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Flight Of The Tiger by ukitakumuki Flight Of The Tiger by ukitakumuki
Its kinda late... but Happy New Year everyone!

Done for our IFS new year greeting cards :) Something different for a change, taking a step out of my comfort zone.

Title layout by none other than :iconartgerm:

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P/S: A bit on the concept behind the image:-

This image was designed to be a universal New Year Greeting card for our clients; except it contains a Chinese New Year twist, given the fact that IFS is based in Singapore.

The Chinese Zodiac features 12 different animals, which represent the years in a 12 year cycle. 2011 is the year of the Rabbit, and 2010 was the year of the Tiger.

This was as much a personal piece as it was an image done for professional purposes at IFS.

Quoting one of my replies:
"It's really the culmination of the million and one homage ideas that were running around my head as I conceptualised this piece. From a homage to Miyazaki, to sky pirates and steam/dieselpunk, quasi-WW2 warfilm posters...Kamikaze fighters... Banzai Bunnies in pressure suits... <_<

To give you a better picture, the image I had in mind was originally inspired by the famous scene in Empire of the Sun, where a young Christian Bale sings the Welsh song 'Suo Gan' to Kamikaze pilots about to embark on their mission. I wanted something that felt somewhat melancholic... yet proud and hopeful at the same time, an image with plenty of symbolism and subtext and ultimately one that was open to interpretation.

Basically something different for a new year card.

The biggest challenge was in getting the light and colours to represent the Chinese New Year twist, and then secondly trying to get the various 'homage' elements across and not detract from the overall image. I still am torn between the idea that the Tigers were sent on a suicide mission (as some have guessed at..) in which Bunny One Eye is a traitorous sky pirate scumbag, or that Bunny was merely the unwilling second in command given the opportunity to take over. The eyepatch serves to provide that sense of added mystery. Is he crying inside for the loss of a friend? Or is he smiling with his other eye? With all that fun going on, at the time, the concept of defining a particular era/genre didn't matter as much as making up your own story given the many elements provided."
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:iconjbtattoo:
jbtattoo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artist
:( I was disappointed this wasn't a real film. It looks like it would be a good. 
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:iconnotchthehedgehog:
NotchTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Their salute looks like the Hydra salute from the Captain America movie
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:iconwutzge:
wutzge Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
nice job Ukita
For the Rabbits!
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:icontrej:
trej Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I love this picture
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:iconrealjack:
realjack Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Sine Mora.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for sharing! never knew about it till now, that art looks nice but unfortunately i'm not into Bullet Hell shooters :(
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:iconrealjack:
realjack Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, they're not for everyone.
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:iconmr-illusionist-1331:
Mr-Illusionist-1331 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This could have been a masterpiece movie:), something like Steamboy+Laputa=Awsome:D
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:iconesaubb:
EsauBB Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist
That rabbit remember me of the rabbit from the dragon ball manga, altough i dont remember his name...
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:iconmiraclekid92:
Miraclekid92 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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:iconalienbuffalo101:
alienbuffalo101 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be a great movie poster. Great art work.
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:iconwoody787:
woody787 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This is a wonderful image it fills me with sorrow that it isn't a real movie
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:iconfearlesskaiju:
FearlessKaiju Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Imaginary Reviews, Imaginary Film Festival. lol. Great poster. Looks like it's from a real movie. That bunny sure looks like he's a bad ass.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man, glad you dig it!
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:iconqrowdad:
qrowdad Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
really spectacular work I love the mood of it. It really draws you into it. thanx for sharing this :)
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:iconlittlenikkichan:
littlenikkichan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible
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:iconcolonelyeo:
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice!

The whole concept is actually really good. And it wouldn't surprise me if Miyazaki did a movie just like this. :D
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:icontokaebi:
Tokaebi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student
AWESOME! I love it even more being a rabbit myself lol :D
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:iconfofwner:
Fofwner Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Woaaw! That look great! Absouletly great! <3 :D Good job!
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:iconfrostyogre:
FrostyOgre Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Really nice work. I've looked through your portfolio and am pretty amazed at your pieces. I'll def. keep an eye on your space.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icontruth-lover:
Truth-Lover Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
i looked up a fucing tige ot some retarded rabit with a silly eye pach!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry to disappoint! Haha :D
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:icondeadxcross:
DeadXCross Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Man. I wish I thought of that. I should try this for next year.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha. Awesome Space Marines btw!
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:icondeadxcross:
DeadXCross Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks bro. Coming from you that made my day. Not as awesome as your space marines though.
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:iconpostrmakr:
PostrMakr Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
sweet poster. i didn't even realize it was an eyepatch on the rabbit, looked like sunglasses at first glance
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It was shaped to feel like Aviators... just to tie in with the whole flight aspect.. :p
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:iconthe-hary:
the-hary Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   Digital Artist
:iconbwavoplz:
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!

But for some reason I keep thinking "Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars" :( That was a short lived and very strange show.

The plane in the background looks epic.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't heard of that one, sorry! But I enjoyed drawing the plane :) thanks!
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:iconequigoyle:
equigoyle Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No big. The only reason I remember it was it was on Saturday Mornings, I think.

And you're welcome!
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:iconsync85:
sync85 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
would have made for a great film =)
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:iconadhitia:
adhitia Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow.....VERY NICE!!!!!!
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:iconangryspacecrab:
Angryspacecrab Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
this is awsome, I'ld whatch an hour or two of cute animals killing each other
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:icontdlob:
tdlob Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Wait... are you telling me this is not a real movie!? D:

But it's so convincing!

I am totally bummed out now -_-
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farfel88 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Excellent ---
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LordIlpilazzo Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Congrats from :iconscreeners:

Our members have selected this piece to be included in our monthly art feature. This feature will reside on our front page for the month of May, and in the news article found here [link]

Please fave this article, as it helps bring new eyes to your art, and to the art of the others in the feature.

Thank you so much for allowing us to showcase your work at #Screeners

Rodney - Admin Director
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Honoured by the gesture, thanks Rodney!
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:iconlordilpilazzo:
LordIlpilazzo Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
My pleasure :)
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:iconwaterhand:
waterhand Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
great concept sir :)
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you kindly! lovely graphics my friend.
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:iconlaughinguy:
laughinguy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The rabbit'svoice actor should be Ken Watanabe. :la:
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lolol
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:iconinkblast:
inkblast Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Looks quite good. It would definitely make a nice cover for a real movie :)
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:iconnoceur:
noceur Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
This is almost awesomer than usual, dude.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:lol:
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:iconapramana:
Apramana Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I like it!
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k35magnum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL - 'official selection Imaginary Film Festival'+'imaginary reviews'
nice, first time seein u using a different style-
wud love to see this made into a movie + win sundance and cannes forshur
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