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About Digital Art / Professional Senior Member John SuMale/United States Groups :iconcollab-comic: Collab-Comic
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Get out of my head!



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
You ARE the guy who made Balloon Duel! And FINAL FANTASY A+! Holy crap, you're Mousekliks?!
Sat May 2, 2015, 1:38 PM
Shank. Now I'm SENPAI- I quit
Tue Dec 2, 2014, 11:41 AM
Holy crap, are you the guy that made Balloon Duel on NG?
Sun Nov 30, 2014, 2:27 AM
WHOOP WHOOP *dances*
Tue Nov 4, 2014, 6:48 PM
Mon Nov 3, 2014, 4:06 PM
Sat Nov 1, 2014, 9:33 PM
Sat Nov 1, 2014, 10:02 AM

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

1,492 deviants said you could draw with a jawbone for all I care, as long as you deliver results
531 deviants said it's fine as it is; this is a nice balance of vector/raster
469 deviants said please use more of it; painting is the way to go!
30 deviants said please use less of it; I want to see Flash art!


Gorgonessa by JohnSu
Who's that writhing, wriggling mass from the sea, twisted into the shape of a woman? It's Ruviaaaa!

Ruvia is an ancient abomination with a love of life - namely capturing, studying, and then modifying it. For thousands of years, she engaged in unlicensed practice on plants, animals, and eventually humans, until she drew enough ire from the locals for them to send heroes to slay her. At first it was great because she kept getting all these raw human materials and was making things like fish people and horse people and even a guy who was butts at both ends. However, the frequency of her assailants eventually became such an irritation that she faked her own death by letting them cut off her head while the rest of her body slinked away into the ocean.

From then on, she decided to take a more discreet approach in which she would try not to antagonize wild humans or interface with them directly. To this end, she developed a homunculus to act as a liaison with them. By splicing dryad, mandrake, and orphan DNA, she created a fearful and reluctant assistant, Cabbage! She is just like a normal human girl, except for the leaves sprouting from her head, and her intense fear of insects and birds, and her wooden bones. Cabbage often performs transactions on the behalf of the recluse "doctor," exchanging medicine and GMO's for tools and information on anything that might interest her master, such as strange mutations or diseases (which would later then be secretly appropriated for study).

Ruvia now works at a horror theme house up on a peninsula - but not as an actor. She is an in-house physician, hired to treat the actors who are secretly not actors. That is, there are actual wolf-mans and zombies and such working the floor, and in the event of injury or illness they require a doctor familiar with their unique physiologies. For Ruvia, this place is a haven; she has access to so many wacky bodies and everybody trusts her to operate on them (as long as nobody notices what she's really doing). Furthermore, her boss sometimes even commissions her to create new monsters that she's never heard of. These are all things she really likes to do, and now she's getting PAID instead of KILLED for doing it! Jackpot~


I FINALLY DID IT. I had finished this piece about 2 months ago (and thought of the concept even earlier in July), but was unable to name Ruvia and write a story for her until now. Initially I was just going to settle with "Gorgonessa" (which is incidentally the name of the creature she is), but the name didn't stick for me, and I kept putting it off. Originally I had planned to use this as an exercise to actually write episodic stories, but with recent developments in life (i.e. becoming self-employed) I don't know if I'll have the time for such a project.

Oh, I forgot to talk about the big guy in the back there. He is Adam, the bouncer for the rear gate. Ruvia doesn't like him 'cause he's got metal parts in his body that she just doesn't understand. Cabbage is cool with him, though. They's tight. cool rvmp Cool 

Anyhow, new process with this picture: I painted the background in Photoshop, figuring I ought to become more familiar with the program. However, after learning about gradient maps in Manga Studio, I think I might stick with that, since I like the feel of the brushes there more.

Well, I am exhausted and off to bed now. Good night, y'all!

Made in Flash
and also in Photoshop
Cinnamu by JohnSu
Made some fanart of Uzuki Shimamura last night
Her nickname is Shimamu, which I then corrupted to Cinnamu and had to draw

Don't eat her dress! She spent a long time baking it.
Also, don't chew cinnamon sticks - it is basically wood and will cut up your mouth.

Uzuki Shimamura and IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Made in Flash
Global Cartographer Atlyss by JohnSu
Global Cartographer Atlyss
Atlyss hails from a far away land across the sea.
2 years ago she had set out to buy some peaches and got lost.
She is now attempting to chart the entire world in hopes of finding a way home.

So I had participated in an art contest back in August for Chain Chronicle where they were accepting original art in addition to fan art. In the end, I placed fourth in the top 5, winning me some delicious in-game fruit~

In the course of coloring this in Manga Studio, I discovered I could apply gradient maps to the image! However, as exciting and satisfying as that experience was for me, I felt like there were a couple of things I could have done better for this contest: 

1) The composition lacks impact. Her facial expression as well as pose don't do much to make this an interesting piece to look at, and her silhouette doesn't leave much of an impact. Possible options could have included making that map scroll on her back way bigger, or throwing her into the air or making her cry while running away from a giant centipede, I don't know

2) The content could have been more directed towards the player base. Since this contest was for the Global version of the game (as opposed to the Japanese), I had been focused on theming it likewise - hence the "Global Cartographer" title. While this theme might have been appreciated by the developers, I don't think it holds as much water for the players who cast their votes. What I should have done was to study some of the existing popular characters in the game and tried to get a feel for the game's style before diving in. If I were to do this again, I might have designed some sort of pirate instead.

Well, hopefully I can take those lessons forward, and you can as well!

Sorry for being absent for so long and being so slow to share this image as well - I've finally caught up with the messages in my inbox, so I'm able to resume posting. Look forward to some new content later - I've got a lot of catching up to do!

Linework made in Flash
Colors & everything else in Manga Studio


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


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EricALischka Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist…
Here's some fan art I guess?
RokuGurin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man, just dropping by to say keep arting the good art! Insert fist bump here.
AzrielCais Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such... proness...
DebuNeko98 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aahh your art is so amazing :love:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Tri-Edge-64 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
You should change your icon, it smells like you didn't brush your teeth.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Arum-JP Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  New Deviant
Your work is amazing!
The website I'm helping is having a contest!
It's about making manga by teaming up.
You'll definitely do great! Try it out!
UltraEs-Pii Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your comics
Liqr Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2015
ur a *pretty* legit mofo
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

I'm pretty!
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Thanks for the :+fav: on Top 100 Deviants!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for compiling such a list!
FlorecitaDelDesierto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, there! Would you like to participate in a contest an win a free drawing? Just follow the link, It´s my first time making a contest so I hope it all goes well :3 you would help me a lot if you spread the word
PhilipDraco Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
Do you accept commission?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I DON'T! *barks like a dog*

Thank you for asking, though :bow:
Tonixman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just stumbled upon your page and I must say that I am impressed with your artwork. You have a unique look with plenty of creativity. 
You've just earned a watcher! 
GatzTdaMax Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
I've recently run across a Korean manwha/webcomic called "Märchen - The Embodiment of Tales" that reminds me of your work...  I suspect that this is the first time Snow White has been re-interrupted as a legendary martial artist.  Not quite on the same level as a doujin drawing battle cyborg, though. XD
PickedPockets Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Artist
hi there just letting you know that… stole your work.
your galley is amazing and I hate to see your hard work taken.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It is gone! I assume you or someone else reported it in the time it took me to respond; thanks!
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