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Defused Slumber by Rahll Defused Slumber by Rahll
Purpose:

This is a piece commissioned by an EOD technician for the EOD Memorial & Scholarship Foundation. They enjoyed the previous piece the tech had commissioned from me when they saw it up in the Nukes Division, and they wanted a painting for their foundation.

This commemorates and pays tribute to the brave bomb squad technicians in all branches of the United States military. It was unfortunate that halfway through the piece I actually had to add names to each of the plaques, but in a way, I'm happy I was able to include them.

I hope you guys like it. This will eventually be up for sale on the EOD Memorial & Scholarship Foundation's website, and I'm sure the proceeds will go to help the foundations activities and scholarships. Please check out their site when you get a chance.


Technical details:

Being as I used a variety of techniques for this piece, I thought I'd make them clear to avoid confusion and answer some questions.

Given the realistic nature of the piece, I did used photographic textures to help create the look. For certain parts, I also incorporated portions of photos and completely painted into them to change lighting, details, and overall look. I used this namely on the gun, flag, and the seals, and as a jumping off point with the trees, which are mostly a custom brush.

The overall work is 5000x5350 pixels and prints at 20"x21.4" at 250 DPI. The amount of detail that had to go into each part to make sure it prints well so large made it both fun and challenging.

Take care everyone, more work on the way
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:iconprincess-pastels:
Princess-Pastels Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely beautiful and touching
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:iconleo729:
leo729 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
cool
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:iconunspacy:
unspacy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
i would be honored to have this at [link] Thank-U-miltary
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:iconthedemolitionman:
thedemolitionman Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
one word... 'beautiful'
gives them the respect they deserve.

great job!
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:iconnathan-brown22:
Nathan-Brown22 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Being a Soldier myself seeing this has a somber effect about the brothers and sisters that were lost to use but proud that they will never be forgoten. You did them proud with this peice.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm really glad you like it. It definitely means a lot to me when someone who serves in the military has something nice to say about the work.
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:iconnathan-brown22:
Nathan-Brown22 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
no problem you deserve it, it is truly a beautiful peace.
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:icongodlived:
godlived Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Like it is said ---------------------------> This Piece is SIC ! <-----------------------------------

TY
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:iconimthenats:
Imthenats Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic!
I've watched "The Hurt Locker." A great movie, stands out from all the other crap movies I've watched lately.
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:iconalchemyfox:
AlchemyFox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, I love it!!! =)
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:iconk4ze106:
k4ZE106 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
:flagus: :salute:
i salute you sir
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:iconstarryeyes18:
starryeyes18 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
...this makes me speechless... i know guys on that board and it is nice to see them honored so well...
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:iconsyliasp:
SyliasP Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Amazing job. All i can really say is thank you. its nice to see work like this. I have to many friends on that wall.
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:iconautumnwings:
AutumnWings Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Wow, this is simply amazing. This really hits home for me since my boyfriend is EOD and I'm constantly worrying about him. It's beautiful.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This deviation has been featured in my journal. Please let me know if you would like it removed. Find it here--> [link]
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:iconabigbat:
abigbat Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not overly fond of the character element, but other than that the piece works very well indeed. Nice work on the trees, they came out great; I would perhaps tone down the saturation of the sky but I don't think that's really a big issue. Overall a nice piece of work man.
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coreylansdell Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey!
Nice piece. I have a workflow question for you. Do you start something like this at a low resolution? If so ... at what point do you convert to 250 dpi or 300 dpi or whatever is appropriate for output?

Thanks
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Giovanny11 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
I'm amazed, man!
The amount of detail in this piece is just stunning!

I really see there's a lot of work behind it...

And about adding some parts of photos for a more realistic look, go on... great idea! and... no regards

great piece... emotionally powerful! :clap:
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:iconpapa-figo:
Papa-figo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Student Interface Designer
it's amazing!



please check my gallery, thanks
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:icontrevordeal:
TrevorDeal Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
You will love this movie...

[link]
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:iconcreativeimages:
CreativeImages Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This makes me shed a tear. And It's hard for me to tear up. Beautifully done. The colors and the placement of everything. Keep up the wonderful work!
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:iconazley:
Azley Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
deep man, deep.
Sends shivers down my spine.

