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December 13, 2009
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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. ._.
Maikekai Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww he's cute and I love the texture to this.
dorobou18 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
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 :(
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
Insanity-Cell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
huh...reminds me of simon from gurren lagann...
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Cute little guy!
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.
linkluibymon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Interesting...thanks for the textured canvas tip! :thumbsup:
mortalartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Bloody love the style mate.. .
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