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Vienna Blue Concept Sketches 01 by ElsonWong Vienna Blue Concept Sketches 01 by ElsonWong
I've always wanted to do a SKY ADVENTURE kind of story.


Tails Away was my first attempt but now that I've matured in my illustrations and comic technique I should be able to pull off a short story about the adventures of a protragonist named Axel 'Rogers' Smith.


Axel is suffering from remorse over his girlfriend's death during their early adventuring days. Several years passed and he is now working as a 'Trek Master' - a transit worker who is the pilot to one of the most reckless jobs in Cloud Nation - to deliver top priority freight in the shortest time possible (whilst avoiding peak hour traffic, hijacking attempts from sky pirates and facing deadly winged tyrants.


The job can be dangerous but the pay is pretty darn good. Though Axel isn't in it for the money... He's doing it because he's just very good at his job - one of the best in Cloud Nation. Maybe this is one way of making him forget about his past... Who knows.


Anyways I'm going to title this story as: VIENNA BLUE cuz I like the sound of it. What do you guys think? 8-)
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:iconthenoheartedbeing:
TheNoHeartedBeing Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a great story. I know you can pull it off darkspeeds. What i need to work on is human anatomy, and drawing what i want to draw. When i draw my drawings control me and become something i dont want, strange lol, anyway great stuff Elson.
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Emily-Young Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Aww...Sad about Axel's girlfriend...Poor thing. =(
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Doggshort Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Vienna Blue is an awesome name
oh and one question; I hear that when it comes to people that is still suffering remorse all for their love one, those people will might still get a chance, as in getting a girlfriend/boyfriend unexpectedly, but my question is, Will he get a girlfriend unexpectedly?
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay for fuzzy! Blue thing style is allergic to it (like +90% of any cartoon) so keep it up!
A series about errrr, guess his name was Vienna? Sounds me interesting.
Mecha robots scream me Code Geass!!!
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AvlynnTheFox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds interesting!
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
The Duke is back, technically.

The concept sounds interesting. By "short", you mean like a one-shot story or is it a bit longer than that?
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russellrock Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like an awsome idea!!! And the eyepatch, why is it that the most awsome charies have eyepatches? Hmm.... XD Well VIENNA BLUE </b> sounds like a great title. But is Vienna a city in Italy or is it an Italian or Spanish word? It sounds so familiar, like a word my parents and family say in spanish.
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Quilava82 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the character design! And the more I think about it, He kind of reminds me of Wolf O'donnel from Star Fox...
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Kolbatsun1226 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I always like sky stuff. Sky Islands, Sky pirates. But this is an interesting idea it is very mature. I want to see this through
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DragonFairy88 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If there's something that I like almost as much as a cool story/grafic novel, is the concept behind it!
This is surely full of potential (not surprisingly, since it's coming from a really talented artist...) and it surely makes me want to know more about this whole idea!
Summarized: nice job, as always! :D
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astroshadow Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this seems cool!
but i also really liked tails away! do you think you'll ever continue it maybe somettime in the future or let another deviant continue it?
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missyuna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow..., I reeeeally love this idea of yours, has this any connection with the Grand Hunter or Tails Away's story or is this something completely new : )?
I love the concept here, reminds me something alot from Final Fantasy games which had these kind of events....

To get in to more details, we as Sonic fans can clearly see theres a reference of Tails in this character, which is pretty awesome in the way you developed the character. He sounds pretty cool and mysterious judging by his background you provided to us in order to get info about his role in this story.

I love how you point things so detailed and adds descriptions to each of those shots, and I simply must say that your handwriting is so cool and stylish ^^!( I felt I haven't mentioned this to you before, so I thought this is the time to let you know XD).
VIENNA BLUE, I know Vienna is a name of a place, but do you know what it means : )? But anywho, I think you should keep that logo and add something in behind with some colors and symbols(well you added in cloud so that counts) and you're good :D, I can't see anything more fitting then that ^^, and again like I said, love your handwriting *_* !<3
Also, I was caught by surprise on how you combined that company logo in three letters "F.F.T" into that symbol as a result, well smart hidden :D~

