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East vs. West by MichaelMayne East vs. West by MichaelMayne
Fighting game gals from both sides of the globe about to duke it out in a back alley.
Chun-Li (Street Fighter) and Mai (King of Fighters/Fatal Fury) rep the East while Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat) and B. Orchid (Killer Instinct) team up for the West.

This was fun for a number of reasons.
One, it's been quite a while since I put this much time into a piece that heavily features finished lineart.
Two, I had to decide whom to include. Chun-Li was the only obvious choice. Mai was fairly easy to include once I gave it some thought. Sonya was a strained choice just from within the Mortal Kombat series—I feel like even though she got her own game 15 years ago, Kitana might be the more recognizable femme fatale from that series; ultimately stuck with American Sonya to contrast her with China- and Japan-hailing Chun-Li and Mai. Orchid was the toughest overall choice because… I had a tough time trying to think of Western-developed fighting games beyond MK. When I couldn't really come up with any other iconic series/female characters, I assumed that meant that Killer Instinct's Orchid was the right choice for the final spot.

In general it was just fun working with designs I've gotten accustomed to over the last 25 years.

The Street Fighter series is the only one that I'm really attached to. I'm not hardcore enough for King of Fighters… haha! Mortal Kombat was always lousy to me outside of the taboo violence at the time it originally came out. And Killer Instinct was just… blugh. Working on Orchid was probably my least favorite part of this one—her outfit is dumb and I don't get it.

Anyway, who's your pick for the fight? Or who would you have included?
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:iconpsangoesdown:
psangoesdown Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
you right about orchid
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:iconlozanou:
Lozanou Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What a beautiful pic.
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Tahariell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Haha, great reunion.
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cancerberus97 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
epic win, sir
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:iconsrymond:
SRYMoND Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
This is outstanding!! :)
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HatedGreatness Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture and perfect choices for the characters.
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totalgymvssonic Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Chun-Li's the best, but I kind of like some of Mai and Orchid's moves. Good job on the art!
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RaidenSnake Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I think a more precise title for this pic would have been "East Vs. West and Interdimensional."  Lovely pic of the these ladies from their respective franchises.
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:iconpseudonoobda:
PseudonoobDA Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yep, the fighting game franchise has its fair share of sexy ladies. That's only part of the reason why I like it though.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Amazing
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
two of these for kill people for a living sooooo lol Awesome work here
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MrEdison Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Awesome piece. I agree wholeheartedly with your choices. If I were to change anything, it would be taking Mai out for Nina. The only reason I go against that is because she looks too American and it could have confused some people who's not familiar with the origins of the game.

As for your comment about Killer Instinct being "blugh"... I can understand where you're coming from if you've only played Killer Instinct 2/Gold; the original Killer Instinct, however, is one those games I would put in the 'Hall of Games'. It brought A LOT of different technicalities to fighting games and was way ahead of it's time (at least, in my opinion). Of course, seeing as how the game was created by RARE, I guess it's to be expected since they have made some of the most awesome games during it's prime. Anyway, the game included overhead (not jumping) attacks, clear wake-up moves, fake-outs, cancelable/transitional moves, a clear priority system, complete combo system, juggling, a special/token meter, combo-breakers, players can attempt to come back to life during the finishing state, and a slew of colors for each character. There's probably more things to list but this is fine. I just think that for it's time, Killer Instinct was the deepest fighting game with great characters, music, and visuals. :}

Oh yeah, I see that one/some person/people suggested someone from SkullGirls. While I absolutely LOVE the game, I don't think it has enough street cred to represent US of A.

... Now that I think about it, Morrigan Aensland could have been a really good pick for the Japan side.... I don't know who she would have replaced though, lmao. All three are among THE top to begin with!
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Esau13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry thats not jade! Oops... But I still have 10 bucks on Sonya!
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Esau13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive got 10 bucks on Sonya and Jade!!
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SkarrDWar Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome^^
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Lilly-Lamb Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Great pic! :icongreatjobplz:
If I
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Lilly-Lamb Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Sorry! ^^;
As I was saying before my tablet betrays me again, I would've included Cammy and Sakura (SF). As for the west side, maybe Shiva from MK3? It's really hard to come up with American based fighting game characters that aren't from Mortal Kombat or Killer Instincts. ^^;
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Project00Wolfen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a nice picture that was handled very well.
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FWuThirty6 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Love to see a rumble with them four.
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maya-v Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Cool!
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trumi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
As dumb as I may sound...I don't care if you find Orchid's outfit dumb as she is a legend !

