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Happy Hunting Grounds by MarcWasHere Happy Hunting Grounds by MarcWasHere
"Dark shapes dart through the shadows, between pools of light, like wisps of smoke; a brief glimpse of them...and then nothing.

Once the sounds of life filled the air, now only the black ash and deep silence all but reign. Through the ruins of civilization, they play, a deadly game of cat and mouse.

This is their happy hunting ground."


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4-5 hour speed paint...although i must admit, i fell asleep somewhere between the buildings and the troopers. And i spent more time detailing the lead scout then actually painting the thing since it was supposed to be a rough environmental! My bad...! D:

Anyways, are these the hunters or hunted? You decide...

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:iconjoachim-hagen:
joachim-hagen Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Very atmpsheric. The floating pieces are the icing on the cake.
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:iconthierrycravatte:
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent oppressive atmosphere, greatly done !
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:icontygerstryke:
TygerStryke Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
"The Most Dangerous Game", also published as "The Hounds of Zaroff", by Richard Connell would tell you.
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:iconarjunsingh:
ArjunSingh Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
wowww....
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:iconicefalcon29:
ICEFALCON29 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Artist
This is awesome mind if i use it as a template in a comic book?[link]
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:iconbossie-boots:
bossie-boots Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Fantastic artwork :love:
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:icongamester565:
Gamester565 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Great speed paint i love the detail, it feels as if its hard to see very far.
the landscape is quite ominous yet quite friendly(if your not being hunted or hunting), the trooper detail is simply amazing and i love the detail put into the tiniest things such as the thigh straps and the distance troopers.
I still wonder after 6 months if they are the hunted or the hunters, same as that damn chicken question(still cant get that after 10 or so years...).

I know this picture is old but would it be possiable to get concept art of the whole trooper?
Would love to make the suit as a costume.
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:iconsalvationlords:
SalvationLords Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
that is really really good
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:iconvoltefacecon:
VolteFaceCon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool as hell
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:iconfishdrake:
fishdrake Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I have just one thing to say...




I'm in AWE!!!!!!!!
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:iconwellebrunnr:
wellebrunnr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
amazing artwork as always :D
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Thank you :]
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:iconissachar17:
issachar17 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I really love this style of digital painting... did you do this in photoshop?
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Yup, photoshop CS2 to be exact.
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:iconmkxx:
mkxx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconerdna1:
erdna1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitly the hunters.
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:iconhalonut117:
halonut117 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well judging by their "formation" and the fact that they're running, they're either very eager to reach the prey or they themselve are being hunted.
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:iconenderwiggin119:
EnderWiggin119 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I love your futuristic armour too, kep up the good work!
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:iconthygriever:
thygriever Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love your futuristic looking soldier designs. they are way too cool. keep it up man!
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Thanks man~ :D
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:iconartimoi:
Artimoi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Nice!
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:iconunsunned:
unsunned Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
i don't like these black frames. why it is everywhere? but i'll fave it because i like everything else
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Haha...well, I thought they would help frame the image. Guess u didnt like it...:S
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:iconunsunned:
unsunned Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
well.. i like your drawing. that's most important :3
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
it they're 'prey' bites back, a little bit of both. ;)
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:iconproteus2:
proteus2 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Nice...
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That's the beauty of the hunting.
The element of reversal in the roles
P
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:iconleseraphin:
leseraphin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
The whole piece looks really great, the suits are kinda HALO inspired ? I like the framing also.
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:iconthebeadle:
TheBeadle Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010   Writer
Brilliant.
Also, they are both.
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:icondragon-warrior-682:
Dragon-Warrior-682 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
OMG!! this is epic!
The guns reminds me the gauss rifle of SC2:)
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:iconafletcherkinnear:
aFletcherKinnear Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good quality on the soldier. The background doesn't have much detail but the lighting in texture is just so good that you don't need it. Oh I was wondering, do you use layers or play with the brightness/contrast tools or settings or do you just do a straight paint with one layer like on a real canvas?
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Single layer for the environment, another for the troops, and once im please with it, plop those 2 into 1. Its less to think about and makes it easier when doing these speed painting attempts since you're not trying to make it perfect, but just throwing out an idea.
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AlexCClark Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
In all seriousness, how did you achieve that level of realism? It looks like it is real, like that could be possible... I cant get that in my drawings. As for speed paint only being 4 -5 hours? How do you get that quality within that short amount of time? Great work though! Cant wait to see others :P
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Hey man, practice makes perfect, honestly. And of course its helpful if you have some reference photos for inspiration and stuff...the rest, is only limited by what you can imagine.

Oh and one important thing ive learnt is that you shouldnt be afraid to make mistakes while painting digitally, just brush in what you think looks right, if its wrong, just paint over it! :)

Keep up ur painting too dude. Hope this helped some, cheers.
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AlexCClark Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yepperr it did help =D thanks for the advice.
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:iconalbitar:
ALBITAR Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work !
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:iconnikuda:
Nikuda Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist
that is just awesome!!! love how you made the background look so ruined
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:iconbroadshore:
Broadshore Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome piece.

Its has that more. Evac fell to the piece then hunting.

Great job on the detail!
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:iconyokomura:
Yokomura Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Nice!
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:icongoat89:
goat89 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Most excellent bro!!! Would love to see a close up of the soldier! In fact, more from this series!
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:iconhikariokami:
HikariOkami Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Hunters, for sure. Look at the guy in the back, he's SO in control. Scared people don't stand like that.

The detail on this is amazing!
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:iconthefourheavenlykings:
Stunning.
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:iconschneekatze09:
SchneeKatze09 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Great job! :)
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
awesome
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:icontdud3:
TDuD3 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
dam!! i need to catch up
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:iconelysiahawksbrink:
ElysiaHawksbrink Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! Especially on the depth and space. Has such a feeling of emptiness and loss.
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:iconlordmep:
lordmep Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic. A classic example of a post-apocoliptic world. I especially like that in the author's comments that you don't reveal the nature of the monsters that lurk in the shadows. Leaving it up to the mind of the reader makes them so much more menasing.
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:iconmarcwashere:
MarcWasHere Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:)
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:iconlordmep:
lordmep Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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:iconrox52:
rox52 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
very wicked
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:iconfiddyman237:
Fiddyman237 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
they are the hunted. what ever they saw in the pools of light are the hunters. kinda like I AM LEGEND or Primeval (the BBC series not the movie). in primeval future earth is taken over by evolved bats/primates. and they go through a rift in time to the future to save somebodys life and they (the humans) r being hunted by the future predators. good job :)
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