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Murk - Rebel Marksman by Illogical-Lynx Murk - Rebel Marksman by Illogical-Lynx
"We're only gonna get a brief window of opportunity to make this work, do you think you can hit him before he gets under cover?"

"At that distance? Sir, I could give him two .50 calibre eyebrow-piercings before you could say 'liquidated brain matter'"

~Murk and his dark sense of humour


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This is my occasional character Mercutio (Aka "Murk"). Murk is a Freedom Fighter Sharpshooter I created for *SteinWill's Guerilla storyline.

Based on the velociraptor, he's a cool-kid right to the heart, a popular if somewhat hot-headed party-animal. However, his friendly social personality hides a instinctual fighting spirit that only surfaces once he gets behind the scope of his high-powered 12.5mm anti-material rifle.

Standing quite a bit taller than most of his comrades, he has a heavy build and solid muscle structure, which although somewhat unbecoming of the small sneaky types often found in sniper units, allows him to comfortably fire the heaviest anti-vehicle sniper rifles in quick succession even from a standing position.


Anyhow, I decided I'd revamp his design just a little to straighten out a few things that I wasn't happy with. Firstly I wanted to change his colouration a little bit. Murk has a fairly limited ability to change the shade of his skin-colour to better fit his environment and I wanted to make it a bit more of a realistic hue.

Headgear was a bit of a problem, he used to have a helmet, but I changed it out to a hood sorta thing, since as a sniper, one of the most important things to camoflage is the outline of your head and shoulders. I had thought of trying to draw a ghillie suit, but really, those things are impossible, and not exactly the most likely choice for a partially funded private militia.

Background was also an absolute pain in the arse. I hate doing backgrounds, absolutely hate them. In the end I decided to go with and abstract one like I often o when I can't think of anything. I started on a shipping port background, but it wasn't really going anywhere and I figured it would over-clutter the picture.

This time around I decided I'd do some more work on muscle structure, since it's one of those things that while rather hard to get right, looks very effective when done properly. I'm quite happy with the result and I'm pretty keen to draw some more pictures where I can do lots of heavy muscles again in future.

Righty-o. Long description has gotten long again so I'll stop talking. Despite the slap-together background, I'm happy with this, hope y'all like it! :)

All comments and criticisms welcome. Unlike a street magician, I'm more than happy to give away my tricks to anyone who asks.
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SteinwayHusky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think he is in love with his Barrett M82. ;) (Wink)  But of course it could be I'm just jumping to conclusions.:D (Big Grin) 
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AaronThomason Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Quick question:


How would he react to an anonymous offer of (an insanely high price) to take out this individual: aaronthomason.deviantart.com/a…

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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Oh ho! Good point on the idea of him being a big sniper has both pros and cons. Yes, he's not as fast as the smaller types of snipers, BUT he has an easier time sniping with big anti vehicle sniper rifles. He would be good at sniping small vehicles. This is how I would place a wookie sniper in a Star Wars game. This is also what I would give the modern/futuristic warrior class a point in using a sniper rifle that's less good for precision rogue hunter type classes but actually benefit the warrior class, or somewhere between warrior and ranger.
I had a ghillie suit when I was in the army. I wasn't combat, but I had that, and when I cosplayed in Germany, a friend of mine that was also in the army (he was a sgt, but he wasn't directly over me) took me to both. The one in a hotel was OK, but the first one I went to was in the court yard of an old Cathedral (I think) and it was nice.
I hate backgrounds, too.
Good call on blade on his tail-at least I think. Reminds me of Cluny the Scourge. Probably strong enough to support it, but would it be practical? Like, will is stay on there, shouldn't he have some light padding on the rest of his tail so he doesn't stab himself, would the blade be too big or dextrous enough? 

The design and partially the personality remind me of extreme dinosaurs show. Now, I gotta ask, is this guy like a huge jerk, or just too cocky for his own good?
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Dynamo-soldierBB Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He'd make a badass soldier
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Dynamo-soldierBB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks cool
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drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
always can't help but love the snipers
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed to that! :D
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drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
so how do I join this lil Rebel alliance?
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the idea is *SteinWill's. He has a club for it as well, #PT-Revolutionary and he's always looking for new people to contribute. :)
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drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
the thing is I do things more sci-fi though, I'll have to redesign some characters
[link]

here's an example
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sci-fi is fine, if you look in their gallery, they have a folder for sci-fi characters so you wouldn't have to change much. *SteinWill's a really friendly guy, if you wanted in on his present-day rebels comic, I'm sure he'd be happy to help with suggestions and such :)

