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Blackhawk on the Hunt by RadoJavor Blackhawk on the Hunt by RadoJavor
I was inspired by the event that happened some days ago. Its a very strong theme for an artist so this is my try. Operation Neptune's Spear in Pakistan town Abbottabad. In that moment OBL is still sleeping probably...
Also this operation is a great opportunity for me to visualize the secret stealth Blackhawk helicopter. The machine is based on all the info I can find on internet but still the real thing can be different. The house and location is also based on real place, which was a bit pain to do it.
I hope its not too dark, I was tweaking the night picture that its not totally dark, its ok on my monitor at least.
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The night air remains still and silent; a vast contrast from the heavy firefighting and explosion of war that scarred the air of the day. Many await their enemies to make a false move or some kind of mistake that could give away their presence to the opposing forces. As you and your soldiers wait, a powerful tenseness covers you and your team. After the bloody events that came to pass from this day, you silently wonder whether or not help is going to come to you. Whether or not you would all simply remained stationed in this hostile locale without a single connection to the outside world until every one of your units are picked off one by one in the night. Family that awaits you back think if you would ever see any of them again. As you look about your squad, you can see in some of their eyes that the same thought is slowly flowing through their minds, as if a reservoir of dark thoughts and inner fears begin to flow about you all like a cold, unforgiving river. Just as you all begin to surrender any chance of backup or assistance from your superiors, you hear a familiar sound cutting through the thick, silenced air. The sounds of helicopter propellers; the sound of assistance. Flying above your heads are prototype Blackhawk helicopters making passes throughout the area for any signs of your squadron. They soar through the sky like large birds of prey seeking out any and all hostiles that wish to challenge their statuesque forms in combat. At last your assistance has come to your aid and now you and your squad continue to wait; as the battle here has only just begun. Blackhawk on the Hunt, created by *Radojavor, presents us with a classic example of a modern machine preparing to enter the battlefield, ready to make its enemies pay for the crimes they have committed.

The use of detailing does a great job of exemplifying the dark setting that is depicted here. The tense atmosphere of war really brings out quite a bit of personality in this piece and grasps the attention of the viewer as they are bathed within the piece's immersive action. Detailing also on display in this piece as well. The Blackhawks look great in this piece with the distant light of them moon reflecting off the fuselages of the heavy metal machines. The twilight haze that covers the town really looks good, especially with the moonlight in the distance being reflected and passed through it, giving the city a more mysterious feel to it that ads to the tense atmosphere excellently. It really gives off an impression of daunting figures moving through the night and displays the potential power of the Blackhawks as they move through the night. I also have to give this artist credit for his use of dynamics in the setting. The motion blurring effect on the helicopter propellers really ads that much need feeling of dynamic movement within the piece. As one looks into this drawing, they could almost imagine watching the Blackhawks flying in from the distance over the city as the prepare for their attack against their enemies. The sounds of the propellers slicing through the air as they make their way forward. It all comes together quite nicely and shows off a great scene with all of the compositional elements bringing forth a nice balance of dynamic action with a tense atmosphere over the image.

However, while I do enjoy much of the atmosphere displayed, there are just a few things that the artist could do to take this up a notch in the quality department. I feel that the piece could do with a nice depth-of-field effect on the foreground elements. The front-most buildings could use a bit of sharpening and some of the buildings around them in the background should be blurred just a bit as to increase the focus on the Blackhawks in the air. Another small thing that could be done is to increase the detailing on the fuselages of the Blackhawk helicopters. Try and put in a few small paint scratches or even gentle mist flowing off of the wheels as they cut through the air of their destination. Doing this would really increase the overall feeling of immersion within this piece and create an even more powerful drawing effect to the viewers of the piece. All in all, I would suggest that while the piece looks great, your next step would be to refine your craft, like a warrior who hones his blade to its sharpest edge so that it will be sure to take on any challenge presented to it without even the slightest challenge brought forth.

