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How Do I Fix You? by TheMichaelMacRae How Do I Fix You? by TheMichaelMacRae
This started off as a picture I made about two years ago [link] and submitted it to dA but about a year ago it got deleted for some sad reason.

I always liked the design of it and wanted to go back and tweak it. Lately I've been in the middle of making a comic that'll be finished in oh about a thousand years give or take, I wanted to take a break and work on something else so i busted out that picture and turned it into this!!!

This is also a redux of this : [link]

I literally painted over just about every square inch of the original. Refs used: a picture of a barn and one of a telephone pole.


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This machine of unparalleled design wanders the barren landscape devoid of any and all life. In constant search of companions in the form of old machines reminiscent of the humans that once made them, it dedicates its existence to the upkeep of its familiars and travels the earth in search of something more.



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:icondeepvision:
deepvision Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Love the background of this. I note you're from Turkey, but this reminds me of the American midwest; a place of vast open spaces, perhaps in late November. A place of piercing cold, made emptier by the absence of its structures' human authors. Somewhere that a solitary living man would ...haunt.
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm actually from vancouver. But yeah, I know what you're talking about.
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:iconenergyphoenix:
EnergyPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
ghost in the shell 
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dartharc Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I definitely prefer this one to the other, more recent version.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Imma axe you up. Feed your bits to my fish.
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ArrogantJack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The image of lady reminds me of Animatrix series actually 
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:iconronaldo9999:
ronaldo9999 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Under the skin anyone ?
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:iconzikhowl:
zikhowl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just stunning
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:iconamiah112:
amiah112 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
OMG
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:iconziggy-foxcat:
Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Black Robot: *runs to the Engineer holding the robot woman in her arms* :iconfixitplz: FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT!
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:iconleanasart:
LeanasArt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know what I should say :iconclapplz:
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:icontiriaq:
Tiriaq Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
base food for filming material, nice
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IvanVolgare-drawings Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
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Rakykia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
In progress of writing some sort of fanfic based on this and, well the whole substrata artbook concept, but this piece is my main inspirator. It's still under progress, but maybe you'd want to have a look :D

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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! I like how you've taken a picture I made, in which I had in mind a very deliberate story and deliberate characters, and interpreted it in your own thing. My version of the black dude is that he's much more human (as he once was a human) but longs to rid himself of those traits and become more mechanized, but no matter how hard he tries he continually finds himself acting out on the emotions he tries to suppress. The fact that he seeks out battered machines to fix, he tells himself it is because he wants to learn from them, he wants to be like them, so he surrounds himself with them, but really it is because he seeks companionship and that is an expression of his weakness deep down. His eventual de-evolution into an emotionless robot is on his part an intensely self directed goal. A goal he may never reach.

It's interesting the way you detail that he at one time had human-like thought processes going on in his noggin but over time (years?) countless tiny glitches/errors/miscalculations compouned to leave him in a constant sort of daze where he has thoughts and emotions but they are too jumbled and disorganized so he wanders around without really knowing why or where he's going.

I like the idea of him communicating with the machine via radio signals. I may use that


Keep me updated if you finish this
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:iconrakykia:
Rakykia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Yeah sure. It's one of those projects that are probably taking a long time to finish as it takes a very special kind of mood to write from the PoW of something very non human. It's pretty much an exercise in in how far I can deviate from the thoughts of a human and still make somewhat believable character. We'll see if it flops or not.

Keep up the good work though. Your stuff is among my favourites to revisit and gain inspiration from.
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Rakykia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Hmm.. You may actually want to stop reading after the second part. It's just free flow of mind notes after that.
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:iconlanasy:
Lanasy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is gorgeous. I hope you develop the story more!
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:iconsovriin:
Sovriin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Just had a look through your gallery, and I really love the pictures with these two characters. Is there a full story behind them? I would love to know it, theres something about these two I really love, I bet their backstory is amazing :)
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razort300 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
cool
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
so why did it get deleted
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was in a horrible mood and put all of my pictures into storage, or whatever it's called, so no one could see them. Then later I took them out of storage but some were permanently deleted, like 5 or 6 or so.
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
k. wow bad luck
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They were mostly crappy pictures anyway, though one of them was quite important, oh well, t'was years ago
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:iconbob4123:
bob4123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
ok
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Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely worth a download O.O 
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GreyMatterExtrusion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really like this series, very haunting/hopeful.
Would love to see more
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StayPuftShrimp Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent storytelling. You're incredibly skilled at painting the human form!
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squibblyquill Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
cool
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:iconjackthe-blade:
JackThe-Blade Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Забавно, да
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:iconzuluheda:
ZuluhedA Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Очень круто!
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xDismalangelx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Your art is very inspiring ((:
I love your colorations and ideas~ Do you have any tutorials about how you're coloring your artworks and what do you use for brushes?
And I wonder, your backgrounds look always so amazing too, are you working with references for that or do you use textures or really draw everything on your own? It's so interesting ((:
Hope it's ok to ask you so much w'' Please go on like this~ :heart:
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just use a standard round brush and a square brush and I fiddle with opacity/flow/transfer. Occasionally I'll use a textured brush i made, but I don't find it very useful in general.

No tutorials, sorry. My methods are a little all over the place and I'm rather scatterbrained.

I sometimes use pictures as inspiration for backgrounds. Usually I'll start painting from my imagination but if things don't go as planned I'll refer to a picture of something similar to get my bearings.
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Ilovemynightmares Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Erm, is that a sort of shapeshifter, mimicking her/it's works in order to fix her/it?
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup!
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Ilovemynightmares Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
 "OMGYAYYOUREPLIEDTHANKYOU *Incomprehensible shrieking*"
 Though really, thanks. I was wondering, but I really wasn't sure. I'm not very good at telling what is what. With everything and anything.
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Kaitogirl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!! :DDD I wonder about that black guy... is he a robot too? I think it is...
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CJIOHUK Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
wow
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:iconmootaurus:
mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this image based off of the comic you are making? If not, make a comic about this. I wanna know more!!!! :P
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:iconuberslan:
uberslan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Smoked on the Water:

>> Please! Be nice enough to fix me bytefast, wouldn’t you? :censored:
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TravisBoward Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I stumbled across this, and the related pictures. I love the story potential for these two characters.
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:icongigimissanthropy:
GiGiMissAnthropy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Artist
I am in love with this image...
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:iconeriwib:
eriwib Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is insanely cool... and spooky :-)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This looks incredible :D
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:iconblacksand459:
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is SWEET!! Wow. I love scenes like this. :)
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm almost finished making another one
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:iconblacksand459:
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! B-)
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