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Razor nights and bitter days by TD-Vice Razor nights and bitter days by TD-Vice
This work is something that was kicked off by my feelings of revitalization in the bestest sci-fi genre ever, cyberpunk. Man, once you go cyberpunk, you're forever a cyberpunk.

It's also my first foray in somewhat matte-painting thing, as it's the only means by which I think I can create a believable cityscape backdrop.

I went for something classic, old-school - Asia, neon, clunky guns, implants and cybernetics galore, flu masks and organ shops. It's the most correct stuff that I now can do to translate my vision of a true cyberpunk setting, and I feel that this picture - which I present in original and filtered colors, since I see them both valid - is a major artistic breakthrough of mine, in terms of technical skill.

It's my tribute to a genre and vision that pretty much shaped a lot of what I am today - a work of love and dedication, if you will.

So I invite you to enjoy some good-old cyberpunk as well.
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Apparently normal users can give critiques now, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to use that feature. I am also a big fan of modern cyberpunk, so it is good to see art that celebrates and seeks to fuel the genre.

Well, first of all, I have to say that the image on the left (your original colours, if I am not mistaken), has a far lesser impact on my eyes, than the one on the right. The main reason being is that the right-hand image has a far more apparent atmospheric depth than the other, and this not only separates the foremost characters from the extras, but also helps to give a feeling of completeness as a whole to the image, as well as adding a greater coherency within the colour palette.

Generally speaking, I like the designs you have come up with, and they fit the modern cyberpunk interpretation fairly well. But, while I know it's probably just an aesthetic choice, neither the throwing knives on the male character's waist, nor the great cables leading to the gun of the female strike me as being functionally sound (though it could be argued that cyberpunk is not necessarily about practicality), and I can only suggest that it would seem more suitable to consider this when conceptualising these things. Otherwise, of course we have these characters in the background in their armour and unusual clothing, which I think fits pretty well. For such civilian items, I would put less emphasis on practicality (or even an emphasis on impracticality), but I think it should be maintained for military types.

The left is a day scene, yes? If so, I do not think it really looks like one at all. Perhaps it is the black sky which makes me feel this way, but it still looks like a night scene, to me. I think another reason for this is that the lighting appears to be dominated by 'local lighting,' such as the signs and small lights in the scene, and not by sunlight.

The other thing I had considered, was what is happening in the scene. The characters seem engaged in something dramatic. Very serious faces and poses. Yet these people in the background - they are doing nothing. They seem largely unconcerned by whatever has the attention of the main characters. It seems rather whimsical, even; as though the characters are posing because somebody is taking their photo.

Some parts of the background seem a little unorthodox. Oftentimes, as you'd be no-doubt aware, an artist will deliberately suppress detail in background elements to further enhance the perspective and give attention to whatever is foremost in their artwork. The bit that sticks out the most to me is the pink woman in the sky, up there. The colours are so gaudy, and the lines are sharp enough that it strikes me as an important part of the picture. Again, this is less-so on the right-hand side, though still, I think it could stand to have been blurred slightly, so as to take attention away from itself. It is common to weaken contrast and saturation in background elements, but I suppose you don't want to condescend the need for bright, neon colours in a cyberpunk themed artwork. You take the good with the bad, I suppose.

Otherwise, I can only encourage further artworks of this type, because I always enjoy seeing them.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The filtered colours are more fitting with the cyberpunk theme, which you've illustrated very well indeed! I lament lacking the time to indulge in something like this. :p
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vorno Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see a Cyberpunk piece from ya! I for one am looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077!
Chances are you've seen it by now, but just in case you haven't: Nice Cinematic
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mhm98 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Cool armor designs. Reminds me of Quake III.
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kfss Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Прекрасное. После Вашего ухода из ЖЖ у меня всё руки не доходили полуркать Ваши работы. Но теперь нашёл и сильно рад)
Так держать)
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Yess, Cyberpunk is where it's at. :D 
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emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Nice guns reminds me of Borderlands for some reason
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
The one on the right has a lot more depth but i prefer the warmth of the left
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Looks fantastic :)  Can't wait to see where your artwork goes from here
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TicklesPickles Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Can I just say that I think your art is really great, I don't know if it was on purpose but there are manycomplimentary colors in this (given there are many colors in this PERIOD) suffice to say it really makes your art pop out, especially the two characters in the front who not only are..well in the front.. .but their colors help them stick out alot more than the people behind them, so yeah, attention to detail and what not.
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TicklesPickles Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
oh and those glowing tits in the background (whatever you'd like to call them) are marvelous.
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mehtnaeht Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
ah...nothing's better than some good cyberpunk...and it looks even more fucked up prettier from a neo nazi! Congratz and well done! Really digging those crotch knives on the main guy over there. Love the guns too.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For someone who lives in the US, your english is unintelligible.
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mehtnaeht Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
that hurt....a little :(. Well, I just wanted to say I like cyberpunk and you did a really good job on this piece.

