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Ringo tribute by FabianMonk Ringo tribute by FabianMonk
I didn't know the man personally. But reading all these stories about him, all these little things about his character that people have been posting up everywhere online makes me wish I had. Seems like he was one of the best types of people. After I read the news of his death, I headed on over to his DA page, and seeing my own avatar in the man's friend list didn't make it any easier. I didn't even know the man was aware of my work. But I guess that just proves what everybody has been writing about him.
Jon approached me with the idea of making a tribute piece for Ringo. It was originally supposed to be somewhere on Newsarama, but I missed that deadline. I didn't want to rush this piece either though.

Rest in peace Mike Wieringo. :iconwieringo:


Pencils: Jon Sommariva :iconred-j:
Colors by me.

Software: Photoshop CS.
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:icondermurderfrog:
DerMurderFrog Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
I'd love to know how to color like this. Sick..
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LS-Design Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
you are amazing i love it.
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mackiechan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks so perfect *-*
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knowleser Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
touching...

and beautiful sentiment.
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nabeunderpeople Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
it looks like one of ramos ;) but the art is great althrough... he miss us all a lot, n I think he may love your works. great.
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rapxic Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
sweet work man and tribute didn't think it would be right for me to comment the same day you made this but anyway i feel better now, great emotion and atmosphere
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Ethereal-Glutton Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Touching tribute...and beautifully done...

excuse me...I think I have to cry now :(
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3DVortex Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
full of emotion, I love it :)
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man!

But tell me. HOW WAS CHICAGO?!
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TeddyLuck Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Student Interface Designer
long time no see xD
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Filmographer
dude this is insane....

(more coming in the email, hint hint) :)
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks dude.

And, SO looking forward to that!
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pacman23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
that's nice man. and that tree branch is crazy.
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks dude.


So, did you hide anything funny or weird in those airline safety instruction illustrations?
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pacman23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
As bad as I would've liked to, the FAA wouldn't allow me to put skulls with fire on t-shirts and people puking their brains out. I'll probably do a parody with my own illustrations just for the hell of it
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RyanOttley Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Artist
Nice. Best tribute pic yet.
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man, that really means something coming from you.
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dilemmagal1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
looks good as
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jelmerschmit Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He'd fav it!;) respect and good luck to all his friends/relatives! great tribute
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man.
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osodelpan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mike must be proud! great!
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Vegetorott Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
I love it. very touching. almost makes me wanna cry with him.
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:iconjavas:
Javas Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Artist
what a great coloring bro, it amazes me
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks yo.
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HobbsEnd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
You've done a great service and tribute to the man, my friend. I'm sure from where ever he is, he appreciates your work, as well as the all the work and stories that have been attributed or dedicated to him. Well done
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
We can only hope.
Thanks man.
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Br0kenAngel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
awsome work man i have all his books he was a great artist
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inconnunom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
yea I too wish that I was able to meet him before he died, his work was very good.

"Men are born, Heros die, but Legends live forever."
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm absolutely sure he'll live on in memories.
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Penril Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
It hit me real hard :(
He was an awesome man, and he was always welcoming and giving tips and stuff to newbies like me. He was some sort of....safety badge...for newcomers. I don't know. It was a great loss, but It's good to see this tribute pieces, it really shows how much people loved him and his characters
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment man. It means a lot.
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kid1989 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
very nice coloring on a piece that exhales sadness, too bad I never heard of him before, but to have an heart attack like that is just stupid, cmon the guy was just in his fourties
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
And healthy too. Vegetarian, working out regularly... not fair is pretty much exactly right.
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ssava Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Really nice.
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dr-conz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
im sure he would loved this.:handshake:
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks dude. It's sad how he had to die in order for this collab to happen like this, but I guess sometimes that's the way things go. Really would have loved to meet him though...
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dr-conz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
yeah it is unfortunate, but we're all glad you did it.Im sure all who knew him and saw this really appreciate the incentive.
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ShaunONeil Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Filmographer
dude that kinda makes me wanna cry:(
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:iconfabianmonk:
FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Reading all those things about him had the same effect on me.
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eL-HiNO Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
man... just .... wow...
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ZEBES Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist
excellent tribute guys...
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man, glad you like it.
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Zatransis Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well done, sir. A fitting tribute.

M!
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks.
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BarTouv Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job , love you work as always, and as an add bonus you did a tribute to a truly great artist. i truly enjoy the sadness and the vibe that this peace gives off. but i think you should have add a little more to the background , i understand you didnt do the lines but still. even though i think this is beautiful , :D
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
I thought about it. I was going to render the clouds and give them a form, but in the end I decided against it, to keep all of the focus on the character. Thanks for the comment!
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RyuDan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
He was also incredibly talented, man i love when you team with Red-J haha
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thanks dude, glad you like it.
Yeah I like teaming up with Jon as well, haha.
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Angelo975 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Mike was one of the best :)
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