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Western Brave by JohnSu Western Brave by JohnSu
This is Lawrence Brecker, an officer / sign painter (he does not get paid well) for a mid-sized town somewhere in the uh, west. He lives in his office at his station, with his bed situated just above his desk. His mom makes fun of him, but he is grateful that she still sends him food even though he is 30.

The thing he is holding in this picture is his Horse. It has zero horsepower. Its main function is to reduce travel friction by floating off the ground while the driver and passengers push along with their legs. So yes, it is essentially a hoverboard in the form of a stick horse. It hovers passively by some sort of magical imagination, and originally belonged to a friend who used to cart ice cream around town with it. In order to attract customers, the horse head plays musical tunes while it moves.

This makes law enforcement a little awkward.

I had not drawn a dude for a while, and I had not drawn a Western pic for even longer (my memory tell me it has been approximately never), so Lawrence here meets both quotas. Designing him was kind of fun, and at the same time a challenge.

I struggled a bit with his hair. Originally his bangs were longer, but I felt it was a bit I said to myself, "Don't be such a thoughtless artist, relying on some sort of formula that says Long Hair = Cool." So I cut his bangs a little shorter and gave him a ponytail. Oh I am genus.

His poncho combines with his sideburns to make him moar manly. Also, it is inspired by a little girl's poncho.

He also has no hat. My brother says that kind of defeats the whole purpose of a Western, and I guess he's kind of right. But I don't like how a hat looks on him, so I am going to say that all he can find are lady hats.

Made in Flash

EDIT: I'm going to answer a couple of the more frequently asked questions here:

1) Why not put a hat on a string around his neck?
- I'm not going to give him a hat if I don't like how it'll look on him, even if he's not wearing it at the moment.

2) Why does he have spurs on his gloves?
- So he can put his elbows on the ground and use them like tiny wheels.

3) I like his zipper
- That is his officer's tag. And his shirt uses Velcro.

4) What are those things in the background?
- Those are ice cream base stations. Ice cream is pivotal to the West's economy.
- Or they might be clouds, depending on what you're talking about.
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Lowrance (That's his name,right?): I think you did a great job on him and cutting his bangs shorter was a wise choice. I also like the stubble he's going on there. The color scheme you made for him is great! It gives him a western feel, so you don't really need the hat. The folds in the clothing are gorgeous along with the shading and lighting of the folds! I also think you did a really nice job on the gun too, they can be tricky.

I love his hoverhorse! A very original idea. I think you did very well on the lighting and shading and the design is pretty cool so I give you thumbs up there.

Background: The background is beautiful, you picked out the right colors to show that it was a desert environment having warm colors in the front and cool colors in the back. The way you put shadows on the clouds is amazing too!

Over all I really like this piece and I think you did a fantastic job!
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Wow! I absolutely love this piece.

The folds and lighting looks totally natural, though in some places the folds and wrinkles look a little overdone or unnatural(say, for example, his left arm is overdone a tad, and his left shoulder confuses me just a little, the way it folds and lies on his arm) But that's a minor flaw, and probably the only one I could ever find.

You've pulled off the "warm" look very well, and the sandy colors really draw me in. I can almost feel the hot sun.

The horse, I think, is both a clever idea, and a really nice twist. It, as well as the large forms in back, give it a nice touch as well as a new storyline that the audience can think about.

God, I love your designs so much. The ponytail/shorter bangs idea was a good one, as well as adding in sideburns. He looks tough, alright.

I don't have much else to say except that I love this piece. Great job!
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VulpixTheLoner Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got here from TV Tropes, congratulations!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ooo! Neat! What article?
VulpixTheLoner Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's under "Weird West", though "Cattle Punk" might be more fitting.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, found it; thanks!
TrentTheFox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Hot damn this is awesome!
RmacDhai Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Awesome! This made my day. I'd love a poster of it with your commentary included, because that really completes and compliments the image. So funny. THANK YOU FOR THE FUNNY!
LMonster2 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this piece. It is very awesome. I love the feeling that I get from it. It is so energetic and I thought that it was really fun to watch. The music notes coming from seems to be a flying broom of some sort. The gun and his shawl that seems to have a cross on it. I also really love the background. It is very neat.
Garoniel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a big stuff really! (specifically i love your essential coloring)
solo-ion Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Hmmm... a hover horse.

Well, it's more classy than bangin' two 'alf coconuts together.

sashan-chan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I love his horse, even if it has no real purpose other than looking cool!
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