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Standby Sentinels by TD-Vice Standby Sentinels by TD-Vice
With every new piece in my developing post-cyberpunk IP, I try to explore something new in terms of my artistic expression, and this time it's classic, GITSy anime. A rather serene scene, a snap of a storyboard. Operator is contemplating, and we can see his augments better - in a more animation-friendly, streamlined design.

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Here's a track to go with it, as usual: soundcloud.com/jmm-smith/dr3am…
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:iconaerohz:
Aerohz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Futuristic room in a modern world... Nah, something don't seem right.

To me, there's something deeper going on.  I disagree that this is a normal event: based on the environment, this individual must be one of the most technologically augmented beings of his time. Whether or not he's the only one like this remains unknown.

An odd reflection in the window, too: you'd think his back would reflect but, instead, it seems to reflect his upper front body from his left side. Is it all an illusion? Is this guy longing to go back to the older days because his silhouette looms over the modern metropolis?

What about his quarters? He looks as though he sleeps in a bath tub, with the appropriate toiletry adjacent to the interface in front of the window. Can't exactly tell what's hanging on the hanger nearby, maybe a towel or pants? On the desk, a Walkman or MP3 Player? Even all electronics in the room seem to have a blur, out of focus, out of thought.  What DOES stay in focus seem to be the basics: clothes, bedding, the view of the afternoon (or before), and himself, contemplating.

Well, at least the air looks clean in the future. Great job on creating such a wonderful piece of work! Forgive me if I'm not familiar with your other works, I'm just interpreting this one in my own way.
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:iconaudiomaniak:
Audiomaniak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
И ни одного комментария из серии "I never asked for this"
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
А к чему бы они? Персонаж-то всем доволен и asked for this.
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SECONDARY-TARGET Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice room design and great use of perspective :la:
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
very nice!!
but maybe his room could use more things? it looks abit too clean for cyberpunk. :P 
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cuz it's Ikea.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha!:D
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:iconmarsuwai:
Marsuwai Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Very well drawn, and I really like the mood of the picture.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that)
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TilskKarishma Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that one.  It's the perfect balance between realistic art and anime.
Haha and the bed looks like a bath tube.))
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Saneaway Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
love the way how you put the picture in scene. It makes you feel how the present tastes, and the future tastes probably too.
Lots of big buildings, high- life and the small people in between with their small apartments.
Also his natural expression after standing up or sitting down,wonderful :-) His implants are obvious, but dont make them that "special".Like its a normal thing.
Like... " just another day starting in future city..have to go to work...grocery store...meeting with bill...etc"  X-)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You've done a good job there coming up with an interior CP aesthetic that's utilitarian without being grim or squalid. It's almost like a homely laboratory. I especially like the design of the arms and your choice of skin tone. 
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to emulate the shades natural to cel-shaded animation, cool to know it worked sorta)

And I'm going for a clean, close-range post-cyberpunk, no grimness in the sense of grimdark or postapocalypsis. Just 10 years in the future max)
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:iconjutawi:
JutaWi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so great :D
I love the artificial arms
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!)
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:iconjutawi:
JutaWi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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RisenDe4th Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool. Have you ever thought of making your post-cyberpunk IP into a graphic novel(series)? With your painting and writing skills i believe you could do a really polished product.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Comics are not my thing.
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:icondubstepwraith:
DubstepWraith Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's the story going to be mainly based upon?
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extra close-range post-cyberpunk. A bit of a detective, a bit of noir, quite some action and philosophy.
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:icondubstepwraith:
DubstepWraith Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like a myriad of everything thrown in there.

Good luck to you, man.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, im keeping it clean-cut.
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:icondubstepwraith:
DubstepWraith Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whatever works best for you.
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:iconsors-the-luck-bot:
Sors-the-luck-bot Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This actually looks very comfortable.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ikr?
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:iconsors-the-luck-bot:
Sors-the-luck-bot Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Small but efficient with space. Oh yea, glorious naps.
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Alagai Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Awesome. I really like the colors and perspective.
Have you dropped the Warhammer works btw? I've loved these. Your latest works are really good nonetheless anyway so I don't mind that much. :p
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

