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Rust Beast by jflaxman Rust Beast by jflaxman
Dawn brought Kaitlyn no respite. Her drinking water was long gone and the skies promised only poisoned rain. Her leg wound had begun to fester, and the ruins on the far horizon – which she had only started for due to a lack of alternatives – seemed no closer than they had when the Scalds attacked three nights ago.

When she could limp no more she crawled; and when her strength gave out she drifted in and out of consciousness. She was only dimly aware of the crows that circled through the leaden air, but knew what they were waiting for. In her brief moments of clarity she wished she had saved her last round for herself.

Her mind barely registered the approach of a gigantic beast, forged from tarnished metals and swathed in worn tarpaulins that cloaked it like a beggar’s shroud. It no longer seemed logical to question tales of nameless monsters or guardians of the gates between worlds. Yet the massive hand that reached for her with unexpected tenderness was cold and solid to her touch. It was no hallucination. She had resigned herself to death, but fate had other things in mind.

Kaitlyn had a vague sensation of being gently raised and cradled by her unlikely saviour – an incalculably old, immensely strong, and apparently intelligent being that had understood her plight. The tainted skies unleashed their wrath but it kept her sheltered from the worst. Where had it come from, why had it cared, and who, if any, did it serve? It did not answer, assuming it could. Yet Kaitlyn could not care as it carried her from the memory of her past and deeper into the unknown.
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:iconhermise:
Hermise Featured By Owner Edited 19 hours ago
This is wonderful :)
I really like the story too :)
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AuroraGriffin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Wow, ... beautiful. O.O
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome face
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Moreuse Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an amazing peace, so much emotion captured in it. It's quit an interesting design as well. If you don't mind can i use it for reference a little? i have a character who's legs are roughly the same shape as this beings.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Go for it! I'd be keen to see where you go with it.
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:iconmoreuse:
Moreuse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tanks. I just need to figure out how to do it as it's from behind.
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FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
You create a world with your stories and art that i wouldn't want to visit.But they are very good.
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carolinesphotos Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Hope you dont mind Ive featured your wonderful pic here [link]
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tizjezzme Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
What a great work of art. You are amazing!
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Osterkaktus Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very cool. Did you write this in hand or with a computer?
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Most of my work is hand drawn then scanned and coloured in Photoshop.
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SuicideKingg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Hey man, did you extend the info on this cyborg yet?
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Sorry, I haven't.
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Maximilian-McMonkey Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   General Artist
Cool friendly giant ancient cyborg guy. :lol: It's always interesting when the description is so good it rivals the actual image. Am I faving the story or the picture? :shrug: I don't know but nice work! :D
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pheonix-gray Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have youve ever considered using your talents for the romantically apocalyptic comic series(where I got my avatar from)? They always like to have commissions for that added style for mtheir comics :)
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Romantically apocalyptic is great, but this year I've been moving away from sci fi and digital media.
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:iconpheonix-gray:
pheonix-gray Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so what genre/media format are you going to move onto?
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Memphisian Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
yorick
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
OK,this is getting tiresome. This is a reworking of a very similar picture I drew in 2009, before I, or anyone, had heard of League of Legends. I will freely admit the character draws on the Moguralian boss from Undercover Cops, an obscure 90s arcade game, like my previous "Mole" picture (see the "Black Ink" gallery). There's a good chance the young upstart Yorick does too.
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Memphisian Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
i did not want to troll you,.. just said that they are alike.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
No worries. I'd just been getting a lot of "Yorick" comments. You're right, they look a lot alike, though Yorick's undead while the Rust Beast and Undercover Cops boss are cyborgs.
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flumpytripod Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy shit this is awesome!
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wolf74145 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very interesting. I really love your Post Apocalyptic work.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Pull...my...finger..."
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Miguel2010 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
I've seen a similar image in my nightmares... Well done!
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DeathoftheUndying Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing story, I love this one.
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drakenfolk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, a really nice artwork with a fantastic story! great work^^
the beast reminds me of Yorick from LoL... :P really good design though, keep it on!
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Ejobes19 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
have you thought about writing or making your own post apocalyptic/other world graphic novel? i'd get it if you were to make one. your work is really good!
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, love this, man. I really like his design. The shroud of plant matter really helps to give it a friendlier appearance while keeping it mysterious. Great work on the staff.
I also really enjoy the perspective of this one. It lends itself to making this creature look huge like it is. Ha ha.
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FrostbiTe17 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist
lol mech king kong version :D
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CLAUDIAROVITO Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
FANTASTIC:::::::::::::::::::!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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wellshitson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thats just yorick
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crimsonlegion Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
amazing work you´ve done here my friend, anxious to see more!
:)
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danceingox Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
that is greatly interesting, I wish I can see what happens next xD
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NanoAngel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I have to say of all your pieces that have envoked tremndous emotion in me, this one has been far the most that has blown me away. I knew by seeing a piece this large would have a compelling story to it, and after reading it three times, i never felt so drawn in. The piece itself is extraordinary. When i first saw the Rust Beast i felt a bit of hesitation, thinking 'this isn't going to end well'. But then the final paragraph debunked my thoughts. I almost really hope the story doesn't end here.

Great effing work again Flax.
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JILLLOVESLINK Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
omg.. thats so epic
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Naty-lala-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yorick?
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Pikmin08 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing how at first it seems dangerus/scary but you really depict his true intentions it turns it into an almost wise, robot hermit/nomad.
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Very good - a unique beast!!
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JM665 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant story and compelling artwork. I actually didn't notice kaitlyn minuscule figure at first and upon realizing the context of the image I felt chills. Awesome work! I would love to see this develop further. :eager:
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Musical-Mettaur Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic artwork once more. This would be great for a certain card in mind..but JFlax, let me say you're always making this great stuff. Were you shown the other cards yet?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I've had a look at the other cards and I'm very impressed with the range of styles and atmosphere they evoke. I didn't realise "Clash" had been featured (in the "Strategic Blunder" card) but it works well and I like the quote! You're welcome to use "Rust Beast" too.
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Musical-Mettaur Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, and about that comment about more story being behind that picture I used for the Toof Sky Patrol card..I believe there is now some story behind it, if you'd like to use that. Toof Mercs, feel like hearing? Inspired me there you did, but...I need to sleep now, so I suppose I'd tell you about them later. Cheers, and welcome to the Tragic Team. Your art- very much appreciated.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I'm keen on hearing the story! My description for "Saved" was only short but it inspired a much better one from Arabascan in February, which you'll see in the comments section. The Rust Beast is an old idea I've recently revisited and I felt it deserved more backstory.
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Steelmantis Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work
and great story line
would love to see this story develop
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dantrekfan48 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You really did capture how gentle the big guy is. Very nice. :)
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Diespitris Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Holy crap. This is cool.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Thanks!
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