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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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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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