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Mobile Artillery by MikeDoscher Mobile Artillery by MikeDoscher
Originally, this was a sort of technical exercise to take the very anime-ish conceit of the 'spider tank' and try and paint a thick and drippy coat of realism on the idea. One thing led to another, and I worked up a small scene centered around the vehicle the remnants of the supporting infantry.

The vehicle backstory is this: An aging APC chassis converted into a rocket artillery unit. The batteries lower and are reloaded hydraulically from a magazine between the tube bays. Normally, the gun would be traversed to the rear when firing rockets to prevent damage to the barrel and muzzle brake. In this case, the commander has left the gun deployed to be able to more quickly engage infantry or light armor. This is the sign of either a highly experienced or dangerously inexperienced crew.

I feel like I'm finally getting to the point where I'm actually *painting* as opposed to coloring a drawing. It's very different.
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NewtonKane Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
zarasque Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
That look pretty bad ass, but if the anti personnal gun lock anything on the right or the left, the missiles are gonna hurt the gun while firing, destroying it and detoning right above the tank, destroying it.

So it's pretty, but it's dum.

Too bad, because i really like how it looks.
westcpw Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done
Brolken Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Really cool design !
mestophales Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a very nice design
templar127 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
zolthan043 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Probably my favorite drawing made by you. You have a freakin' good talent, I'm jealous.

How much time it took you to draw this? I'm curious.

And as we say in France: "C'est superbe!".
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm very flattered. :) This took a couple of weeks, but I wasn't working on it continuously. I was also figuring some things out about painting, so I don't know whether to add that to or subtract that from the time.
Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So coool! why army don't make this? XD
CommanderStrike1 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student
Very amazing :D
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool!!!
Lanc3rZ3r0 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very neat design ^_^
CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
it's just perfect :P!!!
KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, great design.
derbz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent design, and looks very real and practical, you can see how this thing would be put together and assembled, I especially dig the level of detail you have included on the rocket launch bins.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. While I did it originally as a sort of formal exercise, about halfway through I got to thinking that this might make a cool 3D model, so I started planning out the little details. :)
Daolro Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
I like it. Very inspiring.
alienfetusinc Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
this is amazing man =]
thegreatchimp Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very original and great looking to boot
cybershot Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Nice job!
Guard81 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Love it. Shall comment further when I have had sleep.
steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Very nice - a pleasing style!
dragonnaid Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
wow ...
LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Lighting and atmosphere is perfect. :aww: It just feels and looks real.
Nolo84 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a noted difference in this work than in your past productions. I like it; but don't forget how to do the more informative line drawings!

Keep up the good work.
dmaland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
merlefan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Sort of looks like a tank you'd find in Rifts
asataylor Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Great design, lighting and texture. Looks like a fun and destructive vehicle.
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great vehicle design and a cool paint application. Very watercolorish.
Orkronos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
I like it. I also want that little green truck......
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
The delivery truck would probably be more economical... [link]
Orkronos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
but its a smaller target.
chermilla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really well done, nice project!
zonkm Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Wow! Very rugged and utilitarian looking... Love it!
JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You, sir, have phenomenal cosmic powers.
CatMan380 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful piece. I love your clouded shadows and shading. Great details on the figures too. I love the tank design.
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice! I like how you are progressing towards painting too, the transition is not easy that's for sure!
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It's been a long road, but I think it will all work out.
morgoth390 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist
this is truly amazing dude wish i could do art like that lol
Spex84 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Great design. I am always in awe/jealousy of your mechanical designs' proportions. You manage to achieve a lot with relatively few masses/forms.

And I can see the painting :D This is a good direction! It adds extra weight and "punch" to the image.
flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Really really great design again. The atmosphere and environment are also a perfect fit!
Genzeo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
nice work! :D
timberfox15 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
great work.
i like the designe of the vehicle.
ArtCrusade Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks fantastic!
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Awesome AFV design, as usual! :thumbsup: :D
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It turned out really ace Mike and, always, I love the aged sepia vibe you put into your work (as you probably already know something I love to do now and then as well). Love the tire configuration, very cool. I also love the way you put together the modular shapes and sculpt of the vehicle's body, it has both a modern and retro vibe going on.

It does have a sufficiently real world vibe while still being rather future/sci techy. An approach you've always done convincingly with a real sense of your own signature style. Obviously I've been in a more aesthetics driven, borderline, fantasy territory with my work but I always consider and appreciate a sense of realism in these type of designs. Whether implying a suspension of disbelief or shooting for a more straight forward realistic look there are challenges either way you go. It's always more difficult to make something really convincingly real-world though as the pseudo-sci cheat card (think we talked about this before) moves into diminishing returns the more realistic you go. It's fun to tackle these challenge whichever way you go, I'd say, but it can twist the brain at times.

Very cool indeed good sir :D
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) This is really something that's grown more out of my day job stuff that Titan City. I suppose it's just chasing a particular idea to its conclusion. You've got something very interesting going on as well, and it's been inspiring in a parallel way.
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You're totally welcome man and my thanks in return for the kind words :) Aye, I kinda had a sense it wasn't related to your Titan City work so I hear you there.

I have to concur on the sense of parallel inspiration, totally. I've been really enjoying seeing your work approaching similar aesthetic themes in your own uniquely distinct way. That's always inspiring seeing that, always. I, certainly, plan to continue to move forward with that spirit and am humbled to be a part of contributing to that inspiration.

dasAdam Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
beautiful design and mood!
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