I like the detail in your drawings as well as in your descriptions of the character and their equipment.
Just thinking though, it might be an idea to crop the scan-lines/ring bindings off the edge of the picture before you submit, just to tidy the image up a bit. I think it's always worthwhile to present one's art as best as you can.
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drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
thanks mate, I will keep that in mind, but the thing is that when I scan it in, it opens in MS Paint, and it's hard to manipulate it afterwards, because MS Paint has very limited picture control tools.

and yeah I'd like to enter Remi into this story present day rebel.

also wanna talk more about our characters? I really like at you guys got here I really like Murk
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I think the version of MS Paint which comes with Windows 7 has a cropping tool in it these days? Other options are to get something like Gimp, or Paint.net, which are free and legal image manipulation software you can download that have features comparable to something like photoshop. Well worth a look and there are plenty of tutorials around dA for using them.

Well as I said, *SteinWill is the one to talk to about story and character ideas, you can tell him I told you to come talk to him. :)

Sure, what's Remi's story? You've gone and asked now, so you're gonna get a textwall from me to read through! =P

I don't think I've written Murk's all down yet anywhere, but I have the gist of it in my head. He was the son of a poor peasant farmer couple who worked on the estate of one of the fascist regime officials. Growing up on a farm, he learned to hunt with a rifle at a very young age and had very little formal education. After he moved away from his parents he found that finding work as a primal (the reptilian characters in the setting who are an underclass) with no schooling difficult and drifted between jobs, barely earning enough to feed himself. When demonstrations broke out protesting against government discrimination, being the energetic and passionate sort, he was at the front of the picket lines when violence broke out between rioters and police.

As the police fired at the protesters, Murk ran for his life. However a block or two away from the site of the demonstrations, he came across two riot police beating a young female protester on the ground with batons. Not thinking of the consequences, Murk charged them, armed with a length of lead pipe and his razor sharp foot claws, killing both the officers right in front of a security camera. His mask ripped off his face in the fight, he had been identified as a cop-killer and forced to go into hiding. Through the leaders of the protests, he was contacted by a representative of an extremist resistance movement formed entirely of primals, dedicated to destroying the government and establishing dominance. With nowhere else to go and consumed with hatred for the government, he enlisted, using his expert marksmanship to rack up many kills in hit and run attacks using an old bolt action hunting rifle.

However, as time went on, he became disillusioned with the group. He wanted fairness and equality and the chance for someone like him to be given a decent shot at life, where the resistance leaders thirsted only for blood, of the government and the non-primal population in general, whether they supported the regime or not. Knowing he would be killed if he revealed his discontent, he simply packed his things and disappeared in the middle of the night. He walked for days through the jungle, living off the land until by chance he happened upon the border, where a group of PMC's were being paid to guard a private plantation. While the PMC's stood for nothing, they offered a handsome pay-check for Murk's skillset. Murk immediately joined their ranks, spending several years fighting in various private engagements along the border and in hotspots in the neighbouring countries.

Saving his pay, Murk purchased his pride and joy, a Barrett M82 50BMG anti-materiel rifle. However, as the conflict in his home country worsened and more news of further government brutality trickled through to him, he felt he needed to try and do some good in the world and rejoin his countrymen. He ended his contract with the mercenary corporation on good terms and returned to join a small guerilla force which had recently formed in the jungle wilderness of the back-country. These rebels fought for an end to the tyranny, not to seize power and he was told on no uncertain terms that innocents were not to be harmed. This is the group he fights with in the present, supporting their operations with precision long range sniper fire.
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That's what I have on his backstory at the moment. I'm working on a reference sheet although that'll probably take me quite a long time to complete. :)

You're from New Zealand? Where abouts? I'm currently in Christchurch studying at Canterbury uni.
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VenomEXsoldier Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice work on this :D Love the design
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :w00t:
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bingles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-die of awesome overwhelmation-
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Resurrects you to say "Thank you!" :hug:*
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bingles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:B
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SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Student Filmographer
Wonderful work here! The coloring is fantastically done. :D
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
Hope it's not too dark, I think my screen is a bit brighter than most. :worry:
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SassyRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Student Filmographer
You are very welcome. :D

It's not dark to me - I've got a pretty bright screen. ;)
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TheGeckomanz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
wow nice posing and gear!
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much indeed! :D

