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Happy B-day Melis - Black Jack by maiyeng Happy B-day Melis - Black Jack by maiyeng
It's Melissa's :icondia-aren-marie: B-day (18 August) and this pic was actually made months ago (I also sent the original pencil sketch to her as a B-day gift too).
But I am troubled and sadden by the fact that she experienced a murder minutes before her B-day. =(
In an odd way, my Black Jack gift pic to her is quite fitting... The manga deals with life and death, and the protagonist doesn't always save the day because life itself can be cruel and twisted. Despite all the loss of his loved ones and torture he has endured, he has a strong iron will to live and help those who deserve his help.

Black Jack will always be mines, others and Melissa's, most favorite manga character.

Melissa, we have known each other for 6 years and you have definitely been through a lot. And out of everyone else online, you were the one that I was most worried about. I know I'm hardly online as much and that I don't really get a chance to chat to you, I really want to let you know that your friendship means a lot to me and I hope we can continue to be friend for many years to come.:cuddle:
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:iconjellybeam:
Jellybeam Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow:Awww, I love this picture!And Black Jack too!
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Moonfullite Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Love this Pic, BJ looks so great, and the pencil shadow makes a great combination whit the colors, BJ is a Character who has an awesome personality, I love how the others think is a person totally diferent who he is, this pic really makes me feel something :+fav:
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Thank you so much for the comment & fav! ^^
Yes, he certainly is a complex and interesting character, and I'm glad this picture managed to convey some feeling in you. ^^
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Moonfullite Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And Handsome :blushes: Your Welcome :D :hug:
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hinugundam8135 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
What can I say? This is just a wonderful portrait of Black Jack. I really love the soft pen shading. Black Jack is one of my top favorite characters too. I guess it's because he's a very morally ambiguous character. Deep down BJ's a really good guy, but still, he's quite shady and mysterious.
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Exactly! He is a very complex character who works his own way and has his own sense of justice. A very admirable character.:nod:
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:iconthegriffin88:
thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:highfive: because Black Jack rules!

Look for all your Black Jack pals in:

Jack's Ace
and
Jack's Ace: Catch 21

Coming this Dec.:thumbsup:;):thumbsup:
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:iconhakucho:
hakucho Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
So I was looking for good BJ fan art and this one caught my eye. ^^;

I feel that everything that's so great about this picture has already been said, in regards to colouring and tones. It came out very nicely, in the end. :)
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Thank you! It's quite an old piece, but I'm glad it's still good enough to win you over. ^^
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:iconhakucho:
hakucho Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
You have a very lovely gallery. :heart:
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rachlouise3 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Student General Artist
BTW, I noticed BJ has yellow eyes here, not like the usual red/brown you give him..

GREAT artwork! ^^ Couldnt have done better myself!
All hail your friendship ^^

-charxelle
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
This is the first in a very long time since I drew BJ, and I think I was using the ONA as reference to draw BJ, which would explain the yellow eyes. ^^;

Thanks for the compliment~!:music:
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MilesTailsPrower-007 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This image seems very Halloween-appropriate, due to the nature of the character. :P

I love how faces turn out when you draw them. They look sort of realistic and not... at the same time. He looks very dignified. O:
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
lol! His appearance does seem to fit the Halloween bill, alright. XD But he is a really wonderful and complex character!:love:

he does look diginfied most of the time, up until Tezuka (creator of Astro Boy) decides to do some comedic moments with his character. XDD
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Dayu Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
uh cool :D I like Black Jack, he's a special look.
Nicely done, Mai. The coloring is just Mai like :D
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Hi, Ana! You changed your account now? Whoa! I've been away so long! Must add to watch! @_@
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:icondayu:
Dayu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Hi there, Mai =) Yeah I changed, sorry I didn't tell you ^^; I added you though, so no panic. Thanks for wathcing again :hug:
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Yee, welcome! :hug:
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Student Digital Artist
awesome :D love the hair
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thank you! Oh, there's already a fansub of the new Giant Robo TV series (only one ep so far), I haven't found the time to see it yet. XD;
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Student Digital Artist
sweet :D
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Kiira-Chan92 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
This is absolutely awesome. =o
Probably one of the best pictures I've seen of Black Jack.
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thanks! But there are plenty of Black Jack art here on DA that are true gems! *__*
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RileyTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Wow. I never knew Melissa ended up with something like that on her b-day... Must've been horrible. :( I won't ask or say anything more but I hope she can cope with it. I'll give her my thoughts...

