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The black sheep by DiegoTripodi The black sheep by DiegoTripodi
Cover for a comic that I'm drawing and writing, which will debut at SPX 2013.

Published by MB37 and available for preorder here.

A former samurai called Otoku, now a family man, is forced to pick up his sword after many years, when a menace from his past shows up at his farm...
40 pages, black and white.

It's my attempt at making an spaghetti western, with samurais though. :D I'll post some pages soon.
Brush, pen and ink, with photoshop colors.
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AdazedRainbow Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student
Love your style! It feels almost like a woodcut or printmaking~! Very lovely attention to detail :love:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Thanks so much! :) Many of the stain effects and such that I try putting into my drawings are borrowed or inspired from printmaking, and you are the first one to say that, so good eye! :D ;) Thank you!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
This one got by me earlier, thanks for linking to it.  Beautiful work :iconblackheartplz:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
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izitmee Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
I need to get used again to comment on dA, so I'll just say WAH!!! And also, THIS COVER IS FANTASTIC! Design-wise, style-wise, color-wise... WAH!!!!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
:lmao: Thanks a lot, my friend! I just realize that I actually use the "(insert word here)-wise" suffix a lot-- need to expand my vocabulary! :D
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FatherStone Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wow. I love the colours and the power of this image. Quiet before the storm. The logo its very cool too. Very well done, Diego.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thanks a lot, Matteo! It took a bit of experimenting with the coloring for this cover. I had shown some variants to a few friends, and this one (the simplest of the batch) seemed to be the most effective, so I went for it. :)
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FatherStone Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Effective indeed, Diego. And have a unique elegance in composition which is very "japanese", so it works perfectly for this setting.
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lordnecro Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
los colores y los personajes quedaron muy buenos saludos.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Muchas gracias, Lord, me alegro! Saludos! :wave:
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1upNimrod Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Glorious striking cover! You are a true genius of composition Diego, did you study graphic design or something in that direction? It just looks like you spend some time with typography and brands on a professional level. The logo is the coolest thing ever, lined with rock'n'roll-desert-dusty-samurai-blood, so good!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Wow, you made my day, man! :D Supercool you dig the logo, especially since you rule at that type of stuff-- I did a few sketches for it, and since I had to deliver the cover to start promoting the comic online, I went directly with the rough, no time to polish it! :ashamed: Glad you think it works! :phew: This guy has a great eye for the logos design stuff: ~RalphNiese

Thanks a lot for the nice words about the composition, I haven't studied graphic design (though I love design in general). I had a teacher in school who once gave us these photocopies about visual composition, and that really made an impact on me, I had posted a link to that a few years ago: diegotripodi.deviantart.com/jo…

For many works I usually stick to this simple grid, where you divide your work area (whatever the size) into 9 panels: www.photographymad.com/files/i… and then try to compose in a way that hopefully makes the viewer's eye travel through the whole pic (at least in theory :D).
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1upNimrod Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
No need to polish it up, it is perfect already man!

oh yeah I'm familiar with Mr. Niese, he's one of the 3 fellow Krauts I use to watch here^^ when I look geographically at my watchlist then Scandinavia is on top, followed close by Belgium and South America. Hm, I suppose this means I live on the wrong part of this planet :(

I had a great book for ink and fineline arts once, I think it was published somewhere in the early 70s (landscape format and blue/black cover), including visual composition and all possible drawing technics. I wish I could remember its name, it was really good, something I would recommend for everyone who wants to go into inking. I had no teacher who was able to taught me anything and I've been through at least 7 differnt schools ( sad but true :horns: :D ). I don't regret it, it is way more fascinating to discover it all right now, in a more grown up part of my life.

I never heard of that 9 panel tactic, I knew the golden ratio rule and stuff but this is something new, awesome thanks!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
If I remember well, I think I'm not following anyone from Scandinavia that I know of, but now I'm curious about what artists over there are working on! Is there any particular gallery that caught your eye? I'd like checking that out!

I think that actually happens a lot! It certainly happened to me as well, that I would be more interested in stuff produced in other parts of the world. Not on purpose, but I realized it was like that. I'm not quite sure why this happens, but talking with people from differents walks of life, I get the feeling this is pretty usual. :nod: In a way, though, I think it's natural that this tends to happen, as the places and cultures we grow in are most likely to shape us in some ways... good thing is that becoming aware of this, we are on the path to start changing it if we want to, I think. ;)

That book sounds super interesting, man! If you remember its name, please let me know! :D Were these 7 schools that you went through art schools, or just regular schools? In any case, I think it's wiser to do as you say: no regrets, better (and healthier, I'd dare to say), to move on! :) Agreed completely about discovering stuff as we grow up-- I think it helps us keeping a sense of wonder and excitement.

