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Tiba Runner by TD-Vice Tiba Runner by TD-Vice
It so happened that one of my earlier introductions to sci-fi was actually introduction to cyberpunk. Man, I was - and am to a point - such a cyberpunk nut. William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neil Stepehnson, Steve Adams, Paul di Fillipo - if these names tell ya something, you know what I'm talking about. Transnational asian corporations, mind-shattering drugs, smooth AIs, monofilament wire, black ICE, wet-ware... Damn, these were the days.

I've written about 20 or so short stories that in some way were cyberpunk fiction and three novel-length pieces, that even garnered mild popularity. Funny how I imagined the current times just a decade ago and it's hilarious to read how I expected future to be. So in some sense I think I have this nostalgia about the now retro-cyberpunk. But the current times that we live in IS cyberpunk, so the genre's aint dead and I'm so pleased to see it being revived - mostly through games, like the new Deus Ex, Syndicate and the upcoming watchdogs, and I like the modernized cyberpunk aesthetics too.

So, this is sort of a mish-mash of retro and present cyberpunk. Deus Ex meeting Blade Runner meeting Crysis.

The Tiba Runners are light-armored couriers for hire - codebreakers and identity thieves that are tasked with delivery and initial data protection for criminal conglomerates. Usually quite wealthy, the almost always go overboard with cybernetic augments. Their scraped look at a point became a fashion statement in some subcultures, so these days it's hard to really tell if such an individual is really a Runner, or just a rich youth trying to act tough.

As far as the work goes, I went for a Zoonoid-ish style and very pleased with it - first "pro-emulating" CA I pumped out in a while.

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Mecenatos Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
niceCURSE YOU! 
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Neurovore Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Oh, sorry, one more thing I forgot to ask...looking at the bright colors on your Tiba Runner, do they generally paint themselves outlandishly as part of their culture as well? It is an interesting concept, because if cybernetics ever do become widespread, I doubt that everybody would go for the stainless steel or "chrome" look. He had just better make sure not to stand outside during a lightning storm with all of that metal.
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Neurovore Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I have always found some elements of cyberpunk to be interesting as well...particularly the "biopunk" offshoot of the cyberpunk genre. Imagine what the world would be like if there were sudden breakthroughs in medical science, bioengineering, and biotechnology. As it is, there is talk about 3-d printers making printed organs out of cultured stem cells. Instead of augmenting ourselves with mechanical devices, there might be a "biopunk" subculture within a cyberpunk world that prefers "wetware" upgrades like superior vat-grown organs and limbs.

Biopunk is still fairly new as a concept so it is not as codified of a trope as its cyberpunk parent. However, games such as the Bioshock series and books such as ribofunk deal heavily with biotechnology and genetic augmentation. There is also a book series by a man called Jeff Vandermeer in which a subterranian race of beings slowly take over a fictional city with their fungal-based technologies such as fungus guns and various fungal plagues and addictive drugs.

One thing I always wondered about though...how come nobody's cybernetics ever seem to run out of batteries in various cyberpunk settings?

My favorite cyberpunk movies are either the original Robocop movie, or ExistenZ.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Gotta love all that color! :D
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Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
"I've written about 20 or so short stories that in some way were cyberpunk fiction and three novel-length pieces, that even garnered mild popularity."

Please, which websites can they be found? *drooling*

"So in some sense I think I have this nostalgia about the now retro-cyberpunk."

Another reason to despice cultural-marxism, the awesome future it denied!
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Somedumbass3 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you still use Zbrush? I think you should keep practicing that, a 3D Runner would be awesome.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg those colorssss!!
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Noisemaker111 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Upon opening this deviation, I instantly thought "Hot fucking damn I wish I could paint like that"
Loving it. Cyberpunk as fuck.
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Belazikkal Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've nothing against the colour here: you keep mainly with blues and yellows, even in the hues that go to green, and use pure greens and reds as spot colours.

I do lack some crispness in some detailing, like the armour plates. True, it's a concept, but a concept should communicate your ideas a clearly as possible. The left arm's forearm armour is in the right direction of crisp though.

I can't quite line up your conceptual idea with light-armour courier and this guy. He seems a bit too heavy for that, despite all.
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ObscenityEngine Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artist
I had a feeling you'd link to his Syndicate song. I really like how there's so many different colors, but they don't war with or end up muddying one another. The armor design is also very smooth.
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