As for this picture. Simply amazing. ^_^ I love how there's still some skechiness in the picture! I'm glad Melissa liked it. Awesome job Mai! ^^
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Yes, and I feel sorry for her. But I'm glad you is getting over it and continuing to live her life.

And thanks for the compliment on the pic, Riley-chan! *^v^*
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Hazu2112 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
That is soooo awesome looking and well done! :D
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thanks! ^^
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Meirell Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
how I miss that anime so much...
and yes, it does seem really fitting. and I hope your friendship continues to flourish over the years.

I liked the way you did the black, with the pin shading~ nice touch.
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thank you, I hope our friendship will not be shaken by anything. =)
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:iconmeirell:
Meirell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
as do I! I wish you both luck and lots of love!
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:iconkizzychan:
kizzychan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
Wonderful BJ May! Love his soft colouring.
And, excuse me, but what happened to your friend? A murder? O_o Send me a pm if you like.
Sorry for my curiosity, but if you don't want to answer me, it's ok, I understand...
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Hi Kizzy and thanks for the compliment on the artwork. =) It's just that she witnessed someone being shot.
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kriffix Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
Awesome! i need to read or watch Black Jack indeed *___*
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Hi Kriffy! =D It's been a while! Have you submitted your Rsom entry yet?
Anyway, yep! It's a must see anime. Though it's a huge shame that viz only published 2 novels of the manga. =/
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kriffix Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
yup all sent off thanks!
I'm not too happy with the result though U___U
although i'm real happy with how my Jiman entry came out. ^__^
How's your projects!? :D
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Aww, that's how I felt once I sent off my rsom entry last year. I was having doubts about it the minute I left the post office. XD; But here's hoping that you make it this year! *_*
At the moment, I have made a pitch to Tokyopop to serialize Redeemon, but they were quite prissy about it not being original enough. I'm kinda worried that I might end up with something quite complex, what with all the editing and all. @_@ Mou...
Also been working on a Black Jack doujinshi which I hope to post up sometime late next month. (Yes! Busy-busy! XD) No plans on entering any competitions this year!
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kriffix Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
w00t! good luck with the pitch.
John has enlightened us on the hardships of the editors and marketers. But bear with it, I'm sure you'll come out with something you'll be proud of! ^___^
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mippa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Hee hee! My name is Melissa too, and I am a die-hard BJ lover!!! This is so gorgeous--the lineart is incredible and soft--but having it in color just really brings it to life! 
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Hi Melissa! XD Actually, I have an alternative English name which is also Melissa! (W00t! The more the merrier!)
Thanks for taking the time to comment! *^v^*
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mippa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
That's awesome! :heart: Melissa's for the win!
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dia-aren-marie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
;_; Maiiii... thanks so much <3 It looks even more fantastic colored *_*

Yeah, in a way, he's fitting for the moment... but yes, thank you so so so much... this means a lot to me, as does our friendship. Wherever I'll get blown away to in life, I want to make sure that you will always be a part of it. <333 Sorry if I ever worried you too much... I made some idiotic decisions back then... but I've learnt from them and, despite me being a whiny emo kid at times, I'm so glad you stuck by my side through all that dramallama. Thank you so much Mai. ILU. <3 I really do.
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maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
I can't believe I haven't commented back for over a month. @_@

I'm so glad that you like the colorized version! ^^ I really do hope that you will grow stronger in life. It's good to hear that you're busy with college and other activities. =) Don't forget to relax and have fun! :hug: And if life is getting you down you can always consult to the good doctor himself. ;)
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Zetsway Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
fricky
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Kanpu-chan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
nice i like how the back round is different media then he is .
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thanks. Though it is still made using the same software. XD
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Kanpu-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
XD oh rly : 3 if you want or get the chance or both i have been making animations so if you want to take a look : 3
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Sure! i would like to take a look! =)
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kabuki-ikenie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
that's AMAZING!!!! i love the way you did the colouring
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:iconmaiyeng:
maiyeng Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Thankies! =3
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kevintheman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Like Jez said, the soft style and symbolism in this really stands out a lot and has so much meaning to it. The coloring is very well done with a nice style of shading applied to it. I really like how his pose and expression came out, and the background is very nice too. You definitely put a lot of effort into this which is a huge plus! The border is a nice little touch too. Fantastic job on this!
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