Also on a side note, the english language changes faster than most people think, so yeah... just something to think about.
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NightHerald Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Cyberpunk is hella cool, and this picture reeks of it. I'm actually just now reading Neuromancer for the first time, and it's leaving me with a desire to probe deeper into the genre.

Yeah, what else to say? Amazing lead figures, nice gritty details and cyber gadgets. If this depicted an actual story, I'd be all over that shit. Of the two versions, I think I like the second one slightly better. Nicely atmospheric.
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Bumsy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
That's a strange place to have knife holsters. They look like they'd cause some movement restriction if he were to crouch down or bend over.
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Nosvertu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me wanna watch Blade Runner and Total Recall. Top fuckin' A, man.
Also, lol Samsung. They'll always be around, eh?
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
i think you nailed it pretty right. To me Cyberpunk is all about bold,bright toxic colors,and you served a full kettle of it here. The characters seem a bit too armor-heavy for Cyber though,i always had the vision that its dirty and gritty but with a certain class (Im really thinking about Syndicate and Deus Ex here though,there's nothing wrong with the way you see it) in the dress code. Here they look more para-military with expensive gear...Its weird.
I love the HUD lighting out of the gun,this speaks Cyber to me. The little floating screens,targeters layed over in front of a characters eyes and such. The giant strobo-LED stripper in the background is also a big plus i think, it has that sci-fi taste and adds a lot to the image i think. It fills the street with life more than a few stands and people can.

Really hope to see more tributes to the genre from you, it just feels right when you do it
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SolsticeCarol Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
That background looks like it took forever xD but I like it :)
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KittyTheSilence Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
да фак,обе версии смотрятся охуенно,хотя я склоняюсь к более холодной.Весьма неебический бг,я отлично провела время,рассматривая все вывески!ну и конечно главные герои:3 во-первых,оригинальность каждого костюма (!!!!)а во-вторых,четкая прича бабы:3 талант Девище,такой не пропьешь))
с радостью прочла бы книгу с этой парочкой
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Great colors, just like the fucking city. A lot of the time it took you how to create CS5 or something, because the will make your work simple way to use a pencil.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work dude. thats a lot of details in here.
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Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I am surprised at how colorfull the right is.

I specially like the design female´s gun, is it a rail-gun?
Noted er gun 3 wires/tubes, so it doesn´t become useless if one or two is cut, while his gun have a lid.

Guy´s eye is exposed to laser, flashes of light and/or heat.

Damaged parts of the orange armor can be easily replaced?

I notice there is a Russian flag on the guy´s armor.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im particularly fond of the guy's gun design here.
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Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
You made the design yourself while the other gun design was inspired from things you saw?

It might not be as flashy to my view but it still is pretty nice too.

1) Looks pretty solid, less fragile thah the other one, apparently no exposed wires/tubes at all.*
2) Can be held with a nice armored gauntlet.
3) A lid to protect the muzzle, I.E. allows it to work if the guy have been underwater or have had debries falling on him.

Something I forget?

* Idea, there is a device on the palm of the gauntlet that feeds energy or some needed chemicals [link] to the gun (assuming it is a laser).
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TilskKarishma Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shiny! :heart: the coloure-explosion!
There are so much details and the Russian flag on his stomach is cute.))
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PhilippeLizard Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Bright, various colours and original characters are a thing you shine at; this time the background doesn't distract or alienate from the main characters as in previous cases, because the spot is good and both the space both the character are extremely detailed and distint.
I think: more variation, better Device.

