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The Manhattan Project by Rahll The Manhattan Project by Rahll
Commission for a graduating EOD technician and his class. For those of you who don't know, it stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and these guys have a seriously dangerous job. I have a lot of respect for them, and it's only fitting to portray them as calm under pressure, because the slightest muck-up can be the difference between life and a very chunky death. "Initial success, or total failure."

Supposedly this is going up in their Nukes Division.

Hope you guys like it.


Absolutely massive thanks go to `adonihs for all the input on this one, I really don't know what I'd do without him sometimes. Also, huge thanks to =CaelestisTrucido for keeping me company through the long nights of working on it.

Also, parts of this are matte, but it's been heavily worked on, just so there's no confusion
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
George Clooney?
cptobvious3 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
It does indeed reside in the nukes division.  Now I know where it came from.  Amazing work.
FoxMaq Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You know the story - not entirely accurate, but very creative and works great for imagination.
Kuroro7 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
roldhan001 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
amazing sir :)
MarkusDecimus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. I remember seeing this on the wall. Awesome Work.
Rotneybot Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of the Battlefield 3 picture
misterlewis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, sweet! I saw this in Nukes (by far one of the best pieces in the division-if not the whole school)! Just browsing deviantArt for stuff relating to EOD, great work!
Infidel8 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Seen this painting in the Nuke Division of school a few years ago. Was great work. Have it on my ipod as well as a background.

Appreciate the hard work put into it
129th EOD, Team 1-1
"Black Hand"
O2Supply Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't say enough about EOD.

You're work gets close.
RedWireDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually almost finished with EOD school and I've seen your picture up in the Nuke Division. Great work!
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   Digital Artist
you had to say "chunky death" *shudders*
Love this, and the light flares you do!
stevfusion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Oh shit! Yep its in the Nukes building... i remember seeing this! This digital image doesn't do it justice. Nice work man! What class was this for again?
skyprivatejim Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
08-60N. A friend of mine who was in that class with me had it done then he and I got it printed.  
Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome dude, thanks a lot :) I'm not sure which class actually anymore, though.
Bigbenhoward Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
There goes a dude with a steady hand, a cool walk, and a "Well, I tried." look on his face.

Heh, great work man.
TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Full of energy.
Rookie425 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
That's beautiful. I love how the Ordinance tech is practically smiling as he's walking away from the blast. That's so badass. Absolutely gorgeous. I would so buy a print of that if I could.
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Shimpmonk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
one word..Epic.
LadySpook Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Wow, I really like this. It's bitter sweet for me though. My boyfriend of almost 4 years is in the AF getting ready to start his training for EOD. He will be in for 6 years. I'm really worried and don't know what to expect. *sigh*

Anyway, as I said, this is beautiful. I love the colors and the amount of detail. Well done. <3
Rahll Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
From what I was told by the EOD tech himself, it's technically one of the safest jobs in the military. I'm sure he'd be happy to answer your questions if you have any concerns. His dA name is *Neutral-Scott.
LadySpook Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Thank you. It means a lot <3
spartanx118 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Absolutely Wicked stuff Rahll
kovat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
where is this things DD!!! D: i bet it gets one soon
Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
I'm not an artist, but from my perspective this is absolutely incredible, Reid. Incredible.
kibblesnbits1053 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Student Writer
Wow...I love the little hint of the man's face in the helmet...a nice touch!
preemiememe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
preemiememe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009

love this ! very time work :)
Vanderdecken Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009   Photographer
okay, I just freaked because I can see the G-Man behind that visor. have i been playing too much HL?
jaked122 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
a nasty death, but still the coolest way to die I can think of
rapxic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow sweet job man, really love how ya did that helmet, the blend there is just awesome.

awesome smooth and calm
NintendomaniacX Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My God, I love your work! Yhe lighting is brilliant, and his expression is perfect.
OriginalPimp Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a very encouragine image for them :p
Awesome worh though!
CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
cheesefreeak Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
haha all I thought of was the episode of south park with the smug and cartman going into San Francisco
amazing picture tho =D
Nuukeer Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
The manhattan project ended up starting the nuclear weapons program for the united states, and the first nuclear detonation in the world was fired during the operation.
Hmm, that mushroom cloud in the background reminds me a lot of the french 'licorne' shot, during their nuclear test series, [link] , just scaled down about 1,000,000 times ;)
Nevertheless, the image you have produced looks great.
LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
this is dope as hell. whats the dpi on a pice like this?
Richwood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Wow amazing piece, great composition.

Lyrics from Manhattan Project by Rush!

Imagine a time when it all began
In the dying days of a war
A weapon that would settle the score
Whoever found it first would be sure to do their worst
They always had before...

Imagine a man where it all began
A scientist pacing the floor
In each nation, always eager to explore
To build the best big stick
To turn the winning trick
But this was something more...

The big bang took and shook the world
Shot down the rising sun
The end was begun and it hit everyone
When the chain reaction was done
The big shots tried to hold it back
Fools tried to wish it away
The hopeful depend on a world without end
Whatever the hopeless may say

Imagine a place where it all began
Gathered from across the land
To work in the secrecy of the desert sand
All of the brightest boys
To play with the biggest toys
More than they bargained for...

Imagine a man when it all began
The pilot of 'Enola Gay'
Flying out of the shockwave on that August day
All the powers that be, and the course of history
Would be changed forevermore...
Valstrad Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
EVERYONE! WALK FOR YOUR LIVES! ...Hey is that George Clooney?

Awesome work man. I'd say that that is the epitome of a bad day on the job. I have a friend that wanted to be EOD in the navy but washed out due to physical stress related injuries. If he had it his way this could have been him. This is great, keep it up.
Weareone Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
good work!
ShampooMohawk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
I think he failed. "That's a bad bad EOD technician."
Nice art. amazing colors!
Caimekaze Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
How long have you been drawing for?
Sangiev Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Your wonderful work has been featured in this News Article : [link]
Would be cool if you could :+favlove: to show your support :)

Ekonk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Great. Really great. I've got one problem with it though: I think the mushroom cloud is a bit dark. Nothing wrong with dark, of course, but it would be a good thing to make some orange light shine through the cloud. After all, it's a nuclear explosion. If one were to be standing at this distance and look at the explosion from this angle, he'd be blind. And dead in a split second. But since a picture full of white is not an option, I'd say that a some orange..."cracks" in the cloud would be the way to go. If you understand what I'm sayin'. :bucktooth:

Still great though. Keep kicking ass! :peace:
Cootjeb Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Nice work,

since i'm a beginner and love this style any tips? which software did you use to create a thing like this?
Rahll Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D This was done in Photoshop, and employed a lot of custom brush use actually. Also, the buildings are matte painted, meaning they started as a photograph and were painted into to integrate them into the scene.

A style like this as a lot to do with dynamic lighting, so play around with screen layers, color dodge, and hard light.
CitrusEcstasy---x Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
This is the first time I've ever come across your work, and I'm insanely impressed. I want to get into digital & 3D art over the next few years. How long have you been doing it for?
Rahll Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thank you! I've doing digital painting in Photoshop for about 2 and a half years now.
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