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Stride by ChrisCold Stride by ChrisCold
Actually started sketching and painting this on my crappy laptop and had a really small canvas (about 2K wide) to avoid lags.

Sorry for the tiny size :P


photoshop, a few hours
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The wastelands of an unknown world. Everywhere you look appears devoid of life and habitation as if all had given up hope upon this land long ago. Unsure of how you arrived at this point in your life, you have simply accepted that you must press forward rather than be forever lost in the darkness of your personal questions and confusion. You look around in vain to come in contact with something that could be spoken to or could assist you. Unprepared for this alien world, you continue your silent travels through the land in search of something. You do not know what it is yet or where it is, you merely feel that you should be looking. In the distance you hear a faint crushing sound. At first you decide not to pay it much mind and hope to resume your travel through the harsh environment before you. Soon the thumping and crunching sounds become louder and louder with each and every passing second before you. You soon stop in your tracks; the earth around you begins to slowly groan about you as if it were in pain. As you slowly turn toward the source of the sound you are immediately awe-struck with what you see before you. Towering above the landscape is a vast mechanical construct. Its vast appearance was reminiscent of a crab or a large spider moving ever so slowly about the landscape as if it too were unsure of its current predicament. Its large mechanical appendages loudly trampled the ground it made contact with with each step, making a noise that almost seem to vertically split your head with this magnitude. There were countless light sources running across its tarnished metallic surface that almost seemed to pick up the glow of the setting sun. For a moment it stopped where it stood and you began to stare deeply into its various gears and metal plates that almost appeared translucent in the fading sunlight. You weren't so sure yourself, but for a moment you almost felt as if you found what you were searching for all this time. Stride, created by the talented Luminarium artist *ChrisCold, provides with another imaginative vision of his mind and immortalizes it before the viewers allowing their minds to ascend upon the canopy of this vast automaton to view this strange alien world through their own eyes.

A with many of pieces from this artist, I have to praise his artistic style for this particular depiction. The detailing upon the features of the machine give off a pretty good depiction of decay and again to the components as if the machine has been moving nonstop for years on end through the endless desert that it currently resides. Looking deeper into the piece gives off a feeling of isolation and entrapment within the desert sun and coarse, sharp winds of the wasteland; all working greatly for the image. Frayed pieces of metal plating and what to even appear to be traces of frayed wiring bring out quite a bit of personality in this particular piece, which is a perfect way to entice the imaginative appetite of the viewer as they look upon the piece. The large construct carries the very same atmospheric vibes that the landscape provides, creating an almost chameleonic symmetry between the landscape and the atmospheric tone of the piece. All of the compositional elements, while not entirely as prominent as one would see at first glance, are still doing quite well building on the lack of habitation in the image.

While there are things going well for the piece that help establish its appeal with its viewers, I still feel there are a few things that could be done to improve the image. For example, while I do like the detailing used on the machine and landscape, it seems like a good idea to go further in-depth upon the detailing in the image. Try and implement a more refined look to the components while at the same time artificially implementing the factors of "wear and tear" upon the elements thereby giving the piece a more modernized appearance to it. Build upon the shading collectively under artificial and solar habitation on the elements. Add a bit more clarity to the rocky field surrounding the machine to build upon the overall quality of the image. Another thing that could be done is to improve upon the scale of the piece as a whole. Perhaps you could make a larger version of this piece and could add more machines and even more detail in background elements of the composition, barely showing through the thick veil of cloud and fog around the machine.

In the end, its the package that really gives this piece the appeal. The presentation carries the designer's style while at the same time an example of how even through practice, an artist can actually make something great. <Stride</> really builds up depth behind such a relatively simple (from the POV of the artist anyway) and carries such atmosphere with it that one cannot simply look away from it. While it is still a bit rough, there is still quite a bit that can be done to take it beyond what its current state is. Good work Chris. :) :clap:
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Jdog314159 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic!
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
thank you :)
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:iconclvire:
clvire Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I actually said 'woah'
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Dastreus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay for mechanical striders!
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redinc08 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Photographer
awesome.. I love your work
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MikhailLifirenko Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
ahahahah
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Jazeera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
thats some kind of scary...! love it
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ChaosTheory116 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Reminds me of a Wayne Barlowe painting I once saw. Well done.
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Ichi-no-Kurock Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
:clap:
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eternallyendure Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i m lost...breathtaking
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xXMoonXWalkerXx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like big things... especially creatures... :)
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murderen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Do you mind if I used this and any other pictures you have for a Custom Yu-gi-oh! card? All credit will be given to you for the Art.
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Sure, i dont mind
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murderen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Awesome thx!
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:iconlucasblahblah:
lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely breathtaking! This reminds me of Skyline.
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Broken-Lithium Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
haven't seen this kind of detail from you before, but looks awesome
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Thanks :P
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fridaythe13th Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice! this reminds me of starcraft for some reason ^_^
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AzeeraTheNinja Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I hope I've already told you you're awesome, and if I haven't, then
YOU'RE AWESOME!!! :love:

Love the misty-ness and the cool contrast of foreground to background.
Also, good to have a rather simple background for a complicated foreground, but maybe you could have added a thing or two, but still cool!
seriously, this is some awesome stuff! Great job~!
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flakface Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I work at tiny resolutions most of the time too.

Great job though, I wouldn't want to run into THAT in an alley. or even at all.
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Rychous Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
man.... man... this is just freaking awesome... i mean.... damn....... *faints with inspiration*
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Makoto1984 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
The legs remind me of the creature at the end of the movie 'The Mist'
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Great work!
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TheTimmaeh Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Artist
Awesome, love it :D
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bobmusaka Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student
Awesome :onfire:
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Thank you :)
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:iconseancruz:
seancruz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Freakin sick bro
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
thanks :D
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signuspl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
amazing! I just love it! It's nice to see something new form you! Greetings!
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Thanks man :)
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signuspl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
No problem. It's a pleasure!
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Alistairpc Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
great job
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chamdragon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
This is quite mysterious, appears to be some kind of massive transport for some unseen alien race, awesome/badass!
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IPlayTheFox Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool design! I love the flow of its legs, and that perspective makes this painting believable
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Woari Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Briliant.
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Wonderful art work...!!!:iconaction-portraits::hug:
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WhiteWolffie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Is it a bio machine? It's neat!
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Tim141600 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks amazing o.o
this is all done with just photoshop??
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Yes, entirely painted in photoshop
thank you :)
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Tim141600 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, you are very talented :) no problem
Is there any specific tools in photoshop that make it easier to make complex shapes and designs?
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kchenault Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work. Did you like the movie Skyline? I watched it last night and thought it was alright. Liked the twist at the end.
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Yeah, i've seen the movie but didn't really like it. Well, visually it was kinda nice, but otherwise felt like just a generic money maker movie :P
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ShutUp0007 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
2000 is small?! D:
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
:P yeah usually the smallest canvas i work on is double the size
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ShutUp0007 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa whoa, you're so pro. You're definitely my favorite digital artist. Great work!
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AstraphUriel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
This machine looks awesome *-*
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EmilLarsson Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks enormous. Good job, will not forgive you for tiny size though. :eyes:
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice pic. I like the dark sci fi feeling of it. The blue lighting on the rear sides are awesome. Welldone. :D
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's really sick man.
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aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite cool design man :)
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