P.S. : cyberpunk is dying however.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, variation is the spice of life. In any case, I think I'll be trying some more matte cityscape backdrops in the future, and explore more classic cyberpunk things.


It's not dying, it's ressurecting actually.
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PhilippeLizard Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd like to be so optimistc: I once heard about a few recent videogames, but no recent books or movies about; even WORSE, there is a slow return of non-mature or wackey science-fiction (with a few exceptions, like the ME videogame series who actually makes "space opera" working), and a loss of content.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There were quite many books... and some movies upcoming too.
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maxviolence Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are the most, amazing.. Talented artist on deviantart...
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well that's too much, but heh, thanks)
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Babushka-Nipples Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Orange guy's bod looks really weird. Maybe it is the dick knives but his body looks too long and it makes his legs look short. His head looks oddly misplaced out of perspective with how his 'shoulders' are aligned and how his body is positioned. What is even going on with his upper body, the shoulders look so wrong. I cannot tell if he has one big arm up holding on to the gun or two tiny ones.

The background and random reflections just makes the entire thing look busy and hard to find focus points. The background is okay, looks too crowded. The shoulders on the chick looks weird as well with how her body is positioned and her pose. The background people's anatomy ain't even worth talking about, because I do not know where to start with those. But they are background people, so their anatomy isn't important, obviously.

6.5/10.
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McSlave Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Cyberpunk...sigh...good times.
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DivisionLeitbild Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This is somewhat very differnet from your other pictures. Its so colourfull.
I cant decide wich one looks better, both have their good aspects. The guy on the right bottom has a similar armour/clothing like Isaac from Dead Space, doesnt he?

But overall a great work imho.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's different because I finally gathered the guts to make an active background.

Thanks man.
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CommisarJakster Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Digging the knife codpiece belt buckle thingy. Like he looks of the orange armor also. Unusual in a genre that I usually asscoicate with lots of blues and various shades there of, but it works well with the overall image this time. Keep up the cyberpunk bro, im personally really enjoying it over the 40k stuff at the moment.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno, I always found orange and yellow to be colors used heavily in industry, so for me it fits the theme perfectly - not a military cybertech, but civil or industry-grade stuff, and I think it fits.

Yeah, 40k has to go to the background for a while. Except for some Blood Pact)
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Wafflewarrior7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I dig it. Generally I see Cyberpunk in the dark, neon lit one you have shown very nicely in the second.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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plaguewater Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
i am so in love with all your cyberpunk shit
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you
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Skrakar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I like most of the picture, but I can't help but HATE HATE HAAAAAAATE that orange armour. It just offends me aesthetic-wise with its abdominal knife six-pack. Such stark contrast with the more-or-less sensible design of his feminine compatriot (which might be a joke in itself - the girl being more sensibly dressed than the guy).
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that's your taste man. I myself am quite proud with this design and think it's uber-cool.

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Skrakar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Why would you even need so many knives on your belly? Wouldn't they get in the way of combat acrobatics?
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does Tony Stark has glowing jets in his palms? How does he jack off with them? Srsly, dumbass question. Dont like the design - sue me.
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Skrakar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Tony Stark runs on comic-book logic. I thought you hated comic-book logic. Comparing cyberpunk and teenage superhero fantasy - shamefur dispray, TD.

And what could I possibly get from suing you - aside from enjoying the favourite Serbian pass-time?
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, because youre just being nerdy for the sake of it. Seriously, not impressive. Dont like it - fine, Im cool with that, but dont expect Ill be arguing with you realistic applicability of flippable knife-sheathes.

I dont know... youre the one with a problem, so you figure out what you can do with it.
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Skrakar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
It's odd how your defense for a question about a weird design choice is "LOL NEEEERD" when you yourself advocate sensibility. I didn't ask you to change it, so stop being sore in the area of your hindquarters. You're getting paranoid about comments, man.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. In my first comment, I said that its your taste and I personally like it, leaving it at it. However, YOU were  obviously not content with that reply and decided to crawl up my ass further and pester me - so you get what you get. Accusing me of butthurt or paranoia doesnt work well either in this light. You're asking me to explain a design choice you dont like - well I'm not going to explain it, since I dont owe you an explanation,  its a one-time design, not going to be a 3d model and theres generally nothing wrong with it. That clear?
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