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Through the Psionic Storm FULL by fmacmanus Through the Psionic Storm FULL by fmacmanus
Well, there were alot of requests for this in full, so here it is :)

The Luminarium, Sequential
Through the Psionic Storm

This is by far the largest project I have ever worked on. Four panels, an insane amount of time, and some great critique brought this story to life. PLEASE go view these images along WITH THE PANEL FRAME here- to get the FULL EXPERIENCE!

I was also the featured artist, so go check the interview!~

Also, go check out Luminarium Sequential!

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The silence outside of the steel hull of your ship was deafening. There were no signs of life or any remote chance of structure within the dilapidated ruins of the destroyed warships. Each and every one of them had fallen at some point, be it battles or otherwise. Now their metallic carcasses littered the space about your ship as you silently and cautiously cruise about the ruins, as one miscalculated turn or false jump forward could have your ship join the collective graveyard around you just as quickly. Soon, an unknown message bursts through your regular transitions, speaking to you in a dark monotone as its words are sheathed within thick static of the transmission. Just as quickly as it appears, it shuts off and leaves you as you are; alone once more. You begin to think to yourself whether or not venturing to this location was such a good idea from the beginning. Just as your mind begins to drift, a strange substance begins to ooze from one of the destroyed hulls of the nearby ships. Before you can have a chance to analyze this new development, it immediately discharges a burst of energy toward you, doing severe damage to your ship. The phantom transmission begins to echo throughout your ship. Each and every screen on your computer begins to display various jumbles of coding and blood-red letters. It almost feels as if your ship itself is showing the same levels of fear as you. Desperately you try to make your escape through this scrap-metal forest, blasting through whatever you can just to make your escape from this place. The entity gets closer, licking the back of your ships exhaust. Voices from within the screens and even the hull itself continue echoing louder and louder; becoming more menacing with each and every single syllable. Soon the black mass has almost enveloped your ship as it seeps in through the hull of your ship. You begin to feel cold and alone as if nothing can help you now. Soon the world goes black around you...all you know is lost as you vanish within the black void and your ship disappears. All that is left are the faint sounds of the connection severing, your final screams and the remnants of your craft floating about the forest of wrecked ships. Through the Psionic Storm: FULL, created by luminarium artist *fmacmanus, presents us with a dark and foreboding atmosphere filled with both mystery and tenseness that is an absolute wonder to see.

To begin with, the artist’s use of depth and detailing within the piece is what really grabs a viewer's eye from the beginning. From the various shards of rusted metal, the various globules of oil and material flowing through the airless void and even the single functioning craft floating through everything just a nice feeling dynamic and atmospheric tension that really brings out that much more artistic style and personality within the piece. I have to applaud the depth of the atmosphere in the piece as well. It really carries the feeling of being alone and isolated in outer space, surrounding by the infinite darkness and silence that it holds within. This coupled with the design of background and foreground pieces ads that much more to the overall mystery of the piece and make the viewer wonder more about everything within it from the strange transmissions appearing about the deviation as well as the general eerie feeling the piece emanates from it. It all really works in its favor.

Now, while there's quite a bit going well here, there are still something that could be improved to actually build this piece to be better than it is. For one thing, while I did like the debris and the design of the spaceship, it still seems to be missing a bit in the field of detailing, more specifically a more comprehensive scratching and rusting in the textural appearance giving off a look of age and decay amongst the ship, adding even more to the atmosphere and appearance of the piece. The electricity could also do with a bit more sharpening as its softness implies that there's some kind of atmosphere making its appearance look softer rather than sharper. One other suggestion I could give for your design would be to incorporate a depth-of-field effect. It would do wonders for the appearance of your deviation and add that extra dimension of immersive depth that you've been looking for. Just keep experimenting with these ideas as well as your techniques and just see how far it can really take your piece.

From atmospheric tension, its dark tone as well as its great detailing used in its compositional elements, Through the Psionic Storm, really brings a lot to the mind and imagination of anyone who ever wants to check this piece out for themselves and see what they feel from within. Great job Finnian! :clap:
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rotane Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   General Artist
As I said before: fantastic work!

What would be the icing on the cake, if some of these panels were animated. Not the huge paintings, but the smaller graphics. Tiny little gifs, or what have you. You'd have to split it up into many images and it wouldn't work as a deviation anymore, of course, but over at a site like The Luminarium it could work… Hey I can dream, right? ;)

ClearFog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FoxJon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the layers, the depth. Amazing density! Fantastic work all around
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it!
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student
Holy WOW. You're damn good with a 3-D program! APPROVE! C:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Really great! :+fav:!
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you good sir :cookie:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome! :iconhurrahplz:
Madspeitersen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The level of detail is amazing, you keep a consistensy in style all the way through :) I like how youve keept the metallic hulls desaturated so that its really the color in the lightning building on the atmosphere. And its great to see how you manage to drown the pictures inb shapes and structures while still keeping strong compositon and frame. Great camera work ;) I know how much time and effort it takes to create something at this level, so respect mate ;)
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much man, I cant believe im getting complimented like this from you :D you are like my idol haha
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