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Our captain is very particular about his mechanics. Due to a rather 'special' condition, he is frequently in need of repairs and limb calibration. He's tough on new crew members. Few can withstand his scrutiny for long, and in this time of war it has become very difficult to find qualified engineers. However, the new hire seems to be a good fit so far. The captain has given her a hard time, as expected, but she is confident in her abilities and holding her ground. I think the captain is really quite pleased with her performance, especially after his squeaky arm socket was fixed. He's just bit reluctant to express gratification too openly.
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preston2694 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018   Digital Artist
This is a really great scene. The characters look great, especially their facial expressions.

Can you describe how you approach a new painting? Do you do a drawing first before painting?
Labbusaroo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
There's a lot of emotion in this - makes me want to read a story about these two characters.
MrPheenox Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting and scenery is superb
Coleowing Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The facial expression is so good in this.
Touma2 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student
Getting an upgrade
CkomopoxS Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cool work! =)
Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
I love this picture. Love, love, love, LOVE it. You have yourself a cookie. :iconcookie-plz:
Grimmsy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece! I love how focused on the task she looks. Very expressive.
Kate246 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's super cool. Amazing job on the art piece!
Malaikh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Great concept and artwork! I love the style and all the little details!
Realmwright Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like how his chest and shoulders look like Roman legionnaire armor. And speaking of legionnaire, he looks a bit like Jean Claude van Damme
Loreathan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
love the look in her eyes, worried and concentrated
Avosimus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Is this original or based off of something? Either way it's really cool.
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just my own creation. Thanks!
CielaRose Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep coming back to stare at this one.   Every time, I find something new.   I'm sure that must say something about the depth of this piece... o.o
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Great to hear! This one was a fun challenge. Looking back at it, there are a few areas I would be tempted to refine a bit more, but perhaps the looseness is part of it's appeal. Better I focus that energy towards the next image.  

I want to do more illustrations that focus on the interaction between characters. It's an interesting dynamic when the design and pose of one character influences another. 
CielaRose Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you should do more character interaction!   I'd love to see you tackle the relationships and connections between characters, especially unique ones like your Red 3 concepts.   Wowie.
I always get excited at the thought of new pieces from you.  :D

I love the looseness of this image, actually, it has such an earthy, real quality to it.   The subjects feel alive.
Would you mind if I used this as an inspirational laptop background?  (it's okay if you'd rather I didn't, thought I'd ask)
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! No need to ask :)  I change my background all the time with art I admire. The only problem is, I can barely see it due to a cluttered mess of icons! 

I actually just started on commissioned illustration that I couldn't pass up on. It involves a lady, a large brown bear, and tiny armored mouse in the same scene.  I don't think I can share it publicly for a while, but if it turns out any good I'll send it to you.   
CielaRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!  :D   I just like to ask first, just to make sure.   And now I'm curious what on earth does your desktop look like and how many icons do you need?  XD

Oh my word I would absolutely love to see it!   That would be amazing!   I'm very interested in how you're going to tackle those various elements in an image.  Good luck!
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Let's just say that organization is not my strong suit... Although for the past year I've managed to keep all my work in progress files in a WIPs folder. That has been an achievement! 
CielaRose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fellow messy person!  *high fives*   
That is definitely an achievement!   XD   I'm actually OCD about organizing my files, but everything else in my life...yeah no.   Nope.   Who needs to organize?
Jinshin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Saw the title and expected Mass Effect content. Still, I'm not disappointed in the least. ;)
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Mass Effect did have an influence :)
Tiancum Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the narration is perfect here. love the mood and lighting as usual. you are a master in your style.
ZedEdge Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really fun story.
NoctisUmbra Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured your amazing work here:…
AlaskanBonds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
I really like this piece by you it's what stood out to me, I really enjoy the little story going on here and the way the image displays that. 
CielaRose Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh this is so neat!   I sense a story here!   Is it elaborated on?   *goes to dig through your gallery*
The artwork is amazing, btw.   Lovely!
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! 
Just the short monologue in the description as far as story goes. Since writing isn't my strength, I figure it best to let the viewer's imagination take it from there. 
CielaRose Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And the viewer's imagination definitely soars with this one, there is so much potential, so many possibilities where this could go.   My inner author is in love with this.   You created a whole potential story with a picture; that is just...epic.
Anyway, I love it.   Looking forward to seeing more from you!  (Your gallery is lovely, by the way).
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I couldn't wish for more, thank you! :)
kvim Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Simply amazing :)
CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013

Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create art like you? How did you learn and become so amazing?!!

Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings?

People just say 'Practice.' But I do not know 'exactly' what this entails. 

Can you maybe make me, like, a list or something?!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time so I can get as good as you? 

If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials you can recommend that totally helped you get better, that would be so freakin' incredible!!!

Thanks for the help!

Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
While I appreciate the notion, I see that you have just copied and pasted these same lines to various artists.  It comes off as rather lazy and disingenuous. 

Sam Peterson gave you quality reply here:
CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Thanks, I'm not hiding anything: I have. I'm an extremely motivated artist student, and have painstakingly hunted out my favorite artists. I have the exact same questions for all of you guys, so I felt copy and paste would be best. 
Jaasif Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Still lives, portrait studies, figure studies, anatomy studies, master studies (full reproductions, colour studies, and composition studies), photo studies, environment studies, and material studies. Boom. 

For the masters, any renowned painter from the golden age of illustration, or classical guys like Rembrandt will do. 
CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thanks so much.
NancySauria Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   General Artist
great *.* 
Marekx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't often comment on pages that already have so many comments but I have to say that I love the way you address light. Wonderful.
krazykrista Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Great *visual* storytelling! You really captured the characters' expressions and thoughts. Really nice work.
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
i love the little story you made for this piece :-)
ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I took one look at this painting and knew what the story was. Reading your blurb underneath only confirmed it. :)
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, good to hear! thanks :)
Taylor-payton Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very engaging and emotional piece! I love the lighting scheme and the subtle posing/expressions.
Nowio Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love it! and again love it! :)
BJPentecost Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This style of artwork always drives me bonkers because I can never figured out how to do it. I've tried and tried but I always end up noodling every little unnecessary detail, most of which ends up getting lost anyway. Somehow, you are able to capture all the important details while maintaining this nice, painterly appeal. Very excellent work. Nice composition, good lighting. Solid. :)
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think much has to do with time allocation.  For this image, probably 70% of the time was spent on getting the faces and heads right.  25% on the bodies. And just a little on the surroundings.

A general rule is to spend the majority of your rendering time on the focal point. As long as that reads correctly, the other details don't matter so much.

But I see your work has very decorative environments, which is quite nice. w00t! This concept may only apply to scenes that don't have much of an environment. 
thomaswievegg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
LZakaria Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Okay, so when is the illustrated novel coming out?
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