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Rafale by Hydrothrax Rafale by Hydrothrax
"The bond between a pilot and their aircraft is an incredibly powerful thing. The mind-melding of man and machine - in the air, we are neither flesh, nor metal and composites. We become one - a spirit of the winds, a god of the sky, a malestrom of pure fire and speed for the few sweet hours we are granted the heavens at a time."

Speed-painted this up this morning as a doodle and polished it up after work. :D

Something I've been meaning to illustrate more is not just showing off these headworlds better, but how people interact with the biomechs of this weird little alternate Earth. They're so much more than just powerful killing machines, or "cool monsters." I feel like there is something special about the awesome vehicles we create, - they are avatars of ourselves, and are more than just a means of achieving our wildest ambitions. Most people just see them as piles of metal and bolts, composites and wiring - but talk to some veteran pilots, engineers, mechanics, they'll confirm that they are so much more. (And it's this "spirit" which is one of the big reasons I do what I do. I love visualizing that - in my weird way, but that's what it boils down to in the end.)

Anyways, more about the pic - when all hell breaks loose and the rogue machines turn on their former masters, it's not all Terminator-esque where suddenly all machines are evil. In fact many of them stay loyal to the humans that view them as equals. And the dragon/rider-like bond between an aerosaur and their pilot would be a fiercely loyal one.
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GalmLead Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017
Kinda curious how one 'pilots' that aerosaur... XD
ghostshade Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
love how you show the relationship :)
Gusindor Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2017  Student General Artist
As someone who can't help seeing "faces" in machines and empathizing with them on some level, this really speaks to me.
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it does! I feel the same way - I wouldn't consider myself an animist, but I like to think that the vehicles and machines we build definitely have their own "spirit" in a way.
travis2020 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Most people just see them as piles of metal and bolts, composites and wiring - but talk to some veteran pilots, engineers, mechanics, they'll confirm that they are so much more.  this
DraekoDamen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
yeah.... this is... beyond brillant. It's beyond even farscape. wow. 
AnchoredTether Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so in love with this original concept and this fantastic artwork. A+
gillspar Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Techno-organic plane.  Cool.
06gattsu86 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Modern dragon, i guess? Nice work though.
mechmaster90 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
A certainly interesting take on a beautiful machine, great stuff.
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Also, It's cool how vehicles are shaped to fit their riders in the best way, like just take bikes, there are so many different shapes and builds to accommodate different riding styles=p 

I really want to see more of these guys with their human pals ^W^
Zgerken Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
I liked to know what causes the rogues if you are prepared to tell!;)
Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I like companion bond with military theme setting, but most of the time I cannot help but to make me think a pilot BECOMES the flying machine instead of cooperate with it together. Treating the plane as a mere vessel while you are totally in charge of it.

This makes me confused, wasn't the humanity always make the decision individually for the maximum control and freedom, and distrust whoever giving command to them which is against their wills? As an artist, this always leave me a big wonder how should I design human-controlled war machines in the future. As companions? Or extendable vessels for their own consciousness?
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I see what you mean, however considering that most military aircraft these days are completely un-pilotable without computers, the plane does a lot more work that you might think - commercial aircraft even nearly fly themselves these days. And we're on the brink of proper full autonomy.

I think by nature, yes, but look how much we are dependent on our machines for just day-to-day living. In some aspects we have a lot of control, but in others, it's very limited.

Headworld-wise though the morality in this setting is very cloudy. Not every military trusts their sentient biomechs enough to play as equals and fly via mind link (in the most advanced types,) and in many cases they're purposely crippled to give the pilot more control. And in other cases, just the biomech processor is isolated and transplanted into a regular man-made shell where it just acts as a super advanced computer. Not every nation sees/treats them as sentient beings.

As the artist, the choice is entirely yours, as are the implications of the decisions you make. I don't think there is necessarily as right or wrong answer, just some that might make a little more sense than others. 
Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I believe it's obvious for commercial flight, efficiency is only thing they matters, as delivery drones are getting sooner to be proven.

