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Blazing Waters by JohnSu Blazing Waters by JohnSu
Moyashi Taiyou was kicked out of the sky by his father, The Sun, for being useless and taking up space. "There's no room for slackers up here! Go down there and make yourself useful or get a job!" "YO, I'VE GOT A JOB, OLD MAN," Moyashi retorted. "And it's doing THIS," and he combed his mighty pompadour and swung it towards the lady stars and they twinkled back at him. This just made his dad angrier, though, so he got shot down into the sea in a blazing fireball.

He lay there sizzling the ocean for 3 days, giving The Sun the double birds whenever he passed by. On the fourth day, he was approached by the mermaid captain Tamamo Utsu who was investigating the column of steam. She shot him a couple of times to see what would happen, and when he didn't die (he got very hurt and angry, though) she decided to stop shooting him and listen to his tale. After getting the story, she chided him for being an ass, but then extended a job offer to him to be a commissioned Beat Up Guy: he could join her on her patrols and Beat Up anybody who was causing trouble! He was like "Why would I do that?" and she was like "Beat Up Guys are pretty popular with the sea ladies," and her crew nodded emphatically, so

YO HO, YOU'D BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THE SUN OF THE SEA


Sketched in Flash CS4
Illustrated in CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX

I really like to draw fire people, I guess
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:iconpeaniko:
Peaniko Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure which I love more, your art or the wonderful whimsical backstories for each of the pieces.
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Mo0nstarus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For a moment, I thought this was the beginning of an actual comic in the works :'D Haha, it's all good though! The story just sounds so fun and interesting, and coupled with these amazing character designs, I would totally read/watch it in a heartbeat XD
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ShinigamiRyuku Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017
Fantastic colors!
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Fire kids these days... No respect!
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:iconbloodmaker:
bloodmaker Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
You have such a talent for coming up with interesting characters and ideas. :)
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OceanMinusSalt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
The designs for just these two characters are awesome enough, but the pitch you gave pretty much has me hooked. If things allow for it, I'd love to see more of this story in the future!

...Any chance we'll see The Sun and/or the rest of the mermaid captain's crew soon?
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DubiousTemp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Your descriptions actually make me laugh out loud Giggle 
It's come to the point where I look forward to them just as much as I look forward to your art!
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Nintenfan81 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
JohnSu, I just want you to know that I love you, and you are pretty much the only reason I visit DeviantArt anymore.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! Thanks for this honor! :bow:
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:icongatewayev910:
gatewayev910 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
pretty much? why not only?
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:iconnintenfan81:
Nintenfan81 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
4/5 times I come for JohnSu, 1/5 it's the other... 1,400 pieces of art in my inbox.
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:iconemzy8706:
Emzy8706 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
England (Laughing) [V3]  you are brilliant! I would so watch/read this
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:iconfiery25123:
FIERY25123 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017   Digital Artist
Fire people are pretty sweet.
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:iconrandommode:
Randommode Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I love the coloring style you used here 
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:iconpuddingvalkyrie:
PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, as always. I love it X3
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crazy4anime09 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome!!! I love their poses and facial expressions! I also love the story too! :love: fav ^^
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:iconalansteenhouwer:
AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
...He then jumped on board, and promptly burned the whole ship down.
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BridgeFireComics Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
These short stories are incredible as always.
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:iconpikazilla1956:
Pikazilla1956 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
I wanna see more of this ghost-pirate-waifu
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh damn, a ghost pirate would have been cooler.

Missed opportunity!
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:iconpikazilla1956:
Pikazilla1956 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
Just make her a Wako Pirate: that way she's still japanese
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:icongusindor:
Gusindor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student General Artist
That sounds like a really fun story! I would totally watch/read it, or even better play it as a beat-em-up game!
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Talon-pb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
What come first. The image or the story? Or do they both build off of each other until you have a finished project?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The image comes first! Sometimes I'll think a bit about the story while I'm drawing it, but it's very vague at that point and only to help guide the themes (e.g., "this guy will be related to the sun"). I don't flesh it out until after I'm ready to upload the work!
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Alugee Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
I love you johnsu
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:iconfusionbolt27:
FusionBolt27 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd watch it.
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GHENGIZZ Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would honestly make a pretty cool shonen series.
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
This is quite nice
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:iconglowworm56:
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Oh this is awesome.
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
this looks awesome
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:iconadhadh:
ADHadh Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student Filmographer
Pitch this to some studio, I wanna watch that.
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:iconsaber-cow:
Saber-Cow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone needs to offer him a deal to make a show involving all of his quirky characters. There's so many good ones.
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HunterGresham Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Your art is very bitter sweet.

On one hand, it's amazing. One the other hand, I really want it to be a show.
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:iconfantasyrebirth96:
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Ah man this does look amazing no joke^^ Please keep going your doing great~
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:icontukoo-tukoo:
Tukoo-Tukoo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
WOAH IS THAT BANJO MASK?!!
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santoslucas Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Looks like shaman king.
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BeadGCF17 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"why would i want to do that" "the ladies. also why are you not more excited about punching things"
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Another fantastic art piece and amazing story description, 8D!
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poiuytrewq232 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THis is great, I definitely dig the energy.
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Cat-with-glasses Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Pff's This is hilarious XD
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:iconjustplainani:
JustPlainAni Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luffy, your on fire!
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:iconludedwolf:
LudedWolf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Will this be a Manga or a novel?
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:iconludedwolf:
LudedWolf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Nice!!!!!
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:iconjjuliuz:
jjuliuz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Kickass!!
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:icondollwoman:
Dollwoman Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant really!
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:iconrakugaki-otoko:
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! its like anime!
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Chaz-Anime Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting story thought of here. Opposites in elements (one literal) helping each other, journeying to fight many opponents or stop them from blocking certain goals, with the lead fighter limited with the waters surrounding him. This could develop quite well and vividly, and would be a story I'd like to read about.

But here, we're talking about what's on showcase. The character designs are colourful, clear and full of character. The colours and shading are at a very professional level, very much into the shonen style art. The background is well thought of, as a simplistic design that doesn't take away from the main focus (the characters) and it brings the needed character of the style the audience will connect with.
Poses are dynamic for Taityou and cool for Utsu, fitting for what I'd believe to be their characters. That fire-fuelled pompadour and other body parts show a nice abstract look for Sun's son, and you made orange and green look very nice together. Similar can be said for the mermaid, with the cool wavy hair, but the colours are bold, yet not intrusive. (And with those ears, she must be a wise sea urchin.)

+fav-ed this - I'd hope to see more of this, and wish you the best when it comes to future projects.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw shucks, thanks for writing this all out, Chaz! I really appreciate the time you took to go into such detail.
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ToxieMoxie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
I really want this to be a comic now. O: I'm so intrigued and it's unlike any other story I've ever heard. 
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invisible-chan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
I love this fire-type yanki. I'm a little surprised the appeal of beating people up for the sake of it wasn't a good draw on its own.
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