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Hangar A-1
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By PlasmaFire3000   |   Watch
Published: April 28, 2009
"In the late 21st century, Hangar A was rumored to be one of the most complex and hardened underground transformable aircraft sites on Mars. Tensions constantly boiled as Terran accusations and Martian denials volleyed back and forth. When photographic evidence arose that, according to private Terran reconnaissance networks, advanced stealth destroyers designed to annihilate bipedal weapons platforms were being built in the base, Earth's forces immediately mobilized.

Something felt amiss when the supposed Hangar A complex was discovered only one week after landing on the Martian surface. Smaller bipedal frames and piloting humans slowly tread down the voluminous access ramps, scanning with their visible-spectrum lasers for any signs of activity. When a few frames finally arrived at Hall 1, they realized their suspicions had been entirely fruitless: the subterranean base, along with all other supporting infrastructure and vehicles, was not only a civilian aircraft repository--it was abandoned 50 years ago when 90% of all Martian citizens fled the planet."



This large 40" x 30" piece was the final assignment for my ART 220 Human Figure Drawing class: a "Multi-Figural Composition." We were allowed to use any materials, any methods, and...any figures we liked. After two weeks of work, this is the result, and it was definitely worth it! A lot of the fun came through juxtaposing two distinct styles on the same surface: my older technical ways for the hangar background (where nearly everything is laid out with drafting tools) and a newer sketch style for the mechs and human pilot (almost entirely freehanded). It looks rather unfinished, and indeed it is, mainly because of time constraints; I may take it back out one day and complete it with ink wash or color...

Strathmore 300/400-series bristol boards, Lumograph pencils, Pilot Precise V5 pen, Sharpie permanent markers, inked cellophane sheeting (for the scanning laser effects), acrylic panel (as an overlay cover), and thick cardboard (foundation). Nikon D80; GIMP 2.6 and FastStone Image Viewer 3.5 for minor edits.
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RazorDzignHobbyist General Artist
great perspective and awesome drawing :) *fav
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TheHiddenPhoenixHobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet me like this
PhantasmaStriker's avatar
Like sweet, best find all day. Typed in keyword(s) [Hangar Mars Mechs] and this gem popped up :D Totally worth a fave :D
PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Thanks! I appreciate the fav, and I also like your lineart gallery a lot. Looks like you're an Armored Core fan as well. :)
PhantasmaStriker's avatar
Like no problem, you deserved it mate. And thanks! All are done the old way via pencil and ink on typing paper. Armored Core ftw!

Well anyways, good day to you :)
DeviantRye's avatar
Wow, PF. The perspective is crazy. You sure you shouldn't be majoring in Art? :P
PlasmaFire3000's avatar
I wonder about that more often than is good for my health... -_-
nyziul's avatar
Amazing work! I love the way you combined the perspective background with the figures, kinda reminds me of a 2page scene you'd find in a manga.

You should definitely finish this one day.
The-Eliminator's avatar
I love the background and the perspective, also the way the mechs are boldly outlined, this is really great piece!
PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Thanks, Sean. Working in two styles was probably the best part, which I rarely get a chance to.
psionicninja2000's avatar
Military Intelligence, ain't it grand?
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karlonneHobbyist Artisan Crafter
cant wait to see the full detail in color out of this one
Anvildude's avatar
Nice computer. And is that some spare plastic sheeting?
PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Computer? Um...you meant camera, right? :p The Nikon D80 was borrowed from Penn State's Media Tech Services; you can get one for free so long as you have a class or assignment that needs it.

The acrylic wasn't free (got it at Lowes); on the other hand, the cellophane (overhead projector sheet) was laying around unused from a project that fell through years ago.
Anvildude's avatar
hehe, there's a few other things you can see if you look hard enough.
PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Super late reply, but I just realized what you meant by "computer," haha. The monitor belonged to someone else, and we used it to play old-school video games.

I didn't take the photo in my room; it was shot at the Visual Arts Building, since the lighting there is far better, and transporting this piece back to my dorm would've been a nightmare.
Zellis's avatar
That is insane! Definitely finish this and color it!!!! I know it's big... but find a way!!!!!
PlasmaFire3000's avatar
I'll try; I don't want to damage the pencil lines, so planning for coloring will take a while as well...
kheleksul's avatar
ahahahaha I can see your camera and tripod there aaaaahahahahaa!! XDDD

Could the 'bots move around? If you moved them, would it possibly ruin the perspectiving or whatever?
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Yeah, taking out the reflections would cause more trouble than anything beneficial...

And true, I could move the mechs around, but like you said it'd ruin the perspective since they were drawn for their current locations.
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