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TJ COMBO: Killer Instinct Fan Concept by GuitarAtomik
TJ COMBO: Killer Instinct Fan Concept

I thought it would be cool this time to lay out my thought process breakdown for the design:

  • US Flag Tank Top: It’s not TJ without this. I tried to design one that didn’t look as corny as just a flag on a shirt. Kind of proud of the Combo logo lol.
  • Eye Patch: Because I fucking love eye patches. I always thought that was one of the coolest things about his design from KI2. He definitely needs this because.
  • Flat Top: I always liked the silhouette this made in the old games. You could shave his head sure, but that’s no fun. Video games don’t need more bald dudes.
  • Pants: Probably spent more time thinking about this than anything else lol. I feel like shorts (like his black one’s from KI1 and the new game’s design) make him look too much like a basketball player when combined with the tank top. You could make them shorter boxing shorts but then he starts to look too much like a Balrog knock off. Alternatively, his camo pants (from KI2) never really made sense to me and clash with his red, white, and blue shirt so in the end I met in the middle with black pants. I had toyed with the idea of sweat pants that I could put some more flag motifs on but decided to pull back and stick to jeans. I see TJ as a street fighter since he can’t box professionally anymore so I think his outfit should look like something he would just wear casually and he gets challenged on the street all the time. A full shirt and pants flag outfit doesn’t really fit with that since it starts to look like a corny uniform.
  • Sneakers: Along those lines, that’s why I went with sneakers instead of boxing shoes which most people aren’t going to wear outside the ring.
  • MMA Gloves: TJ was a boxer but let’s be real. One of this dude’s special moves is a tiger knee and he does grappling moves in the new one so I see him as a MMA fighter with a specialty in boxing. The MMA gloves then serve as a nod to KI1’s boxing gloves while not looking comical. The new design came to the same conclusion.
  • Beard: Kind of stole this idea from the new game’s design. I think it does make sense to age him up a bit and some facial hair is a good way to do that. TJ has always been flashy though, so I think an overly manicured beard makes more sense than a straight goatee. Plus it gives him a little more character.
  • Bionic Arms: I know I’m continuing the “cyborg black dude” cliche but fuck it. I like cyber arms. Since it’s something that’s always been hidden under his skin, I thought it would be cool if you just saw the circuitry glowing from under his skin. It’s funny because I thought this up independently before realizing the new design has more or less the same concept (except with scars). I imagine it working almost exactly the same where they’re mostly visible during special moves and glow/pulse more intensely during Instinct.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Lillica Libertine
  • Reading: Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
  • Watching: Flight of the Conchords
  • Playing: The Orange Box
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I'm starting to sell some shirts online over at based on a lot of my artwork including my Video Girls series. If you don't know what Redbubble is, it's a lot like DeviantArt except with a focus on selling stuff (such as t-shirts). So go check it out, take a look at my shirts, and maybe start selling your own.

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Also, thanks to Chamba for bringing it to my attention. Check out his DeviantArt here, and his Redbubble store here.



Marques Cannon
United States
Current Residence: Sarasota, FL
Favourite genre of music: Everything
MP3 player of choice: HP iRiver

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mojokingbee Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
tha for the fav.
KNADIO Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Dude you got an Instagram account?
GuitarAtomik Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Not for my art. Didn't realize people were doing that but that's not a bad idea lol.
pollygodiz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
oh my god
your art is awesome
PROtypeM3X Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing gallary, sir! truly amazing!
amuse Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
you have some very interesting work...

thanks for the watch ;)
GuitarAtomik Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thank you sir.
ron-guyatt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Thanks for the Fav+ :)
mojokingbee Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
tha for the fav.
beaucoupzero Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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