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Tiba Runner by torture-device Tiba Runner by torture-device
It so happened that one of my earlier introductions to sci-fi was actually introduction to cyberpunk. Man, I was - and am to a point - such a cyberpunk nut. William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neil Stepehnson, Steve Adams, Paul di Fillipo - if these names tell ya something, you know what I'm talking about. Transnational asian corporations, mind-shattering drugs, smooth AIs, monofilament wire, black ICE, wet-ware... Damn, these were the days.

I've written about 20 or so short stories that in some way were cyberpunk fiction and three novel-length pieces, that even garnered mild popularity. Funny how I imagined the current times just a decade ago and it's hilarious to read how I expected future to be. So in some sense I think I have this nostalgia about the now retro-cyberpunk. But the current times that we live in IS cyberpunk, so the genre's aint dead and I'm so pleased to see it being revived - mostly through games, like the new Deus Ex, Syndicate and the upcoming watchdogs, and I like the modernized cyberpunk aesthetics too.

So, this is sort of a mish-mash of retro and present cyberpunk. Deus Ex meeting Blade Runner meeting Crysis.

The Tiba Runners are light-armored couriers for hire - codebreakers and identity thieves that are tasked with delivery and initial data protection for criminal conglomerates. Usually quite wealthy, the almost always go overboard with cybernetic augments. Their scraped look at a point became a fashion statement in some subcultures, so these days it's hard to really tell if such an individual is really a Runner, or just a rich youth trying to act tough.

As far as the work goes, I went for a Zoonoid-ish style and very pleased with it - first "pro-emulating" CA I pumped out in a while.

Here's some Skrillex for ya: [link]
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Gotta love all that color! :D
"I've written about 20 or so short stories that in some way were cyberpunk fiction and three novel-length pieces, that even garnered mild popularity."

Please, which websites can they be found? *drooling*

"So in some sense I think I have this nostalgia about the now retro-cyberpunk."

Another reason to despice cultural-marxism, the awesome future it denied!
Somedumbass3 Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you still use Zbrush? I think you should keep practicing that, a 3D Runner would be awesome.
thevampiredio Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg those colorssss!!
Noisemaker111 Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Upon opening this deviation, I instantly thought "Hot fucking damn I wish I could paint like that"
Loving it. Cyberpunk as fuck.
Belazikkal Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've nothing against the colour here: you keep mainly with blues and yellows, even in the hues that go to green, and use pure greens and reds as spot colours.

I do lack some crispness in some detailing, like the armour plates. True, it's a concept, but a concept should communicate your ideas a clearly as possible. The left arm's forearm armour is in the right direction of crisp though.

I can't quite line up your conceptual idea with light-armour courier and this guy. He seems a bit too heavy for that, despite all.
ObscenityEngine Feb 10, 2013  Professional Artist
I had a feeling you'd link to his Syndicate song. I really like how there's so many different colors, but they don't war with or end up muddying one another. The armor design is also very smooth.
You ought to make a cyberpunk movie, movie Nochnoi Dozor was made with just $4.2 million, with enough publicity you could get the donations necessary.
torture-device Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sry for the time.

You are good at writting scenarios, even better at the stories themselves.
Even beside mererly making said story known, you are good at promoting things, even thought english isnīt exactly your language either.
You have contacts in the media branche, yes? Perhapse not as good as contacts in the film industry but still.
if you decide that it would have an NS-themes, as part of the weltanschauungskrieg, it could help that your country have more and bolder NS than any other country.
The advantages of popularity, if even 10% of a lot of people making even small donations each...

If you really decided to go for it, obviously not today but in 5-10 years time? Yes, it might just be possible*.
At the very least, unlike for most folks, it isnīt wholly unrealistic for you to entertain such a notion. (-

* if things doesnīt come crashing down too hard.
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