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silent as the sky by rtil silent as the sky by rtil
timelapse of this painting (now with linework!)

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Dozens of massive IPC6 Ion Cannons line the Ralette Fault, all pointed skywards - a dormant relic of war, when this military installment served as the most powerful defense against enemy starships entering through the only warpgate to this distant planet. While they have not fired in many years, they remain online. Their silent hum and the cool glow of their lights and operational systems make them beautiful but harrowing reminders of what was, and what could be.

Piper has taken a liking to the Ralette Cannon Line as one of her favorite places to see the sun rise and set. She enjoys company, but Marin is afraid of heights, so only Penny has accompanied her today. Piper's curious and careless nature lead her to many seemingly dangerous places as makeshift treehouses and secret getaways. Penny's adoration for Piper has allowed her to take these little journeys with her.
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:iconrosaka-origo:
Rosaka-Origo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Astonishing work on the background. All those details and beautiful colours. <3 Lovely piece!
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:iconstrikerdrillo:
strikerdrillo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
khe?
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:iconhyun-sama:
Hyun-sama Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i almost teared up over how beautiful this scenery is.♥
words cant express how good this is to me.
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
:blushes: thank you
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:icondavidlumley:
davidlumley Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it great work,fantastic.
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:iconnt-121784:
NT-121784 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
It's all fun and games till someone decides to transmit, lol.
Unless that's a weapon, in which case same sentiment.
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
it is indeed a weapon :D
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:iconsoralove:
SoraLove Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the way you see the sky! Great lighting!
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:icondoublebutts:
doublebutts Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your colours are brilliant.
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you :)
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:iconeto-nani:
eto-nani Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this inspired me to do something semi similar. ;o;
Would you mind if I use this color pallet for the sky in one of my pieces?
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
not at all :)
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:iconeto-nani:
eto-nani Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH! Thanks so much!
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t-h-e-j-o-e-y Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I have to say, this had to be one of my favorites by you. The colors are enchanted, the composition is awesome, and love the detail put into this. Great job, kudos to you!
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks, im glad you like it :)
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:iconangelhero4:
AngelHero4 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Artist
I love love LOVE the background setup. So reminds me of some retro anime that till this day hasn't left my mind.
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks , im glad that is so :)
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:iconklydekiss:
klydekiss Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Your drawings always make me smile. Its like this utopia thats not at all scary but beautiful. Reminds me of my childhood in NYC
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:) that's cool to hear, thank you :D
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:iconsigloestrella:
SigloEstrella Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet Piper and Penny both thought the view of the painted sky while sitting on top of a GIANT FREAKING CANNON looks all kinds of awesome! :love: :+fav:
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D thanks
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:iconsolid-alcohol:
solid-alcohol Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a glorious sunset! Great work as always, man!
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:iconsleepyheadkl:
SleepyHeadKL Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student
Wow.  this is incredible, and  beautiful!
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:icondelrian:
Delrian Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Excellent work as usual.
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:iconjoey1058:
Joey1058 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another beautiful piece. I'd guess this is a setting sun.
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DivergentFOUNDRY Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student General Artist
another great background how many color layers you use to create your magnificent sunsets and color shades in that sky? just awesome, really great job there!, nothing like big guns right? im digging the ion cannon to great design too!
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
the sky is one layer. and yea, big guns rule :D  thank you
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DivergentFOUNDRY Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
OK so you just basically do each color in the sun light colors from back to front on one layer with clouds too? i just love how you do clouds and sun through them, that skill is from studying cloud pictures or just doing clouds and sunsets A BUNCH cuz that's what i see in a lot of your drawings is great sunlight and cloud interaction...
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
yes, i find it easier to paint it all on the same layer. blocking out the basic colors first and adding detail and blending later.
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DivergentFOUNDRY Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
ph isee! thanks i was wondering how you do that....thanks for the insight!
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:iconbd648:
bd648 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell us more about the world sometime rtil.
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:icondezmodemon:
dezmodemon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I globbing love this
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:iconpip-pip-rah:
pip-pip-rah Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Nice use of contrast. c:
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I don't know why you have them sort-of barefoot but to me it's sign that they sometimes work in zero gravity and that they got used to gripping things with their feet and toes. And now they grip things with their feet and toes all the time. And o yeah, that drawing is great in all its aspects, not just the bare toes.
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:iconasilebite:
AsileBite Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
thank you!
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:icondarethus:
Darethus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I love these! :D
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:iconwillisninety-six:
WillisNinety-Six Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist
This is truly amazing! :heart:
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:iconieatmudkipz:
iEatMudkipz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lovely ; ; wish I could do backgrounds
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:iconsage-of-winds:
Sage-of-Winds Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Guuuuh I love EVERYTHING about this!!!
The cute girls, amazing coloring and badass machinery.
Mooooaaaar pls :heart:
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:iconrtil:
rtil Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
ok :D
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:iconzebesian:
Zebesian Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Your backgrounds just keep getting more and more incredible. Holy crap. @_@
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:iconstraxacore:
Straxacore Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
That is soooo awesome. I love your work :D
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:iconfoolsightblind:
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Amazing light and depth!
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:iconfiltrandez:
FILTrandez Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing!!!
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Sweet
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:iconmordacaimt:
mordacaiMT Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is why I watch you. Fantastic.
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:icondjaked:
DJaked Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I would trust you to do a redux of the Tank Girl series.
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:icondeathtosquishies:
DeathToSquishies Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, this is beautiful *o*
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C-blaze21 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Another beautiful piece by rtil.
I especially love the storyline.
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