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*gzegzolka asked me if I could depict his character Ruff in my own style. I'd just gotten Jim Burns' artbook Transluminal for Christmas and was feeling all inspired to do some hard sci-fi, so I decided to amalgamate the two.

For those of you unfamiliar with his work Jim Burns has a very slick, detailed style incorporating a lot of airbrush. He's amazing at making things look genuinely futuristic and alien, to the extend he's been called the greatest sci-fi artest ever. I agree with this statement.
Check out his agents website - [link]

As a consequence of this inspiration I decided to my usual practice of working quickly and instead exercise the virtue of patience. I spent way too long designing the gun; originally I tried to design a laser gun, but ended up designing what I hope is a realistic looking assault rifle. :P

I ripped the title from a well-known song, tell my who it's by for a cookie. :aww:



Acrylic on paper, 42cm x 29.7cm / 16.54 x 11.7"
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:iconyautjavasquez:
YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Can I share an idea with you
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You can indeed. :iconbritishplz:
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:iconyautjavasquez:
YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student General Artist
To put it simple sir, a crossover of more mature star fox (Limited violence and more developed psychological profiles and experiences/traumas ) and starship Troopers or USCM (Aliens) or UNN Troops (System Shock 2). Could this work?
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't honestly comment on that since I don't know what Star Fox or System Shock 2 are, and haven't seen Starship Troopers (yet). :P
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YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student General Artist
oh, ok
If you want to know a few things about them, here is a link
starfox.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Fo…
shodan.wikia.com/wiki/System_S…
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, from a quick skim of those, I don't see why it wouldn't work. The idea reminds me somewhat of the comic series Albedo Anthropomorphics, which pretty much kicked off the whole furry fandom in the 80s. 
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:iconyautjavasquez:
YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Ok, thanks for your opinion, I appreciate it greatly and also thanks for mentioning AA, I will scan trough it
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem; I'm sorry for not being able to give a more informative opinion. :p
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconpokeyfluffytail:
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Klendathu Drop by Basil Poledouris. :3
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:icongzegzolka:
gzegzolka Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
I enjoy it in better quality :)
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yey! :iconhappytimeplz:
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:iconpokeyfluffytail:
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Dat face, so adorable. xD
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So internet-retro. :noes:
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:iconpokeyfluffytail:
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
It is! O.O
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:iconoilspill200:
Oilspill200 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This may be random (and not really relating to the art) but I think the song you're referring to is by the band Yes.

And I also like the background, a lot.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It is indeed, Yes are a great band, and I have a habit of naming images after songs if I can't think of a real title. =p

Thanks, I spent a long time on the background. :meow:
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:iconoilspill200:
Oilspill200 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite so. I do the same thing. :lol:

You're welcome, it looks like it. :)
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Enzoguri Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
ROB :omfg:

this is amazing! the details, everything! :wow:
I can see you put a lot of effort into this, damn good job!
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah, thanks man! :iconlovehug:

I spent a long time getting this one right. :B
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:iconnirelleth:
Nirelleth Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Very good work, I really like that you have a clearly defined style.

You have done good work with the detail and composition too, and I like the colours you chose too.

:thumbsup:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you. glad you think so. :iconhyperlarryplz:

I spent a lot of time trying to get all the little details and colouration right. :B

:hug:
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ow I love this painting, I would say it really is complete.Even though it's not the style I usually appreciate, I like everything in it, everything :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you so much, I'm glad you like it so! :iconnewglomp:

I worked really hard to get everything in this right. :B
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Long-Pham Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
^^ youre very welcome :)
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Arum1966 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well done. There is so much going on here and this makes me feel like I'm part of it like I'm a passenger on the ship. There's movement, mood, and atmosphere. Fantastic painting.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man. :hug: I really tried to capture that feeling of something going on in there, to get across some sort of ambiguous narrative sense. I'm glad you think I achieved that. :bucktooth:
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derektye05 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that's really amazing!!!! Totally reminds me of Halo.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, glad you think so. Although I've not actually played Halo before. . . :bucktooth:

:hug:
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:iconthunderflight:
Thunderflight Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this piece is beautiful. i love the design of her outfit. she looks stunning! you did a wonderful job.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, I spent quite some time on the outfit. :bucktooth:

:hug:
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:iconthunderflight:
Thunderflight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome! yus, i can tell. c:
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:iconthebuild:
Thebuild Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Very nice work, especially the way you've blended colours together.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconwormhappy33plz: Thanks man, I took my time in that respect!

:hug:
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Bambi-iii Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Oh, WOW. This is incredible! I wish I were as talented with paints. Really, the lighting is perfect and the details are stunning!

Really wonderful job, I'd be very proud. :hug:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
YAAY, thank-you! :iconfurryglompplz:

You just need practice; I only taught myself to use paint a couple years ago.

Anyway, you are good with paint! :iconimsoseriousplz:
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Bambi-iii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
I keep telling myself that, I have a 10 hour exam soon. D:

And no problem! :glomp:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I hope it went well for you. :hug:

Sorry for late reply, I's been busy. . .
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Sam-Huskie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm tellin' ya, Ruff, the details, background, your style... I'm lost for words. =D ;p
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank-you, I really enjoyed doing it and am glad you enjoy looking at it. :bucktooth:

:glomp:
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:iconsam-huskie:
Sam-Huskie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes indeed, you're very welcome. ;p
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:iconthetifftiff:
thetifftiff Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
The colours in this are fantastic. You did a wonderful job with the details and her pose looks good.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, I used purer colours than I think I've ever used for this one. :hug:
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:icondevillass:
DevilLass Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Woah 8|

This is awesome!
You've inspired me to turn off the tele and go attempt some sci-fi
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah, thanks! :giggle:

I'm glad I have inspired you so. :glomp:
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tremault5 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it makes me want to see mooncalfs!

ti's a great piece, i like teh amount of detail, makes it look really big and i like her hair.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm working on some mooncalf stuff right now. :bucktooth:

Thank-you, I think going the extra mile with the detail is worth it. :hug:
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landminecat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
ahauhhh... love love love. There's a girl at uni with hair like that, but she gels it up and it looks terrible. This, however, is full of awesome.

biggar though please =p
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yaay! Thankies! Glad you like. :hug:

It would indeed be interesting to see a real person with hair like that, although I agree; too much gel is not awesomeness. . . :no:
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philominaphotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
awesome. it is chique and creepy at the same time. very well done!
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