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Counterparts: Team Leaders by DCLeadboot Counterparts: Team Leaders by DCLeadboot
First of three in a mini-project.
This is basically a look at how the Dan Clan and Retsubnad have their own teams in their world, both on opposite sides but with a common role for their personnel.


Danbuster is considered the leader of the Dan Clan - not the brightest of sparks and something of an impish punster who takes few things seriously, but dedicated to standing up for everything good and just, and carrot cheesecake.

Retsubnad is his own driving force in a quest for world-domination - a cunning plotter and a gifted caster of Elemental magic, however his obsession with wanting to be respected drives him to megalomania.
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:icon5tevenm:
5tevenM Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Dan looks so funny with those teeth!!
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And as the years move on, he looks all the more goofy... :XD:
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5tevenM Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I can only imagine
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shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
tis almost like :iconsonicplz: & :iconscourgeplz: at least these two remind me of those two lolz. =D
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, guess there is an uncanny similarity... :giggle:
Though at least Danbuster and Retsubnad get along - sort of? ;)
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PierreAndAndre Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey great pic. Danbuster is looking really good now since the last time I viewed your art. Been out of the loop for a while and switching accounts and whatnot. But you have improved a lot. :)
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this new method lately of drawing the artwork by hand in pencil, then vector-line tracing and colouring in Flash! ;)
Gives me clean cartoony results!
Thanks! :aww:

Been away awhile, eh? Then you probably won't know Thoronraw yet? :D
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:iconpierreandandre:
PierreAndAndre Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the best way to compose art it seems. I do something similar, but I don't use vector. I actually ink the sketches and scan them, clean them up in Gimp and color in Gimp. But year way sounds better. Eventually I'll work my way up to those techniques. But yeah, your work looks a lot cleaner now.

No, I'm not familiar with Thoronraw. I've been so out of the loop for almost a year now. Just slowly getting back now.
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All comes with experience, I guess... ;)
Yeah, you'll have to get to know my characters better... :giggle:
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Phraggle Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   General Artist
I wanna be on both teams. :D
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danbuster: How can you side with the good guys and bad guys at the same time? :XD:
Retsubnad: Well, that's only likely to work when we have to some common cause to team up against! :evileye:
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:iconphraggle:
Phraggle Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   General Artist
Hmmm.... maybe I have split personalities. :D
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danbuster: Must be quite a trick to split yourself in two like that... :XD:
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Phraggle Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   General Artist
It can be, yes. :nod:
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felousefarnayne Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oooo they both look so cool and awesome with how you posed them like that, look so dignified (which says a lot about Danbuster XD ) and the colours are just as equally well used too nice work and keep it up n_n
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Fel! :)
Yup, Danbuster's capable of looking goofy but dignified when he has to... ;)
As for Retsubnad, he just goes out of his way to looking imposing! He feels he deserves such respect! :XD:
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I didn't know that Retsubnad had his own logo, however, that could just be me lapsing in attention. Heh.
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the actual logo was first seen in his 66'666 Views celebration [link]
Not to say that his logo is official in this form... that's just a counterpart. His hare-silhouette logo usually just appears on the wall-hangings of his castle! ;)
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naysu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
that looks great!
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :hug:
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:iconbrunomeles:
BrunoMeles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work on Danbuster and Retsubnad here, the two team leaders certainly seem quite like opposites here! :)
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's hard for them to agree on anything, for sure... :giggle:
Thanks very much!
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
According to the way they look, I can tell Danbuster seems to be treating members of his team rather as partners, while Retsubnad must be approving the "rule of an iron hand" ( that the leader has to be obeyed without objection or the team members under his command will feel his rage ). :thumbsup:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True enough that Retsubnad pulls no punches when it comes to ruling the world... or at least what he could rule, if Danbuster didn't keep thwarting him... :XD:
While Thoronraw is the closest thing he has to a friend, Retsy doesn't take no for an answer and often vents his frustration on his annoying sycophant-sidekick Wally...

As for Danbuster, he tries to be a friend to everyone and particularly values his friends and house-mates Frederick and Spencer! He's often grateful to them for their steadying influence. :aww:
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that looks very nice =3 I love the fuzzy faces you two have and I noticed the logos on the bottom too! Would this mean that Retsy will sabotage any of the future flash animations Danbuster and pals will crank out and then replace it with Retsy's magic or something?

Or are they're posing to see how heroric/badass the two would look? Either way it looks nice
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... I kind of like the guys having cheek-fuzz! Helps to distinguish from the smooth, silky fur of the female cast! :)

Heh, guess you could say that Retsubnad just created a counterpart-logo to match mine/Danbuster's usual one. That's not to say it's official... outside their universe! ;)
Might still appear on Retsy's own work, of course! :XD:

At odds or in an uneasy alliance, Dan and Retsy can certainly match each other for badassery! :giggle: (If that's even a word)
Thanks, Alex!
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! I wonder what kind of stuff will Retsy crank out this time? Maybe turn Cliff into a newt again?
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Retsubnad: Well, transformations IS an area I need some practice in... :evileye:
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cliff: <<() Cant I be turned into something better then a newt?
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Retsubnad: *playing along with his own subtle joke* I don't know... it depends how good I get at this... ;p
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Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is rather good, kinda reminds me of the relationship of the Marvel version of Thor & Loki. Both are Brothers but have their own agendas. They look rather awesome here. Great job.
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Luke! :aww:
Heh, guess sibling rivalry goes deep - even with old Norse gods? :XD:
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BluebottleFlyer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept indeed, and you've certainly highlighted just how opposite this two are. :nod: Nice work on their poses, and I've noticed they're looking a lot more fuzzier than previously - slight tweak to their design? :thumbsup:
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Mark! :aww:
Yup... as Gimli said of Gandalf and Saruman, "so like and unlike" :XD:

There's certainly been some tweaks to the designs, too - the guys now how cheek-fuzz, since it looks cooler that way! ;) I even altered that in their reference-pics!
The raggedness also helps to distinguish a bit from the girls, whose fur is all silky and smooth...
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MRSaeba-San Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent poses. ^^
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Kyo! :)
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MRSaeba-San Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem Dan. ^v^
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EUAN-THE-ECHIDHOG Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there

Oooh! Nice pic of Dan and Rets there ^^ Great job there

Euan
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Euan! :aww:
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