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Extreme Condition

By AdamBurn
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So here is the my submission to the next CGsociety challenge titled Secret Agent. This image really thrw me into the deep end and truely took me out of my comfort zone, learnt a lot form this image, more than any other so expect to see more of these kind of illustrations in the future.

For the full image story visit here [link]
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SkillZombie's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Battles. Battles have raged across this world for as long as we can remember. From the minuscule and small to the cataclysmic and epic. From battles against viruses and germs to battles against each other, they are a constant part of both our culture and history. They appear in our movies, games and literature constantly painting vivid and powerful pictures. If there's one thing that I've learned from seeing and experiencing stuff like this, its the fact that the spectacle never ceases to captivate an audience when captured in the right way. Extreme Condition, created by Deviantart's own <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt="=P" title="=P (Razz)"/>hoenix-06, is one of those shining examples of how the spectacle and astounding beauty of combat can be captured into an artistic form.

Lets begin with the first thing we see: the overall detail. The picture, is well, simply stunning. The curves, wrinkles and scratches on each and every individual surface, organic or otherwise looks amazing. The angle of which the picture is drawn and the image of the male figure firing upon his inhuman attacker truly gives the piece an excellent source of action and make it appear that much more dynamic. You can almost feel the tension of the encounter with each and every round that was fired on screen and the sense of dread that the soldier must feel with this grim situation.

The lighting also does an excellent job in the piece as well. From the flash and flickers brought on by flames and explosions, to the sparks emanating from the energy weapons that are being fired through the air, it all really builds on the atmosphere excellently.

This is a great example of how battles should be drawn out. With great emotional stress, dynamic encounters and excellent design style, Extreme Condition is a remarkable piece in every sense of the word. Excellent work Phoenix! <img src="…" width="26" height="18" alt=":salute:" title="I salute you!"/>
jetgrind's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Overall I really love this image. It tells a story great perspective and design. Your 2 tone use of color is also superb. The one critique i would give to you is your fire is a bit blurred compared to the rest of this images detail( aside from the bottom right corner. The explosion feels a bit to cloudy and not volitile enough. Id also even suggest adding a bit more of the blue to the image to balance the color a bit more. Perhaps use a blue laser sight instead of red. Great work anyhow hope to see more in the future <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)" />
Taren14's avatar
I can't decide if I'm reminded more of rachni from Mass Effect or something from XCOM.
Altaride's avatar
Hello, I work on an ezine about roleplaying games. The theme of the next issue will be "Spy". So I'm asking you permission to use this image in it (with credit).
The magazine is online and free : [link]. Thanks.
AdamBurn's avatar
Not at all I don't mind, send me a link once it's up I'd love to check it out :ahoy:
Arbitha's avatar
this kinda reminds me of Crysis
Really good job, I like how you did the lighting
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Pawnee's avatar
Sic. Your artwork is downright wicked!
ProlificPen's avatar
how do you do your fire explosions and lens flares?
AdamBurn's avatar
Lens flares are a cross between brushes and gradient tool, fire is actually manipulated photos of fire, and explosions are brushes and some cloud photos. Hope that helps hehe
ProlificPen's avatar
ok. I thought so. Thanks!
archanN's avatar
this is freakin awesome!!!
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JohnKillinger's avatar
this is absolutely brilliant! not only in the quality of the pic but in the originality of the character and robot design. i want your creativity :P
LJFHutch's avatar
Very nice, I didn't think much of it at first ... that was before I read the story :) Epic.
928's avatar
It's out of this world!

The detail and impact Phoenix has in this piece of work I have to say is more than brilliant.
It's amazing!:woohoo:

Well done.:clap:
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dark-link666's avatar
That's freaking sweet.
Mezulu's avatar
Wow! That is simply amazing work.
cosmicbound's avatar
Oh and definitely agreed about the cinematic quality of the lighting and scenery. :)
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