That 9 panel tactic is what they call "rule of thirds", and they use it a lot in photography-- caveman that I am, and possibly because having been writing, drawing and breathing comics for the whole month, I've referred to it as panels. :lmao: Anyway, I think it's a good and relatively easy way to start analizing the way we structure an image (at least it's been helpful for me).
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1upNimrod Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
 :iconasidisa:    :icon-fenrir-:    :iconv-l-a-d-i-m-i-r:

and of course:  :iconmikkelsommer: I met him once, a really great guy too!

Well said brother, absolutely agree! I just realized that I stood way to long at the same place, 6 years in Berlin, that's record for me. I always wanted to travel the U.S by jumping on trains like those legendary hobos do. There's a great sub-cultural documentary called "Who is Bozo Texino?" It's about hobo and railworker graffiti and guys who just travel that way, shot over a 16-year
period. Here's a trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgSRiJ…

That book, I'll find it again and tell you about it, promise! Those schools were regular, like the guy in the trailer I had some problems with authority, so, I had to change them quite a lot. I never made it to high level but the university gave me a chance to study art anyway. But I blew it after 3 or 4 months, that's why I end up as a cheap barkeep^^

9 panel tatics sounds cooler to me, I leave it that way :D 
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Hey man, apologies for the delay in replying-- been working slave-mode in my comic (deadline hell), and lost track of time... :faint: Wow, those are some great galleries! I knew :iconmikkelsommer: 's work for quite a long time (I had him in my watch list already), but strangely, I had no idea where he was from. :iconasidisa:'s works are fantastic, in a way it brought to my mind some of Joann Sfar's comics, which is a style I really like-- very inspiring stuff!

The trailer for "Who is Bozo Texino?" looks great! I didn't know that movie at all, but found it online soon after reading your message. ;) Haven't had the time to watch it yet, but from the few I've seen it looks very interesting, and I'll make sure to watch it soon. Travelling the US on trains automatically brought to mind Jack Kerouac's books, have you read those? I think you might like them (especially "On the road").

Did you always live in Germany, or in another countries as well? I get the impression you've been around many places. Authority/schools: yep, not a fan either. I'm 30, so I'm glad those school years are over and left behind. "So long!" :D High level education: I don't have any degrees either. I suggest when signing stuff, to preface our names with the word "doctor" or "engineer", and voilá, we can save us the trouble of going to school! =P
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1upNimrod Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Don't worry, brother! The change in the weather has made me slept almost 17h a day the last weeks, finally I can continue replying to everyone! Saw your latest work, super awesome! Don't forget to eat and sleep in a while, hear me?! :D

Kerouac, oh yeah, I love his thoughts! Traveling myself, I came to the conclusion that secureness is a total illusion, I feel everywhere at home when I have nice people around me. Having a job, house and family is just not mine, I don't blame others for wanting that stuff, I just think you should explore the world a bit before you start settling down. You get rid of your fears and prejudices by traveling, something I would recommend before even thinking of fatherhood, otherwise your fears and prejudices just goes on to the next generation :)

Awesome that you're 30 too! I came around a bit, mostly by couch-surfing. Last year I was 4 months in Mexico City, you live with the locals and they show you the coolest stuff in their surroundings and it cost you almost nothing. There's a huge network of people who do that, they tell you which places to avoid and stuff, I love it!

Speaking of selfmade documents, well better not  :D
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Dude! I agree 100% about the sense of secureness being an illusion. :nod: I have done zero travelling in my life. :ashamed: That said, I don't have a family to support either. I guess in the last few years I was married to my work. :laughing: Sometimes I think it'd be nice settling down, have a family and all of that, and other times I think the other approach of living as an adventure (yeah! :D) is extremely tempting. I guess both have their nice things-- maybe finding a girl with a sense of adventure will solve the dilemma. =P

Again, while I haven't travelled abroad myself, friends who have done so told me exactly what you mentioned, brother, about how it opens your mind in many ways. And that's an extremely sharp observation, about how fears just go from one generation to the other-- it's something we see all the time, but it's pretty rare that people stops to notice that. :) Speaking of this, I don't know if you had a chance to read some of Jodorowsky's books-- he wrote quite extensively about these family subjects, with great wisdom in my opinion, and I found those as interesting as his comics and movies. It made me think about stuff that I hadn't thought of until reading his writings. Very interesting.

So I take it that Mexico City was pretty cool, huh? ;) That sounds supercool to me, I always had an interest in Mexico-- I think having read about the Maya as a small kid made quite an impression on me, probably. I'd love visiting there at some point. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

A few months ago I was out on the streets, and this very tall guy, probably in his 40s, who I actually thought was German (he kind of reminded me of the singer of the group "Die toten hosen", but with Bob Marley type of hair) came to me with a little blonde girl, maybe 4 years old, and gave me this photocopied magazine.
I kind of thought it was political pamphet, and after quickly checking it out, I realized it was a short story, with drawings (both the writing and drawings made me think of "Le petit prince"), and so I went to thank him for the magazine, and he started telling me in a great spanish (even though you could tell he wasn't from a spanish speaking place), that he was from Switzerland, and have travelled through many countries (both in Europe and America) with his music group (they play mainly ska type of music www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls1SjE… ), and the book he gave me (which I later read) was a fiction written as a children book, documenting a journey that this guy's band made travelling from Seattle in the U.S.A., to Buenos Aires, all by car. And not just the musicians, but also a dog which they take with them everywhere they go to (checking some of their videos on youtube, I saw the dog in many of them). I thought that was awesome that they would take their dog friend. :D

Long story short, a few years ago he had a little girl with a woman from Argentina, and he doesn't make a lot of extensive travels these days, in order to be with his daughter.

