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Anime USA "Honor and Duty" by kevinbolk Anime USA "Honor and Duty" by kevinbolk
Promotional art I did for Anime USA, an awesome little anime convention Nov 18-20 in Washington DC. I believe this will be used on their website.

Since the theme this year is "Honor & Duty", which is meant to celebrate folks in public service...firefighters, police, military, etc, I drew inspiration from (or did straight interpretations of) famous patriotic posters and illustrations.

The other pieces I did for the con:
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:icontrainengie:
TrainEngie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least it doesn't make us Californians look like cowboys.
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ButterflyYellow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I really like this picture, the details are great and I love the theme. I really like how it shows the great deeds women do in their strive to help empower their community.

Keep up the good work, kevinbolk!
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nice. i like the way you managed to make them of different races!
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:iconedgedweapon:
EdgedWeapon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Artist
This looks pretty sweet. I can't help but think of that new show about firefighters (although by now it's an old show) where most of the characters where white guys who never shaved.
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k-d-art Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool work
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:iconmandygamehouse:
MandyGameHouse Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Oh wow. I really appreciate this artwork. Fantastic job especially with the classic references and correct clothing. I love this so much. <3
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:iconmarcricket:
marcricket Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
:star: Your work has been featured: [link]
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:iconwildhart4art:
wildHart4art Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! :D I especially love how you designed the conventions mascot! :)
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:iconevildead159:
EvilDead159 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
love her design, she a cutie also lol
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:iconshella:
Shella Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Gorgeous! Lovely art and a wonderful celebration of the theme. As a little note, love the poses especially =]
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:iconxarti:
Xarti Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
EPIC!
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:iconautumnpalette:
AutumnPalette Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Take me with you!!! ;^;
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:iconmayraakadeath:
MayraAkaDeath Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!! XD
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:iconsarukinto:
Sarukinto Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
epic
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:iconpishy4:
Pishy4 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Is that Nurse Joy? O.o
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:iconms45:
ms45 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This is gorgeous! I'm a little sad that you can't illustrate us paper-pushers (we are the PvZ Sunflowers who "power an entire infantry"), but I guess then you'd have to explain who the chick in the suit was.
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:iconreneevliedig:
ReneeVLiedig Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This is cool, I like how it represents so many different aspects of American pride!
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:iconalexghost:
AlexGhost Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Love it. :3
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Chibi-Writer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I really like how you included many of the races of America without making it looked forced.
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:iconmecha-phor:
mecha-phor Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Good GAWD that's awesome, and this is coming from someone who isn't normally into anime! This is the sort of thing that should be used to promote anime to demographics that don't usually go for anime! Kudos, kudos I say!
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ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
This is awesome! It would make an awesome website banner.
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:iconminnie-salinas:
Minnie-Salinas Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really do love the patriotic theme with out the throat ramming. And the variety of designs together makes this even more awesome!
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STEAMHOUND60 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work, lad!
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:iconthe-mongoose:
the-mongoose Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is one of the most immensely cool things I have ever seen. What a great way to honor the people who work hard to keep us safe, healthy, and free! I love your style, by the way-- it's very free and full of movement. Do you do any animation? Your style would be perfect for it. Great work!
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SickTwistedSmile8 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
fantastic
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:iconjinnymcg:
JinnyMcG Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
:nuu:
You're gonna give me a fit of nostalgia...






:laughing:
Very nice illustration, kbo.
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:iconnaomi-daos:
Naomi-Daos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Love it! You rock!
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:iconbiddybuddy:
Biddybuddy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student General Artist
yes...
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EvelynGreene Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the fact that theye are all Women. Most would have them men, so I think its great that you have them shown as women.
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SaruCharmed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are they all women? They're not the only ones in public service, you know. xD
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ManifestedDreams Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Or rather, it was a piece made for a convention whose mascot is female. The whole thing is based on different famous posters.
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ManifestedDreams Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are all women because it was specifically requested by the people who commissioned the piece, as explained in the description :3
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SaruCharmed Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhhhh. Guess I missed that. Well that explains it. :)
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ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
If this was all men, you probably wouldn't have even noticed. Since men are considered the default.

For example, think of all the films you've seen where the entire cast is male, except for that 1 token female character who is a love interests.

I actually like the reversal from the typical cast, it places emphasis on women's involvement in public services. It seems almost necessary, since they make up mostly the minority and are already further marginalized because they are women.
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SaruCharmed Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm the kind of person who would have noticed that as well. I was just wondering if there was a specific reason they were all women instead of mixed. Also, I don't think all men is a "typical cast" anymore. I don't think that many people discriminate against women anymore either, especially me. I don't know how you could accuse me of that when you don't even know me. xD
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OriginaltoReality Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I understand the fact that you don't discriminate against women and I respect that. But your assumption that women are rarely discriminated anymore is rather ignorant. :/
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SaruCharmed Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I guess I don't see it that much, but you're right. It was probably the wrong thing to say. It's just I'd understand if he had said this was to celebrate strong women or something, but he said it was to celebrate honor & duty and folks in public service, and when I think of that, ordinary American people who do their jobs and keep the system going, I think of all kinds of people, all races, all genders, all sexualities, etc. But it seems he only portrayed women and I was just wondering what was the reason behind that. Just because they're more fun to draw? xD
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turbulosus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hooray, for public service!
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xluftiax Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Love that are all women, but why the election?
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:iconboomerbomb:
BoomerBOmb Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I like how they're all women. Women rock!
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:iconpaulmrthe:
PaulMrThe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Real Girl power. девушки власти
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Dradjinn Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yah! Women power!
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Qymaen15 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
This is awesome.
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MelzMoonzXD Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Iloveit.
seriouslyyouawusume:3
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ZimGalForevah Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is really inspirational! :+fav:
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:iconinuhsien:
InuHsien Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
*swoons* Too... Much... Awesomeness!
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:icondustynrumble:
dustynrumble Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Kind of reminds me of Sucker Punch outfits, in a way. In a good way~! I love the air hostess's expression!! Or is it a firefighter?
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DJBanana34 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
well isnt this kick ass
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BelchimaeraStarsong Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   General Artist
...you should do an Uncle Sam Wants You interpretation :D
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Goveg14 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
The nurse looks like :iconnursejoyplz:
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