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GI Joe: Baroness by Templesmith GI Joe: Baroness by Templesmith
One of the covers for the GI Joe Origins #12 book I did with Marc Andreyko. Actually, this one wasn't ever meant to be a cover, just a mess around piece. Kinda funny how much rage & bile I can bring out in some traditionalist fans, unused to more stylized art. You'd swear I beat up their grandmothers or something, the way a few have taken it. Reminds me just how much of a lightening rod I can be to the hardcores. Interesting stuff to me. Personally, I've had a lot more feedback than usual and all of it positive on the book myself. Was fun to do something a little different and change things up a little. Never been a fan of standing still. I'm hearing the book is selling out in a bunch of places.

Just been thinking about such things lately. A twitter convo the other night, where apparently an artist gave up their craft because of lots of negative criticisms saddened me greatly. No one should stop doing what they love because of other's negativity. We're not all going to be Da Vinci, but that's life really. I got used to some rather personal attacks at times...about my art style and look, long ago. Since then, those people either dropped off or converted and many more decided to dig my work, meaning I can keep assaulting your eyes with my filthy stuff, for which I'll always be insanely grateful! Cheers to all who picked up the Origins book and dug it.

You know, I have no idea why the gun sight is upside down either. I swear it was that way on the ref I used at the time but it still makes no sense.
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groonk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
"No one should stop doing what they love because of other's negativity. We're not all going to be Da Vinci, but that's life really."

made my day with that.

also, The Baroness remains my GI Joe fantasy.
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Rustyoldtown Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Love the colouring! As for the gun sight, with her wearing those glasses her eyesight is improved beyond that of an normal human, so she twisted the sight around because it was only getting in the way! :D
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brandon78 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Your style is much different from what we (GI Joe fans) are used to, definitely. But I thought it fit the story very well. For what it's worth, I thought it looked great!
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shaktipat Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I'm voting for bayonet clamp or tripod mount. It never registered as a sight to me.

However she could have a camera monitor in her glasses and, well you know.
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chilipalmer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
* where even :D
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chilipalmer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
The "gunsight" could be wear a bayonet mounts?

Anyways, stunning work as always. I'm a huge fan and I don't understand the fuss. Before I was a huge fan I still didn't understand the fuss. Your look is a breath of fresh air :)
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nixxy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010   Digital Artist
Ahhhh-mazing.
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KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
whoa, awesome lips.
maybe that artist will find her/himself unable to quit and ease back into it. that sort of stuff does happen, you know!
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Devilpig Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Not really sure what the fuss would be about. She looks like the Baroness to me. The only glaring thing I see, is that the gun site is upside down.
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Templesmith Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Ahah, wise people who know guns unlike me point out it was probably a bayonet mount!
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Templesmith Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
You know, I have no idea why the gun sight is upside down either. I swear it was that way on the ref I used at the time but it still makes no sense.
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Sanskarans Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional
You are best at what you are doing sir.
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