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Battletech: The Ghost of War Prelued
Jumpship Midnight Sun
Steelton, Federated Commonwealth
20 February 3050
“You can't seriously be considering that, can you!?”
Eric's words echoed in the relatively small confines of the passage way. Alice stopped and spun around  with a stern expression on her face and a gaze that would cut men in half faster the a carbine. The unit had a schedule to keep and Alice did not want to wast time on the subject.
“And why the hell not? The Nagelring Academy is one of the best colleges of the Inner Sphere, it's the an invitation to a command in any number of premier units of the Commonwealth.”
“You already in a premier unit!”
Alice was ready to bark back but stop short which also made Eric take pause. Alice wasn't the type to back away from a fight. She reached up and straighten the collar on Eric's uniform.
“Your such a child, Eric. You still can't even where your damn dress uniform.”
Eric knock her hands away. Alice always acted like the bi
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Here is to all my friends here and online for surviving another year on this psychotic planet. There has been more than enough stuff in the past year to make me cringe but I'm lucky enough to know or know of people who still made life enjoyable and our struggles a little more bearable as we trudge through life together. So here is to all the good art and good stories shared over the last year and all the art yet to come.


So, here is my resolutions for 2019


1.) Draw more: I keep falling off the truck with this one. Work has not been very forgiving for the past year and a half with management constant flux along with my work schedule and responsibilities. Add disgruntle co-workers shirking off responsibilities and I been exhausted. Though It's not the first time I have been in a bad spot with my art so it should not be an excuse. In fact, I need to turn it into motivation:


2.) Start taking Commissions: I've haven't taken many commission online as I have been burnt out all lately and that is not healthy for someone who is aspiring to be a professional. I have taken a few commission from friends but it's for a project that hasn't been completed yet so I haven't posted the art or taken payment yet. As I start drawing more and back into my comfort zone with my art, I'll start advertising commission spots for all those who are interested.


3.) Make a Webcomic: I been thinking of doing this for awhile but never pulled the trigger because I cannot think of one good story for a continues story nor do I have enough jokes for a gag a week thing. While I'm far from the best writer, I'll be posting something just because I have watched so many webcomic artist skill explode online just because it keeps them in constant practice. I have a couple of original ideas but I may make a throw away fan comic first just to hone skills.


4.) Become financially better off: This is going to be a tough one, more than a new years thing really but allot of the things that have been holding me back have been that I have never fully recovered from my losses during recession. Don't get me wrong, I'm in a far better place than where I was in the pass living check to check but I still need to find a better place to live and St. Louis is horrible to get around without wheels of your own. I even considered a scooter more than once but the weather is so erratic, I'll would still be riding the bus regardless. With advancement in my job questionable, I need to look at my art as a possible second source of income (resolution number 2 ) which leads to...


5.) Game less: I've become a little bit of an addict to MWO, I have enjoyed playing the game and it's been a good way for me to unwind but I need to start using that time for something more productive (resolution number 1 )


6.) Hang with my friends: Remember that I said I did some commission work for a friend? Well, I haven't seen him all year! No, he's not ducking (In fact, I owe that dude allot myself. Just a good friend) but work and other real world responsibilities keep us on very different schedules. Got to make time for my friends, as I mentioned above, it's the only thing that makes this world bearable. I'll also try to tune in more to my fellow artist live streams as it's the closes many of us will get to hang, living in different cities. I'll also start asking about Discord possibilities.


With that, Happy New Years guys! :ahoy:




  • Listening to: Iron Maiden
  • Reading: My Life at War
  • Watching: The Expanse
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Vitamin Water

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Chris Kotthoff
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: St. Louis
Favourite style of art: Comic book style
E-Mail: SteelRaven1@gmail.com
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Battletech Kregapult
A heavily modified Catapult armed with a ER PPC, 2X SRM 6 packs and 4 Medium Lasers. Mech uses a weight saving XL Engine Double Heat Sinks to keep it cool.

Based on a friends custom mech designed by :iconthecentipede: used at our gaming tables, enough firepower and mobility to take on assault mechs one on one.

There are a few different depiction of the Catapult depending on the artist. I ended up going with something closer to Loose's lean Catapult from TRO 3025 and the original cover of  Record Sheets 3025 though the more recent BT Catapult is more stocky. The actual custom mini is a 3D print based on the MWO Catapult but I was having fits getting all those extra angles on paper.

Not exactly happy with the ink, not sure if my hands are shaky or if my stylus is having fits but I now the lines are uneven. Still, happy to have the mech on paper as Mechwarrior Kreg 'Head Hunter' Smith has a decent kill count using this mech
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Growl
Notice I haven't drawn A werewolf in awhile so I decided to draw the werewolf from the Howling. Probably the last time I draw this particular werewolf only because it's a pain to draw that shaggy coat. The shading was a after thought to give the shag more contrast. Nest time I draw a wolf, it will be more of my own design. 
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Here is to all my friends here and online for surviving another year on this psychotic planet. There has been more than enough stuff in the past year to make me cringe but I'm lucky enough to know or know of people who still made life enjoyable and our struggles a little more bearable as we trudge through life together. So here is to all the good art and good stories shared over the last year and all the art yet to come.