Double thanks for the :+fav: too, I appreciate it! :)
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TheGeckomanz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
no problemo!
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bloodysmiley Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Student General Artist
rly good one... like the feet and the pose.
The body count ont the snipers butt was an idea i also used in one of mine [link]
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SteinWill Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you drawings magically repels all inspiration of backgrounds? :o now that's a new teory I havn't heard! allthouhg I have to say there might be some truth in it! :XD:

ah... WERE do I start on such a drawing like this one? :hmm:
well, for starters it's a drop DEAD gorigious drawing and with colouring that makes me green with envy (not that I've done much to improve my skills lately :roll: )

I just love all the details you've added the drawing, they allmost too many since at first I didn't notice the darkened area where the nostrils are before I read the comment about it =P but yea the folds on the mask and cloths looks daMNED good! Especially on the pants! :#1:
oh and I see I might have drawn a tad too humanoid eyes on him when I last drew Murk since I gotta say I like how alive you've managed to shade those eyes :thumbsup:

is it 1:30 it say on the watch?

I don't know what I should say about the picture I havn't said allready here or on MSn so I guess I'll just get back to my own colouring before I get too envious by looking at it =P
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheh yeah, science has yet to isolate this amazing new phenomenon. Maybe it can be named the "Lynx Illogicality field" or something. xD

Well great to get your feedback on the final result. I was never really intending to do anything but a quick colouring on this, but being me, I find out something new that I like and then spend a huge amount of time fiddling with it. Hopefully I can inspire you to get to work on some more drawings! :D

When I was working on this at some stage I decided that I was going to step up the detail and so I added little things like the time on the watch (Which I think is 10:31), deliberately so people wouldn't quite be able to see all of them. I figure when you look at a photo, you can never see all the smallest details because they go down so small and I tried to do that a little bit with this.

As far as the eyes go, I don't really think with anthros that there's ever a true right or wrong, I think your way is just as valid as mine, since your picture is him, drawn from your style.

Anyway, thanks for a detailed comment, and yes, do get back to your colouring! I want to see more of it! :w00t:
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Waykum Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student General Artist
I remember *SteinWill sending me this for background ideas. I couldn't really come up with anything, which is rather unusual for me! ^^;

I love what you got here, man. The backgrounds goes with it fairly wellI must say. And the character and gun: solid as well.
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol:
My drawings create a field around them that repels all inspiration for drawing backgrounds within a certain radius of any of them being viewed.

Thanks very much though, I'm glad to hear you like what I ended up doing! It was one of those things that I got to within a fraction of the end and I wasn't prepared to rest until I had it finished!
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midnight-creative Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Thats cool max, the detail is very impressive especially his balaclava that you can see the area where his nostril is.

That part looks as if its a photo added to the drawing.
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you very much indeed! :#1:

I'm glad you think the realism is improving since that's really where I'm aiming with my art, I want to move towards being able to create photo realistic images.
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EndCorp Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Awesome dude!

By the way, how did you make that background? It looks cool is all.
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D

I'm pretty terrible with backgrounds and I usually just mess about with something abstract like this. The first step was to make a brown-white gradient with the gradient tool across the canvas. Second I got the pen tool set to a dark brown and basically went nuts with it and scribbled all over the place. That's what makes the curvy thing in the background.

Pen tool does weird things and turns into a vector or something, so you have to right click -> rasterise layer before you can do much with it. Then I think I turned the opacity of the layer down to about 20 so it wasn't a solid block anymore and it blended into the rest of the background.

The bands across and down the page were just using the square marquee (selecet bow thing) to make a stripe and then put low-opacity black in them to turn the stripe slightly darker.

Anyhow, hope that helps, glad you liked the BG. Backgrounds are a nightmare for me and it's good to get some positive feedback on them. :)
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Sludgee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
What's that in his right (his right, our left,) hand?
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's an Uzi sub machine gun with a suppressor attached on the end (It also has a laser sight and a torch mounted underneath). A bit like [link]
There was a picture I found when I was drawing this of an Israeli Spec Ops guy with one that had a huge silencer like this on it, but I since cannot find it. :(

Thanks for commenting! :)
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Sludgee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
:) This is interesting. He's an RP character?
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, not at the moment, I've never actually been involved in any RP's actually. ^^;
I probably should though, I'd probably enjoy them...

I made this guy as a request from a friend of mine. I think he's aiming towards making a short comic series or something.
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Sludgee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Ahh that's cool. (I don't RP either, :XD: )
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BlueDingo5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student Filmographer
awesome!
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Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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