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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  Student General Artist
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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