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Monkey King_Final by tombancroft Monkey King_Final by tombancroft
I debated about putting this one up because its for a book project that hasn't been published but then two things happened: 1) I realized that it is scheduled to only come out in China, so most of you won't see it and 2) Sean "Cheeks" Galloway put his version up on his DA account (check it out here, its awesomeness: [link]). That made me a little braver, I guess.

At any rate, this was created for a book called "72" which, I believe, stands for the 72 different artists that were asked to contribute to it. All were asked to do their version of an image inspired by "The Monkey King" story/fable that is an ancient Chinese story. This was great fun to do and I had the honor of working with my good friend, Chuck Vollmer, on the color. He painted the thing and brought a ton to it. Chuck is a former Disney background painter and a great illustrator. It's digital painting, in case you are curious. I've already posted a few develpment sketches I did, so check those out too. AND do NOT say the dragon looks like MUSHU! I'm a hack, I know.....

Pencils and Inks: Me
Color: Chuck Vollmer
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NatureFanatic2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Monkey Khan battling against a more larger, fire-wielding version of Mushu, haha. How epic can this get? The Chinese must really be enjoying the release of this graphic novel by now.
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majin88 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the BEST SUN Wu Kung Illustrations I've seen!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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BabyBalrog Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist
Glad you put it up. Your work is wonderful!
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snekcid Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this! I can imagine Pigsy shouting in the background, "WATCH OUT MONKEEEEY!"

That settles it. I'll be watching the box set at dinner times again. :D
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kwr2k11 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Monkey King was the inspiration for Dragonball Z. Journey to the West has its main character, Wu Gokou, the monkey king, using a "power pole" and riding a "Nimbus" given to him by a an old Turtle hermit.

Son Goku, Ox King, Oolong, Muten Roshi, Princess Snake, and Krillin are all inspired by characters from Journey to the West. Bruce Cambpell (of Army of Darkness fame) starred in the Sci-Fi (SyFy) Channel adventure movie "Monkey King", where he played "Scholar from Above". The author of Journey to the West was being persecuted by an evil wizard who wanted to destroy all the writings of the author through censorship and intimidation. Princess Whitesnake (the inspiration for Snakeway's resident snake-themed princess in DBZ) takes Scholar from Above on a journey to a world without reading and culture in China (the sacred teachings of Confucious were banned by the Jade Emperor, the supreme censor and main villain). Conficious was a prisoner of the Jade Emperor, as well as the Author of Journey to the West. At the end of the story, Ox King, the Monkey King, and the pig guy were all granted immortality by being included in the Journey to the West story.

The dragon the monkey king fights in Journey to the West inspired Akira Toriyama to create Shenron/Shenlong, the drago who grants wishes on the 7 Dragonballs.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wow, that's a lot of background to this story. Thanks.
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Skooterwolf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Cool! =D
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themexicanmaid Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I see Mushu in the dragon :) Very cool
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Figaro-8 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
I love this. Beautiful!

By thy side,

Figaro
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Awesome work
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
your welcome
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bradsmith20 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Tom! Just wanted to say your art is amazing! I've been analyzing and really trying to see what makes your style yours, i guess... I really enjoy your art pieces! I updated my site today and will be updating it more often! If you don't mind, can you critique and give me a few pointers? (i know we don't have similar styles but just thought I'd ask). Thanks!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the nice comments about my work, I really appreciate it. I looked at your stuff and you are off to a really strong start in your career. You photoshop painted cariacatures are really nicely done. The character designs are good too. I'd just say, loosen up and do more rough drawings and keep exploring a design or drawing before you "do up a final". I do the same thing, jump into a finished piece before I've really explored the design/sketch phase enough. I hope that helps. Best to you.
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bradsmith20 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! That means a lot coming from a professional! and thank you for taking the time to look at my work! ...Yea, I've been told that before, but easily forget when I start drawing. Thanks! I'll definitely have to work at that and slow down a little more.. Thanks again!
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SketchDalmatian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
WOW! Spectacular work as always, sir. ;)
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robins-egg-crayon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
*sucks in breath* This is amazing; the poses and the composition are just perfect. :D
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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nanook123 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
OH GEEZE! Your work is so fantastic. I loved this little guy in the development sketches and here he is in full color! Love this piece!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
verrry cool, tom!
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Holly crap Tom you killed this!!!!
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iloverichard Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
ahhhhhhh so cool!!!!
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elgunto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice !!
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isatatoku Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
love this
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fried Monkey, coming up.
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itslikebia Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Awesome!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I love the flames making up the dragon's spines, never thought of that before. :) This whole thing looks like a TV show that needs to happen. :lol: For a couple of years now, I've been pretty enthralled in research on the Chinese culture, especially in its ancient times. It's like a whole different world over there with its architecture and landscape and people, and I want so badly to see it for myself! :fingerscrossed: Appear to me, time and money, please!
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howardshum Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautiful piece, Tom!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Howard!
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esmeone Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Very cool!
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JKR-of-FtM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Next time I take a trip to China, I'm finding this! Actually, I have family and friends there, so maybe I'll just get them to keep an eye out. Save me a 15 hour, thousand dollar plane ride. :)
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Good thinking.
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Random-Darkness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
I was just about to say the dragon looks like Mushu... but then I read the A/N... So I won't... C:
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Bless you.
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Random-Darkness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Thank you. :)
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SamGorsuch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student General Artist
hahaha freakin epic
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ayeshoo123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student General Artist
MONKEH :V
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enchantma Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Who, amazing job to you both!! This looks so incredible!
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wizardofkitty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   General Artist
Old habits die hard when you draw the same dragon over and over. ;D
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Ernesto-Alonso Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
love the contrasting colors.
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SURFACEART Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Artist
great job but I'm rootin for the Dragon (I was born in the year of the Dragon-1964) and it's my company logo! :)
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j-arturo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
now that's awesome
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PotatoHeadsAwesome Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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GrifterWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Kind of reminds me of a "Samurai Jack" esque bit of artwork, I likes.
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Cindysuke Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful... always wonderful!!
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