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Big Five: African Wild Dog by CrazyAsian1 Big Five: African Wild Dog by CrazyAsian1
Wild Dogs are cheap, light weight, and easy to assemble. Used mostly for recon and scouting purposes, they can also function in offensive roles when operating in large packs. Speed and numbers make up for their general lack of defense and small size. Their low cost and ease of operations has made them popular among poaching organizations. Parts are relatively easy to smuggle and readily available on the black market. After market modifications are commonplace. Typical modifications include teeth swapping, leg reinforcements, modified optics, and tail transmitter replacement.
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Worked on this between assignments. Learned a lot! Especially about night scenes and intense light sources.

This will be our first look into the poacher world for this project. I have some more stuff lined up and some ideas that I'd like to play with so stay tuned
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northeast12345 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
you should make a gazelle that can jump very high.:) (Smile) 
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049Observer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I'd uh . . . I'd want something a bit beefier than an elephant gun to fight those things 0_0.

Have I mentioned I absolutely love this setting?
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C3lestialWolf Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
D: I wish they worked for the non poaching guys, but great design otherwise! :D
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CaveMaster1777 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Could you possibly make a more advanced canine unit?
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ArchAngel23 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
If this is the savanna poachers i can only dread to think what the mountain gorillas will face.
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could you make an anti poaching mech for gorillas and cheetah?
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Nice artwork, I find your concepts very intriguing! One question though, are the drones fully mechanical or they cyborgs like the EVA-Units?
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howellmarcus19 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Artist
i like where this is going. He's one of the few artist with the balls to take africa to the conceptual level.
of sci fi art work.
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Caroprincessx3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
wow... just wow! your phantasies are so greatful and fascinating! :O GREAT WORK IS ALLI CAN SAY! *o*
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Colorfulmoongato Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! All your Mecha Animal art is so bad ass and stunning!! It would make a pretty Awesome either Movie(live action not animated) or hit T.V. Series, also live action.
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ravynfyre Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I'm really sad that you did the Wild Dog as a poacher piece... The African Wild Dog already gets so much bad press as it is, without associating them, however fictionally, with poachers. The artistry and skill of this piece are excellent, and I adore this whole project. I'm just really disappointed that you picked THIS particular way to portray such an elegant and incredible animal.
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ShelbieMustangGT Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, they get such a bad reputation, when in reality they are no different from any other predator. And, in my view, they have the most beautifully decorated coats of the Canidae.
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ClaytonKO Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
they scout but scouting is stealthy sometimes. what about the bright eyes? very cool dogs though Headbang! 
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DokGonzo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I think you've made great use of lighting, it really enhances depth of field whilst helping to cut a striking frame for the subjects' profiles.  It also helps create a part of the narrative, as if the poacher is on the verge of being spotted while the wild dogs have been distracted (they're uniformly looking toward the observer's POV, while the poacher is looking off frame, towards the source of light).  Perhaps  they're trained on a closer possible threat, unseen to the poacher, who's attention has been diverted towards the light. Or maybe the situation is reversed, the dogs' senses have been duped by a tactic employed by the rangers (perhaps a different robot), so that don't notice the approach at their flank (judging by the way the poacher's body is turned away from the source of light, he looks like he was caught unaware).  

I don't want to detract from the artistry here (it's amazingly good work), and I really like that your series helps promote awareness, however, I'm a bit wary of commercializing the poacher's perspective (though I'll note this isn't available as a print).  Just my two cents on this, but I suppose if you're going to create a series, it would be a bit lopsided to not show both sides (perhaps a future one with a bit of carnage to show the horror of their trade, along with a possible engagement between the two sides will be in order). 
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you like the image. 

I've had similar thoughts and I'm glad that you brought this up. I've been very wary of presenting the poaching side of this story in a heroic/"cool" kind of way. It's not the point nor is it anything that one should relate to for obvious reasons. Illegal poaching is terrible and I don't want people to end up sympathizing or "supporting" that side of the story hence why this isn't available for purchase. Eventually both sides have to be shown. I'll get around to it soon. 

