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Space Marine by mikeg8807 Space Marine by mikeg8807
First of all, let me point out this was a paint-over. The reference I used was adonihs's "Just a Grunt" piece. Before anyone claims I ripped, I already got permission to do it. You can view the much nicer original here:

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Now, while I did use adonihs work early on to get the line art, basic color layout for the marine, and ideas for lighting, I didn't use it as a crutch. After getting the basic components of the character down, it was pretty much all me.

Anyways, I didn't even mean for this to turn into a real, finished piece...I originally was just going to do a simple paint-over to get coloring practice but it came along so good I decided to submit it. You can tell parts I rushed and parts I spent too much time on. If some of the lines seem sketchy, its because it was done by mouse which is damned hard to draw straight, even lines with.

All drawn by mouse in PS, around 10 hours.

Hope you enjoy...and make sure you check out the original!

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haydxn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering if you are aware of the fact that this website is advertising a (non-existent) product, with your image...

[i promise this is not a spam link - it does have a shopping cart but i recommend you DON'T attempt to buy anything from it!]

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There are a bunch of us who are curious as to whether you have given any kind of permission...
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ISIMONI Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
I have been reading some articles and it seems this "Edge" company is making its living via legal holes, stealing work from the internets and claiming any game with the word "Edge" anywhere near the title as copyright infringment...
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I heard it forced Apple to remove some games from the App Store (Example: "Killers Edge" that started being prduced earlier than 2006, suposedly a rip off from their game "Racers", or "Edge's Racers" that came out just this year) that way, claiming those games copied names, codes, and stuff from games they "are producing". God i even heard the adress its using for the copany is a Mailbox, having no phisical office, and rumours of it not paying for artwork, producers, or coders.
If anyone checks this guy is link, u will note the obvious future plan of suing "Mirror's Edge" for his game "Mirrors" or "Edge's Mirrors"
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
FANTASTIC :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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dog-fish Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Oh my god, you drew this masterpiece with a mouse? *A* Amazing! :heart::heart:
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
haha ya it can be frustrating.

thanks btw :)
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dog-fish Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
no problem (:
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tecnophreak Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
sir,i appplaud you for not only doing a pretty dam good job compared to the original, but using a godforsaken mouse to paint with as well. painting with a mouse SUCKS, so, you get major cool points for that.
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
It'd be REALLY impressive if i used a laptop trackpad. ;)

Thanks for the comment man.
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hrtlsangel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. very nice. although i think the lighting is a bit off in some places it's very good and the background is exactly how I would depict a space ship. In my oppinion, I think it's even better than the original. =P
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
thanks for the comment! better than the original...haha damn, thats probably the nicest comment i've ever gotten. :P

thanks again. ;)
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TheOnlyFallacy Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
sweet stuff mike, even though its a trace it definitely shows your improving. I really love the eyes and the left part of the helmet

as for crits... I would increase the reflections of the light, just because it gives the piece more atmosphere and it always looks cool... you can definately exaggerate that kind of stuff and it will still look realistic. Also, the front of the suit just looks a little plain... maybe spruce it up a bit?
all the other problems you know already so no need to go into them
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Good points. Adding more dramatic lighting could give the piece more atmosphere, character and drama. I assume you weren't just talking about reflections in the glass, right?

As for the front of the suit, I tried to do stuff to both it and the front of the helmet in the ways of text or paint, but i couldnt get it to look natural so i stopped. but ya, i see where you're coming from. Aside from some mediocre texture work its kind of plain.

Thanks for the comment man..i thought you were dead. hows school going?
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Halfno Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
dude, that's incredible! No chance in hell I could ever do that!
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
hey, thanks man.

btw, a year ago I would've said the exact same thing. Don't sell yourself short..keep practicing and you'll become better than you could expect. :)
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Pahul Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed, when I saw it first of all, i thought 'man, ive already seen that!?'... But then, I read your Artists Comment, and i realised how good this work was. Especially for the all-mouse thing (WOW!!).

And i think this is pretty good work that you've made here. I would say that we realise more the graphic work on your copy, than on the original, even if the original was really finished, with a final composition; here it appear to be more clean, and more paint-studied.

The inconvenient with that sort of exercise, is that you must have well-understood the whole geometry of the stuff you try to reproduce, which appears hardly on the original piece, because of its finalisation. I would take for example, here, the right part of the Marine's helmet (more confused on your piece).

To finish, when you're about to post a work like that, make sure that youve finalised it like you wanted to, because it can always get better, even if it has already passed what youve hoped.
To take an example, i think you could have easily worked the front of the helmet, which appears here, a little empty. It could have looked even greater.

Anyway, thats already a great work.
Keep improving your talent!
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
All fair criticisms. I agree that parts feel unfinished and that some elements don't blend together very well (like the right side of the helmet).

I see what you mean about the front of the helmet feeling empty. I actually tried at one point to put some stripes or text in there, but couldn't get it to look natural so I stopped. Anyways, I've had problems in the past not finishing pieces, so on this one I think I was focusing more on finishing it rather than giving it that final polish. You're right that the piece overall suffers because of that, and I'll keep that in mind on my next piece.

Thanks for the crit man...i really appreciate well thought out responses. :)
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bassboy45 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
the face is really detailed. i give you props on that. Some of it is definitely underworked, and that's dissapointing, but I'm glad you actually decided to finish this piece!
Nicely done. :+fav:
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Ya, there was about a week there where I lost all motivation to work on it, so when I went back to it I wanted to make sure I finished it so it didn't end up in my scraps. :P

Thanks for the comment, btw. :)
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Kaz-3 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
mouse...? damn man. use a tablet already dude haha
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
ya, as soon as a few hundred dollars i can spare makes their way into my bank account...>_>
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DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
uh MOUSE? much respect..MUCH.

and thanks man, very flattering =)
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Retter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
very, very cool. i was already a fan of the original so i'm looking at this as an expression of what you can do at this stage.

especially considering the whole mouse thing.
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Retter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
worded terrible if i must say so myself (which i do).
it's very good and since it isn't an original piece of yours then basically i see it as you showing off exactly what your skill level is in terms of painting and the stuff.

you've nailed a lot of stuff and it looks great but there are also lots of little things like lighting and texturing which i assume just require practice to get better. (this coming from no master of those two things...)

and yeah... dude, a mouse? that must be really annoying to use, although i guess you'd be very used to it by now.
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Ya, i forgot to say something.

Thanks for, you know, giving me some credit on this one. I was worried that when i posted it everyone was going to be all 'OMG tracer you suck draw your own shit!!' and not even comment on the work. So, thanks for actually commenting.

And wtf is your avatar?
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Retter Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
it's about the best (lamest) pokemon ever.

and as if i wouldn't comment, especially after that essay you left for me on my comet rider, i felt obliged.
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
is it like a new metapod, or goldeen?
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mikeg8807 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Ya, i uploaded it and realized the color on the helmet clashes horribly with the color of the texture behind it...plus his left shoulder (right side of piece) just looks like garbage.

Its weird, Ive started doodling more in my spare time with pencil and paper and it actually makes the mouse feel more...normal? I think somethings wrong. :(

Thanks a ton for the comment(s), even if you're a bit incoherent. :P
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