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Joe Asakura the Condor by DigiFuMaster Joe Asakura the Condor by DigiFuMaster

Joe (or Jō), also known as the Condor, is the deadliest of the Science Ninja Team and the most eager to confront enemies head-on, either blowing fighters out of the sky with bird missiles or overpowering opponents in direct martial arts combat.

Joe and Gatchaman characters were created by Tatsuo Yoshida and appear in anime produced by Tatsunoko Productions.  Since their original appearance, Gatchaman has been through several incarnations and adaptations; the characters and the team itself have been given several different names each; Joe has also been known as Jason, Dirk Daring and Joe Thax the Falcon and the team has also been known as G-Force and Eagle Riders.

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This fanart of Joe was to be a cinch since I could copy & modify from Ken the Eagle's 3D file, but then I looked at things like the awkward look of the cape.. so that had to improve ("No capes!" I keep imagining Edna Mode shouting).  I had to juggle a few other ideas that vied for my attention, and then, work & home life got in the way and before I knew it, almost a year had passed.  But, here we finally are.

As with Jun the Swan I'm pleased with this background thanks to a couple more of Victoria Goodman's images I composited together.  Again it's become a bit of an homage to Alex Ross and his amazing Battle of the Planets paintings :).


Copyright:
- Gatchaman concept, characters and designs are copyright (c) Tatsunoko Productions

Pose:
- Do an image search on the net for "gatchaman" or "joe the condor" and you're bound to see several instances of the awesome drawn & painted artwork that I've (with some effort) based this rendered pose & camera angle off.  Most of the found instances accompany articles with references to the game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, so I presume that's where the artwork originated from; though I'd love to hear from anyone who knows who created it & who it actually belongs to.

Software:
- Carrara 7 & 8 Pro
- Photoshop: Compositing, resizing, colour-adjustment, touch-up & signaturing

Models:
- Figure: Daz 3D's Genesis with Michael & Hiro morphs
- Bodysuit: Hiro 4 Upgrade of M4 Bodysuit
- Modeled & textured by me: Helmet & design, chest symbol, cape, belt buckle, pistol & holster
Backdrop:
- Tweaked & composited from a couple of images from superb collections, '30 Sky Backgrounds' & '30 More Sky Backgrounds' by Victoria Goodman

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Joe the Condor's Grappling Pistol by DigiFuMaster :pointl: One of Joe's accessories.

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seashore-aurora Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
I have done a Mark/Ken pic comment on my page to see what you think!!!! Are you going to draw more Gatch/BOTP stuff I look forward to it!!!!!
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DigiFuMaster Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
Your what makes Mark, Mark! pic is great!  Yes, I have more ideas and I'm working on more pics, which I hope to get out soon!  Thanks for your comment :)!
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KT1972 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Looks awesome :)
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DigiFuMaster Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thanks ;P!
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Pandorana9 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Nicely done. :) You did forget his team symbol on his chest! (I've forgotten all kinds of elements before, hehe)
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DigiFuMaster Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Thanks!  You mean the red phoenix symbol?  If so, it's actually there, but as I feared, it's really hard to see against his brown suit.  I thought of outlining it in black like the original pic's, but I think that's only outlined as a "cartoon" element.  I'll try playing around with the colours a bit more.  Thanks for the feedback, Pandorana :).
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Pandorana9 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I debated whether I should say something or not but we've always had nice chats so I hoped you'd take it as constructively as I meant it. :)
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DigiFuMaster Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Hehe, constructive and genuine querying were the only ways I thought of what you said.  And, it was a much needed feedback from another set of eyes.

So, I've changed the shading of the suit and the symbol, in effect, reversing which is darker & which is lighter.  IMO, it's a bit better, but I'm not sure what you or others think.  This problem's been with me since the early stages of colouring, actually :shrug:.
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Pandorana9 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student General Artist
That shows up a lot better! If it were me I'd be satisfied, but you're you, so do what you gotta do. :)
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DigiFuMaster Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
Oh cool!  I shall leave it for now & move on to something else.  Cheers!
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