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Scrounger's Wrath by Scorpion451 Scrounger's Wrath by Scorpion451
Photoshop, about 20hrs
My entry for the latest :iconconceptworld: contest.
This round's magics words are "Blob ship".
This one was interesting; as several people put it, what does blob ship even mean?

So I typed "blob" into google, and here's what I got from the trail of links I followed:
The movie "The Blob"->Blob of the X-men Comics->Ameobas->Blobfish->Jellyfish->Sea Slugs

I noticed a common theme- from seaslugs stealing stinger cells from jellyfish to the x-men's blob, blobs take whatever you throw at them, and keep it.
And this is where I started to form an idea. :plotting:

The Scrounger's Wrath is the stuff of tall tales in spaceport taverns throughout the asteroid belt. Most claim not to believe, dismissing it as nothing more than another legend like the solid gold asteroid and hollowed out spacerocks harboring nests of gremlins. But others claim it is real- and even the skeptics hold their breath when they glimpse a misshapen silhouette through a viewport. The tale goes that a band of salvagers stumbled across the wreckage of a pirate raid gone awry- the freighter being raided, the patrol ship attempting to intervene, and the pirates themselves all suffered breached hulls. The crew not dead from each was long gone, abandoning ship in favor of lifeboats not crippled and open to hard vacuum. Their misfortune was for the lucky salvage crew the haul of a lifetime. The could bribe the claims office to backdate the paperwork, no time to waste. But their luck ran out when a patrol cruiser with a trigger happy captain passed the scene- and didn't wait for explanations. The crew of the salvage vessel barely survived, and found themselves stranded in the outskirts of the belt, branded as pirates, left for dead in a ship with more hole than hull in the midst of their perfect haul. The captain had realized his mistake, but knew the truth would end his career. His loyal crew kept their silence, and the salvagers were reported as casualties of the combat. The site was reported as hazardously irradiated by a breached reactor, impossible to salvage.

Six months later the cruiser mysteriously vanished in the midst of a routine patrol. The captain was later found marooned on an asteroid, half mad and babbling about vengeful ghosts. His vessel was never found. It was the first of many ships never to return to port; some never found, others later recovered stripped bare of engines and turrets or with large chunks of hull removed. The Pan-Belt Alliance government's official position is that these are merely cases of vessels running afoul of the hazardous life of a belter, and that the Scrounger's Wrath does not exist.
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DanielHurd Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty amazing! The level of detail is insane!!!!!!!! Great job!
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey Josh, first of all let me commend you for spend the amount of time that you did on this piece. As I always say in my blog, there is a clear link between the winning piece and the amount of time spent on it. 20 hours is a long time and judging by the poll it really pays. You have great ideas and you seem to be pouring a lot of creativity into your latest pieces. Its nice to see you back in the grind. 

Absolutely amazing points:
- I love the shear scale of this beast, it seems to be holding together pretty well, the details are nice and the James Gurney influence shows in this piece, I would suggest reading that book over a couple more times because like you said it could just be the missing piece in your puzzle
- Its got that Warhammer style make shift parts to it which I love, making all these parts work in a scene is no lean task. You've portrayed the different elements pretty well
- Every pixel in this piece is oozing with details and tells a separate story
- Unlike most of the clean concepts we see everyday, it is nice to see something that is thoroughly used, marked and scratched. It really adds an added level of realism to your piece

A few suggestions I have for you:

- Make time for perspective studies, I would highly recommend you buy this tutorial from Ctrl Paint ctrlpaint.myshopify.com/collec… its only $10 (When you have that money). It'll give you a step by step instruction on how to solidify your efforts and put 'em to great use. I can seriously say its changed the way I look at my work. 
- Pick your focal point early in the painting and work out from that adding more details near the focal point and taking details away as you get away from it. This will not only help guide the reader into the detailed part but also save you some time and energy. 

I can honestly say that I tried to be very picky but can't come up with more suggestions for you. You've really done a great job on this! Remember that even if you win, you should continue to push yourself. Its not about winning a round or two, its about continuously pushing yourself to be the best artist you can be. :thumbsup:

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vladgheneli Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love your entry man, it's obvious you've spent your time on it and enjoyed it. One thing I would've done here is use more lasso, the metal usually has a very sharp edge, even if it's torn apart and lasso makes it look more real - but that's just me
I also notice how you played with values, and that is very good, but you missed some areas (like those asteroids, which have the same values - I find it hard to believe that they're placed on the same line) and the background doesn't help your ship. You need more contrast. I was looking at the thumb in the poll, and I couldn't decipher what's going on. That is the first big sign that you need to add more contrast. Try zooming out until your painting becomes small, like 300-400 px small, and if you can still read what's going on, then your contrast is strong enough.
Cheers!
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Scorpion451 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   Artist
Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, the background on this one gave me a lot of headaches, having to balance the read with no atmospheric effects to help out.
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Great little image.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let this be a lesson to trigger happy cowardly captains - what you sow you will reap!!

This is a great story and am liking that ship my friend :D

Hope you win :D
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Tanoko Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! all the details you put into this like the wires and tubing on different parts of the ship, and all the parts of the different ships its made up of awesome job! and the story that goes with it really gives it character and life.
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Le-Balthazarn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow...

The concept is really neat, and the backstory is so complete it makes me think of those fully detailed background stories that go with places in the Fallout universe, each interconnected with other things. I could easily imagine this in a RPG universe, being able to talk to the captain or to explore the ship with a ton of special equipment. Really neat!
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BrotherOfMySister Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Great idea,  solid illustration, and the story is catchy! Faved :D
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Almonihah Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
That's a pretty fun idea, and a fun image to go with it.
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