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A shot from my independent animated short film lol nope.
"Featuring a production cel of Bucker Roo with an original background".

Background music: A modern take on film noir music

Inspired by: [link]

A shout-out to classic cartoons from "Golden Age of Animation" and film noir from MGM Studios
...and of course, "LA NOIRE"

Lens flare effect done in Paint Tool SAI using "Screen" layer
BG and
Bucker Roo done by :iconskitsophreninc: (me)
with Paint Tool SAI using custom crayon brush, paintbrush, blur and airbrush

EDIT: Fixed the perspective in the muzzle :la:

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Mind if I do a critique for you? :D
Ok so first, I love the scenery! It's not too crammed, so it doesn't take the attention from the character, yet it's not too dim! I like how you did the black and white, but the lamp is shining a small amount of color! That's just cool!
The only thing bothering me (and this is my opinion) is the way his whole head is tilted down, yet his nose is still facing towards the screen in a head-on position... It may sound a little picky, but I like it when characters look just right...
Anyway, I love the character, and the idea! All in all, Awesome! :D
What do you think?
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6 out of 6 deviants thought this was fair.

This is really great! I'm lovin' this a LOT.
Ok, Bucker Roo looks really nice in this one. He's very nice to look at and it looks well with the composition. Nice job on him.
The background is very nice and so is the black n white,
I only have 2 complaints with it. One is the light from Bucker's lower left. I understand the lamp having it(with good color btw), but not on there. Also, the backgrounds look like they were pasted from other pieces that you did, but that's just a nitpick. So, all in all, I love the piece, and I feel like its one of your best. Great job!
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7imothyC Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
It's the guy that kicked the little wolf into next Wedensday!!!
whispywizbee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the perspective on that building a lot.
sneep29 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist
I always like the way this character is drawn.
wangqr Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
love ur cartoon style :XD: this is so cute to look at~
SKITS--O Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   Filmographer
Gee whiz! 'Ya think so? :lol:
Haha, aww shucks. Thank 'yewww! c:
Dragon-DoomLord Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
He's so gonna investigate all those mean crimes!
heyitsmyles Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I didn't get to this sooner, man. Things got real heavy around my end. Anyway, THIS IS FANTASTIC! And those effects, just great stuff! The angle is quite something too; not only does it look great from Roo's perspective but I noticed the building in the background. The angle you chose and how you drew the interior was something I didn't notice my first look. Nice touch~
s-TV15 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Wow, this picture is so amazing! It's like... algnlkrngaljeg... I'm sorry, that wasn't exactly constructive but holy hobo this is crazy. The only complaint I have is that the lens flares look really conspicuous because everything else is black and white and I'd say that in general, old film doesn't produce those artifacts but I'm assuming that that was just a stylistic decision (because it's pretty hard to accidentally insert a lens flare, especially considering that you outlined how you did it). But heck, good work. I would envy you but that's just stupid, I'm just too lazy to do anything productive, nun-o-dat natural talent bullshoes.
SKITS--O Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Filmographer
GOOD GRACIOUS, I forgot 'ta reply to you-- and you replied months ago! :o
Super sorry...! Then again, I must've forgot to mention I had exams during that month. :T

Now if dA had some way of linking other people's comments. Welp, er here 'ya go. [link] (just look for it :<)

You're right about old films and the lack of lens flares. I think you know this, but effects like those were considered amateur, or unappealing by producers back then. (I said producers, 'cause most directors lacked creative control over elements like that; on an unrelated note, the Hays Code is another).

I think I should have mentioned this is a 'neo-noir' styled artwork... though, I did mention "a shout-out to", not "tribute".

Pssh, and who else but you says you've got nun-o-dat talent bullshoes? I mean your duck animation is smooth-- it's PERFECT. So far, I couldn't animate something that smooth. Plus, you're on the right track for understanding appeal and "construction".

I'll tell 'ya what, to help you better yourself-- I mean you can already do THAT-- here's a site that could teach you perspective drawing, appealing design, good colors, drawing amazing BGs, and how to draw like the masters of the "Golden Age of Animation". It's an animation school for free. (And thanks to this site, I could do stuff like this and I only started drawing back at August/Oct. LAST YEAR).
[link] <= GO HERE

Like others have said:
"Good luck on your future endeavors"! :lol:
s-TV15 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Woah, it's alright; I wasn't really expecting a reply. Yeah, I know what you mean though, it's just a general homage as opposed to an emulation of film noir. The thing is, with the duck animation, the individual drawings aren't very good at all; I specifically made it out of really basic shapes. It's only smooth because of lots of frame-by-frame interpolation, if you just do heaps of inbetweening using onion skinning, eventually it becomes smooth. Thanks for the encouragement though, it means a lot to me. I'll be sure to check out that link.
CapnMeli Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
WOW WOW ! This is ur best drawing ever..You don't have to explain nothing..Everyone can see that you are very talented.
This is like a ride across the past and the good-times of cartoon :3
Good Job!
DanteVasquez Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, I love how the colour SEEPS THROUGH the monochrome in little glares of light.
The buildings contrasted by the sky give this weird, cozy feeling, like blinds over a window, giving you the expectation there's more out there.

I can almost hear his inner monologue

Love this ^_^
Krodius Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
Okay even if this is in monochrome, this still is probably one of the best of your art. I feel however that the lens flare wasn't really that necessary, but I think it does make the image "stand-out" a little more.
Neconuki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woot, look at those lights. :U

Nicely done. owo
KayceeMuffins Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty darn cool :)
PurpleQuasar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
I kind of like it! :toast:
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