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Flight Of The Tiger
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Published: January 6, 2011
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Its kinda late... but Happy New Year everyone!

Done for our IFS new year greeting cards :) Something different for a change, taking a step out of my comfort zone.

Title layout by none other than :iconartgerm:

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P/S: A bit on the concept behind the image:-

This image was designed to be a universal New Year Greeting card for our clients; except it contains a Chinese New Year twist, given the fact that IFS is based in Singapore.

The Chinese Zodiac features 12 different animals, which represent the years in a 12 year cycle. 2011 is the year of the Rabbit, and 2010 was the year of the Tiger.

This was as much a personal piece as it was an image done for professional purposes at IFS.

Quoting one of my replies:
"It's really the culmination of the million and one homage ideas that were running around my head as I conceptualised this piece. From a homage to Miyazaki, to sky pirates and steam/dieselpunk, quasi-WW2 warfilm posters...Kamikaze fighters... Banzai Bunnies in pressure suits... <_<

To give you a better picture, the image I had in mind was originally inspired by the famous scene in Empire of the Sun, where a young Christian Bale sings the Welsh song 'Suo Gan' to Kamikaze pilots about to embark on their mission. I wanted something that felt somewhat melancholic... yet proud and hopeful at the same time, an image with plenty of symbolism and subtext and ultimately one that was open to interpretation.

Basically something different for a new year card.

The biggest challenge was in getting the light and colours to represent the Chinese New Year twist, and then secondly trying to get the various 'homage' elements across and not detract from the overall image. I still am torn between the idea that the Tigers were sent on a suicide mission (as some have guessed at..) in which Bunny One Eye is a traitorous sky pirate scumbag, or that Bunny was merely the unwilling second in command given the opportunity to take over. The eyepatch serves to provide that sense of added mystery. Is he crying inside for the loss of a friend? Or is he smiling with his other eye? With all that fun going on, at the time, the concept of defining a particular era/genre didn't matter as much as making up your own story given the many elements provided."
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Comments (399)
Stargazzer811's avatar
Stargazzer811|Hobbyist Artist
Forgot I faved this years back until it popped up in my random favorites window. Still an awesome piece of art, truly.
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Ropack4327|Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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Stargazzer811's avatar
*edited out*
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trafalgarC|Student Filmographer
Is this Dieselpunk or Steampunk ?
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Ludwig1920Edited |Student General Artist
I really like this piece!

This should be a manga or cartoon. I would watch ist!
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ukitakumuki|Professional Digital Artist
haha, cheers!
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Ludwig1920|Student General Artist
o7
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springheel's avatar
It's simply fantastic!! My pilots (Procyonian nation, that is, raccoons) would be proud of fighting beside yours!
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RVaisman's avatar
RVaisman|Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice and very unique.
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RebellingLemming|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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jbtattoo|Professional Artist
:( I was disappointed this wasn't a real film. It looks like it would be a good. 
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NotchTheHedgehog|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Their salute looks like the Hydra salute from the Captain America movie
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wutzge's avatar
nice job Ukita
For the Rabbits!
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trej's avatar
I love this picture
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realjack's avatar
realjack|Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Sine Mora.
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ukitakumuki|Professional Digital Artist
thanks for sharing! never knew about it till now, that art looks nice but unfortunately i'm not into Bullet Hell shooters :(
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realjack|Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, they're not for everyone.
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Mr-Illusionist-1331|Student General Artist
This could have been a masterpiece movie:), something like Steamboy+Laputa=Awsome:D
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EsauBB's avatar
That rabbit remember me of the rabbit from the dragon ball manga, altough i dont remember his name...
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alienbuffalo101|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be a great movie poster. Great art work.
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woody787's avatar
This is a wonderful image it fills me with sorrow that it isn't a real movie
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FearlessKaiju's avatar
Imaginary Reviews, Imaginary Film Festival. lol. Great poster. Looks like it's from a real movie. That bunny sure looks like he's a bad ass.
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ukitakumuki|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man, glad you dig it!
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