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The Human Condition: Main Characters by Cryptcrawler The Human Condition: Main Characters by Cryptcrawler
I had a few days in-between commissions to do some key art for the graphic novel, so I decided to hammer out the main characters.

On the left: Special Agent Nathan Briggs - Main Actor
On the right: Special Agent J.T. McCarthy - Co-Star

I hope you dig it and thanks for coming by!

Copyright Brad Rigney All Rights Reserved
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
They look like badasses :D I like them already!
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artbycarlos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing characters and art!, Can I ask how do you do that "noise" photo effect? Because Photoshop do it at pixel size and this is bigger.. Love everything of the image and I can't wait to see your graphic novel :)
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Its a film grain effect, I set it low and with low highlights and then usually scale it back a bit with fade, so it doesn't lighten the image too much.
Then ill throw a blur on it, fade that back, then sharpen, then another low-impact grain.
Its not just one filter but many.

Grateful you like the work, man thank you!
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:iconartbycarlos:
artbycarlos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for share the process :)!!!!! Love your artwork!
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:iconandrewdoma:
andrewdoma Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Dude, you know how much I love this. Can't wait to see the novel! Excellent work!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Thanks a lot man, I really appreciate that!
I've seen your work around and like what you do, so the kind words mean a lot to me.
Take care!
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alexfeature Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Sick!!!!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconruddsart:
RuddsArt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Your graphic novel is starting to come together now! This has a sort of X files feel to it! It's nice to see your still working on it! Seem like a few people are working on graphic novels at the moment such as nebezial's Ravine. Even I'm working on one as well! It won't be for a few years yet though!


So do you know how many books this will be set across, or roughly how long it will be before you publish this?


Thanks for sharing!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Hey dude!

You know I'm still kind of undecided as to how many issues its going to be or whether its going to be just one big, long book.
Right now I'm leaning towards one book.
You're pretty perceptive though; there is an X-Files angle to this in the sense that the main characters are Special Agents with the FBI.

The plan is to get either an Indiegogo or Kickstarter project going at the end of this year to get it funded, because that's the only way that this thing is going to happen; if I can get paid to make it and cover the publishing costs.
If that happens itll take me about 1 - 1.5 years to produce.

So yes, I'm still very much working on it.  I think ive been chipping away at this idea/story for about 5 years now, off and on.
The master plan is to make this a full-time endeavor and position myself so I can continue to produce graphic novels independently in the future.

Thanks for your interest, dude - I appreciate it.
Best wishes,
Brad
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:iconruddsart:
RuddsArt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply! Ah! Yes, the lack of time is the curse of an artist! This actually sounds like a really exciting universe your creating here! I didn't realise you have been working on it for around 5 years! You've inspired me to work some more on my own one, which can be seen here if your interested:

ruddsart.deviantart.com/galler…

Looking forward to seeing more!

Thanks!
James
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zomickschallahrecipe Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
JT McCarthy looks a bit like Oliver Queen from the Arrow TV series :D
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:iconcagutierrez:
CAGutierrez Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Truly amazing and inspiring work. 
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Glad you like it, thank you!
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:iconkennbaker:
KennBaker Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Great mood, and tension. Very cool style.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thanks so much!
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:iconnwagz:
Nwagz Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done.  You have really begin to master the loose placement of highlights and value changes so that the image has movement and life.  This then causes the image to take on a stylized realism that is so fun to look at.  It draws the viewers into the painting and causes us to wonder about the world the image is set it.  As always very well done Brad.  I really do love looking at your work and I learn just a little bit more about painting every time I view one of your masterly crafted paintings. Thank you for all your hard work. 
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
That's very kind of you to say, I really appreciate it - thanks!
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:iconamontron:
Amontron Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
omg i hope u are not making matte painting, u will lost fans cuz of it i think your old style was very good, please dont change so much.
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:iconstreakspsyche:
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Dammit. 

What I'd give to be able to make art like this.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
All you have to give is your time, lots of it.
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:iconstreakspsyche:
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I dunno, drive to do art fizzles out far too quickly for me to give the amount of time necessary.
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:iconicerow:
icerow Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Digital Artist

A master work !
your rendering as usual very close to reality ! Please stop now your level increases too fast Clap 

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:iconliquidstyleds:
LiquidstyleDS Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Never "underwhelmed"...Awesome work - as usual
Looking forward to knowing more about "The Human Condition."
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thank you!
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:icongaby-chen:
gaby-chen Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
coooool
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Thank you, glad you think so!
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TheInventor200 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A PHOTO. MY GOD, MAN! EXCELLENT JOB!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Thanks so much, I appreciate that!
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:iconrazort300:
razort300 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
cool
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconalgenpfleger:
algenpfleger Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
goddamn dude
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Thank you!
Love the idea of permanoobs, dude - Hopefully ill get the chance to put some stuff up and jam out with y'all.
Best wishes.
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algenpfleger Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that'd be sick man, i'd love to see you there!
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:iconemooi:
EMooi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome Brad, killer stuff!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Thank you so much, that means a lot to me, Emooi
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:iconnachomolina:
nachomolina Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional
Brad, you have shown so many times you are able to tell an amazing story in a single image. I can't imagine how awesome is this going to be. Keep it up!
Love your art. 
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
I really shoot to do that, nacho - thank you so much.
You have some pretty work, so it means extra to hear it!
Best to you and yours
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:iconnachomolina:
nachomolina Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional
Always my pleasure, Brad.
Your art and your philosophy of painting in general have helped me to improve and love my job even more, specially for the last year.
I sincerely thank you for your kind words, for the watch, and for existing.
Best to you and yours too, mate.
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Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love the light, it makes it look so realistic but keeping the style of a painting

does that even make sense?
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Of course it does!
Thanks for the kind words!
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:iconelpotolo:
elpotolo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
master of masters incredible work as always!!
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I'm no master.
Masters have nothing to learn.

Thank you for the compliment tho!
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:iconelpotolo:
elpotolo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you´re right everyday we can learn something new.  the fact is  your work is simply amazing is breathtaking.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta say Brad, if this is what the whole book is gonna look like, sign me up. Good stuff man. It's nice seeing their personalities shine through their expressions.
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Appreciate that dude.
I hope they come through, I finally have their characteristics in a place I've wanted them.
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:iconhgntrung:
hgntrung Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome Work
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconjohannesschwitzky:
JohannesSchwitzky Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great painting skills dude...
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:iconcryptcrawler:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thank you so much
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