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How Do I Fix You? by ricochet188 How Do I Fix You? by ricochet188
This started off as a picture I made about two years ago [link] and submitted it to dA but about a year ago it got deleted for some sad reason.

I always liked the design of it and wanted to go back and tweak it. Lately I've been in the middle of making a comic that'll be finished in oh about a thousand years give or take, I wanted to take a break and work on something else so i busted out that picture and turned it into this!!!

This is also a redux of this : [link]

I literally painted over just about every square inch of the original. Refs used: a picture of a barn and one of a telephone pole.


This machine of unparalleled design wanders the barren landscape devoid of any and all life. In constant search of companions in the form of old machines reminiscent of the humans that once made them, it dedicates its existence to the upkeep of its familiars and travels the earth in search of something more.

EDIT: I suggest downloading so yous can see all the woopie details
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SageShinobiPath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
I love this art and black liquid wanderer looking dude ! Can I make a request ? Lol I would like to see this black liquid dude traveling the wastelands with a pet like a dog or a black liquid shape shifting dog would be awesome ! Love this art and the other ones btw thanks u if u accept the request 
Rakykia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
In progress of writing some sort of fanfic based on this and, well the whole substrata artbook concept, but this piece is my main inspirator. It's still under progress, but maybe you'd want to have a look :D

ricochet188 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! I like how you've taken a picture I made, in which I had in mind a very deliberate story and deliberate characters, and interpreted it in your own thing. My version of the black dude is that he's much more human (as he once was a human) but longs to rid himself of those traits and become more mechanized, but no matter how hard he tries he continually finds himself acting out on the emotions he tries to suppress. The fact that he seeks out battered machines to fix, he tells himself it is because he wants to learn from them, he wants to be like them, so he surrounds himself with them, but really it is because he seeks companionship and that is an expression of his weakness deep down. His eventual de-evolution into an emotionless robot is on his part an intensely self directed goal. A goal he may never reach.

It's interesting the way you detail that he at one time had human-like thought processes going on in his noggin but over time (years?) countless tiny glitches/errors/miscalculations compouned to leave him in a constant sort of daze where he has thoughts and emotions but they are too jumbled and disorganized so he wanders around without really knowing why or where he's going.

I like the idea of him communicating with the machine via radio signals. I may use that

Keep me updated if you finish this
Rakykia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Yeah sure. It's one of those projects that are probably taking a long time to finish as it takes a very special kind of mood to write from the PoW of something very non human. It's pretty much an exercise in in how far I can deviate from the thoughts of a human and still make somewhat believable character. We'll see if it flops or not.

Keep up the good work though. Your stuff is among my favourites to revisit and gain inspiration from.
Rakykia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Hmm.. You may actually want to stop reading after the second part. It's just free flow of mind notes after that.
Lansay Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is gorgeous. I hope you develop the story more!
Sovriin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Just had a look through your gallery, and I really love the pictures with these two characters. Is there a full story behind them? I would love to know it, theres something about these two I really love, I bet their backstory is amazing :)
razort300 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
bob4123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
so why did it get deleted
ricochet188 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was in a horrible mood and put all of my pictures into storage, or whatever it's called, so no one could see them. Then later I took them out of storage but some were permanently deleted, like 5 or 6 or so.
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