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Who makes the world? by duskflare Who makes the world? by duskflare
Thermo-dynamic miracles... events with odds against so astronomical they're effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such a thing.

And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter... Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold... that is the crowning unlikelihood. The thermo-dynamic miracle.

But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget... We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.

Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.



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Oh. My. God. That glass was the most tedious thing I have ever painted, and it doesnt even LOOK good. *hand falls off*

In anycase, in my growing excitement for the Watchmen movie (from one of my favorite comics evar) that is slowly approaching, I felt the need to paint something EPIC in celebration. And since Jon has been known to become massive and overpoweringly epic, there you go.

Used a couple of screencaps from the trailers as reference. Done in abouuut four days?
Photoshop CS

Click here to see progress steps

If you guys have not yet read this comic book, please do so. It is amazing.
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Kagura-Satoam Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Ah- one of my favourite segments of the novel- you did a brilliant job here.
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duskflare Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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xxZutaraFanxx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
This is friggin awesome!! It looks like an actual screen shot!
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duskflare Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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kryptocow Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome. :heart: I especially love the little freckles for some reason. Nice detail. :)
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duskflare Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks :D I thought it would be a nice little detail, dont see very much freckles in paintings it seems
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Sauroman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
nice work!
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RoryonaRainbow Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh it looks awesome ! It looks kinda realistic.
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nargynargy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Gorgeous rendering, texture and compostion! You have a way with lighting man, makes me jealous :P
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duskflare Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww Thank you so much! That means a lot to me :) Especially since your paintings are always so amazingly kick-ass *devours your color schemes* :P
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Nethrion Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
GOD DAMN AWESOME.
I thought this was production art for a minute!
You've done a great job w the textures. I like that this isn't overworked - being able to see some brush strokes is a good thing in my book.
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bardling Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Wow...that is truly epic! I thought the glass turned out well.
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Xiare Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Reminds me of the NIN song "The Day the World Went Away".
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lauraorganasolo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I’d go as far as calling this breath-taking. It's very melancholy. 

I kinda wish we could see more of the...machine without losing Doc Manhattan's face but... yeah, speaking of which, I think the glass looks great (I was wondering if maybe it was a pasted in screenshot, actually -- so seeing your progress caps was neat).

I also really love the color scheme.

Don't beat yourself up too much, beautiful work.
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adastra57 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
very sick. there are so many things that are working perfectly together in this piece.
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TonomuraBix Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh I only have just recently/FINALLY read Watchmen, and now i'm beyond freaking excited for the movie!! But anyway, this picture IS epic... i saw it in my watchbox and was just instantly excited. XD You did such a great job on Jon's skin, all of those little textures/freckles... and that slight glow is great. And the glass structure looks AMAZING! *_* Again I love the texture and all the details like the reflections and such!! Just great~ <3
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jadexfire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
this is phenominal!
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duskflare Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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jadexfire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
youre welcome,
and i dont believe i spelled phenominal right.
oh well. ;]
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Ammotu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow. this looks awesome! the coloring is really fantastic, all the little details too. great work! :)
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duskflare Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!

Movie is almost heeeerreee, I'm so excited :D
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holls Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I saw you on the Watchmen community on Livejournal and i ABSOLUTELY love this piece!!
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duskflare Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you so much! I'm glad to hear you like it !

Thank you for the watch as well, I really appreciate it :D
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holls Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome!
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Carat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
MADE OF WIN AND AWESOMANTIUM.
seriously, brilliantly-executed piece. the light through the glass is especially beautiful. :)
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duskflare Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lulz Sank you, m'dear ;)
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Flutterby727 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
I find this very amazing, the coloring is wonderful and I love that faint glow. magnificent =D
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duskflare Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! :)
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InfiniteMiller Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doc! :D
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