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Into The Darkness by ukitakumuki Into The Darkness by ukitakumuki
Long time no post!!! NYCC was eventful and I was delighted to meet a couple of deviants I've been following for years while IFS was there!

Anyways, here is a... personal variant of key art used in a defence science expo. The final version used contains only dropped bombs and clear blue skies and little other implied violence. The point of the image was how bombs, or stores, were
separated and jettisoned inflight.

Tilt your head to the right a bit, I promise it looks better that way ;)

-The custom F18 here began as a 3D base/block model done by someone else, mesh heavily edited by me before getting overpainted; sidewinder was kept stock. Single tail config was merely meant to sidestep licensing issues, apparently.
-"Stealth flankers" in bg are my creation. They are not PAK FAs. They were inspired by the Flanker, and YF23. And plenty of Macross. :p
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:iconvevans0009:
vevans0009 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
That is battle damage to the max!
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:iconcjcheung1999:
cjcheung1999 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Artist
is it just me or does the pilot look dead?
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:iconvevans0009:
vevans0009 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Nope!  Just being a badass and concentrating.
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:iconurzuehren:
UrzuEhren Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
we want more Stealth Flankers!
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Badass scene man, it's amazing what some birds can take and keep flying.
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AS1296204 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
We shall honor the unknown pilot for his final push on his objective.....
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:iconlegendarymagic:
legendarymagic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice feel~... :)
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:iconxtrminator:
XTRMINATOR Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Very emotional work! When i look at the craft it shows me the pain of war and how hard to understand that pain when we all live in peace! Like details and atmosphere. Very strong work!!! :+fav:
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:iconmelvwolfe:
MelvWolfe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And I can barely sketch a F-18....lol.
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WAVEoO Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very much it to be pleasant to me! Very Fine! I Madly love your works!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Thank you very much :)
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:icondystatic-studio:
Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If it's real, Boeing may go damn crazily rich. Since it can takes damages! :wow:
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL
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:icondavidsmindfly:
DavidsMindFly Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Veeery Cool!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cheers!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, awesome painting!! :) Love the details. So much violence, wonder what they would of thought if this had been used in the expo- I mean, shot up fighter, rounds going everywhere, fireballs on the ground, and blood splattered in the cockpit where cannon fire took away the navigator??? The horrors of war, first hand!! :P Yeah, Macross had some great fighters, lol!
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TatsujinEdge Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Whoa i guess this was a two seater not anymore. The detail on the canopy splatter ;)
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
preeeeeeeeetty!!!!!!
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:iconm-raptor:
M-raptor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist
pull up dammit pull up!!!! srry its so awsome tht i got carried away!!!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thats part of the intent, happy to help your imagination along!
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:iconjiinn:
Jiinn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply stunning
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cheers!
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ThomasKimbler Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I found you through the googles. The great thing, and arguably saddest, is that the pilot is already dead. At least it looks like a the inner cockpit is pattered with red.
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow what did u search? thanks either way!
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ThomasKimbler Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I don't even remember, I think it was F-15's.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The plane is a two seater. The the guy in the rear seat has been splattered by cannon rounds tearing through the canopy, so the other guy has to struggle on on his own.
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photon-expression Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
-Tilt your head to the right a bit, I promise it looks better that way ;)

Drawing at an angle? It's a habit I try to shake often lol
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thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
i definitely won't agree to anyone who thinks that aerial fights are only fun when mecha are around.as for the scene,this is something you would see in actual dogfights.i love how the background is made lively with blaze,specially the anti-aircraft fire!lighting is very dramatic,blending greatly with everything else.
mindblowing detail as always.those munitions the F18 released,i just hope it hits the target otherwise their death would be in vain.
"it's fun to shoot down enemies,until it's you,yourself who gets shot down"
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well said! :)
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:iconamovinge:
amovinge Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Killing it!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man!
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kahlure Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, if that aircraft is a two-seater; does that mean that the pilot is AFJ and the gunner is doing it solo, on Legendary, all skulls on?

If so, he is so boned.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I believe for twinseater planes, gunner or WeaponSystemOfficers/WSO as are often known, are in the back :p The reason i believe, is for line of sight. Helicopters like Hind etc can have the roles switched because of the raised rear seat that planes do not have, among other things.
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kahlure Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It can be said that both the gunner and pilot have 20/20 hind sight, while in the… Hind.


Oh, I kill me.
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Sage-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It means the copilot is dead and he's stuck
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:iconkahlure:
kahlure Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Front seat is gunner position in most fighter craft. Older gens may vary.

I decided to read up on it after I saw this. Thanks for the rep.
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I cant take it anymore, too Outcold to handle the awesomesauce & realism! Must go mach 3 to straighten my head out!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol cmonnnnn
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templar127 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
DAT DETAIL!!!
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Raydiant Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, I saw you at NYCC!! Except that I was on the phone with a friend whom I was looking for as you walked by. I stopped by the IFS booth, but Kendrick said you were at a panel. Sounded like a good time though!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hope you aren't confusing me with :iconartgerm: but if you aren't, thanks for trying to get in touch! It was a good time meeting up with fellow DA artists I've been following for years, but from a business standpoint its no San Diego. :) hehe
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Orpheus7 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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MatthewVanDusen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blood on the window from were the second guy would of sat, great detail
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconweretamer:
weretamer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Man that guy still fighting even after receive that damage 0_o
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thats the idea! :)
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Dragonnick741 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
SOr,but can u share ur brushset ? Oo
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I dont have my own customs, I use a couple of folk's brushsets.. one that I definitely remember is :iconpaooo:'s brushes :) He's a beast.
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Dragonnick741 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thnx! :)
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