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Too Late by Pyrosity Too Late by Pyrosity
Absolutely exhausted. Will fill in descriptions later.

Edit: Ok, now that I've had some sleep...

This is the illustration that I created for the "Process" show, hosted by the Unit E gallery on Santa Fe in Denver for the month of May. It depicts a scene out of Alexa's story, where she is traveling with an Anchortop Motor Cavalry company. After years of being displaced from her home, she is finally on her way back to the mountain foothills of Calur's northern borders, eager to find the man responsible for the razing of her home town and to help push the Confederates out of the Vanaen capital of Pevlidhe.

In this scene, the Anchortop tanks arrive at a sacked Reiden village, raided just days ago. The lead tank's driver, Vashili, comforts Alexa before they move on, too late to help.
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Too Late by ~Pyrosity is a perfect example of the level of story telling and illustration this piece is capable of. ( Suggested by CabooseRIF and Featured by KovoWolf )
Ok, I kinda have to say this since I am putting this in my fav folder. I ended up here from you "Human Militaries" deviant. Now I will admit that I am not a fan of anthropomorphic artwork, but this piece is something that caught me off guard. The body language and just simple expressions bring out such emotion that it gives me a cold shiver, I can truly feel for the characters. The vehicles and the background are so well done that I can see a sense of realism along with all the characters themselves. Its a powerful piece worth its praise. 
Pyrosity Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to see it's gotten some attention outside of the usual anthropomorphic fans ^^
Tom! I was just wondering what your art was looking like so I googled you and this was one of the first results. So awesome! The thumbnail looked like a photograph, this is amazing. Congrats on the DD too, that's sweeeeet.
Pyrosity Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Oh snap! Thanks :D

What exactly did you google out of curiousity?

I wish you would draw more of this tank.
Pyrosity Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

In time, I definitely will! It's an important vehicle, not just for Koshya/Anchortop, but as a base for many other derivatives.

Actually, I was working on some of those derivative designs in between working on this, I should get around to finishing them...

I dunno if I commented before or not, but everytime I look at this picture I feel so saddened by the scene. It just hits me hard. You did a fantastic job with this and I praise your efforts in making such a great piece of art.
Pyrosity Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Thank you so much ^^

It was a huge step for me, to be able to create such a developed illustration for my world; I have done so much planning and world-building, but very little in the way of artwork like this. I hope to do much more in the future, and actually make use of this world I've built over many years :)

weaveandrust Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The simple Fox to the left of the tank, hand to helmet, really adds gravitas to the scene.
Pyrosity Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Originally, that soldier was going to be human, but I decided to make them a Reiden as well. This helped accomplish two things; it shows that the Anchortop army is bi-racial*, and through the connection of race it brings an additional angle of empathy to the scene. While Alexa is grieving for her own people, the soldier feels vicarious empathy for the villagers, who aren't of the same nation, but are still Reiden nonetheless.

*Anchortop as a nation is the coming-together of the struggling human colonists from Koshya, and the sparse native population of Reiden tribes in that area. Both Humans and Reiden have equal stake in their nation's politics and military.

Thank you for the comment ^^

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