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Gone Rogue by NathanElhanan Gone Rogue :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 58 7 Environmental Control Tower by NathanElhanan Environmental Control Tower :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 50 2 Standing By by NathanElhanan Standing By :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 73 8 Crime Scene by NathanElhanan Crime Scene :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 34 0 Stone and Liquid Texture Study by NathanElhanan Stone and Liquid Texture Study :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 9 2 Search and Destroy by NathanElhanan Search and Destroy :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 23 5 Sci-fi Helicopter by NathanElhanan Sci-fi Helicopter :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 22 5 Stana Katic by NathanElhanan Stana Katic :iconnathanelhanan:NathanElhanan 7 3


Recon - 360/VR Painting by WojtekFus Recon - 360/VR Painting :iconwojtekfus:WojtekFus 1,153 39 Astronauts'-routine by Shue13 Astronauts'-routine :iconshue13:Shue13 824 42 Aixlake by Shue13 Aixlake :iconshue13:Shue13 252 8 Delusion by TobiasRoetsch Delusion :icontobiasroetsch:TobiasRoetsch 370 25 Johnson Ting Brush Pack V1.1 - Notes by johnsonting Johnson Ting Brush Pack V1.1 - Notes :iconjohnsonting:johnsonting 455 11 The Half-man by Shue13 The Half-man :iconshue13:Shue13 302 12 Power room by wanbao Power room :iconwanbao:wanbao 1,084 31 Tracer and Emily : YOUTUBE! by rossdraws Tracer and Emily : YOUTUBE! :iconrossdraws:rossdraws 5,233 254 FREE PHOTOSHOP/GIMP BRUSHES! + Explanation by JonasDeRo FREE PHOTOSHOP/GIMP BRUSHES! + Explanation :iconjonasdero:JonasDeRo 16,855 1,230 An Ancient Spell by Shue13 An Ancient Spell :iconshue13:Shue13 491 25 Dead Mall by Shue13 Dead Mall :iconshue13:Shue13 659 52 The Symbiont World-Key Visual by przemek-duda The Symbiont World-Key Visual :iconprzemek-duda:przemek-duda 1,923 72 Bounty Hunters by WojtekFus Bounty Hunters :iconwojtekfus:WojtekFus 2,141 45 The Grid by WojtekFus The Grid :iconwojtekfus:WojtekFus 5,046 145 The Appointment by Shue13 The Appointment :iconshue13:Shue13 546 31 Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Millennium Falcon by AndreeWallin Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Millennium Falcon :iconandreewallin:AndreeWallin 3,007 93


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Nathaniel Elhanan
Artist | Digital Art
Self-taught digital artist.…


Gone Rogue
Just for fun piece. A defective automated covert operative drone (technically robot ninja) following its self-preservation protocol until the very end. Had tons of fun with this piece.

Based on stock images provided by PhelanDavion
Inspired by the works of johnsonting
Environmental Control Tower
"Finding the perfect habitable exoplanet to colonize in this vast galaxy is tricky, sometimes the candidates planets turned out a bust by being too hot, too cold, or in this case the air isn't suitable to our physiology. But we can't afford to be choosy, so the only way we could make the planet work was by slowly manipulating the atmospheric content using these environment control towers to make it more and more breathable to human colonist during the initial terraforming process while also giving the planet's ecosystem a chance to adapt to the new environmental conditions. Process is slow but it's the safest way for both the colonist and the planet."

Inspired by the Nomad from ME:A
Standing By
Watched RoboCop (2014) again, and as a result... this happened.

"A.T.U. (Automated Tactical Unit) are special police drones that made up the future tactical police force. These drone are deployed mainly for high-risk tasks, such as raids, high-risk arrest warrants, hostage rescue, as well as domestic terrorist threats. This particular drone unit, the 'DESMUN' Type (stands for Designated Marksman Unit) is stationed on a rooftop serving as sniper support during an armed bank robbery in progress."

Based on one of the stock photos provided by PhelanDavion
Inspired by the works of johnsonting
As of late I've fallen in love with the master copy technique. I found that it is very helpful as a self-taught artist, it allows me to get inside the mind of the artist who I'm using as a source of inspiration/reference, that way I'm able to learn a lot in a short time.

Only that, to simply copy and paste it exactly as how it looks isn't that appealing, so I tend to add my own style to it so the final render looks that it has a bit of my touch in it, and also it doubles the fun.

To help you picture it:
Lockdown by johnsonting     Crime Scene by NathanElhanan  

The one on the left belongs to johnsonting (I've been a fan of his work since high school). While the one on the left is my attempt to replicate his work in my own style... so it's a master copy... ish. Overall, the credit goes all to John and his very helpful and educative time-lapsed speed paint video, which I'd used as a guide.

Okay, now at first, when you look at it plainly you guys probably go, "This dude's a copycat,"
In reality however, no, I'm not. I'm just an aspiring digital artist looking to improve himself in any way possible.
It's just that, to simply exactly master copy his work is quite hard because it's a matte painting, I had trouble finding the exact same photo he had used as a base. Secondly, as I've mentioned before, it's boring to just copy paste, and if I did just copy paste it exactly as how it is, it seemed like I won't learn as much as when I made improvements of my own.

So, what do you guys think? Is master copying considered as the act of a copycat?


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lincornell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much your so kind :)
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TRAEMORE Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch: !
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