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Jeff Stokley's MOTU frieze by artmunki Jeff Stokley's MOTU frieze by artmunki
Wow, this was a challenge! Jeff hit me with a +fav on something a few weeks ago, which prompted me to check out his very impressive gallery. I told him if he ever fancied seeing my colours on something of his, I'd be more than happy to oblige. I had my eye on a couple of other simpler pieces, but he suggested this one ... and I'm ultimately glad he did. So much fun to colour! There are so many different, well-established light-sources in this image, but without too many heavily-rendered shadows, so I was free to play with some really solidly defined dynamic lighting. It took me a while to figure out what I was doing with it, but once I got going, it all just flowed so easily. I think I've also managed to use this to refine my working process a bit too - I kinda did the toning on this backwards to how I normally do things (gradients & effects, then rimlights, then toning), and I think it's worked out fairly well. Actually, if I'm being honest, I'm really quite proud of my colouring on this. Hope you guys like it too.

I definitely suggest full-view/download on this one, but it's probably wider than most screens. Totally worth it tho (I think).

Anyway, original lines [link] by :iconnoxious1:
colours by me :iconartmunki:
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:iconoareaso:
OareasO Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
I like the Flames light and evil-lyns staff!

Awesome work!
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Lucid-Element-Ent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
How much do you charge for colors? I may be interested.
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I actually have a commission sale on right now [link] but you'll have to be quick to catch it - the sale only runs til the end of the month, and you'll have to get the lines in before then to qualify for the sale. Whether you get in on time or not, the actual price will depend on what you want me to colour. Give me an idea, and I'll give you a ballpark.
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HAI-K-NAFO Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Mate this is just fantastic!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Yeah, probably still my own favourite too - which is why I have this is my wallpaper on my laptop.
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:iconjoewillsart:
JoeWillsArt Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Artist
NICE!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Thanks man!
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sauravs911 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
So many great characters ! n it looks fantastic !
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Thanks man, glad you like it. And enough to +fav it too - too kind!
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:iconoicemano:
oICEMANo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice! Ive been meaning to tackle this too. Oh if only I could freeze time...
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Well, I have to admit it's a bit daunting at the start, but if you can find the time I promise it'll be worth the effort. So much fun to colour! ^_^

Oh, and thanks for the +fav, man!
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:iconmiketheartist:
miketheartist Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This soooo rocks!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Thanks man! This is also a great example of how much fun you can have with the lighting if the penciller *hasn't* put in too much shadowing. I totally went to town on this one!
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miketheartist Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
True dat! I usually don't put a whole lot of line shading into my own work, just so I can have more room to play with the colors.
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:iconjuan7fernandez:
juan7fernandez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
NOW THIS IS TOTAL EPIC-NESS!!!!! great job man!!!!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Thanks man! I'm not usually the biggest fan of my own work, but I still come back to look at this one. Outdid myself a bit here - I think this is gonna be my personal 'one to beat' for quite a while!
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juan7fernandez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I know the feeling. Its the artist syndrome, we are never satisfied with what we put out there. Always on the look to outdo ourselves. But man you stuff rocks so I wouldn't worry about anything, except for KEEP KICKING ASS!!!!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
*pulls on big boots*

^_^
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Superman-1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Epic artwork, dude. Very true to the Mineternia era.
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artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Thanks man! I think Jeff, the guy who drew it, does actually do some work for Mattel, so credit for accuracy goes to him. If I managed to get the colours right .... well, that's probably as much a fluke as anything, really ^_^
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Gilgamesh-Scorpion Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW THAT"S AMAZING!!!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thanks man! Still quite proud of this one, so your comment & +fav are very much appreciated.
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Gilgamesh-Scorpion Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome man!
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Still awesome to come back to this piece and have another look! This is your pride and joy mate :D
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Aw, thanks man! And yup, you're totally right - this is easily the best colouring I've done. One of these days I'll do better tho ... just you wait & see! ^_^
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spidermanfan2099 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
... waiting :D
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Don't hold yer breath or nowt ;P
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:iconhaydenyale:
haydenyale Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Thanks man!
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ChaosAlexander Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist
ultra awesom!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
cheers matey!
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Crayola-madness Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boy! I dont even know where to start with this. First of all this takes me back to junior high school when the show was popular...showing my age now. but the lighting on this is crazy...how did you keep it from getting away from you. you got light sources pop n up all over this pic WoW! How many layers did you have on this bad boy. I love it man, you got some tutorials i could check out. I ask all the top dog colorist if they have tutorias so far very have any but they are always willing to share tips. I would love to manipulate light like you do...hint! Awsome pic!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I was kinda lucky with the lighting on this one - there were already loads of light-sources set out in the artwork (the only one I made up myself is the light behind Greyskull, which is there for a reason anyway), so I barely had to think about it. No matter what I was colouring, I could see exactly where the light was coming from, so I just had to put it in the right place. And I probably didn't use as many layers as you might think.
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Astrolad74 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I love the oppositional structure of this image - MOTU leds itself very well to that kind of balanced image. I think the colors are AWESOME. I love the illumination around the blade, very cool take on the sword powering up. I also love the light screaming out of Greyskull's mouth and Evil-Lynn's purple glow around her staff is quite nice too (anything that pulls focus to Evil-Lynn always make's me happy tho). I know you didn't do the lines, but I have to give priase tot hem too... I think the Buzz-Off VS. Webstor is a great choice and well executed. I like that Skeletor's Havoc Staff has been selected to counter the Power Sword visually. And Greyskull and Snake Mountain look fantastic. I think the inclusion of Skreech and Zoar are great choices as well. I would have loved to have seen Zodak VS. King Hiss in there too, but that's a personal preference rather than a critical note. All very well done.
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artmunki Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Well, you certainly sound like a fan! You're right tho, these lines were just amazing to work with. Such a great composition, and wonderful renderings of the characters. As for my own part, adding the glow to the sword was actually a bit of a last-minute thing (because I couldn't figure out what else to do with it!), but I'm glad it worked out so well. I tend not to do nearly as much glowy stuff in a single image, but the lines sorta demanded it, and I think all the glowing elements actually balance out fairly well.

Anyway, thanks for the detailed comment, and the +fav too. From such an obvious MOTU fan, that's praise indeed! ;D
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cdmalcolm Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:spyed:Love your colors man. My big wish is creating effects and creating Light sources. Again great picture.
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
hehe - now that's a seal of approval worth earning!
And thanks for the +fav too.
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Moebocop Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
one word....awesome......
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
That's a good word! ;D

Thanks man, and for the +fav too.
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Moebocop Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
welcome
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alexasrosa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The lights and color schemes are amazing!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Glad you like, and thanks for the +fav too. I've asked permission to post the flats, so fingers crossed! ^_^
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Kyle-Fast Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude you keep blowin mah minds. This one is exceptional.
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Hehe - thanks mate! ^_^
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:icontheevilman:
Theevilman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Awesome!
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Thanks man! And thanks for adding it to your collection too. ;D
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Eddy-Swan-Colors Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
fucking awesome man! you nailed this.
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Thanks chief!
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AndrewJHarmon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
You better be proud of this one ;)
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:iconartmunki:
artmunki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Hehe - thanks man, and for the +fav too.
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