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Under Adversity by wiredgear Under Adversity by wiredgear
I remember everything during the days in Iraq. It feels like it was yesterday and I can tell you itís not that hard to forget especially when youíve seen a lot of action. I can remember that feeling of being watched. Itís an awful feeling and we all know that we are on their land and they know it very well than we do. We always had our eyes peeled because in a moment of a split second, once you hear that first break of silence, you start to realize just how important it is to stay focused and put all what youíve learned in a life or death situation.

I painted this with that experience in mind. Not that typical militarized concepts I usually do but I am trying out different ideas but at the same time putting some of my experiences in there.

I don't know what the structure is. It started out as a bunch of random shapes and then shaped it a bit more by adding more details and shapes.

I am still having problems with the colors on my monitors. I have dual monitors and they both are different. One monitor is darker than the other and they are both on factory default settings. GRRRR. I am going to have to do something about this problem because I want to be accurate with my colors and contrasts.

PS. Wacom.
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011   General Artist
Looks fantastic, dude.

I hope you find some peace too.
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AvenRay16 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student Photographer
woah, I love the structure design. very ominous.
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3ihard Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Digital Artist
very nice!
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful work. I just visited your gallery and am floored by what I saw. It's obvious that your military experience has only improved your eye for the subject matter you draw. Your no-nonsense approach to rendering your subjects really gives a "report what you see" feeling to your work - even the symbolic works.

This piece really communicates the hair-raising feeling of being monitored by unseen forces. I also like the dead-of-winter setting, and the massive feel of the derelict vehicle. I feel for the red-clothed people in this scene - they don't dare turn around, lest they tip off the gunners.

Fantastic work!!!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
If you do not have the bucks for a pro tools you might want to see if there are sites or software that comes with your monitors to help with fixing the color problem.

I use this site to check the brightness/gamma
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Have heard about your method from some other artists.

Looks great.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks man. I have tried messing around with it already. I can't seem to balance both of them. But I will soon invest on a spyder.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Of course the gamma problem will be fixed on your machines but folks with bad gamma settings will still complain and there is very little to do about that.

I bought a spider and it was a good investment, people don't visit my room as often.
Becoming a char in one of Kafka's stories might be fatal though.
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Fresh-H Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Wawawiwa!
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Dageeling007 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, your work is so great!
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hammer326 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
awesome work, thank you so much for your service. I too have the problem with dual monitors, one goes tons dimmer than the other, very irritating haha.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
yeah tell me about it :/ Thx for the comment :)
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HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
really nice one the structure looks like the house of the 2 red ladies walk near it, and also great description.
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shinypants Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love it mate! its a great wreckage of somesort and its cool as. great texture too. my only crit is that some of the edges near the cockpit looking things seem a little soft where as others are nice and tight... is that intentional?
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
yeah your right :) haha. It wasn't intentional. I tried doing it as fast as possible that I sometimes miss a few things that needs to be worked on. Thx!
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one Gabriel. :)
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
very nice man and welcome back
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
:) thank you
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abigbat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's ace man, great to see you using your own experiences to add depth to the image - it really comes across.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Thx man :)
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SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
there are some devices that you can use to calibrate your monitors. Are you running Win7?
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
yeah I am
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SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It should do that automagically. hmmm do you have the latest drivers for your displays and GPU?
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Dibbs0nJasperxx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
wow this is beautiful and what your wrote beneath it gives it so much more meaning. i couldnt even imagine what youve seen. even reading that i was feeling anxious especiallly when you wrote about how they know the land well, thats gotta be a frightening feeling. Thank you for fighting for my freedom i give you alot of credit
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Rahll Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Looking sweet dude, nice use of texture too.

As for the color issues, I suggest investing in a colorimeter. There's one called the Spyder that's apparently good, and they have different versions of it. It's basically a piece of hardware you use to calibrate your monitors.

Without something like that, you're going to have to rely on eyeballing it, which unless you have one monitor you KNOW is accurate, is going to be really difficult to get them both situated properly.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah thx dude, I'm going to have to invest on a spyder soon :/ It's for the best!
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Celphirio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap man, once again, excellent depth perception, very atmospheric. Thats too bad about your monitors. Might I ask why you use two of them when you paint?

My favorite scenery is snow, so you pique my interest immediately whenever you do pieces like this. :D
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Rahll Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Can't speak for him, but I use two monitors to be able to see my reference while I work, and have a full work area still. It also helps to have a duplicate of your painting open so you can work zoomed in on one version, and see the overall results on a zoomed out version.
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Celphirio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats actually a really good idea, I never thought of it that way. Using the second monitor would make sense for reference, because I hate having to cram my reference side-by-side with the painting its used for in Photoshop.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
yes, Rahll said it for me :) Thx rahll!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sick.
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Hajdarevic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Love what you wrote in the description. It would be nice if you wrote a journal about your stay in Iraq. There's nothing wrong with the colours and you are really beginning to get the details down. I like it very much! Of course if you aren't satisfied with the colours you should do something about it. Maybe sell the two monitors you have now and buy one bigger with better colours? I just bought an iMac and it's such a difference! My old laptop has yellow kind of tone while the the Mac is very white.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks man. I have been trying to find other techniques but I guess the best ones i'd have to invest on a color calibration adapter and atm I don't have the money hehe. I'll get it fixed soon :) I've heard the Mac are true to their colors and they never disappoint.
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David-Holland Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
I think it worked, great piece :D
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TheArtOfaMadMan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very cool. And thanks so much for serving. I can only imagine the stories you have to tell.
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