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Stratus production sketch by mqken Stratus production sketch by mqken
I'm planning to start the comic soon, and I'm going to do all the pre-production drawings.

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RageofAchilles Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Awesome!  love the chest and lower legs especially :)
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Mecenatos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool!
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s00nk1a Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
love the rear backpack sketch very nice..,
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ADVENTSEND Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This is absolutely amazing, I can see where man other's get the White Glint from, I could just see that head tucking in behind the elongated chest during flight. Also really loving the gatling cannon, perfect for shredding enemy mechs during flight, haha.
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mqken Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
impressive one.. and the design look very good
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Fernandez927 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
IT IS VIC VIPER MEETS WHITE GLINT!!!!
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow you're right. I totally see that now :D
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work.... your style is fantastic, your designs are gorgeous.
No idea why I haven't seen you before... you've def earned these...
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you sir :)
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ZOE feeds a number of my own ideas. Loving the overall design!
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Good coloring technique too. Love the thin-thick line too :)
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Rekkou Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to see you and your stratus back! So you decide to change your stratus insignia chest design?
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeahh... I kinda thought it was impractical because on the previous design, if the waist bends forward, the chest area would prohibit movement as it blocks the front... Also, aesthetically speaking, a chest like the previous design which bends upwards requires a lot of room for joints and other unnecessary parts. If I simply kept it forward, there would be room in the front to house a part of the cockpit, which saves space. This was done mainly because I wanted to reduce the size of the mech significantly, which involved reducing over unnecessary parts to increase the cockpit size ratio as compared to the rest of the mech. This stratus is probably 3/5 of the size of the previous version.

So yeah I like this version much better than the previous, to say the least. It seems most people agree as well. I've made the new chest design to look like the beak of a bird, which is an important theme that I wanted to explore in the comic.
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pxilpooshr Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Also, badass.
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
you should define the different sections more clearly, its good, but the details jumble up the form a bit
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm hoping that after colouring it will help to define the sections, I thought parts of it looked confusing as well. Thanks for the tip :)
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
np
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seishikin Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
awesome
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:iconsetzuo:
Setzuo Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent work, the lineart is very well done!
The details are gorgeous.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not bad at all! Great work, in fact!
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PierreLeo Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
makes me think of Zone of the Enders
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D4RKST0RM99 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool, can see some armored core inspired details with the ZOE orbital frame legs, reminds me how much I miss that game, wish they'd hurry up and make another ZOE.
Great stuff:D
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mqken Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! It was very much inspired from Z.O.E. designs.. That game was inTENSE
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D4RKST0RM99 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
loved the 2nd runner's survivor mode with the zero shift, lasted ages shifting between opponents wiping out the waves for hours, great fun
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riskybiznez Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool. I totally see some Armored Core and ZoE inspiration in it :)
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killadroid Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The design sure has evolved over the years :).
Does this new Stratus walk? :o
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's going to have a really strange walk, but I'm planning to add a production sketch explaining the function of the legs. See the pad at the back of the foot? I'm planning to have it come down with some wheels at the back to facilitate a "gliding" function. Imagine a parrot with skates :D, that would be what it looks like.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
That is seriously awesome!
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir!
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DarkAngelGuyver Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Very nice. Reminds me of the Vic Viper from Zone of the Enders 2nd Runner :D
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Z.O.E. was a big inspiration for much of Stratus' design.
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Sjs00 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Supra cool!
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:iconmqken:
mqken Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! and thank you for the watch! :)
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