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Enter the Guardian

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I have tried to make my alliances those of mutual self interest, motivated by achievement and the noble goal of profit.

That philosophy served me well over the years, growing the value of the company and earning the respect and fear of others.

Yet there is one alliance made years ago that is not balanced nor equitable. It is a bond that has driven me into a darkness I can never escape. It was made not in the light of logic, thought or rationality, but out of a love that has been turned to hate.

In that searing cauldron of betrayal, in that moment where I lusted for revenge, I was vulnerable and weak. It was then that my associates chose to act.

I was arrogant in my power and believed they were my equals. The demands they made seemed small, and rewards I accrued large and substantial. I would buy an asset or company, hire a particular person, or speak to a certain politician. Each thing in its own way was of no significance, yet in retrospect, part of a larger plan.

It was only after some twenty years that I learned my error, thinking that I could refuse them or walk away from our agreement.

They assigned me a guardian under the pretext of greater cooperation, a shadowy figure that kept to itself, preferring the dark places below my home at the Sansica Corporation. At first it was content to occupy a single room, but later it demanded more space, and the lower levels became a place of horror. Its demands became more bizarre and grotesque, first animals and then humans, both as food and as sacrifice.

I suspect it to be telepathic, for when news arrived that a Lazloi speedster had been disabled on the surface of Hycaron II, it insisted that we go there immediately. I also sensed its thrill when it became clear, the nature of the prize we had found. It no doubt sensed my shock when I saw a face I had not seen for fifty years, the young sister of a Lazloi I had once loved, and who I had grown to hate.

The years have made my mission of revenge, dull and blunted. Even so, my thoughts of harm were nothing compared to the gloating anticipation of my guardian. Kleneptra whirled around to confront us, a shadow of fear crossing her face. Her stance was of defiance, outlined by the snarling glow of her personal shield. She moved with inhuman grace as lines of force formed blades and knives from her arms and fingers.

My soldiers backed away in fear, their shots glancing harmlessly off her shields. The guardian had no such concern, stepping forward purposely to meet her. To outward appearances, it could only be a fight to the death, but I could sense that the guardian had other plans.

-- Karl Wolmark, CEO of the Sansica Corporation

Source images created in Poser using custom shaders and also in Vue 5. Final image created in Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop CS2.

I am indebted to jwebster45206 for his tutorials on Adobe Illustrator and generally inspiring my attempts at this new technique, also to SeanE for demonstrating so ably, the style of comic I was aiming for.

Thanks for looking, your comments are appreciated.
July 14, 2007
Digital Comics
Science Fiction
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Jul 14, 2007 2:43:49 pm
Nicely done -- and once again, a nice background story to go with the picture. An excellent one-two punch :o)

by duncanlong Homepage »

Jul 14, 2007 2:46:02 pm
Might one ask where I can read the tutorial you speak of per "comic" style. I have 3-4 of the "comic styles" from the rendo store and I would be appreciative to read this tutorial if it is possible. Appreciate any input ...Thanks. Oh, I am working on a comic series but along the lines of the Mr Smiley and the Toonible Cat. Thank you again.

by midage32065 Homepage »

Jul 14, 2007 3:09:20 pm
Again, a wonderful image with a story that has me wantimg more!!!

by Star4mation Homepage »

Jul 14, 2007 3:14:24 pm
Great job and storyline!



by ShawnDriscoll Homepage »

Jul 14, 2007 3:15:55 pm
Cool visuals, lots of subtle touches, and the vectors blend in with the render nicely! Glad you found my stuff useful, but I still dig that comic page that you did back in Nov too :)

by jwebster45206 Homepage »

Jul 14, 2007 7:52:36 pm
Sweet work as always Mark!!

by Eromanric Homepage »

Jul 15, 2007 4:12:15 am
Il relly love the presentation and the use of the pire white! BRAVO!

by duo Homepage »

Jul 15, 2007 7:24:05 am
Fantastic work on every level mate! Brilliant!

by Danceswithroos Homepage »

Jul 16, 2007 2:51:12 pm
Excellent image! Great outfit and composition!

by stevey3d Homepage »

Jul 16, 2007 7:03:10 pm
Many ideas are gathered such as this style , at conventions such as "Comic Con" convention here in San Diego Ca. a whole convention centre dedicated to CG arts and fantasy , sci- fi , you name it ideas are everywhere !

by Odessey Homepage »

Jul 16, 2007 8:21:03 pm
Awesoem character!!!

by cole4965 Homepage »

Jul 25, 2007 10:17:14 am
Duo is right - white is a tough nut to crack! Really nice presentation and engaging narrative.

by Mikeall Homepage »

Dec 4, 2007 10:00:56 am
I agree -- you really do an excellent job with white as your primary color. I’m particularly impressed with the shader you use on her hair.

by mmitchell_houston Homepage »

Feb 15, 2008 2:01:31 pm
Damn this was awesomely dark. I loved it.

by Tom-Noddy Homepage »


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