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Hiro Protagonist: Snow Crash by IzzyMedrano Hiro Protagonist: Snow Crash by IzzyMedrano
It was time to take another shot at some of my favorite characters in literature. It's so crazy to see how far I've come since I first tackled these subjects! Here I am trying to get attention for some potential film work. We'll see if these get me any nibbles. *fingers crossed*
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Schoenfe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Uniquely stunning
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tetrid Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the coolest concept art I've ever seen.
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if I've commented here or not, but this is one of the best takes on Hiro I've seen yet. This would be a great design for a movie or mini-series. 
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LBAMagic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic. love the neon fx. :) (Smile) 
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work.
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aswarp Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best Hiro illustration out there!
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axisofadorable Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome. perfect hiro. :P
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Kaoskid1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Why does he look like Eka Darville?
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Because you know who that is and made a connection. 
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Kaoskid1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Eka Darville? Power Rangers RPM? Spartacus Blood and Sand? This Guy:www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Ek…
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh, man.  Now that I see him, I have NO idea how you could confuse the two.  Their only similarity is a bit of wildness in the hair.  
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Kaoskid1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Maybe it's just me, then. My apologies.
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radikhal-ed Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Really fantastic.  How long did this take you?  
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Artist
A couple of days. :D
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radikhal-ed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I'd really love a print of this and YT.  Do you sell prints or would you be opposed of me taking the original downloaded file to Staples and printing a copy to hang in my cubicle? XD
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artist
I can post a high res to a printing site for you, if you are serious.  Usually when people request I end up posting something and nothing happens. lol!
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DeadSuperHero Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Deliverator! <3
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If anyone's gonna play Hiro it should be Daniel Dae Kim
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Hiro is only half Korean.  However, I think Daniel would kill the role.
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If he does that skin thing Robert Downey Jr did in Tropic Thunder then he'll definitely own it for sure
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Artist
Hahahaha,  Sadly, I was thinking the same thing.  There has to be a solid halfy actor out there though!  Somewhere?!
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you know what they say about needles and haystacks
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palorwolf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love the colour choice and the whole image reminds me a Shadowrun and the fun of that game with riggers and street samurais! :)
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draighnean Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Will Smith is cast ... of course!
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Xedarix Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
wow, really, this Snow Crash works are amazing, I'll faint XDXDXD
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Vongchild Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome! I love the neon and the detailing on his visor. Did you have a specific actor in mind when you drew this, like you did for the YT piece? 
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Artist
For this one, I tried to nail the racial description.  It was very hard to get the two different elements to mesh in recognizable ways.  I really don't know who'd I'd cast for Hiro. :(
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Winter-Drift Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Stellar
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
sweeeet. I love this take on Hiro. it's very balanced between the gritty and sleek, laid back but almost intimidating presence with a touch of the cyber. His hair, you earn win just for his hair. Well done
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Morgan-Skye Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Some one finally got him right!!
Phenomenal book.... one of my favorites.
Great work.
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tracyhaynes Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Just started reading the book. Love it. This is an outstanding render of Hiro.
Hats off to you, sir!

TH
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roaet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Oh please can I get a print of this!
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artofsdot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great work mane!
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willbig13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
This is exactly how I pictured him. Great work.
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The lighting is AWESOME. Love Hiro's goggles. I like the clothes, love the added touch of the beads, and the face is definitely Hiro.
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gensanity Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
cool goggles
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NKOSI-Publishing Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Awesome.
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protoPrimus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the book. Love the art.
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muadib79 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Oh yeah, Hiro practices Kenjutsu not Kendo. Kendo is a demanding sport version of Kenjutsu, which is the actual fighting art. But your work is awesome nonetheless.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artist
I know. I never implied he practiced Kendo. :) Thanks!
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muadib79 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Cool! Any particular actor you had in mind when you did that?
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artist
Not really. The specificity of nationality makes it really tough to nail it. I would probably cast Donald Glover, honestly. Get him super lean and muscular... I think he could pull it off.
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Skorpychan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I want those shades. And that jacket.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! Looks about as described, I dig it!
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BRrob Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Man, out of all the work i've seen you do, you'll get it 4-sho
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olbertus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I like it, you captured the character very well physically right down to the bi racial aspect. My only minor gripes are that Hiro is explicitly described as ALWAYS carrying both his katana and the shorter wakazashi swords in the traditional place on the hip (even in the metaverse). It's the essence of the character that he is deadly serious about his sword skills and here he is kind of holding the sword like a wanker from the hood (sorry) instead of the correct stance and grip he is fetishistic about in the novel.

Anyway I really like it but I guess it rubs me the wrong way that you kind of dumbed the character down, even though undoubtedly this was not your intent.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Artist
I don't consider it dumbed down. Many swordsman are depicted in the old woodblock prints as being in a relaxed pose with their swords. No swordsman needs to be constantly in a horse stance. Look at the casual threat in all the post classical fighting styles of musashi when he became so good he had to use a stick to make a sword fight fair for his challengers.

Sorry, man. I disagree completely. I imagine Hiro at a level way beyond the stringent and anal forms of kendo. I see him as a poet with his steel. That requires some attitude and a willingness to play. Shame ya got rubbed the wrong way, but I designed this guy with full intent.
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olbertus Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
It's a loooong time after but I kind of regret my original critique looking back and I never realized until recently how the system works here (just saw your reply for the first time). Saying that you dumbed it down was plain rude and I apologize for that, it's your own interpretation after all. I was just being an inflexible dick about changing the way the written character is portrayed. You are absolutely right that he is not restricted by Kendo and the book explicitly states it when he fights a duel.

I still miss the wakazashi though, he is never without it in the source material but again...it's your interpretation and I like your idea that he has become Musashi-esque due to being "the greatest swordfighter in the world", the pose reminds me of Mifune's character in the Seven Samurai who always carries his sword over the shoulder, a nuance I also missed first time around.

Keep up the good work!
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Artist
No problem.  I welcome critique and thoughtful commentary. :D  Thanks for stopping by again, I hope you enjoy the other artwork as well. 
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Cool!
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