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Save Yourself. by tojisuzuhara Save Yourself. by tojisuzuhara
I started drawing this for Becky Cloonan (*stabstabstab) about a month ago, and the number of folds made me put it down before I'd really finished any of the details. But then I went to APE and met her. She had so much energy and excitement about comics and art that I started drawing this again right at the con during a panel for Flight.

A few weeks ago, when I was in Australia, I picked up some really choice Faber-Castell inking pens, and I inked this with those exclusively. They're really quite amazing when they work. So yesterday, Becky was doing a Tokyopop signing in LA and I was able to give it to her in person. I promised her colors, and here they are! Quite timely, too, considering it's Easter!

Anyway, this is Adam Chamberlain, the main character of American Virgin (go there and download the preview PDF! It's free!), a comic written by Steven T. Seagle and drawn by Becky Cloonan (the first three issues having covers by Frank Quitely! <3) about a youth minister named Adam Chamberlain who preaches abstinence until something happens to the only woman he can ever be with! I really recommend it to anyone. The story's tense, and the art is, not surprisingly, quite amazing, and all of Adam's little transgressions are so much fun to watch (especially if you want him to come over to the other side of the "moral" fence!).

Anyway, ROCK:


Oh yeah, Fullview or I'll hate you forever. <3

Edit on April 19, 2006: Color retool! Gradients are fun for the whole family.
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:iconamibloodangel:
amibloodangel Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
So... What is this exactly? Psuedo-Yaoi for Christians?
(joking, of course)
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the Trinity is an eternal threesome. Those Christians are kinky.
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amibloodangel Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Lol, Well, i was raised Jewish, currently Athiest, So... lol. One thing I love about my former faith and christians is that some of the biblical heroes turned out to be fucking nuts. Like Joshua killing everyone in Jerhico. lol.
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heysawbones Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Somehow I knew that you read this comic.
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:icontojisuzuhara:
tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, is it that obvious?
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SashaArcain Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
That is my goal 0_o
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PulseMap Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
thats awesome...
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:iconfreeing-liberty:
freeing-liberty Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006   Writer
Great job on this.
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:iconaimo:
aimo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
I really love your take on Adam, very lively lines and colours! Let's see how long he can walk the line ^_^
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matsunoki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, tis was inked?. :omg: Zeamazing! Can you please share what type of Faber-Castell inking material used for this one? *paranoid*
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I used a TG1 S 0.13 pen for the fine lines, and a TG1 S 0.50 pen for filling in the thicker lines. Metal-tipped inking pens used in drafting by engineers and the like. They're really, really nice when they aren't acting up.
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emstone Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
This rocks... and thank you for the watch :) :)
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mattious Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
This'll probably get buried under the other comments, but I wanted to commend you on this one, after blasting you on the Green Lantern piece. (which I still liked!) You said you drew this after a fresh dose of enthusiasm, and it shows. The folds are beautiful- you really captured the puffiness of the cargo pants,and the weight of the fabric. The pockets look great, everything is in proportion, the composition is thematically significant, and the lighting doesn't seem like it's coming from nowhere. The pose is great, I love the subtle foreshortening on the arms, and you even managed to get in a reference to Becky's style in in the way you did the eyes. Pat yourself on the back, this is great.

-Matt
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I've still got a lot to learn about everything, but it's all practice at this point so thanks for looking at my illustrations wtih critical eyes. It really helps and I appreciate it a lot.
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mattious Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
It's obvious that you're really gifted and lacking only in practice. If you're of the mind for it, feel welcome to point out any shartcomings you see in my work, technical or general. Sometimes I haven't noticed stuff, and I can not do it anymore if someone brings it to my attention.

I had a few good teachers and classmates in school, and I'll miss such ready access to regular, brutal critique. Brutal in the generous, good-spirited, trying-to-help way, of course. But new-asshole tearing nonetheless.

Will you be at either SPX or the Stumptown Comics Fest this fall? I might see you around.

-Matt
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll make sure to give you some tough crits whenever you post!

Sadly, though, I probably won't be at either of those this year. They're too far away for me to be able to afford it. I will be at the next APE, though.
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poop-mouth Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
aaaaaauuuuhhhhh american virgin &hearts; this is uhhh basically my life forever
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Klyph Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Love the background in contrast with the subject. Nicely done!
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debingth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006
Oo i recently bought Demo and the 1st vol of East coast rising... can't seem to find american virgin in the local stores tho. Must look more! Great strong lineart, i like how you did the solid colours. :D
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
There have only been three issues of American Virgin so far, so it might be a while before the trade comes out if you're going that route.
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kitton Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. The hands are strong in this... I really like the clothing folds and his outfit design. Also, I really like your attention to detail in all of the folds in this :3 The yellow and black cross in the background works so well with the pose.... nice work!
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Jandruff Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
This is UNBELIEVABLY cool. It exudes cool.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner May 4, 2006
This is great! O.O I really like the lighting on this one.
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner May 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Haku. I basically kept taking screenshots to get up-to-the-hour crits from one of my good colory friends. I would've died without her help!
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sin-claire Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
ah! O____O amazing! I really love the clean illustration, his pose and expression, the cel colors... the lighting is so realistic! *envy*
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beckycloonan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Professional
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! :faint: :ambulance:

:heart::flame::heart:
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:icontojisuzuhara:
tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no! I've killed you!
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beckycloonan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Professional
death by art, so awesome T_T
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wind-box Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
Really liking the lighting :]
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emoxic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
gradients for the win! but seriously, it would totally be way cool with suggestions of headtransplants. you know it, deep down inside.
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:icontojisuzuhara:
tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, head transpants are cool and all, but they're kind of disfiguring.
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:iconemoxic:
emoxic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
but think of the layers of meaning!
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missveryvery Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
i jsut read the first issue last friday! this is such a great picture, i think it's my favorite by you so far! i really love how you draw eyes and that great inking style!
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red-monkey Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Totally awesome man, love the whole flow of the lines. I really dig that comic too btw, good stuff, though it's weird to see Beckys art in color.
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Xirmatul Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Looks good! Love the shading!
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puncturedscrotum Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
you were in australia?
wheree??
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Busselton. It was pretty sweet having to travel another 3 hours South of Perth after traveling for a million already. Ah well. Instead of stopping over in goats-ville Auckland or Sydney, we stopped over in Melbourne between LA and Perth. It was a family trip, unfortunately, so I didn't get a say in where we went. I totally need to go one time and get to have the option to go to Sydney, Brisbane, or Cairns (so I can complete the universe by being in my last name city). Maybe I'll get Brisbane way next time.

Also, Corey Lewis was at the signing yesterday and I was kicking myself for not having Sharknife fanart to give him in person.
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nastenka Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
Man, the face is killer, such a soulful look, and you really pulled off the lighting from below. Totally aces.
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Not without help every step of the way! Thanks so much! <3 <3
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hezaa Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
Oh, I nearly picked up that comic, but the comic store near me blows donkeys. (am I the only atheist who abstains due to pickiness?) Anyway! this piece is sweet! His expression is great.
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
You are not! I'm totally in that boat.

Did the store run out or something? You need this book to live! The art's so good!
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hezaa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
No, the store had a ten dollar minimum on card purchases, and I only had 8 bucks of goods I wanted. (I went in there wanting to spend more.) So I didn't get anything, and left!
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Seroiusly? They must turn away so much business with that policy. Sometimes it just seems that people hate money.
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shilane Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
OMIGOD, ADAM I LOVE YOU~ MEET BE BEHIND THE GYM AFTER SCHOOL! ~fangirl ravings~
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