), and realized that it was okay to draw with NO SHADING AT ALL. So I ditched the awful scribbly cross-hatching and started on my 'ultraclean' style for the next couple of years. It was only when I discovered Brian Bolland's work that I saw how it was possible to have clean lines AND shading... which led to the style most of my old-time fans will be familiar with.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
And it's still better than my stick-figure schoolwork drawings. ;p
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Heh. Well, I'm not posting any of MY school drawings. This one looks phenomenal compared to those...
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
With all that self-effacing now I just have to put it in my favorites folder.
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
LOL. No, you really don't ; )
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TheCentipede Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too late! Muahahaha, mine is an evil laugh!
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