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Omenish Hollow by sdl Omenish Hollow by sdl
"If You Can't Stand The Heat, Don't Blow Up The Kitchen." -- Me

About this (WIP) image: Pulling the camera back from the cover art: A ground-based beam weapon fired into a hillside reveals a secret cave and an entrance to the Locusts' 'subseranean' Hollow.

Before I started, I showed the new Gears 3 cover art to some friends and family and asked for their impressions. Those who were unfamiliar with Gears thought the game was about conventional warfare (between humans, on Earth). That makes sense, as the only Locust on the cover art is small and lost in the background haze. So I set out to take the cover art just a bit further, with the aim of clearing up any misconceptions the casual observer might have about the game.

Marcus is the undisputed face, icon, and leading star of Gears of War, so more than anything I wanted a tricked out, detailed version of him (still working on it), with an equally tricked out (and gold) Lancer rifle. The rest of the scene was painted to show that Gears of War is much more than just "a war game". It has everything. Beauty, full immersiion, and with more than a little of the fantastic throughout.

Any feedback, especially suggestions and critiques, are much appreciated!
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I don't know the game, but this artwork is just amazing! I love how you show a conflict there: it's a dangerous situation, the others are waiting for the guy in the foreground, but there is something going on inside of him, some kind of difficult decision or maybe he is just resting before a final fight.
The contrasts here underline very well the tension of the situation, but also the tension between inside the cave and outside. Despite those lava seas in the cave, the cave seem safer than outside, although it looks more friendly out there. Maybe this is the reason why he is still resting there? I don't know, but you have offered many possible interpretations for this artwork, which is for me the sign of a great piece of art!
The weapon in the foreground and what the guy wears have a different structure than the ground and the cave, that makes the picture deeper and more interesting.
Just a little thing disturbs me very little: the cave attracts my attention with it's structure, because it seems a bit too different from the rest, I think it would be better if it was more similar to the rest of the picture.

All in all this artwork is amazing. I'm sure it cost a lot of time and all effort you put in was totally worth it! =)
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FGZwergnase Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Absolutely fabulous! Super cool! What should I write? Clap 
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jamesfoxbr Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This work is very impressive!
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blazi76 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Details and whole scene looks great :D
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KittiNygma Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Perfect- just perfect- love the details and colours- everything ;A;
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant.
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wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg.. this is really awesome >o< all those details... its just intense! I love it~!!
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Reffelia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
damn veautiful
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PlainLittleJane Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Digital Artist
WHOA. Just...oh my god. Thank you for being so awesome. :omfg:
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barfast Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Amazing!!!
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Flobelebelebobele Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Excellent work!
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