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The Soldier and the Arches by tomsymonds The Soldier and the Arches by tomsymonds
Digipainting, about 8 hours total. About American forces clearing out Holy sites in the Cradel of Civilization. This is set in the near future. I'm attempting to achieve space and volume in a digipainting. the piece is for my Advanced Illusionism Class with susan Waters Eller at The Maryland Institute College of art, where i am a senior working on his thesis.
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Time-Trooper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Hey dude, awesome artwork but if you're really going for the 'modern soldier in an ancient place' look, I suggest setting this guy up where there is some sorta comparison and interaction with the environment. For instance; a decrepit mosque or church with him touching something symbolistic like a cross or drawing on the wall would work well. Or even him in an old cave with cave men drawings of warriors. 

Again, awesome art dude.
tomsymonds Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Artist
thanks Trooper, its probably time I revisit this series.  I can't believe it's been over 10 years since I drew that, it was at the beginning of the war in iraq. 
tomsymonds Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Its sad to me that this image is still relevant so many years after its been made
mbartelsm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Wow, 'nuff said
AL1V3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
wow one of the better ones that i have seen :3
love the detail
killjoy15 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
amazing painting.i love the look. you used the kinda new digital camo and added some of your own creations to achieve the futuristic look. keep up the awesome work man
tomsymonds Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Professional Artist
thanks killjoy
BERTalert7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Wow! I love it just the way it is! I love the mood of it.
Shadowboost Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
You should have drawn the extended barrel on the grenade launcher of the XM29. Artistically, it looks much better with the longer barrel on the top (more balanced). Functionally, it would also allow higher velocity for the grenade :) [link] some of these have the longer barrel
Something about his helmet seems strange to me, too.
tomsymonds Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artist
haha, you're a gun nerd. Thanks for the comment though.
Honestly though, i thought the bottom barrel does come out a bit longer because the grenade launcher sits on top and its barrel is the full length of the rifle underneath. Check out this link:

And the helmet i just kinda made up. It may be proportionally a bit small, but i did that so he would look like a bigger guy. I had a deadline for creating this image and i was thinking it was more important to create the idea of a modern soldier in an ancient place than to fully render all the details perfectly. That being said, i also love drawing detail, and maybe someday with more time i could go back to this image and rework it to be perfect. Till then, well.... doodles, and work i guess. =)

and again, thanks for the comment.
inflight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005
very nice painting and a great idea too.

the projection of light is a great part, but i would emphasise it a bit. maybe i prefer the bw version too.

aibrean Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
I used this photo for a clan site (non commercial...just my gaming clan) on the forum...if you would like it removed just let me know. I think it's a wonderful illustration :)
tomsymonds Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004  Professional Artist
cs clan site? hook me up with a link, bro.
aibrean Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Professional Interface Designer

the images at the top randomly load so you can just click on it until you see yours. I had to photoshop it a little to make it wider.
Coltius Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
Looks more like the commander of a scout recon team with the type of helmet and M-29. I wish I could actually paint like this, I just design the guns. - Colt
IggyHazard Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish HK-USA would make a civilian version of the M-29 with a 12- or 10-gauge shotgun in place of the 20mm smart cannon. :D The shotgun part would have to be ambidextrous -- probably switchable like a Walther G-22 -- since it's a bullpup.
jessiquita Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know about the colors.

It seems kinda flat.

I like how you have the sun light coming in and the dust in it.

The shadow is good too.

Good stuff. :)
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