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Shrapnel Concept by ukitakumuki Shrapnel Concept by ukitakumuki
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Some preconcept 'set pieces' that went hand in hand with a flurry of designs :) Had lots of creative freedom at this point, and I went with a modular weapon/shield for the marines in this piece. It can have components swapped out in/on a large robust carrier frame.

Visually, conventional arms proportions felt small to me on the battlesuits at the time.

Ok, so i just really had the most fun painting the 'death from above' nutcase at the far right :p You can tell he's having fun too. He's not even paying attention to his officer leading the charge!

Shrapnel (c) Zombie Inc. 2007, All rights reserved
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Jennyliino Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Student General Artist
RAYN-TAFAS Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressed by your gallery ukitamuki. Lighting and composition and designs are definitely from top shelf! Keep it up man ;-)
- Rayn
BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
This is gorgeous work, the grim resolution of these soldiers is almost  tangible.
Ardrich-Keybus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool.
Taren14 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the designs for those guys :D Are they robots, or just guys in heavy armor?
olafanderson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Love those rifles!
zLKida Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing the lighting making that grunge effect is perfect. the 2nd battle suits helmets smiley face would be awesome if it was more noticeable
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha thank you! Didnt wanna make the smiley tooo big as i wanted it to look like a true to life scale patch, ya know?
TheCaptainMat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cant stop looking at it =) Awesome
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoy it!
CharlieAli Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This is crazy! Looks so goo!
scottbuckley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Amazing work! I'm a composer, and I wrote an epic action sketch inspired by this image - hope you enjoy it :)

MORDOID Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how long did you learn with tablet? It's great :-) I started with digital painting 10 monts ago and i still looking for my self technique, it's not so easy how i thought if you want, you can look to my profile, i will glad because i need opinions of professionals(sorry for bad english, normal i speak slovak)
.....have a nice day ;-)
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I have been doing this for about 10 years now.. thank you :) I think its more important that you understand basic fundamental theory, skills..before progressing to 'finding your style'. I saw your horror piece, its a great start!
MORDOID Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanx for your answer, good luck ;)
InspectorPepe Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great design! love it
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat :)
doctanx0013 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
awesome :)
Azrael-Adross Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
This has always been a favorite of mine. It's refreshing to finally pay your page a visit after such a long time. This is just the kind of inspiration I needed for my GMing.

If anything, if I were to say: turn this into a Power Card, what do you imagine would it say?
4N631ofDarknesss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
looks sick, NICELY Done
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
ClockworkSerpent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Makes me think of the heavy guy from those concept arts you made for the.. Colonial Defence Squad or something?
Brawndow Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Great picture, reminded me of the first generation mechs from The Animatrix.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am dying to find concept art of that panda looking hardsuit. ITS GLORIOUS. Honoured by the comparison!
Sev808 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
MerX1337 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
so dope... so dope!!
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cinematic, nicely done.
stuartwilliamhaas Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My eyes are always drawn to the hazed out statue in the center. I also love the skull on the far right suite. Nice touch and great work.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you kindly!!
LeftUnderSounds Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Artist
this is unreal. fantastic.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like it :)
Emma-and-Tony Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
This is f*&^%&^& amazing! LOVE IT!
LeonardoAmbrozio Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
OMG mann! This is amazing!
Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lol i like the pirate smiley XD
Fliperr Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I love the skull on the helmet of armor. good job.
Anarut Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
My wallpaper since 2008 :o
Tallasis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Your works are infinitely inspiring. thankyou.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
happy you dig em, Mike!
Cursed-Arcade Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
when did you draw this?
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sometime early 2008?
Play3rFTW Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
edward-vlad Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Really impressive design man. Really congratulations.
BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just wanted to let you know that this has been my wallpaper for a few years now! Absolutely loved the design.
wijayaagus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
i could hear the sound of battle from seeing this picture, awesome!!
hammer326 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
outstanding work- Proud owner of Aristeia rising as of yesterday- mind blown!
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!! Thanks for the support my friend. We took a big risk with the art style and its quite a controversial topic but I'm thankful for the response so far :)
hammer326 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
controversy you say? are you at liberty to publicly elaborate? I'm intrigued..
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well the art style certainly brought with it a cinematic flavour, but not all cinematic motion blurry black hawk down crazy explosion michael bayism stuff helps move the story along, you know? There has to be a balance, and when it comes to painting, things can get overly impressionistic/subjective at times. ("What is he REALLY holding? What is that? It looks cool as hell but I can't be 100% sure.. I'm not sure I like all this guesswork, its so tiring on the mind.") so while we worked hard to balance things out from the gritty painterly art style, the crazy action shots and slower, crisper human drama moments; there were definitely people who weren't used to reading stuff like this at length and did not respond well to the sudden change in visual style/immersion levels.

On that note I'd just add that for myself in particular, painted comics(even for an artist who is used to filtering stuff visually)-- can indeed be very draining mentally to both comprehend and keep pace with if not done exquisitely. :)
hammer326 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
very interesting, thank you very much. I personally do see where the potential for mixed feelings is with such a project as SHRAPNEL, though when properly done it works quite well. That being said, SHRAPNEL was definitely one of those works done as such. On this note, I saw a review of it wherewhich someone was upset regarding how you cant tell the characters from each other when theyre suited up. Was that intentional to amplify the fact that the war scenes of the story were absolutely chaotic?

Thanks for your time!
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
We did sacrifice some of the suit design philosophy (tacticool and completely protective i.e no gung-ho open helmets nor totally fragile glass bubble helmets) in many ways to do our best and focus in on key characters, especially going as far as to give them decals and suit graphics to further distinguish them from one another. I think in that sense, it really can't get any clearer short of doing it in much tighter rendering or a dofferent style altogether that helps with crisp identifying details.

That, and exactly as you said-- it mostly was about going for a WYSIWYG no-frills, gritty, shot by shot account of what combat in such an imagined theatre would really feel like if you were a journalist or even behind the suit visor :)
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