There are quite a few piece on this website that depict military machines in action or even battles featuring their capabilities. However, in the case of Blackhawk on the Hunt, this manages to create a strange emanating force about it that ads a form of mechanical grace to the design, make it seem less like military hardware and more like a metallic bird of prey soaring through the air over their designated hunting grounds. While there could be a few things done to enhance its appearance, that still barely affects the overall and inner beauty of the depiction for what it is. Excellent work, *Radojavor! :clap:
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Great art for an important moment of history.
Your design of the Black Hawk X is really good.
I love the details inside the hello with crew and SF soldier (task force 373 maybe?)
Did you used reference for Abotabad.
The city is nicely done, enough light to be visible, without it being too alive so that we understand that it is night.
And a gain great job on the shy and the mountains.

Brillant art.

I hop to see more military art from you because your art on this subject are always amazing.

I've request it for appearing in my group.
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AnIdlingISL Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This is honestly beautiful! I think I may have found my new wallpaper.
Titanic-X-21 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Amazing! O.O
mobiusonedt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking beautiful man. 
Slydap Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
The bin laden hunt, looks stunning man!!! :)
YoChoi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
It's so beautiful!!!!!!!!
templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I love the atmosphere!
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ultimate black op in history!
EricJ562 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome rendition of that day...
ClymberPaddler Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I have ridden in helicopters in the night, Hueys not Blackhawks. But, the feeling you give here, makes me reminisce.
Sicilium Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
beginning of Call Of Duty - MW2 mission in Washington ))
Claudius42 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ive only made your naval ones my wallpapers, but this is important in history, and the work is well done, so wallpaper it is.
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat :)
PetervonHesse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
this is Epic,great work of art
medik47 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very well done!
OttoakaMedicineman Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
A real beauty,sir
zulumike Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another favorite. Great work.

Cheers, Mike
Medjugore Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By jove, this is a masterpiece , the real state-of-the-art. Sounds fuzzy, blurred atmosphere but it works nice. Congrats
D-and-M Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Outstanding work!

Only the minigun on the right Blackhawk seems too shiny and i think there is too much light (even for a full moon night) but still... impressive work!

2 things crossed my mind:
1) if the Blackhawk X is some kind of advanced prototipe/secret heli, is it realistic that they are using two different configuration?
because the right one has three "spikes" on the top and one on the tail, but the other one has only one on the top (two on the tail?) and two lines written under the rear rotor, the other only one.

2) are you sure about the green light? i've always thought that night lights are red...
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Its a bit of artistic license there. And some mistakes of course.
jsf-35 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
BokiMaple Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love Blackhawks :O
Alf-Alpha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool, but I thought OBL was confirm DEAD!
Sirpad Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Amazing job, loved it on first sight!
jakspigot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student Artist
I.......freaking love this.
Silverfang2 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this piece.... and It brought hope to my future out there.... thank you
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
Silverfang2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
anytime ^_^
Alpha568 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
The picture is really awesome. There are some people who should hire you for a comic or something like that.
viridarium-x Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, I thought only Americans believe the fascist US propaganda. :D

It's pitiful how easily people are manipulated and brainwashed.
You really think Bin Laden was still alive at this point?
It's not like all those videos released by the CIA have not been proven 100% fake... :P
And just to make sure the so called SEAL team doesn't sing about that day, they blew up one of their helicopters shortly after as a warning. They won't dare open their mouth.
And LMAO "dumped into the sea" :D

You children are cute, it's just sad you support a fascist military empire. :(

Apart from all that, it's fantastic artwork.
The lights sources are very well done and it gives the piece a great perspective of debth.
Before-October Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is our country not yours. You have no right to tell us who we are. Back off and like what RadoJavor said go somewhere else.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
go somewhere else.
viridarium-x Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the truth hurts.
Alpha568 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
The only problem with what you says, is that there is no proof, so we can't believe you completely. But USA are NOT fascist, and the best proof is the fact that you're still alive. If they really where fascist, you would be already dead. Think about it...
viridarium-x Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Firstly, it is the truth.
There are various reliable sources claiming his death, most of which date it at 2001. The videos released past that time were analyzed by independent swizz scientists who used state of the art voice recognition technology. In fact it was a different person in each video.

