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Skull Kickers by ChristopherStevens Skull Kickers by ChristopherStevens
My buddy Jim Zubkavich and I created these guys some years ago. Jim being the unstoppable force that he is, soldiered on to do a whole series for Image that is well worth the read if you haven't checked it out yet. It's a really fun and lighthearted take on classic fantasy adventuring fiction. I was trying to make a definitive Skull Kickers image and do something special for Jim with this one which of course never seems to work. I'm happy with the piece, but "definitive" images always seem to happen by accident. The harder you try to create something magical, the less likely it is to happen.
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Bittercarrot Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
This is awesome. Skullkickers is the tits! And i'm blown away you do all this work with traditional mediums. You're a GENIUS man, and you make me work harder.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
That's very kind of you. Thanks:)
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Man, I could only dream of pulling off gradients like that with my Prismacolors.  What do you use?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Thanks! I'm not sure what you mean by "what do I use?" 
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Your medium.  I suppose these grays are made with Prismacolor markers, or something similar?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Yeah, Prismacolor cool and french greys and Copic cool greys in this case along with Dr. PH. Martin's Bleed Proof White watercolor paint.
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb work!
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BienFlores Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
such bad assery. awesome sir!
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Tha-RIPPER Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Great comic. I was hoping for a bit more violence though, hence the title...
Wicked pencil pin-up, Chris! :thumbsup:
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Thanks. It's marker and watercolor. Yeah, the original two stories we did for Popgun were pretty violent and gory, but I think Jim decided to go a lighter direction with the main series for his own preferences.
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Tha-RIPPER Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Ahh yes. They always wanna try to please everybody, huh. The few pages I did read/looked at were funny and a little charming though! 
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walternonames Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!
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rambocambo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many cool textures, wish I could get this much out of my markers :/
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RyanOttley Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Artist
Unbelievable holy shit wow
This is so rad.
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Mindblowing!!!
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HavardGlenne Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!
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sunny615 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
i dunno... looks pretty darn magical to me.  and badass.
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MentalPablum Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing to look at.
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:iconwesflo:
Wesflo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece for a great series!
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very well done!
I'm a Skull Kickers fan myself!
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SteveMillersArt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
really great. so much good stuff going on here.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thanks!
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SteveMillersArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
very badass
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arm01 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Super sick work Chris! Always loved your marker work. No can top you!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thank you:)
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TheInkPages Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is sweet!!!
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riazkhan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!
I love that you snuck the logo in there, your artwork is amazing. I feel like chucking my tablet and grabbin' some markers.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thanks. Nice eye. I wouldn't tell anyone to chuck their tablets (those things are expensive), but I definitely encourage artists to experiment with traditional mediums as often as they can. They can be a real pain in the ass, but they have a richness and character that digital still can't capture.
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kkirven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
LOOKS "MAGICAL" TO ME!!
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kkirven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
you work always blows me away Chris! The details on this is CRAZY! Looks like you drained a whole box of Copics on this one. lol
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thanks Karl. I think I did actually.
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MouseCityKola Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece! Can you describe in few words technique you use? I'm planning to start watercolouring some of my lame works, but first I try to look for words of wisdom :) Thanx in advance!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thanks. NP. I draw the image in light pencils, put down a rough marker layer with simple rendering. Then, I use white watercolor to render the piece with washes and opaques. Most of the detail work and texture is done there. Then, I go back over it with another marker layer and finishing touches with pen and ink.
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MouseCityKola Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I thought this didn't look as watercolors only. You helped a lot!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Glad I could help.
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pa5cal Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Unbelievable! fantastic!
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grey56 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
There is literally so much happening here I cannot begin to describe how great it is from an execution standpoint. I can only imagine how long it took you to craft. 
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thanks! Yeah, this one took a minute.
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grey56 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I believe it - well done, sir.
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Ross-A-Campbell Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, man... too epic for words!!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thank you:)
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Dkalban Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
cool!
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fieldhockeyfan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Nice
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god! I didn't know! I am so happy to know that you actually participated in it :D I do hope they're available in france! I'd love it! :D thank you very much!! as usual it's a WONDERFUL picture :D Wonderful I tell ya :D :heart:
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thank you. Jim and I did a couple short stories and I did a few covers for the regular series. It's a fun series.
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are more than welcome my dear :) looks like fun! would look forward into learning more about it :D :heart: it's good to see you around darling :) 
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saltares Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Know what you mean but a beautiful piece now matter what you think. Awesome man. ;)
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Thanks, Javier:)
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Beauty!!
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