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Why Not This One? by ricochet188 Why Not This One? by ricochet188
The two wander out of the thicket and into an open field. Through the few trees the one machine spots a figure laying in the snow. Like an eager puppy tethered to its master she tugs the other along and stands over the body.

Clearly they have ventured further south then he had anticipated. It was a rare thing to come across a corpse as decomposed as this in the tundra from whence they came. As the years pass there are fewer and fewer humans able to survive on the dwindling, untainted, resources. Little to none have managed to carve out a living up north and most have already migrated to the equator. The discovery of one dead does not mean there are others camped nearby. Likely this one died of natural causes, possibly left by fellow travelers, maybe he was alone. In any case, it should not be cause for concern.

She stands still. No movement save her eyes scanning the figure from top to bottom. There is a whirring sound followed by a series of clicks, and she breaks out of her trance. She kneels before it and then turns toward him with a slight smile, " Can you fix it?" she asks with an exaggerated, exited tone. This must be the first time she has seen a human. or at least, the first time since she was re-activated. - he tells her no, it's dead. "I was dead too. We can find parts for it!".

She doesn't understand yet, what it is to be a machine. He remains silent, and she looks back at him and her expression goes neutral once more. She then turns her head back and for a brief fraction of a second before her hair covers her face he catches a genuine glint of sadness.


So I've been working on this since a bit before christmas. I like it... but it didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped.

Anyway, this is a redux of… which is a redux of… which is a redux of… (not sure if you can see that image)
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Akaigee 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
My goodness this is fantastic. The design of the machine gesturing towards the corpse looks believable and practical, something that would actually be built. And I love the originality of this piece, I can't think of anything similar to it :) Do you have anymore on these two and their origins? Which I guess I'll find out when I browse your gallery haha.
badcop69 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
someone should make a game out of this world you've designed. it's amazing and so original.
Aww man, you have one of my favourite painting styles ever!
Egnigmatic-King Mar 7, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!!! Don't stop, keep painting/drawing &writting!!! :star::star::star::star:
The story and the picture make me want to know more! Great job :)
This picture is amazing and the backstory is awesome to boot. I am pretty curious: Is there a more complete version of the creatures 'adventure' through the snowy wastelands? Like a full comic or short story?
Brilliant an entire story in just an image

Beautiful work!
Looks amazing. Great mood and I love the colour choice.
I came upon your image through  (it is one of the top rated image one there) and i would LOVE to see more of this, of the story. I'd read the crap out of a book or graphic novel in this world you have created!
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