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Special Team '97 by 2dforever Special Team '97 by 2dforever

This is for the King of Fighters (KOF) Art Tribute here on DeviantArt. I chose the tackle the “Special Team” – i.e: the left overs bundled into a team.

I always liked the strange dynamic between these. Ryuji Yamazaki (left) and Billy Kane (right) are thugs for hire, while Blue Mary (middle) is an undercover officer just following their tracks. I’d imagine she’d often have to deal with the other two fighting, so this was born.

I liked the idea for this, but it didn’t come to life how I wanted it to. If all my artworks were my children, and if this one ran off to the circus… I wouldn’t be upset.
I wanted to try some old school comic-style art, but I just don’t really love it for some reason. Oh well, onto the next one!

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DEVAJU1337 Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
Blue Mary should come back if KOF XIV gets a Season 2 DLC wave. I miss her :(
2dforever Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm still yet to play it properly! No PS4 here, so I'm waiting on the Steam release. I've heard good things about it anyway, and yes Blue Mary would be an ace addition!
Kronosx2008 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I always wondered about this strange composition of a three man team. Well done. XD Blue Mary baby's got herself some twice the fiery annoyance she had to deal with.
FixelCat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always did wonder how Mary ended up in the same team as Yamazaki and Billy Kane. Good stuff, Tom! 
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, this looks waaaay too amazing ^^
ExShen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
like the intensity between the two gansters lol
BetaoftheBass Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
wow this is amazing
Pokejedservo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is indeed some very nice work.

Billy Kane: Oh I would love to burn you to a crisp but the flames of hell are far too good for the likes of you!

Yamazaki: Less talking! More Mutilating! More stabbing!

Blue Mary (thinking): Okay seriously SNK why am I babysitting these two? Alright I understand that Billy can be civil but why the hell am I with that psychotic asshole Yamazaki?!
EdMoffatt Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love the style of this one - the thick outlines really accentuate the interesting shape of the composition, which is spot on!  One possible nitpick - not sure if Ryuji's supposed to be looking Billy in the eye - to me it looks kinda like he's gazing off over his shoulder (which might be intentional, like he's just frothing with rage, not particularly directing it at anyone!).
2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah you're right. The lineart was moved around later on so I obviously didn't notice that. Oops! Maybe he has a lazy eye...
Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Looks still a ton better than the new Yamazaki in that Fatal Fury Pachinko game snk released earlier this year. Can't believe that they are not working on a new KOF already while they celebrate the anniversary with a shitty iOS rhythm kof game.
Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Holy Shit :-)  In a good sense.

This might be the coolest take of the Special Team ever seen so far. Will be fun to make all the galleries on, starting on the 1st August to have everything complete on the 25th!
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