As I can see now, this series will contain robots and machinery am I right :D?(well its pretty obvious since the adventure happens in sky, so flying robots and machines are necessary XD)... For me, drawing robots and machines are the last thing I would ever draw, because well in my weakness its just so complicated and I can barely draw E123 Omega (unless I spend hours and HOURS to make one sketch of him X,D), but you however seem to handle this pretty well. I don't know but what always captures my sight is the details such as cities,gears, nature, those are what mainly gets my attention,because those are bascially the things that I don't draw often and really wish to do so.
This is the main reason of why I envy your work in the first place every since I watched your work back in :icondarkspeeds: because those details attracted me the most(then of course Sonic and Grand hunter comes after) and how you make them is beyond me *_*.
I'm really looking forward to see this upcoming short story as well it can teach me how to draw those machinery and all the other little details that I happens to suck at as well X,D

Overall, all I can say is that I'm really looking forward to this new concept and at the same time I will learn how you make these drawings of certain objects I have difficulties with. Finally I want to say this sketch is just simply badasstic(woh new word XD) and I want to see more of Axel in this for sure ^^ (btw, you got this texture from :iconknelsen: ^^?)

If I enjoyed Grand Hunter series, then I will definitly enjoy this short one as well :thumbsup:
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! MASSIVE POST! XXD

Darn it I gotta get back to you on this but I only just got back from work! ;__; *falls asleep XXD*

To quickly answer one of your questions, no I haven't received that paper texture I requested. But the one I used here is from a random search on DA. XD Anyways I'll try to get back to this when I can, thanks for the detailed and insightful post Missyuna! ^_^ :hug:
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missyuna Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe, no problem :XD:!, and usually I don't write this much to anyone XDD, I only write to those people I happen to have such big inspiartion from,and things in these works that really catch my attention and at the same time gives me curiosity and will to learn something. And also, its always a pleasure for me to give you my thoughts of your works which I envy and learn alot from ^__^
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh token eyepatch characters... the world wouldn't be quite the same without your badass eyepatches making all the girls fall for you?

Sounds like an interesting concept for a story that could lead into some awesome and wacky adventures, I say go for it if you yourself like the idea. You got my vote on Yes
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Fruitso Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm liking the updated design! Say, will this character and story be related to Ashworth, or is this taking place in a different reality?
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HgCAW26 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   General Artist
This concept does show that your illustrations have matured over the years. I get the feel that the story has a futuristic setting, probably with romance & drama involved.
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EUAN-THE-ECHIDHOG Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there

Looking cool there bud ^^ When I look at the character though, he does kinda look like Wolf from Star Fox. Though could just be me ^^; Still, fabulous work there bud!

Euan
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Laffforever Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coolll
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Fly-Sky-High Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS! *big fan of adventures in the skies*
So you are making this as it's own story or Ash and his story might be a cameo? :3 That would be interesting either way. lD I see sky nation, cool character and an awesome vehicle, just the kind of stuff I'm really into at the moment (thanks to Solatorobo video game). XD
I like the sound of the tittle. So Alex will be the main character? Would be fun to see him make friends and gather a team through the story. :) The only thing I was change about the shirt is make it longer, maybe to reach his belt or tucked it but same design. :3
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Silvori Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   General Artist
Awesome
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Stelaris Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
DUKE VIENNA?!?!?!?
FJDKJDKJGDKJGSLDGJLDJGKSJDLGJSLDKGSDKG *explodes* :heart:
D< bullshit!! he doesn't look gay! he's just too sexy aafkskfksakfkaskfaksfs <3
So will you make a comic about him?? ;u; *puppy eyes* I love his design!!
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it all depends Anis! :D I'll probably do this comic as a one-shot short story - on an on and off basis. For practice I guess. ^^

Anyways glad you like the new design! He looks sexy doesn't he? ^_~ :giggle: Thanks for the feedback as always! 8-)
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Oceanstar1994 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student
If that is Duke in this..... then where is Salah? Can't forget him...... *Cries* :(
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:iconelsonwong:
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to see if I can incoporate him somewhere in my story - heck he might even make an appearance in ASHWORTH: Tales of the Cursed Wombat. ;)
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Oceanstar1994 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student
I hope so!! Salah was the best!!! <3 by the way, did I see the name Melissa on the back of the picture?
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes indeed you did! ;) Melissa will play a big part on the protagonist's constant internal conflict that is MAN vs. HIMSELF - she will be a constant reminder of his remorseful past actions. ;)
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Oceanstar1994 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student
YAY!!! Salah is so epic... I never even got to see his fire ability... *Dies of cuteness*
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Stelaris Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'll start to work in a little manga soon! >u< I hope that you can take a look!