However - you did her justice with your style and it is worth the praise.

Be proud of your work and style.
It is important  to be able to do justice to a character you don't like like Orchid.
Cheers.
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jayrich20 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As much as I respect Chun-Li and Mai for what they've done and what they can do, this will end in only two ways...

BRUTALITY!
or
ULTRA COMBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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quetzalgirl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Agree and the current MK fatalities of Sonya's was pretty sucky, so its better to do the old school fatality.

(TWISTER) Sektor would eliminated all of them and walk out of there, smirking like the bastard he was before he was made into the cyborg he is currently known.
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Amonjin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
This won't be that tough of a fight with Mai's Ninjitsu vs B. Orchid's tonfas. I'd have to side with the east. Sonya could literally kill any one of the combatants because she's used to having her life on the line at all times. That said, it's a pretty hefty match up against the 'Strongest Woman in the World' Chun-Li. With lightning legs... I'd be hard pressed to believe Sonya would win unless she did her 'Kiss of Death'. Interesting choices, great pic!
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RockyJoe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Should get rid of Sonya and Orchid and put in Filla and Cerebella from Skullgirls instead. :)

Skullgirls is a more worthy western made fighter than MK or KI.
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TheLurkerOnline Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Come back when they're actually licensed with several sequels.
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supersonic318 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Writer
Wow Great Cross Overs Rivals Vixens
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bolorny Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
B.Orchid for great justice ! :la:
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TheTriskel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Oh, Sonya's stomach is nice. <3
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iferania Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm probably in the minority but I'd pick Orchid. Ashamed *biased KI fan XD

But I agree that her outfit looks terrible.
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redeye1524 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Hell yeah, and her outfit looks pretty cool in the new one
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GodGriff Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Chun Li- aggravated.
Mai- irked
Sonya- perturbed 
Orchid- ornery
Me- fetching popcorn.  
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GaB0TiC0 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks GREAT!
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minol Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freakin Awesome!!
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MarkFanboy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this is a tag team match I'd pay to see!
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adamalonzo22 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now Thats Awesome!
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flyaccountant Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
good work
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sapiking Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013

Um... how about Nina Williams from Tekken to replace B.Orchid? Just a thought...

 

But yeah, I'm on the Queens of Fighters side... ^_-      Beautiful work...

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MichaelMayne Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
Tekken (the games themselves) are produced in Japan though. My conundrum came from not only pitting Western developers against Eastern ones, but within those parameters choosing characters that not only reflected those developers, but also something of their respective, hemispherical cultures.

Chun-Li, Mai, and Sonya at least all have costume designs that utilize familiar, contemporary or traditional fashion. Orchid's is… again, just kind of pointless. Unfortunately, I still felt she best represented a staple of the classic, Western fighting game genre, so I just ran with her. =/
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sapiking Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013

ah... that... makes sense...

 

true though, can't think of anyone else... or at least anyone else well known enough to be Orchid's replacement.

Anyway, again, great piece of art! ^_^

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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chun Li for the win. Against all of them.
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ApocalypseGroup Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Eastern girls rule :drool: :+favlove:
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Stubbornkizer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uuummm............. AWESOMEbe doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo be doo 
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brad0991 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Now thats what im talking about, great artwork
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Smilly7 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
great choices love the pic
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JSRT Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool pic. And yeah B Orchid's outfit in KI2 was dumb as hell. Luckily they changed it in KI3( along with just about everything else i hated about that game)
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MKRayden Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
nice artwork
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DaSpec Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! My allegiance is with the east team.
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EVOUniverse Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Writer
EPIC PICTURE...
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larthosgrr8 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
everything about this picture is epic!
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