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Cornered by dirktiede Cornered by dirktiede
Like most of my work, this cover design was initially drawn in pencil, inked using a dipped nib pen, and colored in Photoshop. I chose the imagery of the main character of the series trapped in an alleyway with the ambiguous shadow of a beast to not only literally depict the conflicts of the story, but to also reflect its underlying themes.

You can read the comic at: www.paradigmshiftmanga.com

EDIT (07/14/07): Thank you very much for the DD! It's a great honor.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2007-07-14
Cornered Striking linework, dynamic lighting and colors, immaculate staging and compositions are tools ~dirktiede expertly uses to weave his stories. All of these technical accomplishments are realized in his work Cornered, creating a tense, moody scene. ( Suggested by KelliRoos and Featured by GH-MoNGo )
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doneslash Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student
page of the comic, its not working D:
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werewolflover6 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know what it is about the shadow of the beast being reflected that intrigues me. Who knows.
Either way, this piece is simply outstanding and it is rare I'm convinced to comment on work I actually favorite. The lighting and expression also gives an amazing effect; you can feel the character's emotions and can only imagine what is on the other side.

What fascinates me most about this picture is how many different ways you can interpret it if you do not know the story behind it. When I first looked at it, it seemed as though the character shown herw was the werewolf. Looking again, could it be someone else?

That is one thing about art I could never capture. All of the different ways someone could look at it... but I digress. Amazing work, that DD was truly deserved.
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dirktiede Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Many thanks! It's still far and away the strongest cover image to date.
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werewolflover6 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. It seems to be well liked by the public.
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crshh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Is she cornered by a werewolf or is the shadow foreshadowing that she's going to turn into her werewolf form to eat a potential mugger/rapist/killer?
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bigboss76 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
And here it is, the image that originally drew me into the series......
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Simpleton78 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I got this image on the front of a card a few years back at Comickaze (spelling?) in somerville. It's striking I like it.
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grind-universe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
This sensational image!
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shinobi-lycanthrope Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool!
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BleakDragon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist
Wonderful. I love the composition.
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:iconjulitz:
Julitz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome perspective.
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Argetlam42 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Reading your comic. It's pretty epic.
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RinjiHalfElf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I don't know if you remember me but I was at ACEN '08 and bought some books off of you.

Seeing someone original really inspired me to try for artist alley myself. Currently I'm working on some art for ACEN '10.

I hope to decide to go, I'd look forward to boothing next to you or something (if that's allowed).
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PenandSword Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I love the coloring.
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Aprilweredragon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
cool!
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intercostalmedia Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Nice tonal use *blinks*
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet
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Bloodhia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Great work with a nice of fear/anger composition. Werewolf maybe? ;)
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hold on a second...Kate has two shadows in this picture.
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Skiethos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
She sure does. It's because she has an animal within her. Whenever she is in danger or mad some of the beast traits become visible, such as pointed ears, fingernails becoming more like claws, an enraged animal look in her eyes and larger canine teeth. She shows the personality of an animal too.
So with that out of the way, how would you like to face off against an animalistic Kate that will jump on you in a heartbeat.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What!?
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Skiethos Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
What I mean is that Kate isn't entirely human. For Kate getting mad is easy considering she has a fiery temper. When this happens something inside her takes over and she starts acting more like an animal than a person. If you have read the comic you know what I mean.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I read the comic. Most readers would have the question, "How did Kate end up like this at the very beginning?"
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Skiethos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
That's what I want to know.
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we're just gonna have to wait for the next pages to roll in.
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Skiethos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
Yep.
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SHARK-008 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's you who do this comic?

Because it's really good! :D
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dirktiede Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Yup, that's me. Glad you like it!
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SHARK-008 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
No problemo!

Many work on the background, it's something I need to pratice in my future comics. ^^;
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th3rdworld Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
I saw this at SPX this weekend. Very cool stuff man.
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dirktiede Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
Hey, thanks! Did you swing by Jane Irwin (~Vogelein) & Paul Sizer's (*PaulSizer) table? They were kind enough to bring some of my stuff with them. Wish I could have been there myself.
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wes-chan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
which version of Photoshop did you use? the coloring's really amazing!
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wes-chan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
oh wow.
yeah. the reason i asked is because i'm trying to decide what version of PS to get. so... yeah. thank you very much! :)
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dirktiede Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
Just CS(1) at the moment. I'm not really using anything fancy, just some basic layering techniques. Flat base colors on the bottom, then a 'Multiply' layer with consistant tones (in this case, grey-blues of various values), and then a highlight layer set to 'Screen' to pop in some of the lighter areas. The overall effect allows me to simulate the effects of light onto the surfaces of the objects. You could do all the same stuff in PS v. 3 if you wanted to back in the day.
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MonkeyUSA Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, thats pretty good!
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MonkeyUSA Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, thats pretty good!
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dirktiede Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Thanks, everyone! I didn't even realize this was DD'd until now, because I'm on the road and my internet has been really spotty. (I'm in sunny San Diego for the International Comicon right now.)

Thanks again!
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mippa Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Such tension and suspense in this piece! I had to fave it!
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redkitty7 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
uh oh...
I sense a major booty-whuppin' a comin'. Great dynamic pose and emotion!
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Humble-Novice Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The artwork here is excellent!
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HeLPleSSPhreak Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Thats a fucking awesome peice right there.
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SebbyWhite Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Weird I first thought it was HER shadow that was beast-like...
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starstriker1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Congrats on the DD, Dirk!

I always liked this one. Actually, one of the banners you made from it was what drew me to the comic! I'm a sucker for good art in advertising, I guess.
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Very, very cool (also, congrats on the DD!) but, erm, I don't mean to sound rude or anything, but it kinda looks like she has two left hands (sorry, I shouldn't criticize). But VERY well done!!!
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EricJD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Cool :) Looks like something from Heroes :P
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Other than the right hand, which looks a little backwards, this is terrific. I really like the shading and simple scheme, and the suspense is really evident. Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :+fav:
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aquaela Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Hm... I swear I saw something like this at Anime Detour in March!
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dirktiede Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
That's because you did. I was there in the dealer room. ;)
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aquaela Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Ahah! I should've known! That's soooo sweet! *fangirl squeal*
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Shishido Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
i dont know y but this pic reminds me of bloody raor that fighting game
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