YEAAAH FKDJFDJFK :Heart: I'm a fangirl of duke vienna now :giggle:
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Oceanstar1994 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student
Haha. Your comment is adorable! I have always love Duke Vienna along with his Vice Captain Salah. :) They are the best and the hottest!! <3
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Stelaris Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
totally agree with you! :giggle:
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Oceanstar1994 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student
I know right? If Salah never makes an appearance again the I will cry... :D
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CommissarZach Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm picking up a "Crimson Skies" motif.... Love it!
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:iconelsonwong:
ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't actually played that game yet but I have heard of it! O.O
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Smoke-Bomber Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
That's quite a good idea. Do draw some art for his equipment and the sky nation altaria because i can imagine a very steampunk inspired story here. I see Axel as very good at his job and self sufficient so his uniform could be anything but spotlessly clean. Call me wierd but i'm thinking of him as the MacGuyver Type as well. By that i mean a creature fond of creating his own tools and weapons. Like the jazzy title "Vienna Blue" it sounds very romantic if not dark. Good idea keep at it
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah a little bit of steam-punk going on in this story... X3 I dunno, I haven't actually been exposed to steam-punk styled art or films so I'll have to either do research or wing it! XXD This is after all just an experiment to exercise my comic creativity. ^^

Thanks for the feedback! ;)
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Smoke-Bomber Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Hah youre very welcome :lol: Well if i could give some suggestions it would be a few films/games that i have enjoyed myself. If its futuristic you'd like to aim for try Cyberpunk like "The Fifth Element", "Judge Dredd" or "Blade Runner" or even the game series Deus Ex. Actually there was an animated film i watched ages ago called "Steamboy" with Patrick Stewart. There's more of a selection for you to look up possibly :) i look forward to seeing more of what you do with this project ^w^
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Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, I remember the Tails Away. =p
It was probably one of the best fanmade Sonic comics out there (along with your SA2 comic), cuz it was rare to see the characters appearance a few years in the future, where they aren't pot sized anymore. XD
I think I speek for several current and former Sonic fans that we felt a bit down when you decided to discontinue it especially after the big announcment there's gonna be more of it.

Still, this looks rather promissing. =) I'm a supporter of original work; to which I wouldn't agree if you'd ask me a few years ago. =P

So, this is suppose to be a "futuristic" type of story than?

Also, Alex's transport looks like one from Dragonball. XD
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Been a while since we've seen the guys from the Ashworth Universe--NICE!!

One of the things I like the most when it comes down to it is Character Design: the way you give them a Backstory, Abilities, and all kinds of miscellaneous Data.
It's one of the more engaging parts that makes you understand and identify with them in a game or story.

...And since I'll probably be the first to say this, and I mean NO offence by it whatsoever, Axel reminds me of Snake Plissken from "MGS" and "Escape from L.A." and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Cool characters indeed.
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No offense taken. ;) From what I remember I only seen Nick Fury in an arcade game that was based of the PUNISHER series. XXD He's the dude with the eye patch! XD And I think I might have seen him in Spider-man comics too.

Anyways cheers for sharing your thoughts as always! ;)
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Dude, you actually remember that Arcade cross-over?!
I LOOVED that game--!!!
I think that's the first time I met the Punisher and became a fan of him just because of that game...that, and because I found another superhero without the whole Superman vibe going on.

Anyways, sorry if this is 'old' news but I was away and couldn't reach a computer to feedback.
Thanks again!!
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dadu79 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
what the heck is he wearing? helooksgay 8D *shotshotshot*
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dunno lah!
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dadu79 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
yay, you started the lah spamming X333 you should do that on your videos often, pretty please lah before i sing the song again XD
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
This guy looks totally amazing! Love the blue lineart and the small background details and the outfit details too! Very awesome concept and design! =D
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I appreciate the compliments! ;)
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
no prob! =D
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