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Blood Wake by VulnePro Blood Wake by VulnePro
And one more updated Theos image art piece, this time a more significant face lift. I was recently invited by :iconfuchsiart: to be part of her favorite artists gallery for Ballistic Publishing's pending D'artiste Character Design book.

Due to have so little time, because I had been taking care of my Father, I had to resort to already completed work. I thought it would be fun to revisit this piece again so this is what resulted. The big change is the hue is now a more greenish sodium vapor tint and the wall has a wallpaper Photoshop texture pattern applied to make the BG more interesting. The colors were tweaked a bit throughout and the sendai got some punchier shadows. Was fun to experiment on this one as there will be things I plan to try again for sure.

The original piece can be found here: [link]

So far the FOILs have gotten a lot of love in this gallery (and more are pending) at the expense of showing more of the sendai, the FOILs much, much smaller kin. Sendai will appear more and more in future postings as their population numbers are rather large in the SOL system.

As the war escalates to alarming proportions on Polemos stability begins to erode on Indus as well. The sendai population, now gaining a spiritual inclination their human owners have abandoned long ago, begin to mobilize politically, and socially for more freedoms. In doing so many turn to violent means as one such revolutionary minded S.A.D.U.S. (Self Aware Defense Utility System) takes the path of blood.

This one is a Jiendel manufactured SADUS with likely multiple brains that may not always agree on who's in charge. Clearly this can lead to problems. The small bio-mechanical fella (this one aprox 5 feet in height) is wielding a Geind Machine Stein Shettier (Stein being rifle variant Shette weapons).

The scene is on Indus, hence Theos ke Basilea as the Indus storyline dovetails into conclusion of the entire arc.

Pencil rendered background. Digital ink and cell shades, color renders, and updates in Photoshop CS3
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Zaeta-K Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
New desktop material right here :D

Really awesome.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sweet :)
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Willow-Pendragon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YESYESYES!!!!!!!!!!!:iconimhappylaplz: :iconilavplz::iconimhappylaplz: :iconilavplz::iconimhappylaplz: :iconilavplz:
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:iconrlytearplz:The words this picture makes me feel.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks for the stream of impressions there :) I'm glad the piece evoked such a response.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I can appreciate the muzzle flash and spent shells in particular :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :) Yeah those were fun to work out and I plan to do some even cooler stuff, in this vein, soon.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This one is great, Mike. :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks Travis, glad you dug it :) More or less some experimenting in the form of updating an older piece. I really like the result though so I expect to do even more in the future. Been awhile since I caught up with you and Lincoln. Hope you guys are well.

Best man!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, we haven't had much time for Xbox Live lately but maybe we can hook up for some HALO again soon. :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Indeed :)

I hear you on time, been a pretty crazy few months for me as well. There's always Skype too. I'm typically on but silent running ninja style.

Cheers!
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paranthropus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Cool piece. This one really shows off your Photoshop skills, too.

There are not many people who can execute this calibre of work and back it up with eloquent description as you have done.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks Tom for the kind words, a appreciate it. I've had less, and less time, as you know, due to the situation with my Father but seeing as things have calmed down a bit it's been much more even keel now. I'm just happy he's doing well so I can keep an eye on him still and get to some work as well.
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electronaut Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I really like this art nouvo feeling in your designs :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I appreciate it :)
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cromArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is really cool !
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Fantastic piece.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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TypeProton Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So it's robot uprising again huh? :D
Anyway, you made a great pic!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Something like that, or maybe this guy's just got anger management issues XD My thanks, glad you enjoyed it :)
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Digging the new version, Mike. Not that the previous was too shabby. ;) Textures look great. Nice and gritty. And your ability to determine the appropriate color spectrum for alien atmospheres is always impressive!

Can't resist mentioning... Alessia invited me too for her Ballistic book. Still very blown away by the great surprise, and her generous spirit. :faint:
Only had a few days to submit, so I also employed the strategy of tweaking old stuff. I felt a bit wary about posting it to DA tho, like maybe I shouldn't before the book is published? But if that's what you're doing maybe I'm just being dumb.

