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Behold the Machine by mykeamend Behold the Machine by mykeamend
Recently done for Vernian Process - the original painting is 48x24 inches in acrylic on birch panel.

The details are tiny, with a lot of single-hair brush work done.

There are polar bears the size of dimes, swirls and twirls the size of pin-heads, needle-thin ropes and lines, and a ton of details and hidden images hidden within hidden images - made so that its owner can find many, many new things throughout the years.

Artwork is never finished, only abandoned - though the prints are available now, the painting may see some additional work before I finally let go of it.

20x10 Metallic prints, and PRESALES on 12 from each of the giclees on canvas, giclees on Rag Paper, and Large Metallic Prints are available in my store. Though I hand-sign all limited edition prints, and hand-embellish my signature on all canvas giclees, only #s I, II and 1-10 of these limited editions will be hand-embellished.
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Lord-of-Potatoes Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This artwork really fits behold the machine, the perspective here, and the fact that the airship and monster are beside it, gives it a feeling of size. As in, it looks very big, and it adds to the feeling of the song.

Everything in here also seems to draw your attention towards the machine too, the monster looks at it, the airship is headed towards it, just everything here is so well thought out.
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wolfking190 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
description without words:
:squee::woohoo::la::dummy:
they'll say it for me.
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Behold the Machine!
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xilethegunner Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
guys, u probibly wont beleve me but... my cousin, he is one of the band members.
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:omg:
Who is he in the band?! :O
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xilethegunner Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hes Brian Figueroa. He plays alot of instruments, so he plays whatever instruments no one else in the band can play. Hes in the bottom left corner on the Promotional poster... thing. Also, why did it take you that long to respond? Were you so in shock it took you a year to respond? XD
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:dies:
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xilethegunner Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Is that a yes? hello? :turbopoke:
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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xilethegunner Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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TarienCole Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is just amazing. I love it.
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J-CashMD Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is wonderful, emphasis on the "wonder". Very rich and I can almost feel the cold and hear the creak of the rigging in the polar wind
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thank you :)
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J-CashMD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
Quite welcome!
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mykeamend Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Thank you :)
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Mllrg973 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Beautiful artwork!!! Nice job :clap:
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mykeamend Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Thank you :)
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Mllrg973 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
U welcome ;)
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steampunkered Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
WOW 8O> This picture has been my desktop for about a month now [found it on Google images], I never would have imaged that I would find the artist who painted this masterpiece on dA. I WUVS IT! and I admire it everyday ^^ [no rhyming intended]
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mykeamend Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Thank you steampunkred ^_^

(and so sorry for the delayed reply). I lose track of things here on DA sometimes, especially with the convention circuit looming :(
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steampunkered Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
np np ^^ I shall watch'ith thee!
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Moonlit-Sonnet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
I am honored that I can see the original work for the album art for Vernian Process' Behold the Machine
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
:) Thank you Moonlit !
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Moonlit-Sonnet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Its my pleasure
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Liamythesh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing, especially in traditional medium. Keep up the good work!
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Thank you so much Liam :)
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FellTheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
*takes of goggles*

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Amazing.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thank you ^_^
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
I was just listening to this today so when I saw the thumb I thought "Omg! Someone ripped the cover!" Imagine my glee to find that the real artist is right here on DA :D
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thank you :)

I just realized that for some reason I used the reversed image version here. I don't remember why... maybe I thought it looked better at the time. I guess I'll have to switch that out sometime tonight ^_^
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
I can't wait to see what you do for Cherie Priest's new book! Looked thru some of your other pieces and noticed you telling someone about that ;) I recently read Boneshaker and loved it. It more than anything else has really made me fall in love with the whole Steampunk genre :D
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I can't remember if I discovered her through Warren Ellis, or someone else, but whoever pointed me her way I am glad they did. She didn't even know I was a fan of hers when she contacted me... that was pretty nice :)
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PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
This is beautiful! I love all of your intricate detail, and the addition of the hidden images.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thank you :)

Coming from a great artist such as you, all the more appreciated :)
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xdragonladyx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
"Artwork is never finished, only abandoned"

I feel exactly the same way.


This would be very fun to see in real life.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
You may just get to some day. This is one of those few paintings I have not managed to sell, and I plan to take it on the road with me once I get on the road again :)

And thank you ^_^
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xdragonladyx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
You're welcome.
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celestialenvy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Wow, this is incredible, I absolutley love the design of the ship the patterns are so pretty.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Thank you so much :)
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celestialenvy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
You're welcome.
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Nevar23 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is my favorite VP song. And this is just breathtaking! Single-hair brush work - wow. It's awesome that you included hidden images. I can see a couple, I think. I can only imagine the level of detail visible viewing the art first hand. Amazing.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thank you ^_^

I think the easiest to see at this level are the grim reaper, the angel, the mermaid, the birds, and the secret devil sign- most of which contained in the far right iceberg (except for the reaper).

There are a hundred some hidden skulls in the waves, ice, sky, and stars - and the far left iceberg with the crashed pod makes for a man with goggles and a labcoat. The rest are too hard to spot at this zoom level, but there are many more things ^_^
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