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The Passing of Knowlege by TheMichaelMacRae The Passing of Knowlege by TheMichaelMacRae
On and on over the course of a few months
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Pitsh Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015   Digital Artist
beautiful work
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amdnsr Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
wow. brilliant
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rukibunny Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So interesting.
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IS this a story you will pursue?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kindof yeah
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Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work
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Dapooxii Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really an amazing art ^^ are you gonna make a comic ^^? i really think this well be an awesome comic :D
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JudasArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
crazy awesome!
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razort300 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
cool
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bobbybeanz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an amazing concept and art piece. *INSTANT FAVORITE*
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hwynjongotti Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
is this the beginning of the story?

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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So someone asked me about this earlier so I'll just copy/paste what I wrote to him:

This is so out there it's embarrassing to even write it: basically as the world started to die off, a group of scientists biologists and technicians working secretly for the UN banded together to create a way that they could preserve the human race so that they could one day potentially revive the planet and continue living on in harmony. So with limited time and resources they created a bio-mechanical self regenerating life form that could essentially withstand any environmental conditions, and was strong, hardy and malleable enough to be up for the task of rebuilding a society where there was limited resources and accessible technology.

The development process took around 15 years and the production took another 5. They made as many of these things as possible in the given time frame. Somewhere around 500 or so and they selected the most suitable mental and physical candidates to have their minds and bodies transplanted inside these bio-mechanical forms. There were some military men, some scientists, mathematicians, and many underlings that could follow orders. This was meant to be a group that could rebuild out of the ashes and they were not chosen at random.

These host bodies are the liquid black things you see in a few of my pictures, they can shape shift, are very strong, fast and impervious to most forms of damage.

These people were placed in a series hidden stations located all around Europe and were put in human sized pods where their bodies would essentially be dissolved and merged with their respective bio-mechanical host. This process was very delicate and took over 100 years to complete.

After the hundred years was up the world was projected to be mostly a wasteland with few remaining human civilizations.

One man, who's name I have not thought of yet, let's call him V, awakes from his stasis chamber, fully transformed. He is weak and disoriented. His station is located in north western Russia. Upon getting his bearings and letting his memories come back to him he realizes that all the other pods have already opened and he can see clear evidence that some of his peers simply dissolved immediately upon exiting their pods where others left no trace as to their state of being.

He exits the station and begins wandering without any real cause. It seems the whole plan fell apart.

V is an interesting guy in that through his life as a human, he never could relate to other people, he felt like he was talking through them like they simply couldn't comprehend the things he found facinating and thought provoking.He grew apart from his wife and children and when the apocalypse rolled around he never even bothered to say goodbye to them. He just didn't care.

--Now I haven't thought too much about his character pre transformation but I'm expermenting with the idea that he had a girlfriend on the side, or some emotional connection to one woman in particular who may have some part to play post transformation--

He designed machines for a living and programmed artificial intelligence. He always admired his creations for their emotionless rational thought, their mimicry of the best parts of the human race combined with superior form and function unhindered by biological flaws.

His transformation into a bio-mechanical being liberated him from his old self. He fell in love with his new form and enjoyed the freedom the new world that his evolution granted him. Over time he wondered less and less about the earths remaining human population and the goal to seek them out receded to the back of his mind in favor of new discoveries. However, deep down he is still human and he could feel the sting of loneliness creep into his thoughts. This was a contradiction to his newly acquired ideals. Finding companionship amongst human crowds (if there were any left) was not a pleasant thought and there was no notion of what happened to the others from the station.

He resolved to pick up his old career of creating artificial life. He found various decommissioned androids in various states of disrepair throughout the wastes. In old barns, burnt out villages. In a number of instances he discovered pits where the machines had been stripped of their useful bits and then thrown into piles and covered haphazardly with dirt. That was a strange sight.

Near a flooded field that may have once been used for growing crops he found a surprisingly intact female android laying partially submerged in water. She was missing some essential components but otherwise she would make for easy repairs.

Now this is kind of where this "story" starts. He repairs her and uses himself as her power source until a suitable battery can be found or created. He grows fond of her for all the reasons he loves machines and dislikes humanity. But as time progresses and she learns more about the world around her she starts to develop a personality. She is inquisitive, naive, and clingy. As the two grow together they eventually grow apart. He wants to learn from her how to become less human, she wants to learn from him how to become more human.

From there I don't know what happens. But that's the gist of it.
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slocik Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Cool back story. 
If i would to change anything it would be to put the theme on regaining humanity rather than losing it for "v", on coming with terms with his past and what he lost and forgot  rather than trying to forget it.
If he starts of be being much less human than the robot, since hes been wandering the empty world for a while now before reviving her then instead of getting much more boring  of a character he would be becoming more interesting one. Also there is more irony in learning humanity form a robot. This would also allow much more room for telling his story as we learn it with him without making a recap at the beginning, something i dont like in movies and books.
And the story itself could be about the two of them going through the ruins of humanity and trying to avoid the dangers of the world that is left as he tries to once know what it means to be human and her learn to live, and maybe find a way to go with the revival project anyway.