Anyway, I thought it was a cool story!
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cluedog Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Simply fantastic.  I'm going to have to get my hands on one of these.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Supercool! :D Are you going to the SPX show they are making in September?
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cluedog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid I'm not.  I've always wanted to attend the SPX but I'm a poor fellow.  :)
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Same here, but worry not, we'll get our deserved rewards, my friend. ;)
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MYTH22 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Always brilliant work :thumbsup::ninja::horns:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Thanks, Michael! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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MYTH22 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I just tell it like it is :thumbsup::nod::horns:
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Arekasadaro Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I'll be waiting for those pages. The project sounds great. Cheers mate. 
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Muchos thanks, dude!
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Psycho-Firefly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional
The black figures made ​​with the brush combined with bright colors such as white, light blue and red coral, create a composition of great effect. Truly wonderful :la:!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Thanks so much, Lucia! :w00t:
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The composition is a thing of beauty in itself, I think it's the aspect that I like the most about this, although the way you've managed to reproduce the old Japanese print style and make it yours is quite impressive as well.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Thanks a lot, Julien, the composition is my favorite part as well (I usually enjoy that part of the job more than making the drawings :shh: :D).
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, as far as I'm concerned (and although I'm not very good at it), composition is "making the drawings". ;)
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
That looks great! I love the detailing and stylization. I'll be picking up this up at some point. Huge fan of Kurosawa and I absolutely love samurai films in general.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Thanks so much, my friend-- I have to say that with a few exceptions (all by Kurosawa-- well, and Tarantino's Kill Bill movies :D), I haven't seen many samurai films, so I thought approaching it as an spaghetti western could work for me in order to develop this project, where being loyal to reality/facts is not mandatory. :phew: Is there some film you would recommend, besides Kurosawa's, for someone who hasn't seen much samurai movies?
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
You're welcome:). Well, there are so many wonderful ones but I would strongly suggest "Lady Snowblood", "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx", and "Samurai Assassin". Those films are absolutely top notch with great action scenes.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Thanks for the recommendations, man, much appreciated!-- I've just written the titles down in my notebook, and will look out for them. ;)
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Cool:)!
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CesarSebastian Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Tiene una pinta increíble, Diego! Le echaré el guante ;)
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Muchas gracias, César! :D
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Bringing the whole Kurasawa --> Leone thing around full circle; characteristically ingenious! I'll look forward to this, very much! :D
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thanks, brother! I stole Mifune's kimono for the main character of the comic, and some lines from Fistful for one of the scenes that I have, and I'm very happy about it! :laughing:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
:lmao: Nicely appropriated, my brother!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
;)
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dlmx-13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Artist
I am going to SPX and will definitely pick this up there :D
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Supercool! :D Actually I was checking the SPX website this morning, and saw your name in the exhibitor list. ;)
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KostisTz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Spaghetti western with samurais?
This is really promising, brother, will it be like Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" (one of my favorite movies ever)?

Great artwork as always, I can't wait for the pages as well. :) :beer:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thanks, Kos! :beer: I only got to watch "Yojimbo" this year, and it became one of my faves as well. ;) Just the opening scene with the guy throwing a tree branch in the air and deciding to go in the direction it lands got me hooked-- what a beginning! :D The comic won't be like Yojimbo, I think that story-wise, as a very loose reference, it would be more like "Mr. Majestyk" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Maje… Have you seen that one? That said, the main character in the comic wears a kimono with 2 circles like Mifune did in that movie (a super small homage). :)
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KostisTz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Respect for the Mifune reference. I think your artistic style will be perfectly for a story like that. :)
(I try imagining, black and white inks with some grey shades or rasters maybe? )

I haven't seen "Mr. Majestyk" yet, but seems quite enjoyable, I ll check it soon!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
You're imagining well, brother. ;) I've been trying new ways of using halftone dots and other textures. Here's a sample panel from the comic: www.flickr.com/photos/grandgui… And here are a couple of texture tests, these are not from the comic, but stuff I tried before starting drawing, in order to figure out the approach I'll use in the pages: www.flickr.com/photos/grandgui… www.flickr.com/photos/grandgui…

Mr. Majestyk is a terrific movie. :nod: :thumbsup:
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