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First Contact by moonxels First Contact by moonxels
First Contact:
an alien superstructure woke up in the desert...
it's time for conflict!

made for a cgfeedback.com contest...

edit:tweaked the light and atmosphere burn around the laser
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Since as long as we can remember, we have always imagined what our first experience with extraterrestrial life as well as our first face to face encounters would be like. Some of use hope that there would be purely good will toward the respective races. We would be able to share our technology with them....our philosophies and various other states of knowledge perhaps even some levels of entertainment, forever bonding each race together like rivets in a spaceship's hull. Alternatively, others would believe that interaction with other races would bring forth a conflict like no other. Countless souls would be lost in the ensuing wars and untold damages would be done to our societies. Flames would engulf and lick at the environment like devilish tongues tasting the destruction around them. Our soldier would fight in a constantly losing war against an opponent with far superior technologically advanced machinery and weapons as well as untold knowledge of our civilization's defenses and would perform countless surgical strikes before we are either dead or deadlocked. First Contact created by conceptual artist Moonchild, aka *moonxels, gives us one such look at a battle with an extraterrestrial opponent. With such visceral imagery as well as a great amount of action, it really immortalizes the dark struggle of us versus them.

The more I look at this piece, the further I'm enticed into its world. Each and every explosion is highlighted excellently in the light of the tanks firing. The various scratches and damages on the tank further display how much destruction and the taxing nature of combat is, especially with an enemy we've never encountered. A good use of particle effects on the explosions and flames as well as a great use of lighting over the entire area, with the clouds simulated darkness and shadow effects to cover portions of the objects in the background and foreground. All these elements have genuinely capture the tense atmosphere of the field of combat before this image and the destruction it can invoke.

Watching this piece further immerses the viewer into the ensuing battle. Tanks firing into the air as the unseeing opponent hovers ominously from above. Lighting scarring the sky like bright knives slicing jagged cuts into the atmosphere as a powerful laser cannon from the enemy spaceship slices into the Earth and through the tanks and other Earth defenses that litter its surface. It’s only a matter of time before the world becomes one large piece of intergalactic scar tissue.

At the moment, one thing could still be altered with the piece. Some parts of the piece could use a little alteration in its sharpness. However, since its only in very minuscule areas of the images, there really isn’t much to go into in regards of this issue.

With a rather small nitpick, it barely detracts from the stellar presentation of the image. Bringing a large scale war with the classic clash against an unknown enemy really looks great in both presentation and execution. Good work as always, Moonchild! :clap:
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P0MG Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Hey, I saw this in in a book!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
really??
what book?
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:iconp0mg:
P0MG Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
I think it was how to draw and paint Sci-Fi art
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
this one?
are you sure I was in there?
www.amazon.fr/How-Draw-Paint-S…
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:iconp0mg:
P0MG Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
Looks like it, but is ages since saw it.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
damn if my art is in there, I don't know why!!
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Kaluthulacult Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful piece, although I do have to ask, why does everyone (likely accurately) assume first contact will be hostile off the bat? They're most likely right, but a little optimism never hurt anyone
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moonxels Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hello
you just have to read the book as what you see and think isn't exactly the reality
in this story what's looking menacing and what's looks cute are different...
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SonRaziel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
WOOOw Batlefield 6 xD
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
if only
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Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! What materials did you use?
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
materials?
what are you talking about exactly?
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Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I mean, what did you use to make the picture?
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
photoshop, that's about it!
(wacom tablet)
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irishtmike Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
i just looked at this and then looked at the critique, I realized i am not much of a critique i dont comment unless i like the picture so when i do comment it is usually positive, when we have our first contact with life from another world i wonder what would they look like, whats their weapons, motive, will they use us as food, enslave us, or my favorite bring us into a galactic alliance or war with their enemies
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moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the words, the guy that made the critic is a "pro" in that matter ;)
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:iconechosblade:
EchosBlade Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks to you
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Lethally beautiful, portraying the desperate battle between the enemy and the inhabitants
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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NoctisUmbra Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured your work here: [link]
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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NoctisUmbra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, thank you for creating this incredible piece of art! This is amazing :D
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MSKCTYDENT Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
no comments. it's just a beautiful
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconthierrycravatte:
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoaw une scène de bataille épique.
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done!
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:iconaquatickworld:
aquaTICKworld Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Beautiful scene, excellent painting!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconsangvine:
sangvine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Digital Artist
GREAT MOOD!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconkmathel94:
kmathel94 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist
loven it!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
loven?

thanks!
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reshiram98 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, Never Mind, it doesn't have hover tanks. :(
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moonxels Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
??
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:iconreshiram98:
reshiram98 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it so much, I am gonna ask if I can borrow it for my game?
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LP2525Holmes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
This is sick. Great work love the tone.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I like the subtly suggested forms in the smoke.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks !
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Philophobos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Great!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
good!:)
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juicethehedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
*drools*
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moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconjuicethehedgehog:
juicethehedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
i commented more than once with "drool" ????
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
maybe!:)
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krasblak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional
first contact doesn't look very good for the human race :D
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no it's not!;)
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Magical!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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