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Why Not This One? by TheMichaelMacRae Why Not This One? by TheMichaelMacRae
The two wander out of the thicket and into an open field. Through the few trees the one machine spots a figure laying in the snow. Like an eager puppy tethered to its master she tugs the other along and stands over the body.

Clearly they have ventured further south then he had anticipated. It was a rare thing to come across a corpse as decomposed as this in the tundra from whence they came. As the years pass there are fewer and fewer humans able to survive on the dwindling, untainted, resources. Little to none have managed to carve out a living up north and most have already migrated to the equator. The discovery of one dead does not mean there are others camped nearby. Likely this one died of natural causes, possibly left by fellow travelers, maybe he was alone. In any case, it should not be cause for concern.

She stands still. No movement save her eyes scanning the figure from top to bottom. There is a whirring sound followed by a series of clicks, and she breaks out of her trance. She kneels before it and then turns toward him with a slight smile, " Can you fix it?" she asks with an exaggerated, exited tone. This must be the first time she has seen a human. or at least, the first time since she was re-activated. - he tells her no, it's dead. "I was dead too. We can find parts for it!".

She doesn't understand yet, what it is to be a machine. He remains silent, and she looks back at him and her expression goes neutral once more. She then turns her head back and for a brief fraction of a second before her hair covers her face he catches a genuine glint of sadness.


So I've been working on this since a bit before christmas. I like it... but it didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped.

Anyway, this is a redux of… which is a redux of… which is a redux of… (not sure if you can see that image)
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ShadowHawk137 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The story that goes along with this picture is fantastically heartstring-pulling. And I love the the black inky character. I have a real fascination with the "lonely god" archetype, and from what I've seen he is a fantastic example.
lexgear Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The words are just as impressive as the image. I love it. 
bloodanarcy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is deep I see it has a story going on where does the story start? It reminds me a little of metro last light with the dark ones
Cloverdeer Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student General Artist
the details are amazing! i like that you have a much bigger size of the image so we can see them!~ :heart:
Silverhand-Dan Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The corpse looks like it was holding something
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He was originally holding a sort of gas mask thing but I couldn't get it to look right so didn't bother.
Sundyko Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Such amazing way of telling a story in one detailed picture. These are very unique
HT1372 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Artist
:D (Big Grin) Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
Timkongart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I find it amazing how your works are detailed but you're also able to convey great story telling. it's definitely a fantastic combination and one that makes your work stand out a lot. Keep it up man!
EmpathStudio Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love the story you supplied with this.  Have you considered turning it into a comic book or novel?
SageShinobiPath Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Will we see more of these characters ? I love them 
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got a picture in mind I want to do asap. I'll do more eventually
SageShinobiPath Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
You're awesome :)
paulnery Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work!
BioGear Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome character design!
JayExThree Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I love short stories to go along with art. I don't know why but this picture makes me feel.... calm?
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My diagnosis: You have severe psychological issues. I'm afraid your condition is terminal. :(
TheOfficialFaceguy Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's the colors.
Innfhinithydesigns Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Digimortal88 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
please go on with this awesome work!!! :o (Eek) :o (Eek) :o (Eek) 
rukibunny Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
J-B-Hickock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Writer
Nice work!
LilyWhite Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Is there more story?
TheDarkPhoenixQueen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This holds so much detail for a picture and a small story. Is there a full version of this story? I'd love to read it. 
SageShinobiPath Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
I would love to see more of these characters 
otakusenpai Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love a book or something based on this artwork and the story it tells. 
rafaelzrt Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Amazing. Cool characters. Nice work
SRSmith Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Writer
You have an incredible imagination, and execute your ideas visually with stunning clarity. I love this.
LmonLimeCat Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
i want to be friends with the man, he looks badass
JohnSavite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Great idea for a story. I love your renderings of the oil man, as I see him. Thanks.
Davidow Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Wow, this picture + the caption is enough to base a series of books on! Amazing!
Kosataya Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I loved this series. Gorgeous work!!!
driftas Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
The feels
Akaigee Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My goodness this is fantastic. The design of the machine gesturing towards the corpse looks believable and practical, something that would actually be built. And I love the originality of this piece, I can't think of anything similar to it :) Do you have anymore on these two and their origins? Which I guess I'll find out when I browse your gallery haha.
badcop69 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
someone should make a game out of this world you've designed. it's amazing and so original.
veronica-sofia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Aww man, you have one of my favourite painting styles ever!
Egnigmatic-King Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!!! Don't stop, keep painting/drawing &writting!!! :star::star::star::star:
Neruall Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
The story and the picture make me want to know more! Great job :)
Atherakhia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
This picture is amazing and the backstory is awesome to boot. I am pretty curious: Is there a more complete version of the creatures 'adventure' through the snowy wastelands? Like a full comic or short story?
hillbilljo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Brilliant an entire story in just an image

weter29 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Beautiful work!
einar036 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Looks amazing. Great mood and I love the colour choice.
wouzy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I came upon your image through  (it is one of the top rated image one there) and i would LOVE to see more of this, of the story. I'd read the crap out of a book or graphic novel in this world you have created!
aquaTICKworld Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Oh wow, great story, great picture.
Dramawind Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa! Such a big picture! It's amazing!
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent ! Text and image compliment each other !
armourplatedlegion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very artistic image and story
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Beautiful work!   :iconflowerheartplz:
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
BWS2K Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
So beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing - I have always loved this piece!
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