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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.

Here's some Skrillex for ya: [link]
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Mecenatos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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 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.
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Gotta love all that color! :D
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!
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.
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg those colorssss!!
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.
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.
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.
Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
You ought to make a cyberpunk movie, movie Nochnoi Dozor was made with just $4.2 million, with enough publicity you could get the donations necessary.
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Sry for the time.

You are good at writting scenarios, even better at the stories themselves.
Even beside mererly making said story known, you are good at promoting things, even thought english isnīt exactly your language either.
You have contacts in the media branche, yes? Perhapse not as good as contacts in the film industry but still.
if you decide that it would have an NS-themes, as part of the weltanschauungskrieg, it could help that your country have more and bolder NS than any other country.
The advantages of popularity, if even 10% of a lot of people making even small donations each...

If you really decided to go for it, obviously not today but in 5-10 years time? Yes, it might just be possible*.
At the very least, unlike for most folks, it isnīt wholly unrealistic for you to entertain such a notion. (-

* if things doesnīt come crashing down too hard.
Skrakar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
That popped collar style of armour that is prevalent in so many games today is really starting to get on my nerves. And now, you made a double collar armour, brah.
He seems a bit too bottom-heavy and wouldn't that plate between his legs get in the way of free movement? What, does he want to protect his horse-dong? You may take the last question literally since the future will be both wondrous and horrific for sure in terms of body mods.

Wait, that's Skrillex? That was...surprisingly enjoyable. What's happening with this world?
KittyTheSilence Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist
damn i like how you mixed quite durty colours, like dark green and dark red.(+yellow and orange)
plus he has so many clothes-things,but it suits him well.
only one strange thing i notised - his face looks smooth and young - not as u usually drawing,huh?

nice song btw,i like this one: [link]
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Sweet! I like how dense the detail on his armour is. His belly armour seems extremely inflexible though...would he have a hard time moving in that?

Also, nice choice of theme music. :)
Chortangeyl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Green cigarette? Heh heh heh.
Bumsy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
It's very detailed but for me it's so busy my eyes feel rather overwhelmed. Some parts of the paintwork still looks undefined and smudgy (the creases on the trousers, belts and abdominal armour) which doesn't do a favour for the dull, muddy colours.

There's nothing wrong with your choice of colour palette. It's just that with the lack of crispness I keep visualizing a rubbish dump and seeing all manner of junk amongst wet clay.
TilskKarishma Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this become better than I expected! The colours fits so well and like always there are so much details, that I have the feeling I can touch it.

Wow you write about 20 pieces? The only thing that I know from you is [Psycho]Toxic and The smile of the digital god.
And I have the feeling that the talent to write (or at least to create mood) is something god-given for Russian people.
(I know this has nothing to do with cyberpunk, but Iīve read last week a book from Sergej Kusnezow and it was so brilliant, the way he write.)
And in your case itīs talent to make some awesome pieces like this!))
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And sod Skrillex, get some Xotox up in there! Or Power Glove, if you're in a cyberpunk mood! :noes:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That some damn fine work there, especially with the colour scheme; bright, but not too garish. The costume design is, needless to say, very goo, and I notice you managed to sneak some warning stripes in there! :la: The anatomy and form is somewhat off in places, but it looks like you achieved what you set out to do.
Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Now that looks badass. All the bright colours look brilliant, especially the metallics and the vibrant ones. I also like the little display screen on his breastplate.

What are your thoughts on the new Cyberpunk 2077?
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus, can you leave like one normal coherent comment? I mean, even if English aint your native language, you can still TRY.

And for fucks sake - if you wanna talk about shit, do it in another place. Comment section is firstly for comments on ART, not my fucking artists comment.
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