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Nuclear Dawn - Assault Promo by ApneicMonkey Nuclear Dawn - Assault Promo by ApneicMonkey
InterWave Studios have now released this image on their Facebook page: [link] so it's ok for me to upload the original version of it on here now. :) This is the 2nd of 3 Promo images I've done for the game (so far), a mixture of several photographic elements and lots of 2D digital painting.

I used reference for the pose and the FN2000 rifle (he's not holding the grip because that would be too dangerous while running and would look a little silly as it's a bull-pup configuration).

Too many hours to count and one of the reasons I've been so quiet and not uploading much new art recently. :p
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:iconthefoxtrot813:
TheFoxtrot813 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
rushing down the Warzone with people on your back and taking down the enemy. Genius
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iatemypencils Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
perfect:)
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:iconclasterit:
clasterit Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Wow! Its so... AWESOME!
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:iconbrutality84:
brutality84 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome art!!!!!
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:iconapneicmonkey:
ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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M2afs Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
really nice one.
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Untamed-Graphics Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic like all y our work may i ask how does somebody come across and do something like this
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:iconapneicmonkey:
ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks - it takes lots of practice, study, determination, patience and hard work. ;)
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:iconuntamed-graphics:
Untamed-Graphics Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the reply and may i ask do u start with pencil and paper or do u just start on the computer
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:iconapneicmonkey:
ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Both, it just depends on what I need to achieve. I have a new Nuclear Dawn promo image finished that I'm going to do a 'step by step' picture tutorial for after I'm allowed to release the image. ;)
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Combalt2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
*deperse!* he's under heavy fire.
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xXxSp4rtyxXx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Looks like a Russian from Bad Company 3! :D
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Having drawn the F2000 myself, you've done a marvelous job on it. But not just the gun, I mean the entire piece, too! I love the background, too.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
IN-CRE-DI-BLE !!!!!
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DustyGrafix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
This piece is amazing. Everybody has said what I wanted to say. You always amaze me with each piece. Just the textures alone gives me the chills.

Nice job.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man... wait until you see the next one. :p
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roxasbri Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
looks like battlefield bad co 2
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yup. :) I actually based this image on BFBC2 as the Assault class in Nuclear Dawn looks so similar to the one in Battlefield (might have something to do with the DICE guys on the team :p).
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GeekAn8er Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Awesome!
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woxy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Can I ask how do you make those fire sparks flying arround? It's a pain in the ass for me, and I can't seem to find any tutorial for it at all:( Thanks!
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Byaukugan01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
What does bull-pup configuration mean?
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dbrought Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
its the new fad for gun designs. basically the magazine is loaded behind the trigger, making the weapon more compact without sacrificing barrel length. also it tends to make recoil more unidirectional directing the force more backwards than other non bull pup configurations which have a recoil that directs the gun both backwards and up
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
When the gun's magazine slots in behind the trigger, not in front of it as with most guns. With the FN2000, it places the trigger really far forward on the gun. ;)
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Byaukugan01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Ah, thanks
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:iconviviax:
Viviax Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome. :) Atmospheric.
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jeffreylai Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   Filmographer
Very nice Travis!
I love the action going on in here.
how is that game shaping up?
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, Jeff.

From what I've seen of it, it's starting to look pretty cool (though I think the character animations could use some work). There should be a Beta out for the game soon. :)
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aFletcherKinnear Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Man how do you get those cool flame effects? I've seen lots of people use them but I can't figure out how to make thme look like that.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, this was one of those things I had to figure out myself as I couldn't find how to do it anywhere. :p

Photograph of fire + 'Lighten' Layer option in Photoshop. ;)
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dalvinci28 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   Digital Artist
3 thumbs up :) nice one
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TeddyBearMonsters Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Outstanding
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TriE Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
that's cool ilustration Bro... two thumbs up...
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
awesome job.. .the flames are intense and soo cool! and the particles work really well, his visor looks a little funny, i think thats coz i would have probably dont it glossier. also cool textures achieved! all in all amazing, how long did this take u?
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NullBoss Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody awesome! You've done an amazing job!
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Infernal-Imp Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME.
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hyphen414 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
sweeet....
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:iconlkodel:
lKodel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
At first glance I thought the man was a photograph, great work. :D
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aljafaari Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
some COD MW2 :d
Tinx :)
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SkidRJ Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Amazing.
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silverxakatsuki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Completely love everything about this piece, it's too awesome for words. I love his stance, look, and how you made the fire and background. I also like the fact that he shows to have taken some damage. Can't wait to see more from you
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dukeleto Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's mostly pretty amazing, but If you'll permit me, I'll criticise the one aspect I'm qualified to. He has a version of the FN2K with a grenade launcher, hence the additional lower trigger and 40mm muzzle, but the handguard portion of the GL looks more like the normal rifle handguard. There's also no visible grenade sight (altho that COULD be mounted on the other side)
The other prob is to do with his right-hand grip. While you're right to depict him keeping his finger off the trigger while running, the hand itself looks like it's curled around a pistol grip, but the pistol grip is clearly visible in front of it. His left hand looks slightly unnatural too.
Sorry to come across so negative. There's a great atmosphere, good stance, and I like the design of his armour.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're absolutely right (and I don't mind a good critique at all ;)). I had to mostly work from the in-game reference I was given in order to be accurate to the game. Some of it is temporary or incomplete but I have to make do and still try to create the best art I can - the inaccuracies of the gun can be explained away as it being a 'future' version of an FN2000. :p

As for the hand, it's as it is because I tried to have it on the grip but the character became unbalanced and it looked silly and in the end it being a fun picture that gets people's attention is more important.

Thanks for taking the time. ;)
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student General Artist
SWEET!!! My jaw is on the ground and I can't pick it up! :eyepopping: :XD:
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Newt. :)
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Art-deWhill Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   General Artist
holy cow... this looks fantastic, great POV, so full of action, very dynamic, transporting the desolate mood of heavy fights. You fully succeeded in melting photographic and painted elements togehter... cool.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Stefan. :)
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   Digital Artist
nice :) This one's your best one yet bro. I can see you put a lot of time and effort into this one. Keep it up.
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:iconapneicmonkey:
ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Gabriel... it's hard work putting this much effort into a painting. Can't I just keep doing sketches? :p
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Kazlyan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
he's really running, man! cool dynamics!
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BlueJNeko Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweettt~~
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