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The Shadow by johnbeatty The Shadow by johnbeatty
THE SHADOW
A commission for a fan.
Influenced by: Sergio Toppi and Bill Sienkiewicz
11" x 17" Pen, Brush, Ink, White Gesso
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:iconthetonyfigueroa:
TheTonyFigueroa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is top notch.
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:iconshadowspyproductions:
ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
... the shadow knows ...
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:iconstucklessportfolio:
stucklessportfolio Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very well done. Influence is apparent.
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:iconvoirdire99:
voirdire99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is how it's DONE, Mr. Beatty. Fantastic piece!
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:iconjohnprisk:
JohnPrisk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's just daaaaaamn beautiful.
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:iconperidot29:
Peridot29 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"The Weed of Crime bears bitter fruit. . ."
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:iconroboworks:
Roboworks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
HAHA! I was just about to say... Toppi and Sienkiewicz! You beat me to it!! Great stuff man!
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:icontanjushkaboom:
tanjushkaboom Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the composition... and the mood. Great work!
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:iconsymson:
Symson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool drawing.
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:iconfladam:
Fladam Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Utterly superb.
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:iconsacara9:
SACARA9 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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:iconstevestanleyart:
SteveStanleyArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yew ho. Niccce!
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
truly impressive! It will help to remember the great master, Toppi who has just died...
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Indeed! I have always loved Toppi's work and finally able to get some books of his a year ago. I love to just look at his way to solve design and drawing problems. What a great loss...
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:icontomraney:
TomRaney Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Seriously awesome, man!!!
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:iconsolomonmars:
SolomonMars Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
amazing line work!
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:icongambear1er:
Gambear1er Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
The Shadow knows(nose) !!! great linework...so intense
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:iconthechamba:
theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
all kinds of gorgeous.
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:iconelvinhernandez:
ElvinHernandez Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
beautiful work.
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:iconejjs:
EJJS Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
John - This is a very outstanding piece. The level of detail in the style leads me to believe that you could (should) have a career as a cover artist. I mean that in all seriousness.

e.
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:iconnickmockoviak:
NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow...looks great!
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:iconmacksztaba:
MackSztaba Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional
Awesome.
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:iconsunhelmet:
SunHelmet Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
As I stated elsewhere - really enjoying this image. This is one of my favorite pieces that you've done JB!
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Raf -I think it's because I took the chance to just "get it out of my system" that I don't have to ink and design everything I do in a "house" type style. Also the study of Toppi has left me wanting to push more towards design and drawing. Trying to figure out how someone like him would approach anything is hard, altho he does use a few repetitive formulas in his work...the man is genius and I've been looking at a lot of his work trying to imagine going in that direction. Your comments mean a lot, thanks!
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
F'ing incredible, John!
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, ~T~ It was great to be able to really loosen up on this.
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:iconmarshall-mc:
Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Amazing work, sir!
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, sir, glad you liked it! :)
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:iconangelcarnivore:
angelcarnivore Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So many itty bitty lines....

Gorgeous.
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, it was really fun to do!
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:iconmightymorphinpower4:
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Cool one
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx!
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:iconwackyjax:
Wackyjax Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all of the textures and line work! You almost want to touch it!
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx! Glad you like it, and yeah, I had a blast doing it and playing with as much texture as I could! :)
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:iconwackyjax:
Wackyjax Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you had so much fun! I hope you get to make more like this one, then!
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, I will...I'm leaning towards this style! ;)
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:iconkrayola-kidd:
Krayola-Kidd Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy crap. Freakin. great.
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, Mike!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Wow, beautiful piece, John! Gotta fav it.
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, Chris! Would love to see you do a marker "Shadow" piece! He's pretty kool to draw, especially since you can work in a lot of, err...shadows and other kool graphic elements!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Yeah, I'll have to take a crack at that beak some day. He's got a great design. I really like the different line work you've used on this.
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:iconedtadeo:
edtadeo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Holy smokes! This is awesome, John! :D
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Salamat, Ed.
Still...won't get me work at DC or Marvel again...LOL!
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:iconedtadeo:
edtadeo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Man, DC should at least give you couple of books to work on. :( I hope they will.
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
...ain't going to happen...it's been to long, Ed.
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:iconlittlejohn312:
LittleJohn312 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
This is spectacular!
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Appreciate the words, Little John! :)
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:iconshanewhite:
shanewhite Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Artist
Oh man is that cool. MORE MORE MORE!
And welcome back. :)

=s=
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:iconjohnbeatty:
johnbeatty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thx, Shane!
Yeah, few and far between posting...got more coming when they are done!
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:icondfridolfs:
dfridolfs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
This turned out crazy good! Keep em coming.
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