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Biomech DSRV

I love putting teeth on things that really aren’t supposed to have them. :D

Detail shots can be found here:…
Might put up the processes shots later if i find them all.

Mini story:

“The naval officer leaned heavily on the railing, eyeing the strange orange mass of metal that was slowly being winched down towards the water.

It was a machine hybrid, or  a “biomech” as they were commonly called. 

He’d never liked those things. 

In his eyes, they were godless fusions of monster and machine. All of them. Regardless of how much they were claimed to be tamed by building in safety modifications and lifeless hulls to house the bestial entity beneath. Regardless of how intelligent they were believed to be.

Despite what the reports had said, he was still convinced that the accident he’d lost his brother to was very much at the hand - no, claw - of one of these machines. For rumors of rogue, un-piloted mechanical entities lurking beneath the ocean’s service were plenty in the navy, and there were too many incomplete military reports to excuse the lack of explanation for the disappearance of personnel over the years.

His eyes wandered down to the cluster of limbs neatly folded beneath the submersible, taking note of how the claws on the foremost limb flexed just ever so slightly.

In fact, upon closer observation, subtle movement could be seen across various ares of the machine.

Some form of calibration?

“The motions would seem too organic for that..” he thought to himself, as his attention wandered to the lower optic cluster.

A flinch shot through him as it moved, the primary eye swiveling to lock its gaze with his own. A chill ran down his spine at its icy cool glare burned back into his gaze, unwavering and mechanical.

He was the first to break eye contact, glancing away and looking down to realize how tightly his hands were clenched around the railing. He let out a short sigh, relaxing his gaze and lifting his head at the thud-thud of boots approaching him from behind.

“Vasily, your presence is requested on the bridge,” a familiar voice spoke.

“All right, I’ll just be a minute.”

He turned to look back at the submersible one last time - much of its bright orange bulk having now disappeared beneath the water’s surface. The crew below scuttled about, ready to release the tethers which still tied the bio-mechanical machine to the ship.

Its optics were also once again locked in their default, forward-facing configuration.

He must’ve been imagining things…

Vasily gave pause, wishing a silent prayer upon the operator crew on board before turning to make his leave.”

Drawn in Autodesk Sketchbook [3/3]

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HELLTANKZ Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
This is flawless and I love the story plz do more of these! :D (Big Grin) 
kheng Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the design mate!
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :D
YikYik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, very impressive! I like your strange machine-creatures. Very cool concept and you're also very good at making it look realistic with shadows, colours, highlights and picture depth. :) Very nice!
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like them! I still have a ways to go in terms of environment painting, but that just means time for more practice!
YikYik Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're awesome! :) And this one is quite subtle. At first I didn't notice the mouth, but then I saw it and was like: Hey! That's awesome! :D
CauseThought Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is definitely one of my favorites of yours. I like the little story you've added to this as well. The way that you've set this piece up really makes me feel like I'm there. My affinity for the depths of the ocean also draws me to this Bio-Mechanical creation of yours. Really well done. My hat is off to you. :)
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Submersibles and nautical themes have always been a thing for me as well, I've got more of that coming (sitting in WIPs...) I'm glad you like the story and setting - I plan on doing better "storytelling" with my paintings, but sometimes a text supplement can really add something!
1234567890dd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
:0   Awwww, so cute!
joulester Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
Love the angle! And the soft glows from the sky and sea is excellent.
RRaillery Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
The teeth are almost imperceptibly subtle. A bit of a departure from your usual work, but very cool nonetheless.
thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Not many people know this about me, considering I draw and run in circles of fantasy and fiction, but I just really like nice paintings of vehicles like cars, planes, boats, etc. Something about them just grasps me. 
Zgerken Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Very nice piece and excellent story.
cykid100 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Great story
HearseGurl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
I cannot believe all the progress you have made over the years. You are utterly amazing these days and I wish I had time and talent to even "think" of making art like this. Haha!
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
There is always "can be better" but I'm working on it :'D it's all time and practice for sure!
HearseGurl Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
DeviousWeasel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Artist
I love all of this, and the story makes it even better! The more I look at the pic, the more little things I notice, like the claws and the teeth (that I didn't notice at first... xD)
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Filmographer
hahahaah I love putting teeth and/or tongues where they're not supposed to be too! XD

really nice work, hydro!
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