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Lets go down to Old Town...

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Realmwright Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ranger's journal, Day 247:
After months of traipsing the cold and lonely stars, our unit touched down on the balmy and boggy moon of Skellon. Weeks of slogging through the jungle shooting Weejoks and bayoneting Gurks, we were all ready for some R&R...or at least what this craphole sector had to offer that was close to "R&R."
After a shower, shave, and dry socks, LT Hicks let us hop a rust-bucket bus to what we've dubbed "Old Town." None of us grunts can say its real name, let alone spell it.
Yeah there are high rises and fine female companionship, but do you think a couple pukes like us on a few hours leave could afford it? Hell no. So there we were, boozing and smoking, trying to have a couple laughs in some gas-lamp, dive bar. The booze is pisswater and the music sucks. So when this little skuzz bumps into me, making me spill on my boots, I was none-too-happy.
"Wet socks again" jibes Chucky with a grin.
"Shut your fuck hole" I tell him without smiling back.
I turn to give the shortstack stranger a piece of my mind and catch of glimpse of him holding the door open and glancing back over his shoulder, directly at me. He's too far away to hear anything I might yell over the music, so I just give him the finger. He still holds my gaze. He forks his fingers and points to his eyes, then mine. Then he inclines his chin and gestures for me to follow.
I think the little dipshit is calling me out. Now I smile as I push up from my wobbly bar stool.
"Jacko," Pickett cautions "don't do it man. He's probably got friends waiting outside, ready to gut you just for your boots."
"I can handle it." I tell him and make my way to the door, fixing to go it alone no matter what's waiting in the alley.
I kick the door open so hard it bangs against the wall and starts to swing closed again. I thought for sure some backstabber would have been hiding behind it ready to sink a shiv into my kidneys. Nothing. The filthy cretin is all alone, standing under a streetlamp to make sure I see him. He surely sees me see him.
"Soldier...come. Follow." he stutters in what, at best, could be called broken English.
I glare at him and take a hesitant step into the alley, unsure what is really going on.
He turns and knocks on the door he was leaning against. A little panel slides open and he furtively jabbers with the beady eyes on the inside. The door cracks open and they hand him a bundle wrapped in a dirty rag. He reaches under his coat and hands them a platinum bar as long as my hand. He certainly has my attention now.
"Soldier," he says again "Hurry. Come now." With that he stuffs the bundle under his tattered coat, clearly giving me enough of a look at his belt to see he ain't packing a shooter. Not that I haven't seen plenty of weapons pulled from less obvious places. My hackles are still up. I reach to my belt, pop the snap on my holster, and ease my sidearm loose. I make damn sure he sees the very deliberate action.
"No need you gun." he says, patting at the air with both hands empty. "No need fight. Just follow. Watch." And with that he sets off. I'm not ashamed to say my curiosity got the better of me.
Two roads diverge in a shitty ghetto... Does my choice really matter?
"Armpit or asshole?" I tell myself and set off after him.

Thanks for the inspiration! I'll have to see where that story goes and maybe post it in my gallery.
superquixotic Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
The best part is that I can see New Town in the it's not very far off. Maybe this explains why New Town isn't populated yet? Everyone's still in the old city.
ElessarJD Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Amazing.  Is there a wallpaper resolution for this?
Quinn-S-Art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing attention to detail!
masterson1998 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Photographer
Katla-cat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!, wonderful detail :clap:
RedHotPepperGirl Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
brainmirror Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome *-*
anakalivas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   General Artist
I absolutely adore this!! amazing detail, lighting, and the atmosphere is so vivid
Mateheus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Very nice work,
MetalMaidenFery Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :squee:
reaper401 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
wow just wow
GORI89 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Clojo-733 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Artist
Beautiful! :clap:
akb1979 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Nice! You've really captured the ambiance of the location in this piece.
Bluefeatherking Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Writer
chr1snv1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
awesome wires and light and dark contrast!
rocknroll93 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of jak 3 on the PS2 in the old city part.. looks good :)
Koharikarin Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
your a genius!!
alspal Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
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pariah87 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Love the light and cinematic atmosphere. :clap:
Thank you for sharing. :nod:
danel89 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
big nice !
SmarsPD Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Seriously incredible :noes: Amazing work :clap:
annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Strange and oppressive atmosphere, great work! :D
panda-saxophonist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
GravityGochu Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Artist
cool compositons! i love the depth of the city's shadows
shambok Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work! I love the suggestion of the air ships in the background ... it immediately gives the concept so much depth! awesome render!
Jierado Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
DieValkyrja Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BlueCoco Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
loving everything about this piece. colours, mood, style. Awesome!
saphir93 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
a city ... I love his dark narrow alleys!
romika12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Photographer
very nice town .... i like it :D
Cloverdeer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
hi~ i was wonderin' if i could use this as a ref for a story of mine~: 3 it'd help me set me in the mood~ i just love the setting....
dassM Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
great work !
Bienoo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is from the movie "City of ember" or something? :P

I dunno... looks like it! Very nice done :D
Unknown-Toaster Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Wow this is amazing. It really tells a story without any words. Beautiful.
Geodessia-Gallant Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
i hold people who know how to make this stuff in hi regards. For me, its not about the medium, unless its me making it. What I care about is the finished project :D
HraSusi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
xMidNightxMiyuchix Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
looks like a picture from the game memento mori requiem XD
Kevenaar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Photographer
this is what city 17 should look like. definitely.
Saurabhinator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saurabhinator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks like its from one of the thief games
Wings-of-Art Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work. :w00t:
Love the shades and color effects.
Love the serroundings. :D
jbrown67 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic - you capture the lighting perfectly like just after a long rainstorm when the sun is finally streaming out. Beautiful style and a definite fave. I look forward to seeing more works like this.
pilosus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Abeloverman Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009   Digital Artist
I don-t know why I haven´t discovered this before, but it´s one of the most amazing environment artworks I´ve ever seen (and I´ve seen a lot!)

Astonishing lighting, palette and sense of depth.
Janina-Tube Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Wooow...*___* it looks really great!!!
like the town in my fantasy story!
gabrielsky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
This is very pretty! ^.^"
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