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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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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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