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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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:iconaudreydougray:
AudreyDougray Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist
That bucket IS quite nice. ._.
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:iconmaikekai:
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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:iconamuloveskenpachi:
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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:iconinsanity-cell:
Insanity-Cell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
huh...reminds me of simon from gurren lagann...
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:iconglowworm56:
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Cute little guy!
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:iconcapnmckay:
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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:iconlinkluibymon:
linkluibymon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Interesting...thanks for the textured canvas tip! :thumbsup:
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:iconmortalartist:
mortalartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Bloody love the style mate.. .
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:iconjelly0bean:
Jelly0Bean Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats awesome, What program did you use?


I want to be as awesome as you someday :D
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:iconneo-striker713:
Neo-Striker713 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Awesome! Excellently portrayed.
My first thought even before reading was: "Looks like a kid playing in the mud stealing something."
:D Two :thumbsup:
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:icontohluse:
Tohluse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
I can just imagine this kid sitting on a shelf in Pottery Barn.
He's very good with clay.
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:iconchibi-c:
Chibi-C Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Student Filmographer
lol if a didn't read you comment I would thought it was some sort of kappa XD
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:iconblinq:
Blinq Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I ask what is your technique when it comes to importing and coloring your images. I am trying to get the hang of it, but it aint happenin like I would want to see.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I do not import my images; they are drawn directly in Flash
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:iconmatsunome:
Matsunome Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
He looks like he'd fit right into the ocarina of time. Fantastic characters as always.
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:iconspecter-von-baren:
Specter-Von-Baren Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
I really hope that you make a cartoon, book, video-game, SOMETHING, with all these characters some day, it would be an awesome whatever it would be with such a diverse cast.
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:iconkt17:
Kt17 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
He's so a dorobou!
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo cute XD
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Chaos-Stev-0 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
This has to be one of the better thiefs ever.

He doesn't borhter with anything useless like property or money, oh no. With mud, you could BUILD property AND use it as currency, a food source, and a toy!

Such an intelligent thief is he!
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:iconwilldabeast-0305:
Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
He looks very excited to have a small amount of the most abundant substance on the planet.

His expression is perfect
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:icondarsk:
Darsk Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Many people don't realize the importance of mud in our society. Without it, how can we possibly differentiate between social classes through cleaniness? Also, that mud was holding up my house. aaaaaahhhhhh
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:iconreyko-ryoko:
Reyko-Ryoko Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional
hi..!!!
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:iconzolosluver:
zolosluver Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
*gets out shotgun* KID. *Cocks Gun* G'OFFA MAH LAWN. *aims*

Durn kids, stealin' m' durt.
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GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student General Artist
hehe I luv his expression!
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:iconktechhelvetiin:
KtechHelvetiin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm, very nice. I like your new style, I do. You should do it more.

... And I'm devoid of any clever remarks at the moment, for I am sleep deprived, and other stuff. I like mud.
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:icona-ten-kami:
A-ten-kami Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
I hope Dorobou realizes that his shovel is bending. ;)
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KageRyu798 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*further absorbs JohnSu's techniques*


In other words, awesome work.
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:iconkanhoro:
kanhoro Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
maybe he makes doradango from them XD
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:iconkonezumi:
konezumi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Haha, the letters look like Puth. I thought it was a sound effect at first.
Silly me.
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:iconmaphisto86:
Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I bet his he pisses of his neighbor Swinelad. Stealing his precious rolling gunk . . . :(
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:iconmoonvixen8:
moonvixen8 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE the expression!!!!

Priceless picture ^________^
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:iconwhatchoolaffin:
Whatchoolaffin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Student
So, Dorobou steals, lives in, and probably likes mud. But how does he feel about dirt? What if it's really hot and dry out? Will he not have a house (or a purpose in life)?
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:iconanguiad:
Anguiad Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
That fangirl link is so superb and so damn true

:no:
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:iconi-am-ato:
I-am-ato Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I would say you've succeeded fairly well, I actually thought it was pinted before I read the description, and I was all like "huh? he didn't make it in flash???" great job ^u^
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:iconmalachyte-eye:
Malachyte-Eye Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So you're telling me this is a boy... and he steals mud. Yes, I think I see.
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:iconxiao668:
xiao668 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Clever name! X3
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:iconxx-mary-xx:
xx-Mary-xx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am not entirely sure but I think the Bou kanji you used means pole or stick.

But I don't know an other kaji to use for Bou either so maybe it is a kanji with a double meaning. There are a lot of those.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
= stick
= boy
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:iconxx-mary-xx:
xx-Mary-xx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh haha. And I call myself halfJapanese... =_='




I should be very ashamed and commit harakiri now.

I'm just too lazy too search a samurai sword. Any idea's?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
butter knife
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:iconxx-mary-xx:
xx-Mary-xx Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, tell me where butter knight is and I'll use that one!
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:iconrakugaki-otoko:
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, even the picture itself looks like it'd be gross to touch~
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:iconkittychow:
KittyChow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Haha, mudboy, how cute! >w<~~~
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:iconsilverrrose:
silverrrose Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Hazaa! Dorobou!
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:iconmaeglin-lomion:
Maeglin-Lomion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At first I was like "This is pretty cool."
Then I read your commentary and looked at it again, and I was like "Y'know, that really is a sexy bucket."
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:icontatfb:
tatFB Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
ok!!! very creative. =)
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:iconcrownofvines:
CrownOfVines Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Lolz,is it so necessary to steal..mud? is it not free? whether it is or not, i find him adorable XD
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:iconfloofal:
floofal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
cute.
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