Secondly, the US are indeed a fascist state.
You're given the illusion of choice, while you're being brainwashed into radical nationalists who worship the military like a godlike entity, as it replaced the welfare system for the most part. The installation of military bases around the planet and the dealing with cartels, installing and backing dictators is an old sceme of the USA.

Thirdly, apart from all that, Bin Laden was merely a scapegoat and had little to do with 9/11. The hijackers were not Afghan, they were Saudis who were backed by the CIA who covered their tracks and made it all happen. One of them was arrested before as he was taking flight lessons in the US. The CIA intervened and freed him, and further surpressed any investigation and info flow on the matter, so the plan could be carried out. On September 12th, 2001, Rice, Cheney, Bush and their Saudi counterpart ambassador Bandar bin Sultan were sitting together, celebrating their success. It's more than obvious Cheney was the main faction in this and had advanced knowledge, as he profited the most of the wars as chairman of Haliburton.

Everything I just stated is fact and you are free to investigate and convince yourself. There is plenty of official documents, interviews and pictures confirming everything. :)

Lastly, it wouldn't affect me because I don't live in the US.
But just so you know, there have been authors who have indeed been censored and their publications halted and altered by the authorities with the verdict of "jeopardizing national security".

I gave you the truth, but you will never accept it because it stands against what you WANT to believe. That's okay. Just be aware that by closing your eyes, the blood of the poor and helpless is on your hands too.

Peace :please:
Alpha568 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Okay. I see.

But haven't you ask the question that what you say is also what YOU, you WANT to believe.

I've already seen some of your proofs and author,like "loose change". I was nearly convinced until I discover that ALL the movie was a big lie (for example, one of their proofs was the fact that security measures were back to normal after an exercice). And the author whose i read the books have never integorrated the witnesses of the 09/11 attacks. And can you tell me where can i find the info on Bush, Cheney, and Bandar bi Sultan; or with the CIA freeing one of the terrorrist.

And I don't live either in the USA. But tell that they're fascit is exaggerated. Of course there are radicals parts, like the neo-cons (bush) who wants to get all the power they can have, but you have seen the people getting out to tell "Bush, Get Out". Yes Mankind can be manipulated, fooled, and blinded, but in the end, it will make the right choice.
viridarium-x Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the end, it will make the most profitable choice.
Humans are opportunists. That's why the US came in the position they were for decades, but now that their empire will inevitably fall, the world is cutting their ties with America and the power shift to the East has begun. Who knows what will happen next. I'm guessing the US will not go down in silence. They'll drag everyone down with them.
Alpha568 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student General Artist
It's not a fall. It's a rebalancing. USA have profited of the weakness of Russia and the leak of coordination of EU to impose themsevle to the world. But as you know, Russia and EU, China and, to a lesser extent, Brezil and India are asserting themselves and counterbancing the power of the USA. They will have to go along with it, but unless there is a major disater (nuclear attack,...), saying that USA are faling is just playing dream-merchant.
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TomWilcox Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
A night scene such as this must be extremely tough to pull off but you did it beautifully.
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is alpha 1 do you copy blackhawk, over?
CdrBreuk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome piece of art.
ShadowsOfAVorlon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Writer
A truly magnificent peice of art
dantedc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
realy cool and beultiful
Bekstorm999 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really can hear song Bara Bara from Blackhawk down, good work men ... No, excellent work
mobius-118 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
spectacular detail! good work
evilsinner Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
WoW great piece.
J10Designs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love it!! Makes me feel like im there
DarkProxy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Go navy!
Ex-zaria Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mildirk Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
the black hawks are mighty impressive... but i'm more impressed by the background :wow:
michaelreniu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Finally some modern combat paintings :D great one i really enjoy it it's beautiful... more of those please!
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