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Intruder Alert by TheAstro Intruder Alert by TheAstro
project: "Clandestine"

setting: alt 1970's-80's Americas

premise: World War II draws to a stalemate in the late 1940s.

Devastation spans the developed world as a tacit armistice gestates into paranoia-diplomacy and isolationism.

Recovery is encumbered by the distrust and insular obsession of nations. The great powers recede from global dominance; in the cusp new orders ascend within nations. The crumbling foundations of capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism give way.

Progress stagnates, martial law ferments, unrest brews. Revolution is the call, ideology the new battleground. Suspended on high is the torch of civilization, waiting to be claimed, waiting to be carried to Utopia.

To achieve their agendas, factions within many countries undertake ruthless conduct to gain advantage over their adversaries. And why not? A century of unending war has stained society with a trend of muted ethics. Those who would bring about the next era will do so by any means necessary.

Heaven's on the way.


(named for the song by Combichrist
also inspired by the music of The Mars Volta, Death From Above 1979, Ghinzu, & Portugal the Man)

started this last august in Nablus, Palestine. the constant presence of military personnel got into my head a bit. seeing automatic rifles on a daily basis helped with my poor ability to draw guns, but not much (these are made-up guns here). i've picked at this piece in bits for months but it's pretty much been finished for a while. it's Shinto there slashing away as usual. painted mostly on one layer (a bitch) in Painter IX.

thanks for 4,000 pageviews ewerybudy they seem to be accumulating quicker now.

edit 4/11/09: foreground chains, texture experimentation
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HBX-404 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Awesome! Story sounds really interesting. Are you going to develop that?
TheAstro Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
YES! Thanks a ton, i need that sort of encouragement.
This is sort of my alpha project, always adding to it, waiting till i feel capable of pulling it off to let the shots fly. a lot of research on 20th century history put into the effort so far, along with plenty of economics, psychology, philosophy, etc. now if only i could speedpaint or storyboard with any competency
HBX-404 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
That went right over my head.

But hey, storyboard and speedpaint don't really need to be coherent! Also, you'll definitely improve as you go along.
TheAstro Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, i'm using commissions and [too many] other projects to improve like that - this one i'm waiting on till i've reached ';psickness' level
Andimayer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!!!!
harlequinism Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Amazing piece, truly fantastic work=D

ketene Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Really interesting concept, and beautiful work. The colors and detail are gorgeous.
TheAstro Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, you've got a good bold theme running through your work as well.
Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
very cool work. amazing detail and very well drawn. the atmosphere is incredible
Ptollemy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Totally awesome.

Great composition, use of colour and shading. I love the way the light streams through the lattace work. A very powerful image. :w00t:
TheAstro Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot-- i discovered a couple new techniques with starting a composition with this one and have been trying to finish up old stuff to try them again as I start new pieces.
tried to get a little iconography in there as well (christian, american) so thanks also on the lattice comment.
redchinese Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Student General Artist
this is freaking amazing
you should get a DD man
TheAstro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
aw, shucks, i dunno...

:plotting: [link]

this needs some touch ups i think
redchinese Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Student General Artist
can i just note these people if it think this stuff deserves a DD?
seriously, there's so much detail crammed into this pic, its stunning....
TheAstro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
a lot of mistakes crammed in, too. but thanks.
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