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Twin Takeoff by Hydrothrax Twin Takeoff by Hydrothrax

Some painting practice + aerosaur weirdness


Playing with the "subtle biomech" thing more -  I came across a cool shot of a pair of aggressor F-5s taking off and couldn't help but see the landing gear like the outstretched claws of a bird of prey.

As mimics of the modern world, they would spend a lot less time blasting around as these draconic monsters and generally keep their presence a little more clandestine, in their vehicle form. That said, it's kinda hard to mask a roaring pair of jets ;)


The F-5 is such a neat aircraft. It may not have been the biggest and baddest thing out there when it was made, but its simplicity has a beauty all on its own.

Reference from: airwingspotter.com/kafw-spotti…

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CauseThought Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
I actually think the subtle bio-mech visuals create a stringer impact on the viewer than outright fusion. When you can get viewers to do a double-take on your artwork because they sensed something was off, means yo're doig a really good job at inviting viewers to look at things more carefully. You really have something going on with this. Keep at the good work.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I completely agree with this, and it'll definitely be a theme I'll continue to work with!
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RaceProducer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I tried looking at the reference image, but apparently it is a virus.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Very strange - the link works for me. Perhaps it's one of DA's infamous viruses (get an adblocker if you don't have one,) or you might have a small malware problem! The link is not to any shady website after all.

Here is a direct JPG link: i2.wp.com/airwingspotter.com/w…?
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TheGhoulAvenue Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I like how you don't really see that they're creatures at first sight/from a distance, would be cool as a print on the wall in a waiting room for the waiting people. The more they stare at it the more they wonder :d
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
HAHA! Yes! That'd be really funny omg. Just a bunch of paintings like this in a waiting room and THE MORE PEOPLE STARE, THE MORE CONFUSED THEY ARE. I approve.
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RaceProducer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I completely agree.
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CCCanyon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cool!
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
How do pilots sit inside? it looks like the cockpit is taken up with mechanical 'flesh' =p
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Not all of them are pilot-able. These two operate autonomously
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
oh ok cool=p hahah nice makes a nice divide of the plane guys, like the ones here are like wild animals and the pilot-able ones are like domestic animals?
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It depends on the military program they are in and what their purpose is. These F-5s are what you call "aggressors" which are aircraft new pilots will fly against to train their combat skills. They're painted in camouflage and given the little red stars for a reason, it's to mark them as enemy aircraft (I'm sure you can guess why exactly they use red stars, haha.) The F-5 itself is an outdated aircraft, but continues to be used for this role. 

In this particular world too, an un-piloted (but still intelligently controlled) target would be even more difficult to fight against, since not having a pilot allows that aircraft to pull much more extreme maneuvers that would knock a human pilot out. It's also more representative of what they might end up fighting against - in this case, the US military isn't the only power to have biomech technology being used for defense purposes. Which also means that yes, these autonomous biomech units also have a safety feature built into them - they have implanted explosives (and in some cases, a nanovirus that is designed to attack the biomech processor directly) that will detonate/release if they threaten humans and/or human-piloted biomechs.
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Student Filmographer
Yeah, I'm guessing without some sort of failsafe/killswitch there would be no reason for your pilot-less planes to follow the wishes of people at all=p So I'm guessing without any kind of human bond these guys are the ones that rebel?

And if these biomechs are originally made by man, what gives them individuality, personality, and sentience? What's your 'ghost in the machine'?
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Heck I never replied to this..
And it gets more complicated than that. The more animal-like rogues are the ones who are the most short-lived, the smarter sentient machines know how to stay under the radar and mask their presence in plain sight. It actually benefits many of the machines to keep their bond with mankind, for resources. But at some point the tables turn.

Their origin is actually more complex, the originals are created by the Drekir, their spacetome-history "woven" from the Aether into their material forms. Mankind just took what they found and went crazy with modifying them, initially because of their uses for warfare, later as an opportunity to create autonomous transportation networks far earlier than in our timeline. 
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Student Filmographer
captain late reply! =p

ah neat, so do the biomechs answer to their own higher power?
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Always!

And yes and no, they self-organize into their own clans, groups, etc. So it depends - it's a complex network!
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CatPersonman2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
That's the 747's runway.
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GoneIn10Seconds Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Man I can't help but imagine these "monster machine" concepts being turned into a flight/action game completely dedicated to it. Could add an interesting twist on the flight-sim genre that emphasises on the metaphor that you're flying deadly, living, mechanical beasts!
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Leave-Noone-Alive Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Why bother painting those cute little sharm mouths on your planes when you can give them great metal ripping teeth like those!
Ive always been a big fan of the US agressor squadron aircraft and their color schemes so I love this piece so much
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
*SLAMS FIST* MOAR TEETH

And yes!! The aggressor colors are fabulous and so varied as well. They were a joy to paint!
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MaximumOverdrive Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Badass.

And truthfully...on the thumbnail, I thought it was a photograph at first...and even after clicking, I still had to do a bit of a double take lol.

Those toothy maws are awesome.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I was using photo reference! It's in the descrip. But never traced or color-picked since that would defeat the point of the practice/study. It's my goal to make my worlds feel more real though. Getting there through little steps..!

TOOTHY FACES ARE GOOD. Thanks! :D
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Filmographer
damn bro i love those teeth;p

"ACT LIKE A PLANE. THE HOO-MANS WILL NEVER KNOW!"
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