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Unhallowed Metropolis by BrendanKeeley Unhallowed Metropolis by BrendanKeeley
I recently came across the Unhallowed Metropolis role-playing game, and was suitably inspired to roll up and create my own character, even though I'll never actually get an opportunity to play the game with anyone. ^_^

As always, advanced artistic critique is both desired, and very welcome. ^_^
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
EPIC!

you will like this: [link]
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
You're right, it is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing it. ^_^

And thanks for the +fav too. I really appreciate it, and value your support.
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yea Vernian Process is epic, yes?

No I say thanks, because you made this!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Well, the tune you linked to certainly is pretty epic. I'm not really familiar with any of their other work.

Thank you very much. It's always nice when someone appreciates all your hard work. ^_^

If you don't mind me asking, how did you end up coming across this particular picture? Are you an Unhallowed Metropolis fan, or are you simply a Vernian Process fan who got curious about the subject matter of that particular song?
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay!

Yeah

Oh, I am just simpely a Steampunk fan and a Unhallowed Metropolis fan! I am also a Vernian Process fan!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Ironically, I've never actually had a chance to play Unhallowed Metropolis, I just really like the setting.
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
not, that much me eather.
Me too!
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Magdelen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
This character reminds me of the book Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, I recommend it if you haven't read it :)
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
I'm afraid that I havn't read it. I don't really read much modern science fiction and fantasy.( assuming that Boneshaker is modern and science fiction or fantasy? )
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aora Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I hope you don't mind me saying this is one of my favourites of yours, despite it being a few months old now. I think you've gotten a lot better with proportions especially, and just the general character design and all the little details are really awesome.

The markmaking is pretty busy, which I'm not so fond of, but I'm pretty sure that's just personal preference on my part (just like you and colour :)). Even if I personally don't like it, it does give it a very vintage feel, like with etching or monotyping. All things considered, I think it's a very appropriate style for both you and this character. :)

Also, goggles, gas mask and a top hat? Inspired.
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
That's ok. It's one of my favourites too. I realise it's comparativly old now, but that doesn't always matter as much as you'd think.
Some pictures turn out better than others, they just do. Wether it's because you've got a great idea or just all the little bits seem to go right, but skill or by luck. I look back at my older pictures, and some still do really stand out. Presumably it's like the equivilent of rolling a 20 on your "craft:cartoonist" sill check? ( Sorry, Dungeons and Dragons reference. ^_^ ) They may not show anywhere near the level of skill I have now ( that level it'self is debatable, but I'd like to think it's generally agreed to be going up ) but they are still, in my opinion, good pictures.
Still, I'm really glad you apaprently like this. ^_^

Little details are becoming sort of my signiature artistic trademark. They're certainly the aspect of drawing I find myself most suited to. I guess I just have an eye for all the little details, and making sure they are all just right? ( Or just how I want them to be anyway. "Right" is a fairly subjective term. )

Well yes, I can understand that not everyone would like it. A mass of lines is very hard for most people to quickly process and take in, and it probably just looks like a great big mess to some people, at least at first glance?

I really am going for that vintage look. Old victorian woodcut illustrations are probably my biggest inspiration, and the artform I find most encompasing of traits I appreciate in art, so I hope it's understandable that it is a style I might well wish to emulate?

Regardless of how other people may see it, you are right, it is a very appropriate style for me. It deffinatly draws on everything I like in art, all the little scratchy lines are to me, more beuatiful than the finest oil paintings the artistic greats of history have to offer.
And isn't that what art is really all about, doing what you want to do?
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aora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, make all the DnD references you like, I'm a giant DnD nerd. ;) That's true, though. Sometimes you just draw something that's beyond your average skill level, and don't manage to draw something comparable for a long time, even years. I can think of at least one image I did like that way back around 2005, and I still like it even now:[link] Probably the pencil sketch more than the final coloured version, but even so.

I think we're at opposite ends of the spectrum on the whole detail thing, I much prefer implied work where if you look really hard there's actually not too much fine detail there at all. As I said in another comment, I think I'm too impatient to whittle away at little things.

My initial urge is to flatten down areas, and then build them up again if you know what I mean. Too many details like this send my brain in to a bit of a fritz, I'd rather have pockets of detail to latch on to and move between. As it is, it's a bit of an information overload. But again, I'm almost certain that's personal preference. (And again, the impatience...)

You've definitely got a good vintage look going, Victorian woodcuts are one of the things it very strongly reminded me of. All those fine illustrations in old books are lovely, and certainly very detail heavy. I can definitely understand leaning in that direction if that's what really grabs you. It's your artwork, you should definitely just create the things that you want to in the way that you want to (while keeping an open mind, of course) - that's my opinion on most artforms really. As an example, my comic is pretty much going to just be full of things I think are awesome, because it's my comic, and no one else really gets a say. ;) Script writing is brilliant fun. Look out for an airship crashing in to a clocktower at some point.
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nytag Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's amazing! Your style reminds me of the art in Dante's Inferno. Love the rough, sketchy lines! :thumbsup:
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Thankyou. I'm glad you apparently like it. ^_^

The similarity is hardly a coincidence. Early wood cut illustrations are a very important inspiration to me, and something which I strive to emulate.

Ironically, everything here is very precise and neat. It may appear sketchy to you, but a great deal of care and patience goes into getting everything precise and just right.
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nytag Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I can definitely see the precision. Strangely enough, I think you somehow combined those two contradicting things--neatness and sketchiness. It's a great combo! 8)
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
That's certainly an interesting way of looking at it, and one I hadn't really considered. ^_^
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Fonz2 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
:-? Is this cyberpunk or steampunk?

As always, the details and shading are amazing.
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
It's steampunk, but it's a very unusual form of it. The premise behing Unhallowed Matropolis, is that it's technically science fiction, but it's effectivly steampunk in the future, as opposed to cyberpunk, ie. it takes Steampunk elements, and advances them into science fiction, yet still keeps the overall steampunk feel very well.

Incidentally, Cyberpunk focuses primarily on it's computers, robotics and cyberwere aspects, all of which are noticably absent from Unhallowed Matropolis.

And thankyou. This one is reasonably old now, but I still think it's one of my best works ever, even now.
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Fonz2 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Okay, just the way it looked I couldn't tell if it was either or.

You are very welcome.
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kahbn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
gas masks and top hats FTW.
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Quite. It's surprising more people haven't thought of it already.
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guruofinsanity Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
omg that is so cool! lol i love her! :glomp: :excited:
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Thank you. ^_^

If you don't mind me asking, what is it you like about it?
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DollyPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What an awesome outfit!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Thankyou. Somehow, I guessed you might appreciate this one. ^_^
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