That would be a good idea for a book and reminds me a bit of ergo proxy, a anime i watched long ago.
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drawlines Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very creative I really like the story you put together so far. I really like the way the to character interact with each other, kind of a backwards relationship more or less. How as time goes buy they want to trade personalities. Very cool!

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Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing
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HexKor Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a fantastic story and I wish you'd write it or make a comic for it. 

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SleepingDrone Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
I agree. I would love to see more of these two!
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Andy1063 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a movie in that story... 
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i-am-a-bridgewalker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I ship it so hard.
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Kaitogirl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Perspective WIN!!! *__* I love that black-square-thing, and... oh, that water *.*
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FotoSonny Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dame... thats lovely!
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Wojteq1st Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This series with these two characters is simply amazing. I love that kind of art, because there's so much story behind it! I faved all 3, but this one is probably the best.
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Amazing...
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Energyzed Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Awesome!

I saw the redux version first, and then this piece. It's almost like the dark figure is thinking "Oh my gawd, I have to fix you AGAIN?" ;P
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gebruikersnaamralf Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love the oil like figure
and how she is helping an outdated model(I think)
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Cryptiic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
She isn't, she is receiving it's knowledge. The older model is passing on the legacy to the next step in evolution, just as man had onto her so many years ago.
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Eyes-of-Inferno Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thats beautiful
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RysaMeansMe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
HeHe.
Create something to escape from Your own imperfection makes You more perfect but only by increaseing Your complexity which stays in opposition to your intention.
I mean evolution in modern days (to put it VERY simply- becouse I'm not very good in English) :)
For Me it's very impressive even if I overinterpretated Your work. =P
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Cryptiic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
That's what I saw in it too :D
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minicritic Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
what is it im curious
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to copy and paste a response from someone who asked a similar question:

Essentially I wanted to convey that even though these two machines are so vastly different from each other, They are able to communicate through the most basic and universal of languages: geometry and math (arguably more universal then basic however).

Furthermore I wanted to look at how technology advances. The machine in the ice is kind of a representation of modern technology in that it is -trying- to emulate nature in its design and appearance. It is an attempt to recreate the human body and it's holographic projection is a pristine, perfect mathematical geometrical form representative of what we are currently trying to achieve with technology nowadays.

Whereas looking into the future, at the liquid machine, it's perfection is in its imperfection. The shape it makes is like that of a drawing, not a computer calculation; it is imperfect. This machine is so advanced its technological curve has made a full circle to revert back to an organic form rather then a mechanically precise imitation of an organism, trying to be perfect in a universe where nothing is perfect (except math I guess I dunno) It's a naturalistic take on mechanics and technology
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minicritic Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I loved your insight man! now i feel pity for the terminators again.
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devonthomas Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW-NICE....
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LordDracoArgentos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
SUPER!!!!
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simpleCOMICS Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I can't help but interpret this as a traditional record vs digital record of writing and knowledge. Ink = old fashioned way of maintaining knowledge and robot = digital modern way of maintaing knowledge.

They both look like they're dying though.

Is that the meaning or am I just looking too deep into it?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good interpretation but it's a bit different then what I had in mind. Essentially I wanted to convey that even though these two machines are so vastly different from each other, They are able to communicate through the most basic and universal of languages: geometry and math (arguably more universal then basic however).

Furthermore I wanted to look at how technology advances. The machine in the ice is kind of a representation of modern technology in that it is -trying- to emulate nature in its design and appearance. It is an attempt to recreate the human body and it's holographic projection is a pristine, perfect mathematical geometrical form representative of what we are currently trying to achieve with technology nowadays.

Whereas looking into the future, at the liquid machine, it's perfection is in its imperfection. The shape it makes is like that of a drawing, not a computer calculation; it is imperfect. This machine is so advanced its technological curve has made a full circle to revert back to an organic form rather then a mechanically precise imitation of an organism, trying to be perfect in a universe where nothing is perfect (except math I guess I dunno) It's a naturalistic take on mechanics and technology
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simpleCOMICS Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
At least I was in the ballfield, lol. Thanks for the breakdown. A good piece of art lends itself well to multiple interpretations... and yours does exactly that :thumbsup:
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Siemari Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Incredible detail and concept. I could stare at this for hours~
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Brosa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this deviation should have more favourites and a dd! I love the idea and I also love the technique. I faed it some time ago, but I would like to fav it again
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jackegiacomo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very cool :)
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Xemnas666 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I feel the need to point out that the black oil entity makes me think of that ink chick from batman beyond (though I will admit to not having seen that in years and years)
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inque is my favorite villain ever. I became obsessed with liquid shapeshifting characters after those batman episodes
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Xemnas666 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
she was pretty damn cool if I'm remembering correctly.
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I-Do-Care Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Looks like the rescue of a cybernetic soul from a shattered body.
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Dark-Primrose-11 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I really admire this picture for anything you can imagine ,you are able to brign it out on paper!Go you !(:
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ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the work detail and soft look of acrylic
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3ihard Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Digital Artist
cool!
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Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Totally love love love the concept. And the contrast between the old and modern robot. Besides, the pose of the the old one looks really good. Did you use reference?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope just brain powah
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