So, here is my resolutions for 2019


1.) Draw more: I keep falling off the truck with this one. Work has not been very forgiving for the past year and a half with management constant flux along with my work schedule and responsibilities. Add disgruntle co-workers shirking off responsibilities and I been exhausted. Though It's not the first time I have been in a bad spot with my art so it should not be an excuse. In fact, I need to turn it into motivation:


2.) Start taking Commissions: I've haven't taken many commission online as I have been burnt out all lately and that is not healthy for someone who is aspiring to be a professional. I have taken a few commission from friends but it's for a project that hasn't been completed yet so I haven't posted the art or taken payment yet. As I start drawing more and back into my comfort zone with my art, I'll start advertising commission spots for all those who are interested.


3.) Make a Webcomic: I been thinking of doing this for awhile but never pulled the trigger because I cannot think of one good story for a continues story nor do I have enough jokes for a gag a week thing. While I'm far from the best writer, I'll be posting something just because I have watched so many webcomic artist skill explode online just because it keeps them in constant practice. I have a couple of original ideas but I may make a throw away fan comic first just to hone skills.


4.) Become financially better off: This is going to be a tough one, more than a new years thing really but allot of the things that have been holding me back have been that I have never fully recovered from my losses during recession. Don't get me wrong, I'm in a far better place than where I was in the pass living check to check but I still need to find a better place to live and St. Louis is horrible to get around without wheels of your own. I even considered a scooter more than once but the weather is so erratic, I'll would still be riding the bus regardless. With advancement in my job questionable, I need to look at my art as a possible second source of income (resolution number 2 ) which leads to...


5.) Game less: I've become a little bit of an addict to MWO, I have enjoyed playing the game and it's been a good way for me to unwind but I need to start using that time for something more productive (resolution number 1 )


6.) Hang with my friends: Remember that I said I did some commission work for a friend? Well, I haven't seen him all year! No, he's not ducking (In fact, I owe that dude allot myself. Just a good friend) but work and other real world responsibilities keep us on very different schedules. Got to make time for my friends, as I mentioned above, it's the only thing that makes this world bearable. I'll also try to tune in more to my fellow artist live streams as it's the closes many of us will get to hang, living in different cities. I'll also start asking about Discord possibilities.


With that, Happy New Years guys! :ahoy:




  • Listening to: Iron Maiden
  • Reading: My Life at War
  • Watching: The Expanse
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Vitamin Water
Cycle of Violence
Guess this is technically fan art for :iconolaffson: who has crafted a enjoyable fantasy world I recommend to anyone who are fans of the Elder Scrolls, Path Finder and such.

Anyway, one of Olaffson's named characters is Shadi

A character that already had a sad back story that got allot more tragic after a 'vent' sketch by Olaffson revealing Shadi was abused in her childhood

Needless to say it natural draws a strong emotional response so I started sketching Shadi's abusive uncle getting beaten by a traveler who came across Shadi and was angered enough to track down the responisble party.

The beating would solve nothing of course, Shadi's only recourse would still be to flee and live a number of years alone and fending for her. This was doubtful Javed's first beating, possible why he was so abusive to begin with and the stranger would be in trouble with the local lord for harming his 'property.'

One thing I learned, drawing a cat person getting punched is a pain in the ass. I got to thank Mr Steve Dillon for drawing Frank Castle punching a Polar Bear, ended up being a great reference.  
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Original post by the host of the event on MWO;

The MechWarrior Online community has recently lost one player who went by Whiphand to gastric cancer. A friend and team mate, Xavier will honor Whiphand's memory with a 24 hour Twitch stream December 28th with all proceeds going to Gastric Cancer Foundation for cancer research.

Xavier's MWO team, Mercstar, has set up a donation page you can find here:

I applaud Xavier's efforts for raise founds for cancer research and ask to help spread the word so we can get as many viewers for this steam as possible.
Hope to see you the 28th

For a good cause,
-Chris 
  • Listening to: Iron Maiden
  • Reading: My Life at War
  • Watching: The Expanse
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Vitamin Water

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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018
Thanks for the watch!
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing, you write some great characters :)
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018
Thank you!
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ThomasBlakeArtist Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would like to thank you for the DeviantWatch and your support ! It's very encouraging :happybounce:
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome, your art is amazing! :)
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LizardWithHat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive gallery, gritty but very nice :) (Smile) 
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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AnsticeWolf Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for Watch!
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure, you do great work :)
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thanx for watchin' =D
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