:+fav:
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:iconarmonah:
Armonah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
It's a great tribute, but I hope you don't mind some criticism from me. =P

I personally don't like the wings all that much. They don't seem to fit with the rest of the picture (and are a bit over the top, maybe). The texture of the feathers doesn't seem "realistic" like the rest of the picture does, and looks a bit cartoony, even.
Like someone else suggested, it probably would've been a better idea if the technician was see-through himself, it would've sent the same message.

And maybe it would've been a nice touch if he was saluting to the flag. It could make his pose more interesting, and show their dedication to their nation some more, without really throwing it in your face.

But, for the rest, it's perfect. It has such an atmosphere; the rose petals were a great touch.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I always appreciate critiques, so thanks. I actually redid the wings, but I forgot to update the image, maybe I'll do that later today. They're in because the commissioner requested them. It looks cool with both, but I think it helps the picture maintain a symbolic nature. As for the EOD tech, I tried making him see-through, but it just didn't work well. Thanks for the input, it'll help me do things a little better next time around :)
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:iconarmonah:
Armonah Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
You're very welcome :]

I'm curious what the updated image looks like, so it'd be great if you uploaded it here some time :)
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:iconlostinfog88:
Lostinfog88 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Love it
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:iconabo3lian:
Abo3lian Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
M16 FTW :D

nice work rhall .. as usual :love:

:+fav:
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:iconneutral-scott:
Neutral-Scott Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
M4 FTW technically :-)
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:iconabo3lian:
Abo3lian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Student Digital Artist
M16 :D
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:iconneutral-scott:
Neutral-Scott Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
funny that I picked it ou.. notice the Extending stock.. What M16a Series has that? Oh yeah, the M4...
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:iconabo3lian:
Abo3lian Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
M16 :(
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:iconneutral-scott:
Neutral-Scott Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
lol.. ok... be happy thinking its something else...
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:iconabo3lian:
Abo3lian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:D
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:iconpinkxfuzziexkitties:
pinkxfuzziexkitties Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I am IN LOVE with this picture! Very cool!
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:iconbdxcrazyazian:
BDxCrazyazian Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this looks great man... nice choice of colors too, helps out the mood of the piece alot
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:iconlars-rasmussen:
Lars-Rasmussen Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant
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:iconlostscout:
LOSTSCOUT Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I think the wings are a little much like just have made him a little see through
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:iconneutral-scott:
Neutral-Scott Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
Reid. What could I say here that I haven't said throughout the process of watching this from the beginning to the end.

Amazing and Everyone from my side of the world Appreciates this more than anyone can imagine. Next up, I am going to start gathering Ideas for the next piece. Like I said before, Old School Memorial and this one Together.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:omg:...I'm speechless. Astounding work!!! Wow...:omg:
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:iconmrx-ii:
MRX-II Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
:salute:
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:iconnsyh:
NSYH Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
That is awesome man great work. Maybe I will get the poster, just give me a link when there is one. Keep up the great work!
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:iconneutral-scott:
Neutral-Scott Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
It will be On this site [link] . I have to get them a copy over, and then they will have to update the site. All Proceeds will go toward making the Memorial "better" and unfortunately an Expansion soon.
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:iconnsyh:
NSYH Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Thanks, hopefully there won't be too much expansions.
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:iconaltheturkey:
AltheTurkey Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
bravo sir, fantastic job :) you've definately done them proud
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:iconthetortuga:
TheTortuga Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
This is hands down your most amazing work so far :)
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:iconnicklessy:
NiCKLESSY Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude... Whoa.
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:iconcocco91:
cocco91 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Honor
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:iconracqiadvorak:
RacqiaDvorak Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
I like the piece, with your choice of colors as exquisite as usual, though I felt the piece exuded a somewhat stagnant air. The memorial, of course, can't really express anything, but the soldier's stance might be a bit more dynamic if he were kneeling while looking down at the memorial. In all, it feels quite realistic, with the sweet touch of gently blown rose petals and deep blue sky corresponding to the patriotic colors of the flag.
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Can I ask why 250dpi and not the standard print 300dpi resolution? Less lab but similar quality maybe?
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
300 DPI added a substantial amount of resolution which in the end would've equated to quite a few more hours put in. Anything above 200 DPI prints very well, so 250 DPI is a good compromise.
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