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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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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist is essentially a hoverboard in the form of a stick horse.
This is too hilarious. :D
WaterBlad64 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Love this art. Lawrence himself looks pretty cool and I like the idea of that hover horse thing he has. The story behind it is also pretty neat, almost sounds like it could be expanded upon in a comic, TV show, video game, or movie.

Great job!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WaterBlad64 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
You're welcome!
Layoart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016   Digital Artist
davidrqgamer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome reminds me of Ragnarok Online style.
LadyAlexiaLastHope Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
He looks so cool.
VulpixTheLoner Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got here from TV Tropes, congratulations!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist 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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, found it; thanks!
TrentTheFox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
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!
magicloop2009 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Nice,my crtique more than perfect hard woker you are its a masterpice a centeriece and a work fo art from a real artistry
The-Nai Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
OH GAWD THE STUBBLE!!! *stroke stroke* Its sooooo hawt~~
King-X-Pen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student
ur rowing a boat?
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pixies-poke Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's interesting how you make all of your art in flash, I find that program very hard to use to get so much nice detail like that!
RaijinkenXIII Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Loving the art style!
Fish-with-a-Knife Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno, I think he still looks very western without a hat...
Flikkun Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Damn, this is sexy.
libbylu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Why, it's Roland!
DiseasedxDisciple Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see what you dark tower did thar.
GamefreakGuy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
hahahah mechanical horse... but cool gun
pixteca Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Very nice! Is that the Dark Tower in the back?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a dairy plant
iammred Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Defend-TheCookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
lolz, singing robo-horse! :dance:
icedragonenflamed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Am I the only one who played the notes in my head before anything else? o.O
LaBonbon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Again, I love your line art. So many different techniques to learn from and enjoy
spacingOUTasWEspeak Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
saw this picture a long time ago and liked it, then rediscovered it when i came across the picture of the Anchovy Knight and decided to check out more of your gallery. your artwork is awesome and i love the goofy stories behind all the characters, hahaha. :)
Geni-Tamerlaine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Do you roleplay with him?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zharkman Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
chuuu cant help but to be reminded of bt'x :p lol
Sammarinda Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
But that is not a poncho =P
I dont really care but Im pointing it out because Im that obssesive.

I want the horse with bluetooth please!
supamarioman Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
nice work!
VeraVersailles Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
I love your comments :) Sometimes I can't decide which I like better, the picture or the description you gave it. Compliments on both ends, you really manage to tie the absurdity of them together seamlessly :heart:
abrakastaBinyaZ Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
WOAH your amazing in flash
petraleao Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I just love the Wold West and your draw is AMAZING! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
bolt-for-home Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I love how much depth you include in all your pictures, and how every detail is accounted for. Hurrah for irreverence, and also the delightful linked picture.
nowicantlose Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Why would he need wheels if the friction is already eliminated?
Unless the spurs are motorized, but I don't see any thing that supports that.

I freakin' love that horse, by the way.
NekoNamiCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! I love this! I see how law enforcement could be a problem... :XD: :lmao:
Siberian-Christmas Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Aaahhh...! I didn't make it through all the comments. My eyes won't last that long.

I want you to know, something in me died when I saw this. Died. Laughing. He is one of those remarkable people who, despite their debatable competence in their work and dubious mental capacity, still manages to thrive and...fill the world with the ridiculous. We need more people like this.

I have a hover-hobby-horse, but it's not nearly so awesome. It's wooden. *sniff* And it doesn't sing. *sniffsniff* (And believe it or not, it looks even more ridiculous.) I have to say, the saddle is splendid. /I/ never had a saddle. They never bought /me/ a saddle.

He looks fine without a hat. A hat would only obscure the hair, which is equally splendid (I have a penchant for dark hair >.> ) and the not-so-long bangs fit his gung-ho personality to a 'T.'

Velcro = Win
Turtleneck in the desert = Double Win

Lawrence Brecker, man of the West, bringing strawberry justice to the good folk of Whoknowswhere. May his gun never jam (speaking of strawberries) and may his mother never cease to feed him.
melllic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
And as always your one page comics with explanation are awesome and very entertaining.
black9grant4cloud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
this looks so cool!
aseariel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
He is too cool. I can't look at this anymore. ._.
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