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Sunset on Qing Lan Shan by mqken Sunset on Qing Lan Shan by mqken
A drawing to end the 2011 year.

I drew influences from Chinese cities, Mamoru Oshii, and Heng Sha city from Deus Ex: HR. I wanted this drawing to contain social inequity in the architectural sense. From the bottom, the houses appear as if they're remnants of the last century, where the poor people live in poverty. Then you have the cityscape where the middle class lives. After that you got the advanced skyscraper/military complex where the elite and government lives, away from the suffering at the bottom. Yet, the poor people are enveloped in culture, while the elite lives with no knowledge of their humble beginnings.

清蓝山 is a stronghold which contains a high grade military fortress at the top of the city, which houses almost 100 Crafts, with missile pods and cannons to repel terrorists and radical military groups.

I will also integrate this city, and the Chinese culture into my story. It will be a fictitious city of course, but I want the culture represented, just as I want Islam, Christianity, American, Russian, and African cultures to be in the story. The Windrider story is not just about mechs. It's about globalization and religious fundamentalism, and how technologically advanced weaponry and capitalism will combine with these factors to destroy the world.

The theme is also partly to make a comment on China as a whole. This summer I went back and what I saw was "The ruins of the future stood in the glory of the past". I've been in Canada for 11 years and people keep telling me "Oh China is so rich now", and what I say to that is BULLSHIT. China may have beautiful architecture and rich people in the cities, but most people still live in poverty. Tourists stick to the rich areas and rarely venture to poor districts to see how real people live.

.....Yet, the nightlights still shine in my heart. I miss it dearly.
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing! It looks like some awesome mixture of cell shading and regular painting.
Livewire42V Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Simply amazing! You've built a completely believable world around your character and you get a real feel for the imposing size of the mecha. Outstanding work!
kyphoscoliosis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
This is just incredible, man. I don't know what to say. Your skill with light and shadow is just flawless. And the way you have all the focus set is nice. Not necessarily how a camera would catch it, but it draws the eyes nicely to the subjects.
I don't know what you mean you messed up on her face, because it looks pretty good to me :/
Just gorgeous, man. I'm so jealous of your skill.
mqken Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JRGTS Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
This is really beautiful. There is so much going on from the lovely girl, new and old architecture, mecha, and impending stormy sky.
willow-fire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous![link]
BlueShadow20 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. GREAT JOB. . . NO EXCELLENT JOB. As expected big bro.
screenscan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011   Interface Designer
awesome work
killadroid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really can't wait for you to be able to show us more of Windrider man :).
This painting is really awesome :)
mqken Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shall!
NightmareHero Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Wonderful painting, very beautiful and elegant.
Silverlion Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Very nice.
Aya-Creuset Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your story sounds like it has a cool premise, and the artwork is beautiful.
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011

Both mech and pilot are beautiful. Lighting is superb. There's a lot going on here, but it's all easy on the eyes -love how the sharper foreground character contrasts w/ fuzzier elements of the background, and then the mech still pops w/ just the right amount of crispness.

Could say that it reminds me of a high-end anime freeze frame, but it's actually too pretty for that!

I would study the shit out of a tutorial explaining how it all came together.

My one complaint would be the telephone wire obscuring a view of the mech -but the way the light is hitting those wires is still brilliant.
mqken Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you sir! Your comment means a lot :) I was afraid that too much content was going to make it too "crowded" but I'm relieved to hear you say that.

Yeah I was pretty sure that the telephone pole might be an issue but I wanted something to obscure the mech a little bit so it looks like it was in "perspective". Anyway, happy holidays by the way.
sprtan137 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just subscribed cuz of this... very nicely done.
mqken Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir! :) Took me a long time and a lot of discipline to finish this.
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December 19, 2011
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