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Anime cliches, I can't stand them. But this, I never expected! Cowboy Bebop is fantastic. It breaks away from the stereotypical anime, and is... just fantastic. Although hardly original (bounty hunters, trying to make money... and failing) Cowboy Bebop is a joy to watch. The characters are so imperfect, you love them for just that. The whole 'Space' element is hardly there, it's just a means of transport. It's just like an animated detective story [sic].

One thing that always stands out though, everyone will say it, is the music. A deadly fight scene will be accompanied with a light hearted jazz soundtrack, taking off the serious edge and making it so enjoyable! You don't have to like jazz to appreciate how it's used.

Enough praising of Cowboy Bebop, this here is Spike Spiegel, one of the main characters from the series. He's quite often seen with a bent out of shape cigarette hanging out his mouth, and for me that just summarises him. Bah, as much as I hate smoking, he makes it look cool.

On a technical note, I've employed a slightly different colouring technique this time around - probably visually no different, but it's much quicker for me. Huzzah! Glad to get more pictures out too.
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Rush by *2dforever is brought to life by this wonderful artist's skill and creativity. The style is unique and fantastic, and the painted smoke is mesmerizing! ( Featured by aunjuli )
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4lric Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
I love it !

Can I use it as an avatar on social stuff ? (Google+ and whatnots)
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:icon2dforever:
2dforever Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! Of course you can use it. All I ask is that if anyone asks who made it, you'll point them in this direction :)
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:icon4lric:
4lric Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Of course ! :-)
Thanks a lot !
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Rorro1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg just awesome
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Gratteurdenez Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Yeah!
That's how we like Spike!
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Cool!
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TheMostSpoonyestBard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One thing I did love about the series was that theme song, Tank! That was a good, heart-pounding tune that would always pump some blood to even the most depressed of people.

I believe that theme songs can be trademarks to any anime.
I always first judge an anime by it's opening theme. Then I sink into a bite of the plot and consume the living hell out of that certain series. Cowboy Bebop was no difference.

I mean, no other anime back then was about cowboys in SPACE!
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2dforever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes yes yes :) As soon as I heard the theme tune on the first episode I knew I was going to love Cowboy Bebop. The action and jazz just seem to work so well together, it's a fantastic series
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TheMostSpoonyestBard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a pretty good conversation that we're having, and I agree perfectly with you.
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TheMostSpoonyestBard Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always loved Cowboy Bebop! And I personally thought that Spike should stop smoking the same cigarette for an entire series! :P

I really love your work. My personal favorite piece was about the Dreamcast. As much as I loved what the Dreamcast had to offer, (From Sonic Adventure to NiGHTS: Into Dreams to Jet Set Radio) I love your art!
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2dforever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm really glad you like them! I hate to be picky, but NiGHTS didn't come out on the Dreamcast (I always wished they made a sequel for the DC...) - it was a Saturn game, and probably the best Saturn game at that :)

Anyway, thank you for the kind words!
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TheMostSpoonyestBard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww! Damn it! I made a mistake! Thank you for pointing it out for me.
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TheMostSpoonyestBard Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew there was something wrong with that first comment. Thank you for pointing out what I couldn't have. I guess I thought NiGHTS was so good that I forgot it was a Saturn game and mistook it for a Dreamcast game. Anyway, you're a good artist and thank you for pointing that out.
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kaoiel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I spotted this being used here and fell in love with it. [link]

Took me a while to find you, but I think the image is fantastic!
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Thesleepywolf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I've never heard of Cowboy Bebop but if it's an anime that probably explains it. I love the hand, I heard they're like kryptonite for artists, but yea it looks so good.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I'm not a massive anime fan, but Cowboy Bebop is quite different. Give it a chance if you happen to come across it one day, it's great fun!
Thanks for the kind words :)
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ZeBaZt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Cowboy Bebop!
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EndorphinSelig Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks like a good anime :)

If you like that kind of anime, I hardly recommend you Hunter x Hunter
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Budumpshh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
funny thing i'm listening to the end theme to this show right now :3
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Sevroy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Very nice! Very cool. Good work. :)
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Daughterofdreams Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Hi Tom (2DForever),

I'd love to know if I can use this image in an upcoming guest blog of mine - with attribution to you of course! Please let me know as soon as possible by e-mailing: rosie ... @ ... travelground ... .com (remove the two ...).
Thanks in advance!
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2dforever Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Of course you can! Providing you give me some form of credit like you said, that'll be fine. I've also emailled you to say the same thing.
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DethExplosion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I love this series... It's so different! Love this pic too ^^
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aureliefaun Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I LOVE this. You have real talent. It's so accurate. His nose, his crazy hair, his sharp, glowing eyes...I love the veins in his wrist and his shallow cheeks. His character is fascinating, and even though I got bleary eyed when I thought that Spike might have died at the end of the series, I don't think I'd really like him in real life. Hmm...ironic. I love your portrayal, nonetheless.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
I'd probably do it a bit differently now, but I'm glad you liked my portrayal of Spike!
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vespa-woman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is absolutely amazing! i love it!
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TheCoozieS Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Very nice portrayal of Spike ...
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MooseMega Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
sic
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Alfrek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Whoooaaaa...
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Katana-Queen Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
fantastic! :) cowboy bebop is one of the few animes i can watch more than once and still enjoy it each time
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gersangalang Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
nice style....
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TheSkullKnight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
daaaamn thats siiick ;)
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Wolfzero-kun Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Classic!
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Sketchlogic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Bad.Ass......period.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Spike is the ultimate bad ass!
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Sketchlogic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
The fact that your image conveys that truth is amazing lol.
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Oklap Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cwaboy bebop....!!!.
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Melibells Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great take on Spike! You got him spot on! :-D
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Here via the link from QualityFanArt. Great job with this!
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2dforever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, thanks for the nice comment :)
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Starlace Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
Don't know who this is, but I know that your technique and syle are both fabulous.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The comment gives more detail than you might want/need about the character if you're interested :)
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crystalisyellow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Perfect.
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OriginalNick Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
This is KILLER!!!
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KeroTheStrange Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uh heyy, i was googling pictures of people smoking for some refs and i found this pic... so i kinda used it as a ref
and AFTER i did all the line art nd most of the coloring i realized it was a deviantart pictureso i was wondering if i could upload the pic? i promise i'll give you credit, and i'm really really sorry, i should have checkedd before i used it
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Of course you can, thank you for asking first though. All I ask is you put some kind of reference to me and I'll be more than happy!

Thanks :)
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KeroTheStrange Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so so much ^^
i gave you credit for the ref, would you like to see it?
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2dforever Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes please! Thanks for giving credit :):)
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KeroTheStrange Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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yeah no problem ^^ i wouldn't just use someones pic and NOT credit them
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TheBlackWolf07 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Artist
very real looking - pissed off spike i have ever seen. Great job
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