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The Iron Road by MikeDoscher The Iron Road by MikeDoscher
The Iron Road is a strange phenomenon. It is not a road in a normal sense, but rather a extradimensional connection between all battlefields in all places in all times. It may be used by certain beings as a means of movement between worlds. Many seek to control passage along the Road, with varying degrees of success. The Etongi Protectorate is one of the (relatively) successful ones. Here a mounted patrol shows typical Protectorate diplomacy.

Ballpoint is about as slow and inefficient a way to build up an image as there is, but there's something very relaxing about it. I used to do it a lot more and it's sometimes nice to revisit old friends and old ways.
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:iconjustplainmikey:
JustPlainMikey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Stylistically reminds me of Metal Slug :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
When I did that, 40K, WWII, and Metal Slug were the moons circling my little planet. :)
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Reminds me very much of the earliest published artwork for Warhammer 40K. Strange how a drawing that's three years old can take a viewer back twenty years or so. :)
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illusion160 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
i love the concept of a road that connects all battlefields everywhere.

would you mind if i stole it in one of my comics (using the term "stole" loosely)
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Durnstaros Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm, looks like someone took some sherman tracks, a German staff car, the gun from a light recon car and slapped it all together with an extra helping of armour. Nice!
Is that a boltpistol I spy in the driver's hand...?
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose its a good thing that the races that have access to the iron road don't have too high of a tech level. As it is, I assume there is a slight arms race in order to maintain superiority over others that can access it.

Nice concept and cool execution of the image.
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Lacedelli Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
I like the line-based shading you used!
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DSil Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Student General Artist
Awesome! The vehicle looks so three-dimensionally plausible. I also really like the scene, with that vague, smoky background.
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mauriliodna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great! Action and creativity!

But I'd like to give an advice, if you alow me to: I'd give put more contrast around the damaged tank in order to pull it out of the backgorund. Everything is very detailed and well done, the hatched shading gives a very good sense of tension, but I feel a little confuse looking at it.

Anyway, I loved it!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)

Yeah, they do tend to go gray, gray, and gray. Might retouch this one.
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mauriliodna Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries!
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thedour Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
ahh the good old ballpoint.

I really like your use of hatching. You don't see it used to often these days (with so much digital influence around)

cool stuff.
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
There's so much going on in this picture ... But that's what makes it great. I think everything was well placed and the crosshatching tone brings out more to the story you placed on it. Very awesome job!
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DXBigD Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. It makes me think of Company of Heroes for some reason, even if that takes place in the past.
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Brawnfire Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like the concept of the Iron Road, since the first time you mentioned it.
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Macrominded Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Student
I love how you used cross hatching to define the forms and light, very nice :D
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Sirusdark Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
I like your idea!! Cool concept! Keep it up!

D_A+
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Tobias-Phealin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
I love the veiws for the big gun on the 'track it looks like "I :Heart: guns"

^.^
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nioor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
I use ballpoint. When i doodle in class xD

anyway cool drawing, wish I was as good...
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
The overall theme and crosshatching is amazing... ^_^
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tracyjb Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
The attention to detail is fantastic, and I love the sort of texture you achieve with the ballpoint. Impressive. =)
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NeptunesQueenBee Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a beautiful thing to see, your use with ballpoint. You definetly did a good job building up the shadows and contrast, to really show the vehicles as in some altered photo almost. Beautiful work.
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trezzy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
this reminds me of the elfwood days! love them crosshatchings!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
I love the detailing and stylization. Great technique, especially considering the difficulty of the medium. The angle and structure are superb. Wonderful movement.
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Good sketch. I love ballpoints.
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failurecrusade Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
ballpoint is one of my favorite medium's for its versatility and the amount of skill required for quality.

Severe props on this +fav
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cronevald Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done. It's nice to see soft hatching and illustrative shading in this kind of work.
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Sye909 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
I love it, especially the hatched shading, but it makes me ponder, yet again, your training... Do you have experiance in a practical ocupation like as an architect er designer or sumthing :O_o:? Because all your art is very technical, shot at 3/4 view... You don't have to answer if you don't want to... i bet the infos on your page anyways =P
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Not really technically trained, just a lot of muscle memory for this sort of thing I suppose. :) I have a degree, but my area of specialization was actually ceramic sculpture. I just built model kits throughout my youth and have retained an interest in military and industrial vehicles because of it. I've been doing a lot of concept art for various enterprises lately and I've done so many 3/4 view beauty shots that they tend to turn up in my doodles. Which truth be told is what this started out as ;)
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MatsuRD Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job! and background story too! :thumbsup:
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CucumberBoy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
That tank is friggin' rad! And a big fat machine gin too!
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