I'm psyched to know you'll be in there too. Looking forward even more to having that book in my hands. :eager:
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Big thanks Rob, I really liked how this experiment turned out so I expect to continue refining some of these ideas.

I was pleasantly surprised by Alessia's invite too so I squeezed in my submissions between all the chaos of the last few weeks. I did see your work when I was looking through the entries and was happy to see you there :) It'll be interesting to see the final book for sure :D
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ViaKali Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011   General Artist
Really great - I love the art nouveau window and details!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks G :) Aye, there be a bit of nouveau and deco (of course) in this one. It seemed like a good one to update and I liked the results. I plan to keep experimenting with this approach so I expect some even cooler stuff as we go.
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Nicksketch Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Digital Artist
seriously gorgeous backdrop! :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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BaronTopherVonPanda Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
holy crap this is awesome! It's like a screen capture from a movie :) excellent work!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Big thanks, that's more or less the idea :)
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DissonantRequiem Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Although this one has less of a "noir" feel to it as opposed to the previous version, I like this one a lot more. It might be just that I like that shade of green. :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)

Aye, this one is a bit brighter than the original one, however technically noir is actually more of a narrative sense of style even more so than the common perception it's simply a high contrast visual approach to cinematography (though this was often a defining element). Theos, overall, has a great deal of the narrative themes classic noir has, along with the familiar high contrast lighting (depending on setting) as well.

Dunno if you're a fan of the classic 40s to the early 50s noir period of film but many are well worth a look and there's quite a broad range of genre's covered (with crime detective thrillers bing the most common of course). I've seen, and own, quite a few classic noir films and can't say I have hated anything I've seen so far :)
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DissonantRequiem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I'll admit, I am a little uneducated on the matter. It's what first sprung to mind. Thanks for being polite about it though. I'll have to go and peruse what I can find, to get a better feel for it.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome and no offence was taken at the comment at all if you wondered at that :) I never assume a person's full knowledge of any given thing but I figured if you weren't that up on noir you might find it interesting to check some out because much of it really is fantastic work (though I will concede might not be for everyone being were are talking film from the 40-50s). Most folks know of some of the most familiar and popular classic noir films, such as 'The Maltese Falcon' or 'The Big Sleep' (both quite good Humphrey Bogart led examples) but a lot of the lesser known films are pretty interesting as well.

All the films below are quite good and exhibit the classic chiaroscuro high contrast lighting style:
The Killers
The Big Combo
Kiss me Deadly
Out of the Past

Just to drop a few worth a look.

Also of note is noir has continued to this day (post noir, neo-noir, sci-noir, etc) in both animation and live action film.

Some examples:
Chinatown
Blade Runner
L.A. Confidential
Dark City (along wath Blade Runner a fantastic modern example right down the German expressionist flourishes).
The Matrix
Memento
even some anime such as Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence and Cowboy Bebop are, indeed, noir in narrative structure and visual style.

I look it it this way, I'd rather be helpful and possibly lead someone to enjoying films, they might not have otherwise checked out, than mock someone for not being aware of them. Nothing wrong with not that up on it. If it's not your cup of tea, that's totally cool, but if you end up finding something new and cool you enjoy, happy to help ;)

Best!
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DissonantRequiem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
And none was taken here either. ^^
I just wanted to be fairly honest.

And... wow, thanks for all the suggestions! I'll take them all, for sure. It's good to recognise something for what it is, even if you don't like it. So I might watch them all, eventually. :D
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TrueDesknight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Interesting how the gun fire makes it look like a cross.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Aye, it does though it wasn't done for any intentional symbolism, Christian or otherwise.
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TrueDesknight Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I know, it just that I'm strangely attracted to cross-heads like that XD
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Tis all good :)
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
This is fuckin' cool :D Action!
Too much I like to name, so just take whatever comments left by me that you remember and put them here lol
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Glad you dig it man :)
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I do dig it. Glad your glad I dig it :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:D
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