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The Cheerleader, enhanced view by labornthyn The Cheerleader, enhanced view by labornthyn
weasel hair brush, Chinese ink, bristol, 5x8 inches

Illustration for extreme author C.C. Parker's tale 'Tribe in Black', published in Black Ink Horror Issue 4. Check out [link] for more details, and grab yourself a copy before they are gone.

Had to redo the scan as I am not happy with the one I previously released. It still doesn't do justice to the original (if I do say so myself).

The main character's sister is an ultra-hot cheerleader; he's got some major 'issues' with family togetherness and subconscious demonic forces, which don't seem to be helped by a screaming vodka drinking mom. Add a cocktail of potent hallucinogens, and Chaos ensues...

I believe this drawing owes something to the film 'Basket Case' (one of my favorites) which is mentioned in the story...as for the composition, I see Ukiyo woodblock print portraits of bijinga (beautiful ladies) as an inspiration...
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GuillotineMorbid Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
somehow, maybe its the feather-like texture, it reminds me of a harpie. which is cool!
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BlackBird-melbourne Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
The texture and detail in this are.... extraordinary, calls to mind some of Blake's visionary works...macabre,but I like the semi-organic details
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Glad you like it, I got really into doing this, and the small paper size and brush techniques inspired me a lot. More like this to come. I love doing illustration...
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giorjoe Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love this one. I didn't notice it earlier.
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work is wicked and such fabulous details, so much to look at :) I wish I could find something to tell ya to improve on but your work out stands mine own . ^^
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
There is always something to improve on! Whoever thinks not has stopped learning and changing, and that means stagnation. I value all opinions, and I thank you for your kind comments!
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome best of luck to you :)
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
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Dragon47 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
impressive work, interesting details

keep it up :+fav:
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mulduan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Beautiful, the texture so sharp it creates different feelings I really love this piece.:-)
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see a bit of Blake in there too! Very nice details ........
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PeterZigga Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Your style is very original..fantastic..:):)
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Right on...I am going back to the microcosmos...the world I know with new tools and skills...I hope to start posting these works in the near future...I feel the skills, but must do the work!
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GrendelDemon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
i really like some of the textures in this piece ^_^
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Gorgeously detailed and shaded. I love the figure work and tones. Nice style and fine technique. The anatomy is beautiful. I love the "Basket Case" films too:).
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and terrifying. I can see the Ukiyo inspiration quite unmistakbly. I'm also really glad I can see the gradations in tone and your brushstokes quite clearly, even if it doesn't do justice to the original (these things rarely do).
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
It's really frustrating. I keep looking at the original and it looks so much more rich and vibrant...I tried to do all the color and contrast adjusment, but found it impossible to achieve the proper balance - always had to sacrifice one effect to get another...hmmm...I am starting to get the urge to do more rough and ready graphic art that easily translates across the digital and print landscapes...I want bold statement, symbolic durability...well, I am working on some more graphic stuff right now....

And thanks for your kind comments, by the way! Always appreciated...
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I shall look forward to these bold graphic statements!
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