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Concept Sketch: Citystate by Cryptcrawler Concept Sketch: Citystate by Cryptcrawler
So some old buddies of mine and myself have decided to try and produce a table-top RPG

It's going to be extremely tough to pull off with my kids working me like a 3 legged mule and the (thankfully) booked schedule of commercial work I've got loaded up, but I'm determined to make it happen.

It'll probably take a few years and its been challenging so far but it's already starting to come together.

Some of you may recall that I was trying to get a graphic novel off the ground but that's proven to be kind of impossible for now, so I'm going to bankroll some of the content from that into this game.

Being responisble for all the art - while daunting in itself - is far more feasible at the moment than writing/drawing/producing an entire novel cover to cover by myself.


Besides, gaming with them is really what started this whole journey into commercial fantasy art for me and working with them to create our own has always been the ultimate goal beneath it all; a goal I never thought I'd be able to seriously consider again.


Will it happen?

Who the hell knows.

Chasing dreams is what it's all about, though. If you fail you still learn.



Here's a rough sketch that will eventually be finished and included in the game-book.

Can't give too much away yet but I can release some teasers here and there for anyone who may care.


Thanks for all the interest and notes, I read them all and they mean so much, even moreso when you have kids to share it with.

Got a lotta commercial stuff coming out this year, can't wait to post it.


God bless and take care,

Brad

Copyright Brad Rigney, don't use without permission

Thank you so much for the DD, the interest really means a lot to me and my family.
Many thanks to alltheoriginalnames for the feature, I hope my art keeps you coming back to the gallery and earning a place in your favorites!
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Given 2012-06-23
Concept Sketch: Citystate by *Cryptcrawler Captures such an intense suspenseful moment. A stunning work of art that leaves the feeling that there is a story behind it that needs to be told. ( Featured by alltheoriginalnames )
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Patriartis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Like a snapshot from a movie, and you call this a rough sketch? Ridonculously awesome.
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D-eTo-X Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Interesting! Thank you for a glimpse into it!
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Pavel-Sokov Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   General Artist
Keep at your goal, make sure to write down the specific steps involved to achieve its completion, put them in order of importance and assign deadlines. Being explicit with your goals and deadlines will really increase the chances that you complete this project.Good Luck!
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Very cool and noir
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:iconyorisan:
yorisan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Whouaa ! What a fantastic atmosphere. I've had a dream since years ago and that was exactly like this scene. See a "scrrenshot" of this dream is very strange for me and... it is quite destabilizing.
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cris1138 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
EEWRAVH ETHNTYD KVJFXJ SYN FYKWTS + !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1= EPIC
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kyphoscoliosis Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
This is all kinds of incredible. The amount of realism is beyond belief. I can't even comprehend the detail and the way the lighting and shadows fall so naturally. You've captured every surface texture to photographic exactness, and the fact that the tilt of the scene is just slightly off is as if it's a still-frame from a movie.
The rain is beautiful. You seldom see such realism in the individual drops like that. I'm not sure how you did it, but it's perfect. The misty atmosphere of the streets you've created here really captures how the smog settles during a heavy rain.

I'm stunned by this. Absolutely blown away.
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LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Writer
This is a sketch?!? Congrats on all the commercial work and good luck on the novel and table-top RPG!
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mindscapebd Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Huh, a sketch? Something like this would take me a month atleast, and i doubt i will do it so good. Excellent work, dude. I dont know how i missed that one until now, but its worth DD without a doubt.
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
cool :)
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:iconzummerfish:
zummerfish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
terrific :)
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thinkingstone Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Sweet to see you get a DD for this pic! Love your stuff Cryptcrawler, will be faithfully watching you for some time to come.
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:iconkyria-karnavali:
kyria-karnavali Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Looove the helmet of the first figure. Amazing artist!
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TheEin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Nicely done.
Quick question. What did you use to make the picture?
I've attempted to create work like this and heard that graphic tablets help a lot. Any advice?
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squonkhunter Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is excellent.
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O...

Table top RPG? someone should make this into a Platform game!! With you as the Art Director! =D

I love you conveyed the situration in this. Not only did you use the basic mysterious element that Rainy siturations get, you added that intense moment that possibly threatens this band of brothers. Congradulations on your DD, well deserved ^^
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Blaquepsmith Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work.
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:iconblack-ronin1228:
black-ronin1228 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
If this is a sketch, can I magically have half your talent?
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neosapian6 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Artist
My first thought when I saw this was "undefined awesomeness"
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manwith0name Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Something is about to go down in this image; I like it!
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:iconneosapian6:
neosapian6 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Artist
Shits about to get real :D
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible!Awesome realism,great cinematic style,fantastic lighting,texture work and more.....;-)
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MutantParasiteX Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very super epic awesome :icontearplz: Congratz on DD :la:
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JupitersStorm Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I just finished playing Deadspace 2 in anticipation of DS3 coming out and this has than same vibe, just astounding work here. I wish I could do it, but writing seems much easier :O

Well done & congratulations on the well deserved DD.
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neosapian6 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Artist
*brofists* ds3 is gonna be good with co-op :D
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JupitersStorm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I hope so! Some sic games heading our way in the next 12 months - Watch Dogs & Splinter Cell look mazin!
Good Luck with your own project, with such talent on board i'm sure it'll blaze a trail!
:thumbsup:
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:iconneosapian6:
neosapian6 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Artist
Project?
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:iconjupitersstorm:
JupitersStorm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
The RPG your painting is from, have i read it wrong? apologise if so, i just thought the picture was for an RPG game you & your friends were working on, sorry for any confusion if i misread :O
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neosapian6 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Artist
idk cryptcrawler xD i havent done single project with anyone, ever
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DavidMayhem Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are one of deviantarts gods. Go ahead with your fantastic work
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Chief-Thunder Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
congrats on the DD! :clap: the work is superb! :faint:
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:iconclayic:
clayic Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
OMG...this looks exactly like a place in the book I'm righting, even the characters...that bizarre-But Awesome
-great minds think alike I supposeX3
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work!
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Holy shit that's how I imagine Tunguska o_o

Fucking ace picture right there. At first I tought this was a movie still frame!
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Godline Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Artist
good stuff!
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shambok Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD ... so well deserved!
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:iconcortanna117:
Cortanna117 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd play this. :)
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Flynn01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
awesome
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:iconblindkit:
Blindkit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
This makes me want to play Mass Effect....:headbang:
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demonfiren Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I'm suprised tabletop RPGs are still being played.
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foxred1988 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man!... I Have no Words... Only 2


YOU ROCK!!!!

Amazing Job :3
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R0K-MO Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really really nice yo!!
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:iconjenmariedraws:
jenmariedraws Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the feel of this piece - the atmosphere that's created by the rain and the lights; just awesome!
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JulieJennings Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the angle and the rain
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GilPires Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
AWESOMENESS you got it!!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Writer
Love this!
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HonG-t Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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How is this a rough sketch????? My mind is blown away!!
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HonG-t Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah that was a html fail XD
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therunningchicken Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Freaking sweet, that looks so real and amazing, Keep up the excellent work.
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brent-roswell Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice :) congrats on the DD :D
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