Thanks again. Cheers!
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KebabdePolla Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
WOOOOW! 
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skyuuketsuki Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i like how you numbered the dog units by the red paint on their ears.. 1, 2, 3 etc
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ClaytonKO Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought they were ranks.
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skyuuketsuki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
ah, that works too!!
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Ban27 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love animals :D
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Hydrus-v-riddle Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
AWESOME!

Please do a Hyena for the Poachers? Would love to see something like that.

Also Crocodiles. Please? Crocodiles?
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grazatt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Do they like to be scratched behind the ears?
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NKOSI-Publishing Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Artist
AMAZING AWESOME!
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very awesome to see a poacher's wild dog and a ranger's wild dog fight each other 0_0
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IBlackcrossI Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
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Cute-Eldritch-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this series is so cool and interesting x3
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MrAddled Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Makes me think of a Rifts thing. = )
The pen & paper RPG, not the PC.
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Although I obviously despise poachers, I do love how you are exploring this concept more by visiting the other side, the "evil" side. I think it gives these animals a whole new view. Can't wait to see more! :heart:
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artcollectorSS Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
thoe nice pic :)
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artcollectorSS Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
poechers will be shot to death
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic work, those dogs look great. I love how those eyes seem so cold and warning, like "If you try anything, we'll swarm you." The addition of the glowing eyes in the dark really add to the scene too. That tusk looks great as well.
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OLEyARTisTREE Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013   General Artist
Awesome boss. My mind is racing with potential scenes and ideas. And what the rest of the world would look like with this level of tech. Keep it coming, I'm a fan.
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Azmodeus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Guessing the marks on their ears are either pack dominance/rank structure markers or kill/successful mission markers? Good job either way..want one of those for the house!
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lsquid Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done.  love the concept behind the picture too.
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hacktuih Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
those eyes look scary~ O.O
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Noedig Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Hyenas are cool. Poachers are not. The hyenas should eat him.
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unspacy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
wow
n1!!!!!!!!!!
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Ajax94 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Awesome! :D
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BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So freaking awesome
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Ehcin Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like the whole feel and art of the painting, but one thing is bothering me greatly. Namely the whole 'static' nature of the scene.

All of the Wild Dogs are staring straight at the viewer, on one hand it is definitely something which suits the whole 'robotic dog' thing..  It just seems odd that they would look straight ahead when there is light shining in from the side.
On the other hand I think it would look more realistic if some of them would look in a slightly different direction. (A few in the back, for example, so there is less actual redrawing) Which I think would give the scene a more dynamic feel to it.



Ofcourse, I'm definitely not trying to force anything to happen, I just wanted to give my own opinion.
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blackmetalissokawaii Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool. interesting to see what the poachers have as well.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Isn't that redundant to brand their ranks to this robotic pack? I mean, many suggestion are stated that canine and lupine does NOT have the standard of ranking (like Alpha, Beta, Omega), but instead who gonna be a leader. Like ChaosMageTwin said, if they're hive-minded, they can instantly swap their roles in different situations.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I won't lie, seeing that in the dark would scare just about anyone.

Fantastic design!
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Excellent!!!
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

O . O wowza.

 

 

 

 

so is that guy a poacher?

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ChaosMageTwin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Writer
As usual, incredibly impressive :D
I wonder if the dogs have a "Hive Mind" main computer, where their signals are transmitted, giving them orders and analyzing information for tracking down herds?
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Agent-Dex2 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the guy in the hood kinda looks like an assasin from assasin's crred
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Arrowriter Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
The eyes are scary, and the whole group looks like they're up to no good...
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Writer
BTW, what sort of contraption does the poacher have on his vest/back? Some kind of antenna?
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Writer
Those eyes are evil.

Evil I say!

EEEEVILLLL
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