Yet, in military perspective, the combat strategy will not be as simple as a commercial shipping business. There are lots of matters to consider and I don't think I need to elaborate much about it. Today'a warfare is indeed systemical and no longer a raw comparison to project firepower, and humanity is rely on them more than ever since. It's agreeable to reduce micromanagement for operator, but at the same time it limit them from their variety of options, and only to do what AI and computer calculations provides instead.

I do have an objective for war machine design though. I predict the near-future until 2030s still couldn't get the totally sentient AI invented, while manual control is barred by human limitations. I took the path for surrogate control (by putting human into VR-like environment to remotely controlling the drone), and ethic-violating biologically embodied drones (like entirely install human consciousness into the machine, which is their own brain, for still-superior intelligence and reduced body limits). Both can be taken with the same design with modular interfaces to reduce redundancies.
daimon77 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Great picture I agree with you completely and I love your artwork I wish they would make movies based on your work, it seems far more interesting than what is out there now.
Flaming-Lambo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes good. I love the picture and the description. 

All machines feel like they have personalities to me. 

I'm actually a little embarrassed to say, but I actually try to celebrate a nonexistent holiday ever year. Back when I used to play Werewolf: The Apocalypse, I got a bunch of books for the game. One of them was the tribe book for the Glass Walkers, and in it there's a list of holidays and the dates they occur on. One of them is sometime in May, and it's called All Machines Day. The lore that went with the holidays was that on this day, the werewolves spend time cleaning and tuning up their machines. I try to clean my car out every May. :[
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's actually a fun idea! 
LexThomas Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
wow really nice.

Theymust be like brothers then.
lululock71 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree with you, as a future mechanic, planes are so much more...

Btw, really great artwork, as always. You have so much talent drawing those wonderful creatures...
Fox-Starwing Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
As a man who repairs A-10 Warthogs, yes, there is almost a "spirit" to them.
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zoidsfan77 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The levels of awesome here are very very high! I like this A LOT!
And people! There is a person in here! A real human person! I was going to comment on the silhouetted peoples in an item of yours recently. That is unusual for you and it turned out wonderful!
This whole thing just works! It works really really well!
I am not an artist, so my abilities to translate my thoughts on art into words in not great, but I know what I like when I see it, and I like this!
You don't get much negative feedback from me, but don't let that dampen my praise here.

This is one of those settings I wish I could exist in, like, I would love to be standing next to that machine (hopefully on good terms!).
I love it!

That description too: far too few people think like you.

This made my day, which was needed. Thank you for sharing!
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I know right? Hydro drew a human, W H A T. Though I've been meaning to include them more for storytelling reasons since these creatures don't exist in a vacuum. Will take a little more practice though when it comes to a handful of human characters I need to draw consistently for the future, hah!

Glad you liked this one so much, comments like this make my day as well :D
theguywhorapedspace Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Metallic growling* Hey, easy girl, got something on your radar?...Oh shit, Saber Tooth 1-1, this is Haymaker 1-4, we have 3 bogeys on our 6, watch out, and prepare to fire.
Smallandsilent Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
0.0 ... I can't say anything I am left speachless ;-;
Bravo-7 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
They have pilots? 0_0
sokesamurai Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
That thing must move like a mother.
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
Wow! I love seeing and reading all the thought you put into this universe you created, you definitely put a lot of heart into your creation^^

I'd love to see more mechs with thier familiars^^

Also heh I had a dream that you published an 'art of' book of your mech art=p
CatPersonman2 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
Neat and I like that they aren't like clone troopers.
LightConcorde Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist

Lovely concept right here ;A; <3
VVFIN Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing picture. It's good that I found your page by just pure luck :)
BySaEx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a fantastic beastLa la la la 
Vahldeer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
I respect your artwork and the ideas you've put out, and I look forwards to seeing more ;)
GoneIn10Seconds Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
I pretty much agree with everything you just said :clap:
JesseMG Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"RIDE ME!!!"

Very cool.
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
Super cool jet
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