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Hunters by Shimmering-Sword Hunters by Shimmering-Sword
Long time no Ranger art! The solder was picked by request, and I was itching to paint some exotic mecha. Done an about 3.5 hours, possible a little less.

A Ranger infantryman is caught off guard by a nimble heavy type power armor.
The power armor uses a neural link to control the extra set of arms, rather than slaving to the users arms. It can carry a wide variety of weapons from machineguns to light autocannons while it's shoulders can internally or externally mount additional firepower, such as HEAP rockets.
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:iconj4yk:
Very masterful render. I think this piece falls short in composition, the eye is not oulled around to show off the work. there is a large vacant space in the top right and bottom left quarters of the image. the flow starts light spot, moves to the blue eyes, the orange eyes, then the tip of the gun, out of the painting. There are a bunch of thing you can do to bring something interesting into the rest of it. some smoke off the gun, directing the eye to some lights on the mech's left arm. bring the sogiers right arm down to point at the mech's knee and do something a little interesting with that leg. you could also do some neat things with complimentary colors or textures and the like.

Loomis has some great literature on design "Andrew Loomis- Eye of the Painter" online for free most of the time.

I hope you found this critique useful and constructive.

-Jacob Kindt
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Love it! However, I think it would have been more tense and dramatic if the figure below was angling his head upwards to catch a glimpse of the mech looming down on him. I love the design of both the figures, and also the muted palate but think that you could have made it a bit more dynamic. Also, perhaps a little more intensity on the eye areas of both figures? In all though, a great effort and your style suits this genre very well.

That's pretty much all I wanted to say but I'm below the word minimum, and so fluff flufff! And perhaps just a little bit more fluff ;).
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BETA368 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Does the lower set of arms belong to the operator? Or are they meant for more "delicate" work?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Operators arms.
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BETA368 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I'd hate to be in that thing then.
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psychohare0 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
great job on the compositioning and movement of the big giant, too bad that guy's spine is going to get crushed
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zloypolzun Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
nice)
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HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
about to get pwned
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mdude009 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Soldier: "That's it, game over man! Game over!"

Well maybe not, I'm just gonna go ahead and say it, those arms look ridiculously under armored in comparison to the rest of the suit, so unless there's some kind of shield there all it would take one good shot at the right angle and that drivers got a brand spankin' new hole right in his lungs.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I admit, it's more style over substance here :P
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Misegard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The guy behind the rock must be thinking: "OH FU*K ME"
Awesome art! :D
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Turkey13 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Incredible!
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DeceitfulMithe Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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khumbirafoxhound Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Fantastic perspective!!! looks great dude!!!!
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
Man this is an awesome piece. I really love the posture of the Ranger soldier, gear, everything, looks sweet, and the mech concept is great too, not to mention new? Which is always nice. Love the shelf-like nature of it's upper body, reminds me ever so slightly of a Tau Hazard battlesuit, but... better.

That said a couple things are irking me. If you don't mind getting critiqued by someone far worse than you, I'll throw them out there.

1) The hand on the big arm - it doesn't really look functional. Four fingers encompassing less than half a full circle in rotational degrees? I know it's a robot hand so it could do some funky shit, and there might be some thumbs we're not seeing, but it just looks too bulky.
2) The perspective seems to shift - on the armor's right leg, it's right on the line of the concrete, but then the upper body seems too far back (idk why, that's the feeling I'm getting), and the other leg is also far back, despite not turning and the wall appearing to angle towards it from the right leg.
3) Personal preference, but it seems like having the small arms so high and forwards on the superstructure would get in the way. I would move them further down and back. Again, getting very personal preference.
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Bigviggenschtein Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I disagree with the critique that criticized about the conflicting styles, I think too many concept artists are scared of using different styles in their work.


Maybe the arms are disproportionate, but disproportion could be the style itself, it makes it less mainstream and more interesting in my view.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think a part of it is not understanding the workings of it. Though it is true that if you're going to armor one set it's nice to armor the other :)
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Generalfoley Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Writer
Ranger: "Christ, I hope he doesn't find me..."
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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RageMachine71 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
That's really amazing.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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RageMachine71 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
My pleasure.
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Good job Anthony, I like it when you do your own works. Hope you elaborate on them more soon.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
When I have the time :)
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
I know how that goes.... =(
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FenrirITA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
You give me emotions
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Those feels.
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome piece as always mr. sword, seems the game of hide and seek is about to close.
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whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very natural poses for both, especially considering their technical nature. I mean, the guy doesn't look like a pile of metal, he looks like a man in a suit, which can be hard to convey.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Keilink Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this guy is screwed :D.

The armor type reminds me AppleSeed.
With the concept on of the hunter and the staging of the situation I would call the suit "Worg(en)" :p

Amazing work :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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RockMaster Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The mech reminds me of Appleseed, but the soldier makes me think of Blacklight: Retribution. The helmet in particular: [link]
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Keilink Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those gears are cool in fact :D
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Shima-Games Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Looks cool as hell to me.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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z3r0m1nd Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Fantastic piece. Glad to see some Ranger art again!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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asemharun Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Fricken awesome.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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WulfenlordDM Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Nice scene! It looks like:
Mecha: - Um, hello! Excuse me, sir... Sir! Can i gain your attention, please...
Soldier: *thinking about something and ignoring the Mecha*
Mecha: - SURPRIZE!!! :squee:
Soldier: - Wha.. OMG!!! XP
=) Also, love your monochrome-like approach - it lets their colorful eyes shine in the dark. Good work with light too.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In this process I paint the background/environment colors in, then sketch in the figures with only slightly different colors. Keeps everything simple and in the mood.
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WulfenlordDM Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Exellent work, even if you say it`s "simple" one.
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warsol12343 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
wow don't move and maybe it won't notice him
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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MaD-PhantoM Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
shit just got real... awesome piece of work!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, thanks.
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chiller963 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
black light retobuition anyone?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They copied me :P
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CPatten Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was just about to say that, my S.O. works on the character art for that game, so I automatically was like..."familiar...."
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Nice work!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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