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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
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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...')
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Nice! The sandstorm really is something!
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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?
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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
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ec4370 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Epic! Great job!! :)
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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
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Smiddle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Love it, great visibility, and one very mysterious monster.
Bravo
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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 =)
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0buzz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
awesome! Bravo!
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Writer
*Flash of movement in front of them*
"Whoa! What was tha-"
*Snake-like creature snatches lead soldier in a split-second*

Nicely done.
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ScorpionFan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
That is sooo cool!! :D
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FogShadowWolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
sort of looks like the future of the claymore niverse with soldiers fighting the yoma and awakened beings and stuff
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Saphirefenix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
that thing in the background is seriously scary ass...

Looking at this makes me want to play that.. uhh.. you know, the GOOD game no one ever made... or paintball... haha.

I love this, the atmosphere is amazing and the soldiers look kick ass.
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DeadXCross Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
what can I say? aside from your stuff leaves me breathless.

I'm not kidding. great stuff mate
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Ringo45 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
I really like the atmosphere of this one. Shows the chaos of combat, and the panic (not really the right word, maybe nerves?) of the soldiers in a threatening situation. Not saying soldiers don't have bravery, because anyone who fights has amazing courage, but it just shows the true fears of war I guess. Great work.
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Branmonster Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
have CS3... where'd you learn to paint like that?
I'd love to do some military style pantings as well.

Check out this guy. You'd LOVE his stuff.[link]

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Goetikmagus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
It's refreshing to find someone else who is a veteran and a sci-fi geek. Even better to find one who is fantastic as an artist. Keep up the good work, because I'm sure it will pay off.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Digital Artist
hey thx bro, I really appreciate the comment!
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Goetikmagus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Hooah! Scout's Out. ;)
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Gearsofwork Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
how long have you been drawing man
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008   Digital Artist
hey dude, well I've been drawing since I was young. I was never consistent though.
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Gearsofwork Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
ah cool, are you trying to draw or a living? or just for kick atm
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008   Digital Artist
I am definitely trying to draw for a living :)
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Gearsofwork Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
word :P
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Gee-Man Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Very cool armor design. I like the subtlety of the monster, I didn't notice it at first.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Digital Artist
lol yeah, no one notices it at first. Thx for liking it.
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surthur Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
very sweet one, I like how I noticed the monster not at once but without too much time devoted, good balance ! Its really the first time I see a good artist being a former iraqsoldier o.o I just wanted to flame and wonder a bit about that commercial above showing a datecommunity just for people who look out for military people but ok I wont mutter about that. keep it coming ^^ the pictures I meant.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008   Digital Artist
hehe, I think you miss understood about me being in the iraqi army ^_^ I was in the US Army a few years ago and had to go to Iraq at some point. I am glad you liked this piece of art :) More will definitely come. As for the military date community, I really don't have an answer lol. I guess a lot of people has a fetish thing for military.
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surthur Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
haha no I thought you to be US soldier dont worry ^^' I dont like war in reality , and especially not nowadays with all that rockets , and "unfair" stuff :/ Always makes me tremble when I think a military power might turn or turns into a threat to freedom. but I wont judge you . I fear it in each country xD And I think its seven a bit reality now , in really most countries.. here too.

But you dont serve in army anymore ? Why you take the road of art now ? Just being curious ^^
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
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amazing image my friend
wonderful:)
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great work - very moody and your design on the suits is exceptional!
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ghoulify Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good job...
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daedalus2k Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Student Filmographer
awesome work!
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bluemattersoda Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very moody, and lovely design for the soldiers!
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Tadmod Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet painting, looks ace!
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monsters101 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
awesome!
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Dyfus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work!!
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Flea12 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
that is amazing man, I like that ominious creature in the background
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miniongtt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
They uh... Might wanna run faster. XD
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