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An Appropriate Reaction by turbofanatic An Appropriate Reaction by turbofanatic
I'm still experimenting with ink and whatnot and this is the latest result.

For the record, I decided to complete a single ten page comic, which I have scripted out and have now completed two pages of (this being a splash page).

I hope you guys hold me accountable for this, I'd like to complete something.

It's just ten pages anyways, nothing big. And I've already learned a lot from it, so that's good.

Couple of things I learned:
-To ink digitally your canvas needs to be much larger than whatever size you generally view it at. That was a big mistake I made here.
-The balance of values is pretty important, big interesting dark spaces look good.
-Gradients are rather cool. Even if their effect is subtle.
-Gradients don't cover for bad inking, I had to redo large portions because I got lazy.
-I like to draw pockets because I refuse to get rid of all my Liefield influences. Pockets are fun dammit.
-[link] this was actually a really useful way to make word balloons.

Critiques welcome, though I won't be changing this picture, I'll try to learn for the future instead.

Worldbuilding tidbits:
There's no markings on Babyface's fatigues because of political infighting over whether or not he's property of the military, a member of the military, or a very special civilian. Plus any clothing he wears lasts five minutes, tops.

The structures on the right are stratospheric balloons. They carry communications equipment and can even ferry rockets up to save fuel. They're huge.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if Hell Flowers carry weaponry. Apart from the devastating suborbital sextuple-middle-finger-and-eye-poke. Or if they are just special operations in the same sense as unarmed reconaissance aircraft or covert infiltration/exfiltration aircraft.

Babyface carries one hell of a punch with him, and this thing looks like it's twice as tall as Babyface and its wingspan seems to be four times his height (also: leg rockets), so does it also have a brain the size of a small car to do the memetic thing? Is it a standard equipment for all biomechanical weaponry like the fighter-walkers and Hell Flowers to have massive mental capability on top of physical strenght?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They can carry weaponry! This one didn't because carrying weapons into US airspace would be a political issue, so rather it carried Babyface into the path of other weapons outside the US.
Hellflower brains are large, and divided into three sub-personalities. Sometimes this stuff goes on my tumblr if you're interested. [link]
Most weapon systems seen in Aphelion are merely platforms to carry AIs into combat :)
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, it's gonna take me like six hours to go through all of that, and I'm gonna enjoy every second of it :D Thanks for the link.
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wyrd66 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I will never get tired of this page. It's been exciting watching you ink the comic on tumblr, and I want to know everything there is to know about your world. And the hellflowers are beautiful.
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iamscoutstfu Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Funny about that comment. The army keeps a log of all equipment it owns, which are listed by National Stock Number(NSN), Serial Number(SN) and Line Item Number(LIN). Soldiers are actually listed under the master equipment roster. They have their own unique LIN....pretty trippy.
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Hah, that is awesome. The only thing I noticed is that-and this probably isn't even a mistake you made-Babyface only has four toes on each foot. Oh yeah, and I guess that theoretically, space elevators could do the same job as those balloons. Not that the balloons are bad, I'm just pointing out something else that could be useful.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Babyface only has four toes :)

Unfortunately space elevators are not very feasible, not only do they require shockingly perfect construction with materials we can barely synthesize, most estimates for space elevators do not include nearly enough of a safety factor required for a billion dollar rope right in the path of micrometeors and space debris.

Stratospheric balloons and rotovators are much more feasible :)
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Really? Well, I better take your word on the problems in Space Elevators since you got the engineering background! And also, is there a underlining reason why Babyface only has four toes? If I recall, you once said that he can stand in as a digigrade when he wants to. Does that have something to do with his number of toes?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, honestly I could be wrong, it just seems to me like there's a lot of risk associated with a space elevator and there are other opportunities to explore. Of course, the main reason I kept them out of my little world is because they're popular in sci-fi and I like to keep my story as weird and different as possible ;P

Here's a link to skyhooks and rotovators in case you're interested! [link]

Those four toes of Babyface's are just about the right size to manipulate things if required, but still big and strong enough to do some damage. My poor little delicate toes have been crunched in by table legs too often, so I gave him larger ones!
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
I see, so you're a hipster...
Sorry, that was a terrible joke. By the way, sorry for all the questions I've been asking. It's just that I have been making my own little future world, and it turned out that I had a similar super soldier concept to yours-well, mine is a lot less awesome-and I just want to get some ideas on possible manners the world can look like.
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QuazarShark Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Holy shit: INDIANS!

The motion on this is fantastic; I'm not sure if it was your intention, but it looks exactly like that moment at the bottom of a curve, when the g-force makes the object in flight slower as it tries to climb again. I can just imagine in the next panel it narrowly shooting over babyface's head like PCHOOOROAR.
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Fuiron Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Brilliant last words, but then I expect that critter won't have an easy time digesting Babyface.
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Now that would scare anybody short of God.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Love that thing, it's a got a really predatory owl-like vibe to it! The way it's skimming NAO and raising dust reminds me not so much of some swooping predatory bird as a ground-effect/WIG craft--an idea I'm not sure I've ever seen applied to fantasy organisms.

Love the idea of launch balloons, too--why start from the ground when lifting gases can take you halfway there...? An underexploited concept in SF, imho. And that's enough acronyms for today.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
YAY!!!!!!
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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dinshino Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
You're welcome
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M0AI Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WANT!
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully I actually finish this :O
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Agrafkak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting creature.... But you always create interesting ones, so maybe I should say something else this time.
Um... mmmmm..... Ok, the creature wins!
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! Thanks!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way you used the solid dark areas in this composition just blows me away. There's a lot of power inherent in your shadows... And of course, they're gonna try to eat Babyface. HA! says I. Babyface eats shadows for breakfast.

I am definitely on tenterhooks for your comic. Eight pages of pureed delight. Inspired genius, even sight unseen. ;p
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I've been focusing a lot on negative spaces lately :)
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy shit indeed, what is that thing?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A hellflower :D
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Namisis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Digital Artist
lovely shading, and the creature/character designs are very good and creative, nice work!
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
That's eight pages worth waiting for.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully :O
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