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Sandstorm Patrol by wiredgear Sandstorm Patrol by wiredgear
I have always wanted to capture a few things i've experienced in Iraq in my paintings. I remember there would be quite a few sandstorms every once in a while and it can get quite thick. Us, patrolling the city streets or doing a mission knocking peoples doors to find weapons cache. It was cool though, experiencing the sandstorms. ^_0.

The last speedy I painted portrayed a soldier with his eyes shut inside of his thick exo suit. This is another painting of that soldier in full form. I will definitely work around with this character and evolve him into more of my paintings.

The climate looks really hot, considering that it's in a desert off somewhere in a strange planet so these suits would react knowing the unbearable temperatures and it'll self adjust the heating/cooling system to a safe temp. As for having the need to do numero uno or 2, I am pretty sure there's an easier way to go do that lol.

On the other hand, I kinda wish I worked on this on a higher res :/ It limited the details I wanted to add on to the background.

The soldiers are obviously running away from the huge alien/monster majig thingy in the background. They're firing hostile encounters, use your imagination :)

PS CS3. Intous3. 6-7 hours. Sandstorm fading took a while to get some areas right, especially the silhouetts. Gah, I need more practice.

(gah, getting my cintiq 12wx soon! Can't wait!)
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Kal241 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
My own project has a situation similar to this scene; this will make a great reference for it :3 Too often, people concentrate the heat and look of a desert, and not enough on the hazards like sandstorms. But you captured it well 3
Euphreana Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Wow! I love the atmosphere (pun indended) here! (I especially love the creature in the back - I didn't see him for a few seconds and then I was like, 'whoah...')
templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Nice! The sandstorm really is something!
Joshua352556 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Wow this is really cool. I love the colors. If don't mind me asking, what did you do in iraq?
spacezillazon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow Awesomely done & great look,details,effects.The mysterious creature is kinda hard to make out but good.

The soldiers look like ODST's a lot to me from halo series
ec4370 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Epic! Great job!! :)
aFletcherKinnear Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This looks awesome. I think I acn tell that this is a photo refference because It looks extremely similar to a military picture Ive seen before
Smiddle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Love it, great visibility, and one very mysterious monster.
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010   General Artist
Craig Mullins is AWESOME. This is great work too. This is a great image of a sandstorm, I love how everything is sand-colored. Sandstorms are pretty scary sometimes... at least when you're not wearing armor. But that thing in the background is scarier 0_o Sand monster!

Thanks for sharing your experience =)
0buzz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
awesome! Bravo!
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