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Mech Study by MikeDoscher Mech Study by MikeDoscher

Mech/power armor study. Trying two things here: Messing with using a Photoshop brush where pen pressure controls both size and opacity, and exploring the grey area between anime and DARPA. It probably came down a little closer to the former than the latter, but I suppose I can always address the deficiency with some tan paint and a gritty voiceover:

"War. War has changed, except that war never changes, which was a change. War. We were entering a new age that was yet timeless, because it was second hand and smelled funny. Because in the darkness of the dark, there is only… darkness."

(Cut to a prerendered animation of something grey and brown with a depth of field effect and lots of bloom. Hero with good hair and a hint of mascara looks grim and is too cool to look at the camera.)

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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
are you doing any mechs for your  Spacecraft of the First World War?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Probably not as a separate entry, but I think I'll be doing a sort of landing craft so there may be an inset illustration of a vehicle derived from the Martian tripods.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Anime vs. DARPA? :) That's the first time I've heard the style of military ads referred to as an art style (if that is what you are referring too).  I say you add the tan paint and gritty voiceover, ha ha...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I meant the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA

Sort of a shorthand for late Cold War western technology, with just a hint of nucleomitophobia. :)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've heard of DARPA- they were founded in the panic following Sputnik to make sure the US would not be technologically surprised by a potential enemy nation again.  They do a lot of serious military technology projects- and they occasionally fund crazy shit like nuclear hand grenades and levitating telepathic ninjas. :D

Last I heard DARPA was hosting the 100YSS and awarded a grant to continue the vision to an organization founded by astronaut Mae Jemison.  They are right here.  As much as I like research that thinks seriously about ways to send spacecraft over interstellar distances, this seemed an odd allocation of funds for a defense organization.  Then again, seeing as DARPA was founded as a response to Sputnik, maybe it makes total sense to them to fund research into the farthest-out topics in astonautics...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
DARPA is like the fairy godmother of cold war capitalism. While in concrete terms I was thinking of their work with exoskeletons in the 1960,  there is also a mythic dimension to their work, from the beginnings of the Internet to a certain place in paranoid pop culture. I suppose the visual cues I'm chasing are the way you can mundane elements to evoke the fantastic. 
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
DARPA was founded to ensure the US is not surprised by the military applications of science-fiction technology, or rather, technology that sounds like science-fiction until it blazes a trail of fire across the sky like Sputnik. :D In made-up worlds DARPA makes a good interface between the practical considerations of real soldiers and whatever fantastical elements your introduce for just this reason.
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