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A Quarter Past by LaminIllustration A Quarter Past by LaminIllustration
"A Quarter Past" Story: 
There was a time when I thought I couldn’t do the things that I’m paid to do now. To look down the barrel of a rifle and decide life or death was once a difficult decision that’s become all too easy. A decision that shouldn’t be left up to any man, especially a man like me.

"A Quarter Past" Inspiration:
The look and feel of the character Is inspired by Sean Connery's characters, "Jim Malone", in the 1987 movie "The Untouchables" and "Allan Quartermain" in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen".
The overall image is an exploration of the idea of a gentleman assassin who uses a steam powered sniper rifle to take out his targets. But in his down time he enjoys his pipe and a good scotch as he contemplates his position in life while he ensures that his tool of trade is always in working order.

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Lovely use of minimal colour to create an old-fashioned feeling without it becoming too much of a cliché. The intricate detail is the first that jumps out at you and is impressive, but you also have a good eye for where detail isn't needed (such as the vague shape of the fireplace and the chair in front), which along with the light really fixes the viewer's focus on the main character and the gun.
Seeing how you worked with that, I assume it was a conscious choice to reduce the light of the fire? It stands out though, that single flame, so I feel the picture could have used a hint of orange glow around there. Perhaps you could have left it out entirely (the colour of the light coming from outside and the character's clothing gives me the idea this scene takes place one spring afternoon, so a fire might not be necessary), but then again, that might make that corner too dark...
Overall, the contemplating and professional look of the character in a completely fitting and personal environment is done perfectly.
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
7 out of 7 deviants thought this was fair.

I very much enjoy the lighting that is at the window however it seems to fade to quickly. I mean the light is very bright but it does not penetrate the room as far as the brightness would suggest.

The person is very good even though the viewer only gets a se look of his face the stern expression is well conveyed the face and boy language.

The gun is very nice good detail and some what realistic I do wish you could have given us a vision of the whole gun. I believe the way it trails off the page takes form the work.

You did a good job merging Victorian style and tomorrows technology no doubt their!

Also the bullets and the alcohol on the table are a good ouch they tie the front ground together Very nice!
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ItinerantDjuradhan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing but class. Marvelously done.
dove0162 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
Is this steampunk or diesel punk?
breerothman Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there you have been featured by Digitalists here: Digitalism v.24
LaminIllustration Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the feature, I really appreciate you taking interest in my work!
breerothman Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
LiezelvdL Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love this one!
Jazzpirate Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely stunning. I love the tone and accuracy and believability of this. I can just feel every texture here. <3
Pjotrkuh Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
PuppitProductions I think the fireplace has a "sparkgriddle" or something, that's why you only see a vague flame, for the rest..... I am truly impressed by this piece of art, it has the "old" feel of the Victorian age, but also the "future" feel of Steampunk in a terrific mix, I love it!!
Korwynze Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa thats amazing!
ricky4 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Awesome! :clap:
Darkhellion2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
I'm loving the design of that rifle! Is this something you came up with on your own? I'd love to get look at just the rifle itself up close. I get kind of a "The Order: 1886" feel when I look at this. They both look quite similar in their design, especially when it comes to the weapons.
Art-Eli Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
omg this level of details is just stunning! i love the sniper, and you're tecnhique is gorgeous :)
JohnnyPover Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
I got the 'Sean Connery' link but my first thought was Allan Quartermain; great work all the same.
Agister Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Wow this is awesome ... i love it
and it's the first time i have read such a detailed and great description
Reydall Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Awesome atmosphere and attitude, especially thanks to the lighting and the overall composition, which is really well-balanced between the man and the rifle.
Dramawind Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic! The room's decoration and especially the rifle give it such an awesome look!
Naklac Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wonderful art!
ShinaRyun Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This era of waistcoats and fantastic facial hair will always be a bit of a favorite of mine simply for scenes like this one.  You do a hell of a good job of making a gentleman assassin here; he certainly looks the part, from his clothes to his expression to the little world he's made around him.

I would note one thing that bothers me.  This might be less of a lapse on your end and more my failure to see (I am not an artist, after all), but it looks to me like on the rifle, from where his hand is gripping the handle to about two handspans down its length, the shadowing effect on the stock and barrel disappears.  Am I missing something?
theunbrilliant Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful lighting; reminds me a little of a baroque painting :love: Great job! 
Megan-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Wow! :clap: :love:
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