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CONSTABLE QUANDARY by Jerome-K-Moore CONSTABLE QUANDARY by Jerome-K-Moore
Comic Book Cover Art, Odo & the murder mystery, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Malibu Comics. Ink, Brush. Once again, a piece that was graced by the painting skills and inestimable color sense of artist Richard Ory. Most comic book covers are the interpretation by the artist of the crux or highlights of the story contained within, under the supervision of the editor. Here I was attempting to depict Odo, the chief character in this issue, amid the dilemma of solving a murder mystery. The matter is a puzzle, hence the background puzzle design, and the suspects are the pieces swirling around him, including members of his station crew, and, of course, Quark. Underlighting serves to set the proper tone.
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Dude, This was featured in the Star Trek Archives Comic Collection called "The Best of Deep Space Nine" in case you haven't been informed.:D
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No, I hadn't been informed.  That's cool.
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stowaway is in it too.
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devonsego Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I still have this issue laying about also. When moving or re-arranging my comics I'd always stop and look at this cover. It captures the feeling of the show REALLY well. The likenesses are spot on and the composition really keeps your eye moving frantically around the suspenseful Odo. What I possibly love best though is the perspective on the portraits of Kira, Dr. Bashir, and Quark. Not easy stuff to pull off and it works admirably here. I love your stuff and it really just makes me want to get down and draw more. 
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for the very kind words, and for your detailed explanation.  Greatly appreciated.  It's reactions like yours which fortify the reasoning behind an illustrator's most meticulous efforts, even if these may not always be as eloquently expressed as you have done.

As for the angled likenesses on the flying puzzle tiles, I enlisted the aid of a color copier, distorting the images appropriately.  This illustration was created back in the days when personal home computers were still mostly futuristic fantasy.  Today, it's a simple matter of using Photoshop.  But then, we still danced on the edge of the digital frontier.  Haha!
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DerWalzer Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Awesome!!!
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solomon-russell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. I remember this show, it was pretty good.
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todshi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I like the puzzle concept. After all, mysteries are puzzle.

You must be a real alanmooron.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Okayyyy...
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Erikonil Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, flashback. I had every issue of this series until Malibu quit publishing them and this was the first one that I bought just because Odo was my favorite character and this cover just jumped off the shelf for me.
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