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Crawler Tank by MikeDoscher Crawler Tank by MikeDoscher
Tried out some new (for me) techniques on a sketch I did a couple months ago. I feel like I'm starting to get it, but that I'm not quite there yet.
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
like a spider tank, i really like this kind of design
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chrisros88 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
omg totally reminds me of the APUs seen in the animatrix (second renaissance pt2)
ya the hatch for the pilot/driver is wat triggered that. Really good stuff here =D
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CantStoptheRobot Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
What's your technique for making a dirt texture?

Very cool. It looks believable to me. Though, I'm wondering where the little thing gets enough power to move all those beefy armored legs... but meh, it's the FUTURE!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
The dirt texture is actually a pretty simple effect- It's actually just a photo I took of some gravel that's been put on a layer set to 'overlay'. Trying to use hydraulics for the legs would be too bulky and fragile, so if I had to guess I'd say they're probably moved by muscle-like bundles of an electroactive polymer of some sort.
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Zirngibl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool! I love your mecha concepts. I've been interested in "non-rolling" stuff for awhile. Are you using Painter's digital watercolor for it?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
No that's actually just Photoshop 7. There's just a dirt texture put on between a layer of relatively flat color and most of the brushwork. It has some potential, but I'm not totally happy with the effect as executed.
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:iconbluebill:
bluebill Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
anti aircraft?
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Dual use. Not really a dedicated AAA unit, but rather a light and maneuverable vehicle that can function as a scout or close infantry support.
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:iconbluebill:
bluebill Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
awesome.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
This is a really awesome sketch. If only you worked for Lockheed martin something. I love the way you did this,
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josh3cs Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
always luv ur designs. great style. would luv 2 model something like this. excellent work
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
If you want to model it, feel free. :)
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lioschulze Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
wow u make wonderful ships!!! i like them!!! how do u do that???
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hound93 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
go walkers ^^
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sittingducky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Professional Filmographer
wow, that's got a lot of character! quite rare to see lately...good job!
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Possy73 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the fuzzy background! It gives a nice depth in your drawing.

Good work!


Possy
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah good, you've found the color palette in Photoshop. :P It looks much better, especially with some shadows too. Obviousely you could go into texturing it and making the shading smooth and getting rid of obvious brush marks, but it all depends on how much you wanna spend on it.

Your drawing ideas are usually very good, so I don't think the shading was ever a problem. You could try adding some glows on shiny metallic parts (simple color select + feather and fill with white) - don't forget Photoshop isn't just about editing images and digital painting...you're free to use any other effects, filters, textures, etc. to complement your painting.
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PzOwNeD Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Pretty Awesome work, I like the way that it's resting on the legs. if you do a fully standing up oen, I'd recommend that ya put some claw hooks on the feet for traction. :+fav:
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
The problems of traction and ground pressure present some interesting problems with a walking tank design. Hooks can look great, but if you have it marching around on anything too pointy it'll look weightless and like it should be digging into the ground more. I'll probably do something along the lines of having some sort of rubble cleat that can be flipped out for climbing, but is normally folded back. It should give the visual impression that it's walking on its knuckles.
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PzOwNeD Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Interesting, That actually makes a lot of sense.
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zeromight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Love the design, I can imagine this tank crawling over rubble and sowing fear into the enemy
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
I hope so. Unfortunately I tend to see it breaking its transmission trying to climb over a rock unless it's overhauled every (some absurdly low number) miles. :)
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Teeceeoh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Yeah, I was thinking maintenance would probably be a bit of a bitch. :lol:
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zeromight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Still...awsome nonetheless
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I've gotta try digitally painting stuff with these broad, simple brushes sometime.

One thing that looks a little out of place though is that there is no "brick" drawn behind the bar in the rearmost leg, it looks like that space is not negative.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ugh, I should fix that. XD

Yeah, Feng Zhu had some good tutorials on this website that really simplified things for me.
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xxstyxx Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Great work.
The Style looks a little bit like an anime Tank. ^^
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Very interesting concept.
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dragonjaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
I like the concept.

"but it kinda looks like it would be crowded inside"

Modern-day tanks are really crowded inside...there's, what, the commander, a driver, someone to fire the cannon, I'm pretty sure there's someone navigating, and maybe some others.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
This one is based on the old Renault FT-17 from WWI in terms of crew and general layout: Just a driver and gunner/commander. Most modern MBTs have a crew of four (driver, commander, gunner, and loader) though later Russian tanks dispensed with the loader in favor of a hydraulic autoloader to reduce the interior volume of the turret (and hence the size of the vehicle).
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dragonjaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
(I was just pointing out how cramped modern-day tanks are, not how small that would be for four people, no no....that would be insane)
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BurroDiablo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is awesome! The guy out the top looks like he's crying Milk for some reason, but apart from that its pretty freaking sweet... :D
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
I went nuts with a dodge layer. What can I say.
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master3d Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007   Digital Artist
looks good! maybe you need a little more hard shadows around the thing itself, just to get it apart from the blury background. But I like the scetch background stuff:D
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Heyyy... That's what's missing! Thanks. :)
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madmick2299 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
lovly work :D what his the tank armed with??? look like a 50. cal in front and on the turret a 30mm raped fire cannon and a 40mm ganad luncher!!!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
I didn't really think too much about the specifics, but that sounds about right. The bow gun is probably a .30 instead of a .50 though, due to the size of the weapon. It's just to keep enemy infantry from getting too uppity anyhow. :)
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madmick2299 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
cool 8-)
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist
cool tank!
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ttvortex Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well, my friend, you actually know everything about concept warcraft design! I adore your designs. Looking forward to see more of your work..
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Well whatever you are looking for, it looks great so far x_x.

The lighting detail on this is especially awesome.
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Mantasama Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Student Digital Artist
does it walk like a spider?
kool
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but it kinda looks like it would be crowded inside
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's just two people, so it shouldn't be too bad. The internal layout is kind of like this, at least for the crew: [link]
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AllStarZ Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
The only problem seems that the turret is too small.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's small, but keep in mind that only the gunner's upper torso is in the turret. He's either standing on the floor on sitting on a jump seat extending from the turret ring. Being mounted in exterior barbettes, there are no gun breeches to get in the way as well.
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Csp499 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a mobile-AA or IFV.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
I was thinking scout vehicle, or maybe a support vehicle for pioneer troops. It's too small to hold any infantry, and it'd probably need a redesigned turret to hold enough ammo to be decent at AAA.
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