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Confrontation by PenelopeSalt Confrontation by PenelopeSalt
My favorite feud of all time, as some of you may have already guessed. HHH vs. RKO (aka The Worm, er uh, I mean Viper).

This was originally intended as an in-your-face, splashy marker piece. I even went so far as to faintly ink important lines in preparation for something along the lines of Prismatic Fury ([link]). But I stopped. let it sit for a couple weeks, and then came to the relucant conclusion that it didn't want me to marker it up. Instead, this insolent half-finished piece was demanding ballpoint. Yes, ballpoint. As in pen. As in approximately thirteen hours of laborious hatchy-watchy shading.

And have i mentioned how much I despise short hair? Not aesthetically, of course; the shorter the Worm's hair, the better. But DRAWING it...groan. I'd just like to go on record that I much prefer the long-greasy-locks technique.

This may become a series. I have other references of them yelling at each other that are all very tempting.

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Entry in =Cataclysm-X's Couples & Duos contest. It takes two to tango...I mean feud. Ruuthe.

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Third place in Ultimate Fandom 4: Inspiration.
Source of Inspiration: WWE of course - Monday Night Raw in particular.
Genre: TV
It's a little weird to admit it in so many words, but the WWE is an irresistible inspiration to me. Like a testosterone-pumped soap opera, it's got its many little hooks sunk deep into me, and the best part of watching is the feuds. OH! The head-butting, snarling, let's-have-at-it-right-here feuds. Endlessly awesome.
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I really enjoy the expression/tension in this picture. In my opinion it symbolizes good vs evil(in WWE terms of course). The very expression in HHH's face is very...strong and confrontational to the opposing force(aka Randy Orton) in a realistic manner. About the shading now: The shading adds a strong realistic touch, making it look as if it was popping out and happening right before your eyes. In other words it has a very strong presence of realism and intense emotion. I rate this 5 stars in each category...and I'm very proud to announce that this is the first deviation that I'm spending my FIRST critique on.
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Eyenstyn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Great pencil work :)
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, it's ballpoint pen. :D
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:iconeyenstyn:
Eyenstyn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Holy Crap! Thats amazing!
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Any day I make someone's jaw drop is a good day! :D
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PhoenixPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Brilliant! Took my breath away this did! Excellent job! This art work is stunning! :+fav: Nice one!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You will see more elaborate WWE art from me in the future, if you sme... er, well, just, yes, keep your eyes peeled. :D
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PhoenixPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
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You're welcome! :)
I take it you're a fan of The Rock eh? If you are I don't blame ya, he was great. I miss him. But alas, he's off making family movies in L.A. If he did come back it'd be cool! :) Here's 2 vids on YouTube of The Rock funny moments if you're intrested -> [link] [link]
If you're gonna do more WWE fan art I'll be sure to keep an eye out! :D
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
My brothers are huge fans of The Rock, so that's rubbed off on me. Thanks for the links, I'll watch them when I get a few minutes. :D

Yeah I definitely need to do more WWE art - I have a few hundred more screencaps begging to be made awesome, as well as a sketchbook dedicated exclusively to Edge's face.
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PhoenixPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
That's cool! :) I'll be sure to check your page then! :)
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mikmix Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Congratulations!
Your cross hatching skill is beyond awesome !! @_@
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Finally, a payoff for my insanity! :D
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Tono-chan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!!!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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YukiMizuno Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on getting third! :clap:
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:iconpenelopesalt:
PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It caught me completely by surprise!
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YukiMizuno Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle: No problem! :)
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Blade-M Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, just wow. you captured both of their emotion and images so well, its freaking amazing.
Well done :la:
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :blowkiss:
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Blade-M Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
dude your welcome its an amazing piece, lol i wish i had fans who drew like you :p
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Leyna-art Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm seriously impressed by your ballpoint pen technique. Awesome shading! I can see why the short hair was a pain, but the shading work on the contours of his head is great.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was sustained by the fond belief that it would all be worth it, and it was.
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worthgold Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
This is awesome! I know what you mean about drawing short hair. Pain!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words! The short hair was worth it though!
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worthgold Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
no problem! :D
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bankgarmo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student Artist
really nice line art!!!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Colorado-Monk Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Great work on this!!!!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Koibito5 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
This is amazing, firstly because I am jealous of anyone who can draw in pen, and not to mention they are my favourite feud as well! Awesome job :D
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Haha, you may be seeing more of these two.
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Koibito5 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
That would be awesome :D
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Toranih Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Wow, amazing! Your style and skill is stunning, I admire how you can reflect the shape of the head with your pen strokes for short hair, and I can understand how that would be a pain. Wonderfully done. :-)
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm really starting to get along with ballpoint pen though short hair and I will never get along. :D
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Toranih Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
LOL :-D

You're welcome. :-)
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Wow, that hatching is gorgeous. Like, Burnie Wrightson gorgeous. I won't give a full critique because I'm shy, but really quickly:
I'd darken the space between their faces to make them stand out more, and maybe use harsher lighting altogether.
Their ears look a bit small, though that may be accurate.
This is debatable, but it might've been more dynamic with a less symmetrical composition.
Unintended sexual tension. I feel like RKO is patiently waiting for HHH to stop yelling so he can stick his tongue down his throat.
The circlish lines could've easily been distracting and divided up their faces in awkward ways, but you made it work really well, and they add a lot of energy to the scene.
You drew every strand of hair and it looks amazing. That kind of detail generally comes out looking like a mess, but you pulled it off beautifully.
You're my hero.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Bernie Wrightson? Now that's a compliment. :D Thank you for the critique - you raised some valid points (and I am, in fact, now experimenting with darkening the negative space in photoshop; we'll see).

Yeah the ears are accurate. That's the one thing that I totally hate about drawing; sometimes you can draw something totally, one hundred percent correctly and it STILL looks wrong, sometimes even ludicrous. This happens more with fancy foreshortening and odd angles/lighting, but still. Oh well at least it's only ears.

As for the hair... I don't know any other way. Hee. As long as it works, I'm happy; and I've got sort of an autopilot now, so it's not as much work as it looks.

And I :heart: circley lines. Gotta watch myself there.
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El-Chupacabras Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Awesome!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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El-Chupacabras Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
You're welcome! :)
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know what I love about this? (Aside from its inherent awesomeness.) The circley things convey a sense of distinct, roiling motion, beneath what's clearly shown as a single moment.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I wanted something a bit more riotous than two static profiles, haha. But of course I don't know when to stop.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Don't ever change! Until you do, that is.
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The-Argent-Herald Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
I'd buy it.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, me too. Good thing I don't have to, because I am So Broke.
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The-Argent-Herald Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
I need to pinch my pennies for japan. So, sorry, but not this time.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pinch them till they bleed; Japan is worth it!
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GrecianUrn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
WOW. Seriously, just wow. You have outdone yourself, my dear. While I am not a fan of wrestling, I can definitely appreciate the beautiful work you've done in creating these two portraits and showing the way emotion manifests itself on faces. The cross-hatching does a lovely job of building visual intensity. Wonderful, wonderful work.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It was worth every minute to garner a reaction like that. :D Thank you, my dear.
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