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H$H - Cheap Shot by hostage-fiver H$H - Cheap Shot by hostage-fiver

More character diversifying stuff. Been umming and aahing over whether or not to post this but since I haven't posted here in aaaaages or even doodled anything for myself in aaaaaaages (seriously it's been like what two months?) because I've been so busy colouring comics for other groups.

What surprises me is how much my style has changed in that space of time. Working in all those different techniques and linestyles must have made some new pathways in my brain. I'm really favouring gradients and textures, and colour effects on lineart now. I guess this is a manifestation of that. Still debating on the official style for H&H, more page testing is required. Anyway, here are some portraits of some of the main/not so main characters.

Left to right, top to bottom (+ tl;dr commentary in case anyone's interested):

James Renhurst English (south), early seventies
After being forcibly retired from the police a few years ago James continues to contribute as a special constable(volunteer), specifically providing counseling, profiling and interviewing. He's a sharply sensible, highly experienced but equally compassionate man, making him the first stop for most officers looking for advice, either in a case or in life. Since being widowed the officers at the Teppesley stations have become his family; he is incredibly protective of them, and a bit of a father figure for most.

Naomi French English (south), mid thirties
DCI French is a harshly dedicated zero tolerance investigator. Underneath her diamonds&steel exterior is a base curiosity for solving any puzzle she is faced with, including figuring out her co-workers. She is eagle-eyed for small details and often the first to spot signs of trouble; if she finds evidence of any issues, even if it implicates her best friends, you bet your arse she'll see it through until she finds the truth. Some say she needs to trust her heart more - but then she would say her heart follows her head anyway.

Benjamin Mackellar Scottish, early thirties
Sergeant Mackellar, generally known as "The Chipper Skipper", is a guy with very few shades of grey. Love/hate, right/wrong, up/down; he's normally a very positive and excitable person but can just as easily snap to his more vicious temper if he thinks someone is out of line. He's passionate and open, especially concerning his faith, his work, and football. Encompassing all of this is unwavering support from his family, and of course the pillar of strength in his life, his loving husband Jules.

Chandra "Charlie" Sudarshan British Indian, mid twenties
Charlie is very much up on her feet. Always busy, always running around. She tends to be quite high strung with other peoples' expectations (her general mantra is "fuck it that'll do") but equally she just has to do everything for herself. She's actually incredibly smart when it comes to social angles - making good decisions... not so much.

Madelainne "Maddie" Hart English (south), late twenties
Maddie is technically the centre of the story; not in that she's a completely main character, but she's the first falling domino that brings down a skyscraper.

Jules Persie English (north), early thirties
Jules is a very relaxed kinda bloke. His life turned into a bit of a dog's breakfast from an early age but it's given him a very calm philosophical outlook and a hashed mix of skills. There's always one more story to pull out the woodwork with him. Need something doing? Chances are he's done it before. He loves spontaneity and pretty much does what he wants when he wants; it means he can't hold a single job for very long, so he might not seem particularly stable-set, but Ben will always be there as the bassline to Jules' jazz melody.

Alexandri Hunter English (south), mid twenties
Hunter is a man of contradictions - young but weathered, strong but weak, clever but oh so naive sometimes. More than anything he's tired; not just physically (from insomnia), but emotionally and mentally with his work, with people, and often, it seems, life in general. You might get the feeling he fights because he has to, not because he wants to. There's very little that will draw him from his exhausted shell, but nonetheless his sense of duty is great and anything he does choose to do, he will follow through on with all his ability.

Speake Jr English/Irish, late teens
Jr is trouble. He's a spoilt little git that is easily getting too big for his boots, he wants the world in the palm of his hands and as far as he's concerned it's already at his fingertips. Any venture is fair game for him and if he doesn't get what he wants heads will roll. He may be young, but the reputation he's built up for himself has plenty of established gangsters quaking behind their barrels - he's violent, very violent, and seems to have no boundaries when it comes to inflicting torture.

Hare South Korean, ???
Hare's a tricky one. He's quick and impossible to catch, physically and digitally. He knows what he likes and he knows how to get it; more often than not that involves pushing someone's buttons to fulfill his secret masochistic fantasies. On the surface he's all videogames, fashion and partying - underneath, there's a calculating and devastatingly powerful strategist. If he can pull himself out of his hopelessly self-destructive behavioural cycles, that is.

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DetectiveAnonymous Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mm, so many cute shirtless guys...

But in all seriousness, I love the coloring you did with these portraits. The color scheme in general, actually. Nothing is too bright and vivid, it's kind of dull and grungy like it's hinting at something mysterious. Or maybe I'm just reading into it too much. ...It's definitely a polar opposite of your happy and bright colors with TAG.

Oh yeah and I like that texture that you used. =O Looks like some kind of stained paper?

Anyways, your characters are coming along nicely!
hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: if I have anything to say about it there'll be more of that in the comic

I keep debating over this now. I still like the idea of the actual comic being black&white/greyscale, but equally that gives me less room to, I dunno, "tone" the characters and express times of day and weather and such, at least without great difficulty. So I thought of doing it in colour, but it would have to be much darker/duller, like this I suppose. Texture is just for fun but I think it adds to the grit ;D It's some sort of smokey looking concrete thing, I can't remember exactly what it was!

Thanks :heart:
Who's your favourite so far? Either visually or personality-wise I guess.
DetectiveAnonymous Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess I find Hunter's character to be the most uh... "deep," maybe?
Visually, I haven't the darndest idea. They all look so cool. D= I guess Hare's design is my favorite... Oh but then Jules has glasses and I always like that look on people.
hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :3
It's always interesting to see who people favour :heart:
Taiya001 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :D
hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart:
Taiya001 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome ^^
Illuminated-City Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I am loving these portraits!
Can't wait to see these characters in action!:la:
hostage-fiver Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ;A; :heart:
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