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Dorobou by JohnSu Dorobou by JohnSu
Dorobou = 泥 (doro - mud) + 坊 (bou - boy)
his name means "mud boy," and is identical in pronunciation to the word for "thief" (泥棒)

Can you guess what he is after I've explained his name? Here is a hint: he is a mud boy and a thief. More specifically, he is a boy who is a thief of mud. He steals mud. And is a boy.

He is not made of mud, even though he is very dirty and kind of grimy looking. I guess he lives in mud, though. Yes, he shall live in mud. I decree it. He comes out on rainy days and digs up the softened dirt around peoples' houses and packs it into a big ball of earth, then runs away with it. Nobody likes him except for maybe a couple of girls who think he is cute and do not understand the property damage he is causing.

What does he do with all this mud? I don't know. Maybe he is building a house. Maybe he is just a huge jerk.


"Dorobou" is not the first character I made based on a name. Originally the kid was going to be made of mud, but then I started to think it would be inconvenient to have him dripping all over the place, and trying to make his skin blobby and runny.

I am trying to make a more "painted" look with the vector art this time. It was kind of fun, and I liked it, but it's also kind of messy. I am satisfied for now, but I will probably have to think of some way to refine it next time. I am most pleased with the bucket.

The textured canvas look is just a bitmap I imported to Flash from Fireworks. It was basically stripes going one way using an additive blend. Then it was the same stripes but flipped horizontally the other way using a subtractive blend. The result is this grainy looking surface and the file being twice as large as it was before.

Made in Flash
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AudreyDougray Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist
That bucket IS quite nice. ._.
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Maikekai Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww he's cute and I love the texture to this.
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dorobou18 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
LOVE IT :D <3
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amuloveskenpachi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree lol. I think he is very cute...but i completely undre stand the damage he could cause. Who knows where hes putting that mudd. It could cause a mudslide :(
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konnichipuu Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
He seems kind of crazy -- I guess he'd have to be to live a life in the dirt. Or maybe he's just very connected to nature and the like. I like the structure and the "messy" artwork -- it fits the messy boy perfectly. :B
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Insanity-Cell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
huh...reminds me of simon from gurren lagann...
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Cute little guy!
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capnmckay Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
lol there was a short manga I read once called "muddy" it was about a boy chimera made out of dirt :P This reminded me of it. I thought it was fun.
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linkluibymon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Interesting...thanks for the textured canvas tip! :thumbsup:
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mortalartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Bloody love the style mate.. .
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