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Moving Forward by JohnSu Moving Forward by JohnSu
Moving Forward
feat. Mai Suzume and her master, Mr. Salzedo

Mai is a handler by trade: she installs handles onto things and makes them better. Weapons, doors, cups, people, you name it. BAM! Handle. Better.

Mr. Salzedo is a small old man. He is Mai's master and father figure, having taken her in from the streets and teaching her the fine art of handling.

Bermuda is their fish. He was born in bucket by the sea to a mermaid/walrus couple. For years he thrived under their loving care, until a violent tide separated him from his family.

Bermuda wandered the coastline for months until he was captured by a hungry beach bear. Almost died, then and there. Fortunately, he was saved by a passing ranger who had been looking to settle a score with the sandy ursine. At the duel's conclusion, the ranger took Bermuda back home with him to surprise his wife - and surprise her he did!

She was deathly afraid of fish, and threw him out the window within the moment. Mr. Salzedo had been overseeing Mai's work on the ranger's carpet, and took notice of the flying fish. The old master leapt out the window and caught the fish within his wrinkled maw before the gulls could have their fill.

When their work was good and done, the handler and his apprentice returned to their lodging and housed Bermuda in a bowl they had fashioned from a hat and a jug. There Bermuda enjoyed the rich long life of a handler's fish until old age and hedonism claimed his life.

Moving forward, Mai and Salzedo take their beloved Bermuda out to sea to bury him where he was born (which would arguably be a bucket, but they don't know that).

Oh yeah, also they live in a kingdom built on the back of a giant golem. That's that thing you see in the back.



The experiment here was in using a bright, psychedelic palette (inspired by Egoraptor's "pinks and yellows"). It was fun, although very unnatural for the me who likes dusty browns and cool greys. It was a good stretch, though, and I would like to try more of this stuff in the future.

The other experiment was to try shoujo eyes. Aria taught me that shoujo eyes can look pretty nice, too.

Epilogue here: [link]

Made in Flash
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wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i know not if you planned the description, nor if it was magicked up on the spot, but may i say.... :icongudjobplz:
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A majority of the descriptions are just afterthoughts! Rarely are they planned in advance.
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wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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magic~

you are really good at that!
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MaryHalley Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know nothing of these anime characters, nor am I interested in the anime culture, but I find your use of lighting and angles absolutely wonderful and refreshing!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I shall try to emphasize those more.
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AbeEscape Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
AMAZING!!! I rarely see people make art this good on flash! did u do everything with flash including the bg or was the bg done in Photoshop
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
All in Flash!
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:iconabeescape:
AbeEscape Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I am very curiuos, how come you use flash for most of your art? It is very fascinating and inspiring.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like it because it's very easy to manipulate shapes and strokes in, and the grouping system is very fast to move about in compared to layers.
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AbeEscape Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
What number and color do you put your brush smoothness in flash when outlining?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My brush is usually at smoothness:40, 2nd smallest brush size.
Color is typically a darkish brown, painted into a MovieClip with Blending:Multiply
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jiyu-ni Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! :D
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EmperorAtma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freaking BADASS colors! Really impressive!
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SHAKII-SHII Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Ho win the world do you make this stuff in flash? @ - @ fff
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:iconphenoca:
Phenoca Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Shouldn't the short one have the shovel?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
His hands are full
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meixeith Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The other day, I saw a handle-less shovel lying around. This picture was the second thing I thought of.
(The first thing I thought was, "Is the janitor trying to dig through the roof of the school or something?" but that's beside the point.)
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chibimoon Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
This may have been asked already but...
Do they even make love handles? :laughing:

Still loving your art and stories!
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PensivePisces Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
okay, nice.
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frozenwilderness Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
troll husband goes well with troll story goes well with troll picture
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
R.I.P. Bermuda (sniff).
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Tiger-Of-The-Tundra Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
You made me cry for a fish..... I am in awe of your artistic and storytelling skills.
The scene is beautifully dramatic, though!! So much tension...
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:iconwings33:
wings33 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Your mind. Your mind is an enigma, and it does things I cannot fathom.
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AtticusBlackwolf Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I love the picture and your story made me laugh really hard!
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Luna-Rai Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you do your backgrounds so well ? i suck at backgrounds . lol ^.^'
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Ikura12 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Is it just me,or does it looks like a movie scene?
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Tenri Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Writer
Colours! *_*
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animajunki123 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
half the fun in your work is to come along and read the story that goes with it! you should be a philosopher...
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Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
:wave: Hello! I’m here to let you know that this deviation has been featured in the news article Manga/Anime Monthly Features Vol. 31! Please be sure to check out and :+fav: the article, as well as support the other artists that were featured!
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, thanks!
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zetsubou-kiira Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Your art is my inspiration
/flies away
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Willowsong101 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's just amazing <3
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Zinfer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL! i love how the story centers around the most normal thing in the story! the fish XD
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Zanjitsu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think Bermuda looks dashing here, don't you?
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice story here...quite unique....and to have a story about going somewhere for the sake of a fallen friend...makes this piece even more great.....Mai's decided face is the best....
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Dmandrsn Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student
Has anyone ever told you that your stories seem like studio Ghibli's wet dreams? XD
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
today is the first!
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GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
haha the story for this one is so great x3

I love the golem
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ShadowsAndLight Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Your storylines always amuse the hell out of me 8'D
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Valkyrie-5 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Poor Bermuda, at least he lived a full life with little regrets.
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ComplicatedAndSimple Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Artist
Aaahaha. I saw your shovel handle comment and laughed. Then I looked back at the monkey grandpa and now know... Those are just sword handles. Then laughed again.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you have a keen eye; have you considered handling?
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ComplicatedAndSimple Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Artist
Oh... I'm not sure I could handle it...
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Hidden-Member-Ruise Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Yesss, a good long story. Rest in peace Bermuda! T_T
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Amata-Damita Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The fish had a more exciting life than I could ever hope to achieve. D:
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Great
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TheTEKnician Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
At first, I thought those were walls of water and I'm like: "MOSES? WHAAT?" Now i realize that is the sides of the dirt path. Silly me...
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invisible-chan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Ahhh, wow, I really do love your colour experimentation here. It looks great. I do rather wonder how the golem feels about the two living on his back. Actually, since its a kingdom, I take it that the populace is more than just those two.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
there's a lot of poor people
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vmetalbr Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
trully of all ppl I follow on deviantart your work amazes me the most.
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