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About Digital Art / Hobbyist Senior Member John SuMale/United States Group :icontheprincessproject: ThePrincessProject
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Get out of my head!



Pointing out the uncanny resemblance of the character to the john su.
Mon May 23, 2016, 8:13 PM
I'm bored of everything and am now typing in a random boxx because I saw a comic on tapastic where a character puts on glasses and suddenly looks like the john su so I googled the name to make sure I spelled it right so I could make a comment on the comic
Mon May 23, 2016, 8:12 PM
Thu May 12, 2016, 6:12 PM
Man, you were one of the first people on DA that I started 'watching'. I'm glad to see you be as creative as ever.
Sun Feb 21, 2016, 12:27 PM
Your art is awesome dude :)
Sun Feb 14, 2016, 4:13 PM
Wed Jan 27, 2016, 8:40 AM
Hi!! I'm shouting!!! Check out my art Senpai!!!
Mon Jan 4, 2016, 4:01 PM
I hope to see him at a convention sometime!
Sun Nov 8, 2015, 8:22 AM
Heeeee's back! :D
Sun Sep 20, 2015, 12:07 AM
another drawer i'd like to watch, ends up being inactive
Sun Sep 6, 2015, 5:39 AM

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How do you feel about my use of PaintTool SAI in my work? 

1,517 deviants said you could draw with a jawbone for all I care, as long as you deliver results
540 deviants said it's fine as it is; this is a nice balance of vector/raster
481 deviants said please use more of it; painting is the way to go!
31 deviants said please use less of it; I want to see Flash art!


Leave This To Me by JohnSu
Leave This To Me
Angus was taking his cow to the vet when he got lost. It's up to the Sage King of the Forest to save the day!

Out of the way, Rat - there's no time for affection!

Update: the vet says the cow will be fine; she just has a mild case of chuunibyou. Let her wear an eyepatch until it passes.


It's been a long while since last I posted something, hasn't it? My apologies to everyone for this art drought of mine. I've been kind of out of it for these past couple of months, but I hope to find my groove again soon!

Characters made in Flash CS4
Background made in Manga Studio EX 5
Zweihander by JohnSu
Cailin Cleigh comes from a long line of animators - artisans who construct golems and bring them to life. Unfortunately, none of the golems she makes will move on their own, so she fails to make a career of this and instead finds herself working in the mines. After almost dying on the job several times, her father urges her to pursue something safer, so she takes him up on that suggestion and becomes a bounty hunter.

Her weapon of choice, Zweihander, is a set of two handed-swords which are actually just golem arms that were accidentally flattened during steaming. Those things are expensive to make, so Cailin salvaged them and worked them into swords. Even though she can't bring them to life, she has sufficient proficiency in hand-puppeteering to manipulate them like extensions of her arms. Her fighting style relies a lot on using her swords to grab and disarm her opponent when they attempt to parry her strikes.

Her current opponent, Strawjack, is a renegade scarecrow that took crop protection a little too seriously and ended up running off with all the produce before the farmers could harvest them. He stockpiles them in the unfillable hole in his heart and brings them back out from his head (an ability called "Face Plant"). Also, he's a shameless flirt who preys on fresh fruits & vegetables.


This time I made only the line art and flat colors in Flash, and then did everything else in Manga Studio. I finally learned to make use of selections by using the magic wand tool on the flats, and so was able to do all the character lighting on two layers. I tried for sharper shadows than I usually do in digital painting, and I think I like it! I believe I've made a mistake in the past where I felt that I had to shade smoothly when not in Flash (since it's hard to make soft shadows there), but I feel like the harder, flatter shading produces a stronger visual impact. I also had fun with the background - I find nature to be more fun to paint than buildings since it's a lot more forgiving in regards to shapes and perspective. You can easily tell when two boxes don't line up, but if a tree is crooked...that's OK.

Oh yeah, and yes, Cailin does have a clock as her belt buckle because I didn't know what to do for its design and ended up just basing it off of a wrist watch. Because giant hands.

Made in Manga Studio & Flash
Lion's Paw by JohnSu
Lion's Paw
Little Pyotr Rabbit went fishing by the lake
Cast his line into the water, felt it start to shake!
"Boy, I've got the big one now!" he cried with childish glee
(What a rabbit does with fish is frankly beyond me)

He pulled with all his might and brought his catch up to the surface
then dropped it on the ground (though this part was not on purpose).
The first to break the silence was the freshly captured fish:
"If you'll return me to the lake, I'll grant you any wish."

Pyotr took a moment to reflect upon his life
His days were fairly mundane and devoid of any strife
"There isn't really anything exciting nowadays,
I wish a shoujo would appear, like in my animes!"

"I'll get right on it!" said the fish and blinked (do fish have eyelids?)
Then something burst out from the ground, the sound heard 'round the islands
The fish said "Can I go home now? This deal is done from my end."
But Pyotr was already screaming "I MUST RUN FROM LION!"

It was in fact a shoujo: Lion's Paw, the cyborg human!
But Pyotr had no time for that as he was now a zoomin'
down the road back to his house, a hunter on his heels
(His chaser's only goal, though, was to know how his fur feels)

So that concludes my write up of this artwork here delayed
I thank you for your patience and I'm grateful that you stayed
But now I must return to filing taxes on my cash.

Background made in Manga Studio,
Characters in Flash
People Sketch Dump 2 by JohnSu
People Sketch Dump 2
Made this while I was art blocking and felt compelled to get anything out there


John Su
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
"If you try dying, you'll die trying."

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PokuriMio Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty much obsessed with all the art you do xD thanks for being a huge inspiration :)
imac007 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
Hope you're doing alright. Love the art.
LaughButts Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
TGA-Tsurugi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Johnsu! Tabled across from you @ AX and was nice meeting you and talking with you and larein!! :heart: Hope to see you both at future cons and looking forward to future posts!! :'D
Napdust Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
will u be my boyfriend 

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Yojama Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist
Do you do request?
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Generally I don't because of limited time.
Yojama Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist
RBreakersTCG Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dayum, you have some really amazing art!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sielre Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
hello :) 
You're godly in flash and I admire that. It seems that all your work here are in flash... But, what i heard is that, flash will be scrapped out... is this true? how is this for you? :\
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does seem like Flash is on its way out as a supported standard online. It's a little sad, but it's still useful for art/animation/programming, and people can still use it to create offline content and mobile apps, so it's not like it's going to be completely irrelevant.
sielre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
oh i see :) but how will it run if it require a flash flatform? >_> anyways, this issue was a long time ago and flash is still in use. maybe they are having a hard time scrapping it XD
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As web content, it would require a plugin, but Flash is also capable of running as a standalone application and exporting as a standard video format.
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Blessing22 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
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How are you,my name is Blessing,i saw your profile here on
this website and was interested knowing you more,please
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i have something very important to discuss
with you. please i can't chat with you here for personal reasons.
antiartian Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont think he works for free...
TimzUneeverse Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you invite me to DeviantArt Film? I really want to try it out.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BarlowSandist Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
Love your work! You've got an excellent sense of humor and a good drawing hand! Keep up the awesomeness! :D
Ruvon-san Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just recently started watching and I love your work, and I hope that one day I can be as good as you :)
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