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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:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A majority of the descriptions are just afterthoughts! Rarely are they planned in advance.
wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

you are really good at that!
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!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I shall try to emphasize those more.
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
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
All in Flash!
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.
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.
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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