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Confrontation by jflaxman Confrontation by jflaxman
“To hell with this damn talk of Scalds. Did I tell you about that time I had a run-in with old Emmy? She lost the plot a long time back, and she’s staked out a patch of dirt that she’s been litterin’ with bones. Anyway, I’m out there huntin,’ and not watchin’ what I should, and next thing I’m on Emmy’s land. I don’t even know it till I look up from me pot and see her starin’ back at me – damn smoke must have tipped her off, doubt it was the smell of me cookin.’ The 303’s in easy reach, but she’s got the jump on me – there’s a chance she’s out of slugs, but I ain’t stakin’ nothin’ on it. So I just sit and stare at her, tellin’ meself if I valued me life I’d not be out here in the first place, and thinkin’ if it’s meant to end here ain’t nothin’ I can do about it. She just stares back, sayin’ nothin,’ patient as she’s always been, while me water boils away and me dinner’s way past savin.’ Fire dies too, just before sundown; so I sit there in the dark, and she watches me till dawn. I’ve just about hit breakin’ point when she figures I’m no fun and trundles off to look for some. By now I’m stiff and sore as hell, but I get up and walk away – leavin’ me gun behind, mind you. Cookin’ pot’s a write-off too.

Some days I get this hankerin’ to go and knock the old bint off, but plenty other fools have tried and it’s never ended well. Bullets only make her madder; there’s better things to spend ‘em on. Just give her the same respect you’d give any livin’ thing you meet out in the Bone Desert. That’s what saved me, after all…”
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SHaDoW-WHiSPERER Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
 Neat, I am most curious as to if Emmy is either sentient enough to personally decide someone as not a threat (or mess with them for shits'n'giggles) making this a personal and mutually emotional encounter or attacks based on movement and the narrator is merely anthropomorphising. 
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
"leavin’ me gun behind, mind you."

Why would ye leave yer gun behind, boyo?

I love the Irish feeling to the guy's story. :-)
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TheInventor200 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Kinda reminds me of a Bolo :3
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Whoa awesome!
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sklblues Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Great Vibe! Really like your stuff James...
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Vladimir022 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifull robot, wonderfull art
i admire your work

I hope one day i can become as good as you
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks, that means a lot to me. I'm always hoping to improve, but I've gotten where I am today through lots of practice, looking at art I like, watching online tutorials and listening to advice from others. Encouragement also goes a long way!
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Vladimir022 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for answering, that made me feel better, most awesome artists don't answer or just are rude, i'm glad you still are nice

i'm trying to go to an art school, but every school i've sended a mail to, hasn't responded yet unfortunatly
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Raazorfiend Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
excellent story, very charming :D
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
"Howdy."
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jrholford Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Kewl pics! Neat story, too!
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I love your writing here - it's hilarious!! :D
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thanks. As I mentioned to some other viewers I wanted to make this sound like some spoken narrative you'd hear by the campfire. It was partly inspired by a much shorter encounter I once had with a feral cat - we just eyed each other off before we went our separate ways.

This work, like other recent ones, is probably closer to illustration than what most people call "art," but that helps to tie it in with my long term plans to reveal my various worlds through a series of themed books.
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
It's great to hear the story behind the picture, as well as to read the story with the picture. Please put me down as a reader of your worlds. :)
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JetJakal-of-NeoMu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
AWWE SHIT!
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Totally amazing. While I read this I stayed as still as possible without thinking about it, and when I moved a spike of fear shot up my spine.
Love the idea of an old bot roamin' the desert killin' shit.
Beautiful art as always, man. You really can blend literary and visual art.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This one's loosely based on a real life encounter I had with a feral cat in far western NSW. It was as big as a medium dog and I didn't have a gun, so it could have really messed me up. It didn't seem afraid at all, but after a minute of staring at me it turned around and walked away.

It's amazing how readily tame animals can revert to their wild states in the right environment. Cats can get pretty nasty, but the pigs in North Queensland are terrifying. This feral robot draws on the existing SWORDS and TALON units, though I've encased the gun in armour and put it on an articulated mount. I had a bit of fun coming up with a completely inhuman design and treating "her" as a character in a story that never says "she" is a robot!
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that must have been really scary facing down that fuckin' cat. I woulda been worried. Oh hell, I didn't know there were feral pigs in Ausi. That's really intense.

Yeah, it really portrayed her as a sentient predator instead of just a cold robot. Your storytelling methods are astounding, man. She looks absolutely awesome too. Really nice grundgy, sturdy design.
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TranceMonger Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep, a great piece made utterly epic with the tellin'. Heck for a minute I actually thought I was sittin' in some camp listening to a grizzly wastlander tell his stories. All Aces.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Glad you like it. My writing's usually very formal, especially when I'm posting online. This story's told more casually as I was going for a round-the-campfire feel - it's great to hear I pulled it off.

None of my work so far has had a clearly marked real-world setting, but the landscape, lighting and laconic narrative here are all very Outback Australia - which is a world apart from the east coast and a boon to filmmakers. Check "Mad Max" if you haven't already!
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TranceMonger Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've not gotten around to it yet but mad max is totally on my to-see-list. And here in America it's still a well known movie. A lot of us are suckers for anything that's 'post-civilization.'

Yes you totally pulled off the campfire feel. I like to hear a good story told that way sometimes. If done right it makes the story seem more personal, and draws you in even deeper. You've got some awesome illustrating skills and a tongue for stories.

My advice: Publish picture books aimed at S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Mad Max, and Fallout fans. You'd be a hit here in the states. =)
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This year I'm working towards a book of post-apocalyptic works. Mad Max has been a big influence and I recommend all three (though I can't vouch for the fourth installment which is being filmed in Africa!) The first is a straightforward, low-budget but effective revenge flick set in a world that's going to hell. The second is set after the apocalypse and has a more epic otherworldly feel. Most fans consider it the best and it's been hugely influential - it kicked off a whole subgenre and set the tone for cheap imitations (Salute of the Juggers, Steel Dawn) and very expensive ones (Waterworld) which usually fall far short.

The third Mad Max starts promisingly but loses its way once Max leaves Thunderdome. The first two are worth checking out for their fast pace and old-school stunts - there's no bluescreen work or CGI.
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TranceMonger Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yes. the 80's was a great decade for movies in my mind. And I also remember trailers for movies that were mad max rip-offs. There was also "Stryker" and "Battle trucks". XD Oh the pain. I never considered waterworld among them since it went in such a different direction. (and I've always been a waterworld fan.) Since I'm on spring break right now I might be able to get ahold of mad max and watch it this weekend. =)

Just out of sheer curiosity, are you a fan of "TankGirl"?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
The "Tank Girl" comics are good fun, though I haven't bothered with the movie. I've seen the Nostalgia Critic review which was pretty scathing. Tough girls, tanks and dystopian futures will always go down well with me, though with its mutant kangaroos and psychadelic visual style "Tank Girl" is much softer sci fi than most of the stuff I come up with myself.

If you watch just one Mad Max film I'd recommend the second one, though for the entire story arc it's obviously best to start with the first.
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TranceMonger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol, I did it the other way around. I saw the movie, (Which didn't take itself seriously at all :XD:) and it interested me in the comics. I haven't gotten my hands on them yet as they seem to be pretty obscure here in America, and I haven't worked myself up to ordering them from anywhere yet. Even the movie was in a "Forgotten cult-classics" movie block.

Hehe sooner or later I will though.
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CyrusAlan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I agree with qwerty.

A real Fallout vibe.
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qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Great Piece.
The story really made it better.
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iliumleather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
fantastic work
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