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Seems like a long time since I posted anything. :(

I just finished up some more promo work for Nuclear Dawn [link] (which finally has an official release date of 09.25.2011 and is looking really good) and I should be able to upload that work soon.

In between waiting for feedback, etc on the Nuclear Dawn pieces, I was working on this painting that is for a project of my own and tells one of the many stories from within the universe I am creating.

"A bounty hunter from a respected warrior clan, watches the crowded marketplace from the shadows of the alley. His goal; to reclaim a sacred scroll that was stolen from the high temple of his people".
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lazyartist201 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
raiden using a gun? nice drawing :)
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S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Anne. :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Nice handgun!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks and may I add that you've got some great work in your gallery. :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Thank you very much :)
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Arevish Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Raiden!
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic art work. The coloring is fantastic. The crowd in the BG looks awesome and the outfit of the character is amazing. Well done! :D
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
superb work.
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cloudsea Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
remind me gintama.:)
Nice btw
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Mad-Penguin-Rico Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!
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Portosilva Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Very nice.
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aDinoSupremacist Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Why does Raiden have a gun? XD
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Gunnar6268 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Would like to see more along this line that you are working. This is outstanding that tells a story on its own!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I would love to do more along this line. :) I can only squeeze them out in-between paying work so it might be a while before the next one.
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bt8497 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Bad ass!!
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Very interesting sir. I like the unique clothing and mysterious visitors. It appears that people are greeting them with gifts and this particular resident has something else in mind. Thats where I thought you were going with it anyways.

The lighting you already discussed but it seems unique, filtering in on the front side by the rat but also from the doorway and above, it reallyy anchors the idea of the character hiding in a doorway or overhang of some sort.

Also I dont know why but I noticed the buildings are damaged, perhaps thats a part of the background already but its an interesting touch none the less, as are the large ships and what I believe to be a highway system suspended above.

Well done!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the great comment. :)

Yes, the damaged buildings are part of the story I've created for this but aren't meant to be a focal point so people may not notice them the first time looking at the painting. :) Glad you noticed them.
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DailyGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Man o man great work!!! Please upload this to my design gallery. The link is in my signature. Great job!
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Deadmenkil Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks pretty cool
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks David. :) How are the studies going?
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Deadmenkil Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
good i guess lol
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Great to see more from you! I love the focus on character in this one. You've still got that unfailing sense of scale too.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Nemonus. Yes, I'm steering more and more away from concept design and more into character and storytelling.

Glad you like it. :)
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
:omg: This is brilliant!!! :wow:

:eager: I can not wait to see more! :woohoo: :iconw00tplz:
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe a couple more - if I show everything, people won't want to pay me money for it. :p
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student General Artist
;p Oh, yeah... that stuff. :dummy: :nod:
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome picture. I love how he is like a classic samurai with a futuristic gun. Great detail too!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Joel. :)
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jollywrecker92 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very interesting, at first I thought the cloaked figures to be slave traders of some sort (so cliche to think that too). Very nice how the character is blended with his semi-fuedal attire in a modern suited city of sorts, I would have liked to see a few touches of the bright sun light on the crumbled inner wall on the left, where I spotted a few jagged points. Then again, I can't really make out what degree they're aimed in, I'm only going on from where the light splash is on the character himself, the sun seems to be off to the right building he's against, so generally it'd touch the far left wall from where the shadow he's hidden in ends and sunlight on his arm begins. It's also possible there's an obstruction blocking the sunlight off screen. Though generally it's not my place to say what on your work, there's a reason your successful at what you do. ^^;
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for putting a lot of thought into your comment.

In my head, the Primary Light Source (in this case, the sun) is in a high-noon position, almost directly above the market place. The wall on the left of the painting completely blocks this light and casts the shadow that falls on the main character.

The wall behind the main character is lit by the Secondary Light Source (off-screen, red neon glow) and diffused sunlight that bounces off the ground.

The light you see hitting the rat and the broken pieces of concrete is actually from the a third diffused light source (in this case, the blue sky) that I imagined is coming in from the other side of the alley way. :)

As with any visual storytelling though, there's a little room to 'cheat' things and make them more interesting, dramatic and to lead a viewers' eye around the image. And as you mentioned, you have to sometimes imagine the world outside of what is captured in the image. ;)

Hope that helps you understand my thinking behind the lighting choices of this particular painting. :D
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Combalt2 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I dig the hat.
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jdlr64 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Nice piece. I like the Raiden look.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I guess he does look like Raiden a bit.

The monks here in Japan still dress very similar to this and they were my main inspiration. :)
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MegaO93 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
CO_oL
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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MegaO93 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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