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The Sequester by Keithwormwood The Sequester by Keithwormwood
A group of desperate bandits wring what little worth they can from the surivivors that spot the dust-blasted wastes along the Urals. They descend from higher ground, beating scavenged drums and taking cover in the shadow of their bullet-spewing saintly idol: the Sequester. Completely silent but cooperative in the raids, the Sequester only takes regular infusions of water and canned food in exchange for its presence; something that has effectively turned the bandit group into a incontrovertable force of nature that strips everything to the bone and leaves only human misery in its path. It is devoutly worshipped by most of the bandits as some sort of nomadic holy site; a walking bulletproof Tabernacle. Some, under the influence of drink have discussed amongst themselves their theories on its nature as a military robot in service before the missiles fell, now aimlessly fighting according to some gameplan devised by its long gone original directors. Recently there had been a man who had joined the bandits briefly and was struck aghast when he first witnessed the Sequester. He spouted long and detailed stories about what the robot actually was, that the Sequester was a NATO QAPS unit, or Quadruple Amputee Power Suit, not a robot, and he desperately ran his hands over it looking for some access panel. He stammered that it appeared to be running autonomously, keeping its pilot cut off from the outside world, but still taking in food and water to keep him alive. His heretical calls for help in "cracking open the damned thing to save the poor bastard inside" were completely rejected, and the more pious bandits hastily had him broken on a wheel and left for dead.

Art prints available here: The Sequester prints
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:iconthunderyeti:
ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
between the tiny lines and tonal shift, really keen, extraordinary aesthetic treatment
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:icontheuniversalunion:
TheUniversalUnion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Creepy. I get a strong US Army helmet vibe from the body.
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:iconbladedvaults:
bladedvaults Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I love this and the backstory. Chilling and amazing.
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:iconmadscientistcompany:
MadScientistCompany Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
simply. i just love he detail on the gun. But, nice work
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8-bitty-yo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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PulpoOscuro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a good combination of awesome and creepy. I love the detail on the stains and bullet holes... I guess at least someone tried fighting back for all the good it did. Incidentally, the way the stained exhaust vents and joint (?) on the suit's main dome go together give the impression of a weeping human face. Was this intentional, or am I just tired and creeped out?
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional
We always tend to read faces into things instinctively. They're like ghosts.
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:iconpulpooscuro:
PulpoOscuro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose so... pareidolia is powerful, I guess. Either way, it's absolutely ridiculous how good this is. I always preferred writing to visual art, but this piece tells a story like nothing else I've seen before.
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SuperfastHillbilly Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
SO cool! I like the weathered look and improvised additions. It has mysterious vibe to it, like what could be inside... Frightening but cool.
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Seems very interesting, love it^^
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:iconmangaassault:
MangaAssault Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool!
The human like hands is interesting.
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:iconforeverdisturbed:
foreverdisturbed Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Very cool artwork!!!
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Love your background behind the suit.
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TD-Design Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
cool ! ^ ^ [link]
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:iconjerkpuncher:
JerkPuncher Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow
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mechanut721 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist
*gulp*
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Gladilampor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
crasy. i love it
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:iconazharak:
Azharak Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I love the bulky armoured skull-design, coupled with the rusty jester-like appendages. It has a nice "ungainly" form.
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:icontheelevateddeviant:
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I need a suit like that.
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:iconlacabezadelcastor:
LaCabezaDelCastor Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love the design!
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ExLibrisIesous Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Favourited as much for the story but I love the artwork.
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:iconohiva1:
Ohiva1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
and more WOW!!
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:iconlazytopaz:
lazytopaz Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I won't sleep bcs of magnitude of "wtf" and brain tumors this story has caused to my brain imagining stories related to such devices.....awesome stuff.
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:iconcoldlobster:
Coldlobster Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my favourite!
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:iconyorell:
Yorell Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love art that has a backstory or some sort of origin story, it gives a whole new depth to the character and picture. Great work keep it up!
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:iconfl33t3r:
Fl33t3r Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Backstory... always so... intriguing.
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:iconriggs15:
Riggs15 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I am in the process of beefing up my 3d portfolio before graduation and I was wondering if i might be able to use this design to create a 3d version?
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional
Sure thing, go for it!
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:iconriggs15:
Riggs15 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Thanks!
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:icondeceitfulmithe:
DeceitfulMithe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I love the story behind this!
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:iconnomansnodead:
NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
hmm.. i really like how the articulation works Keith, and... the icon of course :-)
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:icontrashe-trav:
Trashe-Trav Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
What! Love it!
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:iconx-renovator:
X-Renovator Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Мощный чувак! Very very good
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:iconbobbishe:
Bobbishe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Kinda reminds me of fallout.
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:iconthatonekid9669:
thatonekid9669 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student Artist
Kinda reminds me something ashely wood would draw. Anyway,it's awsome!!!
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:iconnezyrworks:
NezyrWorks Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Good work there. Realy nice concept. the only question i have is: did you used a texture for rust and stain or you had drawn that?
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:iconnezyrworks:
NezyrWorks Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Good work there. Realy nice concept :). Just curious - you did the stain and rust by applyin a texture or you did it manually?
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prypiatbeast Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you use photoshop after your done drawing it and everything?
complete perfection:D
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:iconmrjumpmanv4:
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'd like to see that thing try and reload =p

but seriously this is nice work i love it.
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional
Those inner arms have a full hemisphere of motion, so combined with the main arm maneuverability it should work!
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:iconmrjumpmanv4:
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see i see, yea that would work, the joints didn't look like universal joints but now that i examine them closer i see it.
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:iconjazmine--s22:
jazmine--s22 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like the robot in Lost Planet !
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:iconmakariytakael92:
makariytakael92 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Your work is TIGHT. Your a great writer too
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:iconcuestionador:
Cuestionador Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent!!!
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thegeldar Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
For some reason I absolutely love this. There's something about it that just draws me to it.
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:iconlordxeras:
lordxeras Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
I can see his gun is based off of the Sten SMG.
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PhotoshopJedi Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
I am looking for submissions for a sci fi and fantasy showcase book featuring talented artists. If you are interested email me at machinesandmagic@gmail.com

The faq and other information can be found at the bottom of the homepage for the book.
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DesRtOnE Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of an anime that i watched when i was a kid...but i dont seem to remmember the name.Nice piece of art there :)
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mrkookas Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Life doesn'[t get better than beat up mechs and band aids
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SprocketAndSpear Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Magnificent!
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