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Mutant Marauders by TheMichaelMacRae Mutant Marauders by TheMichaelMacRae

This picture was for an event recently here in vancouver called Crit night [link] where we had some local concept artists host a big critique session where we can hopefully learn something.

We got to pick from 3 different sci fi esque themes and we had to create a picture in that theme. I chose the theme: Mutant Marauders. I was tasked with showing some distopian world where mutants are running rampant.

I finished the picture the morning it was due and you can see the old version of it on that site above as well as a bunch of my friend's works too. But the critiquer's tore it to shreds and I decided to tidy and fix it up a bit before submitting it here.

I really tried to push myself with this project to learn a thing or two and I guess it was a success!

My idea was that in the far future after some cataclysmic apocalyptic event has happened, the world leaders put together their efforts to preserve the human species, they create these mechanical beings made of trillions of nano bots that can shape themselves into different forms and self repair as well as provide their own ever lasting energy, they are also super strong and agile.

A lottery is held and among hundreds of high ranking officials and important scientists aproximately 50 thousand of the worlds people that are left were chosen to have their minds implanted in each of these cyber/organic machines.

THUS the process of bonding human and machine takes 100 years, so all the chosen people went underground to start the procedure. The machines were designed as tools as well as life forms, in a world where machinery is now scarce it is up to raw man power to rebuild society and preserve the future for human civilization, thus these machines are super strong and durable.

As time went on the remaining humans on the surface were left to fend for themselves, and after a hundred years the machines rose from the ground and right away regular humans held distain toward the machines.

As time went on the two races grew to hate eachother and a fatal flaw in the machines made them somewhat crazy and barbaric and eventually it was all out war

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Dan-888 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
These are near-identical to the future sentinels from the new X-men  film! 
HT1372 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Artist
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Keelan1337 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Reminds me of Gears of war 2.
Froggmann49 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Awesome pic, and I love the throwback j-truck jeeps, Jeep really needs to release that NuKizer.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I just went with the first "jeep reference" I could find in google images haha
Froggmann49 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Ha, nice. Looks pretty sick in your art. Though, if you're at all interested in cool jeeps, check out Jeep's Nukizer concept from a few years back, would love to see em go full production on those. It's styled after the old military Jeep trucks, so it fits right in, in your post-apocalyptic world. 
razort300 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
WaywardSeaturtle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture reminds me so much of the video game The Last of Us. Once again I must say your art work is simple stunning.
Kaitogirl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my god.... the buildings, and the cars.... all those details... I love it... you're a great artist!! Seriously!
eriwib Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome!
noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Im rooting for the humans, just saying.
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yellowbronco Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
WOW, this is so kool, I love that you used the newer military vehicles. Adds so much to the piece. The distopian world you created is so believable, Outstanding!
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   General Artist
I love the sense of action! I feel like I'm playing the most exciting video game ever! :icongameaddictplz:
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Xemnas666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
I really like this picture the use of dynamic posing and perspective is amazing, the characters really convey a level of action and the overall detail is stunning. There is something about the overall piece though, it seems really crooked towards one direction that is a little off putting, it's not unnatural just unsettling and I was wondering if that was intentional because it does very much convey a sense of wrongness to a world that to us would be very wrong. I reminds me very much of the filming techniques used by James Whales in Frankenstein.
Valsharess Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
This is quite amazing! Love the amount of detail. I'm very curious to know what kind of criticisms the artists gave you for this. Do you mind if you share?
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was mostly compositional stuff they brought up. If you look at the original picture in the link there's a flying dude coming from the right attacking the rear jeep. They said he needed to go. If you look at that jeep you notice that there are so many lines drawing your vision into it:
the horizon line, the guy shooting, the flying mutant, the mutant shooting, the road. Everything, and it's like your view got stuck there ignoring everything else. Getting rid of the flying mutant helped

Aside from that point of focus that I didnt intend, I also didn't realise i created a little circle where the viewers' eye floats around without anything to settle on: notice the guy in the foreground, he's shooting toward the right leading you to the second jeep, then that jeep is shooting toward the left, leading you toward the last jeep, then if you follow that jeep's headlight, you see the mutant running and starting the cycle all over again. I think I fixed it a bit by brightening the action int the foreground and tweaking the contrast in the background jeeps making more of a center of focus.

Also they said that the gun the guy in the forground is holding seems to be emminating more ambiant blue light then it should, which I think they missinterperated what I was trying to convey (the gun just shoots an emp laser thing that vaporises the mutant's nano-machines, making them fall apart, and when they die they glow blue and sparky) but anyway, they were right I needed to make that more of a focus in the whole picture, so I turned into a bright scary laser!

Lastly they said I could make the foreground dude have a bit more depth to his shading. That was it pretty much.
eldritch48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work :) Not sure about the parking lights on the jeep to the right....
hurricane000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   General Artist
Great painting, looks great.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry if the picture is a bit too dark, I think it came out darker then it was originally on my screen
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