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Pepper Stands Alone by Wulfsbane Pepper Stands Alone by Wulfsbane
I’m really cutting it kind of close submitting this entry on the actual due date. I never wanted to try for the Pepper Project at first, but after a while I had a change of heart. Unfortunately time was running short, so I had to simplify my techniques and make do without some of my original plans; namely to use a full set of colours and including a gun totting Wanda. I felt the least I could do was use Pepper’s fav colour as accents. I just hope I finished this in time, but if not it’s cool. At least I enjoyed making it. Listened to Ghost in the Shell OST for inspiration.

The Ducati 1098 was the reference for Pepper’s bike design. Brushes used were from Goro’s and concept by mac (haven't found the link yet).

Have to thank ~frostbain for being my extra eyes for this one and pointing out what needs work. Thanks, Paul!

Pepper is a copyright of *Artgerm and Imaginary Friends.

Edit: Larger, sharper, better.
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:iconiamzok:
IamZOK Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
love it!
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:iconkikemeza:
KikeMeza Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Wooow!! It's Impressive!!
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Combalt2 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work.I happen to have some favorites of chicks on motorcycles. Favorite immediately.
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:iconvtidaz:
VTiDaz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Awesome :)
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MindBug2 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
awsomee... i luved it
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome work. I love the use of colour to pick out the lines. :clap:
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d3viuz21 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
This is hands down one of the sickest pieces of art I have seen in a long time... just the simple kiss of color in the red sets it off. I love it... it makes me want to go get out my sketchbook right now lol.
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KaelNgu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this is so uber cool, dude!
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:iconinferno187:
Inferno187 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
truly amazing, there is nothing I don't love about this piece
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you, you're too kind :thanks:
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:iconolberg:
olberg Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Wow!
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MithriLady Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh shit :wow: say wonderful is an offence! I love everything of this...the black-grey atmosphere, the details in red and the landscape blurried...especially the lights, beautiful. The bike seems have owns eyes, and the reflection of the water is a great touch :)
even if the time was running out, you've done an awesome work :heart:
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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MithriLady Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
np! =]
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NaughtyBoy83 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Really cool, love the dark feeling.
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Daequitas Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Artist
nice choice of colors
really like how grey and red combine and you have applied it here perfectly
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008   Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear they worked :) I was apprehensive about adding the reddish accents out of fear they might look overboard.
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
I really like how you made Pepper 'cool', instead of the 'sexy' all other contest entries I've seen have gone for. She's still 'attractive', but much more...respectable this way. The design of the bike, and the choice of colors (so much variety of darks!) are really cool too.
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marziiporn Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your piece has been featured here [link] :heart:
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008   Digital Artist
Heeey thanks very much. I'm humbled for my picture to be featured among such great works and talent :D
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willymerry Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
The mob...
It looks like it's going to kill us =D
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Hells-Blood Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
Sweeet!! Simplified or not Shahir, it is definately hot!!
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:iconelestrial:
elestrial Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, I love the red color isolation - very awesome
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mercury-yume Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
this was one of my favourites from the contest, so striking.
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Luchifer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
reeaallyy nice! =) love the red/orange thing going on. really subtle and cool =)
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:iconuberspect:
uberspect Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Wow.
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:iconsilveraxe:
Silveraxe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
very beautiful and powerful! love the limited use of reds.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
This is definitely one of the cooler submissions into the project. I think we'll be seeing it in the book for sure. ;D
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Why thank you, that's very reassuring :D
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avancna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't it rather awkward to wield a sword while driving a motorcycle at the same time?
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008   Digital Artist
He doesn't seem to have a problem with it.
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah well...
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kika1983 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008   General Artist
very good colour accent, nice shading aswell! cool forshorten of the bike! fav:)
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008   Digital Artist
Hey thanks :)
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kika1983 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008   General Artist
you welcome anytime:)
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nathehunt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
amazing job!
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AngELofREbellion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
love the color choices
greta angle
good dealing with the background
only suggestion is some dappled lights behind her to pop her out :D
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008   Digital Artist
Aahh so that's what they're called :D I'll have to try that one of these days.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
great work! love the dark moody feel. since everyone else is doing sexy or cute. your's will stand out.:D
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you, that's very encouraging :nod: When it comes to drawing women I prefer to give them the same feel as I would draw most men; only hinting at sexy, never over expose it.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
i like them sexy to the max!:XD:
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:iconladymariko:
LadyMariko Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Found your pic while browsing DA. It's awesome! Wish I could draw like that... How did you draw the wheel?
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:iconwulfsbane:
Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Digital Artist
I couldn't have done it without a good reference, really. I had a specific angle in mind for it so I googled for something similar to copy from. The major difference was the lighting which I had to work out on my own.
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LadyMariko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Uhm, thanks for reply:)
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Sairynn Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
dude, she's awesome. and that bike, though simple, is fierce.
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks :thanks: That means a lot.
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Martoo6 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
wow..great work..and love how you used the colors...:D
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks :D I think keeping things simple/reserved really helped, and I believe that goes for colours, too.
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frostbain Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
The top left still tends to pull my eye a bit much. The eye-path (line of action seems like the wrong term for some reason) is kind of a sweeping curve because of it though - from the top left, to the swords shine, to the front of the bike, to the headlights, to the wheel - so I think it still works pretty well :). Reads well for people that naturally start at the top left too, so it kind of killed two birds with one stone - the path just follows more or less the reverse of the initial intention :P.
The slightly darker shade of the tire fades the path's line off well too, kind of easing the viewer off the page to the bottom right.


Turned out well :D.
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Wulfsbane Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Y'know this is reminding me of what other artists did reversing the basic painting formulas; like using cool colours in the forground while the background is of warm tones. Normally it's the other way around but it actually works for most pictures. Still, I haven't seen anyone using a reverse of the usual eye paths, which it should've started at the bottom according the books :P

This pic really has become a thing about compromises it seems. By the way your suggestions were really sound advice but somehow my instincts wanted me to keep a few things intact concerning the background. For example, if I were to darken that white corner it would make the subject appear somewhat more centered when looked at a glance. I'd also lose the silhouette of the character and the hair which I kinda liked, plus gone will be the atmosphere of an alley way which I felt was essential for the noiresque feel I wanted to get. I think if I hadn't already added that much detail when I showed you before, things would've really been different and more by the book :nod:
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