Yes. I drew too much warhammer, and overdid it. One day maybe I'll do something, but not in the immediate future. So yeah, don't expect WH works for quite some time now)
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Cool
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:iconwinterous:
Winterous Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
As usual, great work, etc.
But what's with the tv? Is it doing the whole stereoscopic 3d thing? Because it kinda looks like that to me.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yerp, autostereoscopy
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KittyTheSilence Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist
едрить ты его вписал в пространство!
мне нравится что я смотрю на оператора и он по стилю рисовки не выпадает из окружающей обстановки (моя мечта)
и отличный селлшейдинг (ток тень под ним маленькую забыл), попробуй еще пару артов в таком стиле, у тебя отлично это выходит
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
может быть и сделаю) рад, что нравится. онимэ такое онимэ
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Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Love the lines of the apartment. Cool piece.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TW-Charter-3 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I can't tell if it's the arms that are slightly out of proportion but it must be how the wrists are done or it's his right hand that would be angled..  I'm unable to tell by his stature with his feet cut off from the image.

Seems hardly noticable though.. Nice job with the entire piece.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, props for pointing me to the hands, ive noticed that his left hand was too small compared with right, fixed that issue
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm, hands... gotta look into it. Thanks for the tip!
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Wafflewarrior7 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
totally killer.
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, glad you like)
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warhound8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Dude I think this is he first time you've drawn the inside of a room where the angles and perspectives looked right. :lol:  And I do not mean that in an assholey manner, I'm just remembering some earlier stuff where square rooms looked like weird-ass hexagons so the realism of this background is a really nice improvement.  So I've just got some minor critiques.

The first thing that I'm noticing is oddly enough - that bed set into the shelf does not look like it's actually long enough for the guy to lie down in it, at least not without his legs below the knee being unable to fit.  It's a relatively minor thing but could be avoided by more planning out the interacting between the background environment and the subjects in it.  Second, yet again I'm sort of questioning some of the things you've chosen to give realistic photo-detail compared to the things you've left flat.  I'm not arguing with the choice of leaving the shading and detailing on the guy rather flat and simple, since it was a stylistic choice and looks good, however it does still make some of the background detailing look strange next to it.  The towel or whatever cloth draped over the peg and the blankets on the bed, for example, the amount of detail and even slight texture on that makes it look like a photo - which is strange and out of place compared to the rest.

It's again got a bit of a problem of looking like the background and the subject don't "fit" together.  It's a really damned nice background with some nice details and lighting - and it's a damned nice simple flat shaded subject - but the latter looks like it's pasted on top of the former.  The photographic-detailed objects in the background wouldn't look out of place if the main subject and focus weren't flat shaded, but because he is, they do.  There is not really any shading underneath the guy's ass, miminal cast shadows from his legs - and as that appears to be a reflective surface he's sitting on, there would logically be some reflected color off the orange shorts - to show that he is existing in the background and interacting with it.  Alternately if the background were drawn more flat and simplified to fit with the foreground, it'd look more... cohesive.  Although the light source shading is also a lot better and looks correct - light from the window on the guy's back, shadow in front - since the light appears to be pretty strong, given the large amount of contrast in the shading / cast light on the wall, I'm wondering if the shading on him shouldn't be stronger as well, especially on his legs below the knee, where there would really not be much light reaching at all.

Finally this one's just a technical error - while it is awesome that there IS a slight reflection of the guy in the window, and it looks good and is done well - the way the reflection is shown is technically incorrect.  The guy's back and the pane of glass are parallel, it's facing him directly from behind.  Instead of taking the drawing of the guy and just flipping it horizontally - the refection logically should be shown more of his back.  Putting the extra thought and effort into that would be a really nice touch.  So, hope this is at least slightly helpful hah. Seriously overall this looks good (one of those where the thumbnail appears pretty much perfect) and it's only some execution of details taken into consideration that could improve things.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for such a detailed comment. I'm not going to answer it step by step since it's gonna be redundant, but I'll be sure to consider and look out for all of that in my future works.
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warhound8 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
No problem. :salute:
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:iconvexcel:
Vexcel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks))
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StoryKillinger Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh seeing this just makes me jitter. I just love the light in this place... and the combination that heavily grained shadows and the clean subject.
What I like more then the execution of this, is the feeling it gives off. That start of a new morning and his flat (althou luxurious with a beautiful view) just makes me feel like he's a cog in a machine and its monday.

Also I like what you did with your devAvatar
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah) I had a friend ask me, why did I leave the grain in the background - its for that effect of an animation, to separate the character, it seems quite authentic, I think)

And damn, you're pretty right in your interpretation of the feeling) Very happy you like)
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V0LK3R9 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
From the thumbnail thought this might have been fan art for Oblivion
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, such an astute observation)
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Tr01ka Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Is there tolerometer inside his head? 
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