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NI Sketchdump 2013 by Tekka-Croe NI Sketchdump 2013 by Tekka-Croe
HOLD ONTO YER BUTTS.

I've been back on a Novus Imperium kick lately. Haven't had time to do any nice, refined works in the last couple weeks, but I have been sketching. So I've been compiling those with various other sketches from this year and last year.

I've tried to group these based on character/faction. Obviously, Reina dominates the page as she's sort of become my flagship character. In the upper right are designs for "The Corrupted," a faction that I've only previously mentioned on my blog [link]. The lower right contains designs for Karic infantry armor and power armor. Miscellaneous sketches of other members of the Cirrus' crew are in the lower left.

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:iconazraelusguy:
AzraelusGuy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! Awesome conceptions of armor and gear! Keep that great work! :D
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Dohko-orfebrero Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I ask your permission for sculpting one of these helmets, I really like the helmets
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:icontsukasa57:
Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
love it
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:iconazriel-black:
azriel-black Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm currently working on a sci-fi novel and I've got to say that your work has been very influential for how the world in my novel would look if ever put on paper :D
Fantastic work!
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:icontekka-croe:
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm always glad to hear when my work's been helpful to others.
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:iconsultanofawesomeness:
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing sketches ^^
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xbox-3 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice work
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:iconneeble:
Neeble Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I've come to absolutely adore and admire your art and style. It's very inspiring, especially little sketches and roughworks like these that give little glimpses into the processes of your wonderfully clean and detailed artstyle.
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:icondaft56:
Daft56 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice!(:
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:iconwulfenlorddm:
WulfenlordDM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Great infantry armor and power armor designs! Absolutely great!
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WithintheMechanism Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
That's a lotta awesome. Seriously. Good stuff.
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:iconmacrossmecha:
macrossmecha Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Great work
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:iconeihort:
Eihort Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Ask, and Tekka-Croe giveth. Great to see more of this stuff.
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swiftsaber Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
the pistol design in the middle is hot diggidy awesome sauce!!!! i love everything else too lol but the pistol is wow
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:iconfireballwarrior:
FireballWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I noticed a little scientist salarian in the far left corner, wink, wink.
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Dreamer-Out-There Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im doing my own GITS inspired dark cyber punk type story, and I have to say. Your art is amazing and is keeping me thinking! I would like to see a really detailed nude of Reina (tastefully done if course.) But Id really like to see how her body moves with her prosthetics and so on and so forth. I have cyborgs too in my stories as well, and I went the GITS rout and made an arm of instance attached at the shoulder and from the outside, it all looks 'normal.' But ur designe and the way you've put it all together, it moves me. Keep up the good work and if you ever draw a comic, I would be the first person in line to buy a copy.
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Scorpiu5 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
just gonna dissect this for pose reference, don't mind me.

No really this is some good stuff. I applaud thee.
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:iconlanc3rz3r0:
Lanc3rZ3r0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is amazing! i love your lady character and armor
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:icongryffiner:
Gryffiner Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very cool. :D
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Good stuff, I have to try those techniques.
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:iconzerosity:
Zerosity Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Love the amount of detail in your sketches! =D
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:icon509freak:
509freak Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Lovin it!
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:icon8ftspider:
8FtSpider Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Artist
Lotta good stuff here!
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:iconnoviceartist487:
NoviceArtist487 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
amazing concepts!! :wow:
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:iconizaak94:
Izaak94 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sketches? >:I Curses man, too good, too good. I jest tho. Are you just using pencil for most of these? How do you get such clean scans? Mine are always grainy.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So, when will the graphic nvoel come out?

Cause this is awesome!
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Owlbear33 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
lotta cool pics
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DaVinciAirsoft Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome stuff man, love that handgun thing xD
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:iconphilby:
philby Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super cool stuff :)
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:iconanimboi:
animBoi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
that's a super cool dump of sketches...:salute:
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DeanLeoWinchester Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very cool,
but i just can't help it, i need to know more about this universe! so many questions! :explosion:
Whats the Cirrus?
Who is it's crew?
What do they do?
Who are the corrupted?
Where is Reina from?
Where did/does she get her augmentations and equipment?
Whats the state of the universe? political factions? species? timeline?

i need like a Novus Imperium Wiki...
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:icontekka-croe:
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, that's a pile of questions. I'll try to answer these briefly, and in order.

The Cirrus is a small corvette / large yacht sized vessel owned by Trent Valimund.

The crew of the Cirrus is led by Trent Valimund (Saldean, special ops, black ops background), and includes Reina (The cyborg chick who dominates the page here. She was created, along with about 30 others, by a shady branch of Karic's military. She went renegade after being captured by Trent when she was assigned to capture or kill him), Dee (the alien glancing over her shoulder in the lower left of the page. Vhodan, acts as the Cirrus' pilot, and runs the ops station when the team is active), Kouda (Tegran, mechanic, demolitions expert; has a knack for understanding the guts of spacecraft, as well as how to blow things up), Tyr (the tall elf-looking woman in the lower left, Meerenian, sniper, scout; received a medical discharge from the Meerenian Ranger Corps after an experimental energy weapon wrecked her arm and right eye), and "Doc" Haplace (Human, a medical student who fell in with a bad crowd through no fault of his own. Through some wacky shenanigans, he ends up as the crew's medic).

They're registered with the Core Systems Freelancer's Guild as "Paramilitary Security Contractors" but they typically think of themselves as "Do-gooders-For-Hire."

The Corrupted are by far the most mysterious faction in NI, and for now I'd prefer to keep it that way. Suffice to say: Their species was "corrupted" by an ancient alien weapon some time in the past. Since then, their technology has advanced at an unprecedented speed, but at great cost to them.

As mentioned above, Reina is the product of a super-soldier program initiated in the utmost secrecy by Karic's Office of Special Weapons and Resources.

Reina's augmentations and cybernetics were part of the last stage of augmentations undergone by all of the subjects in the program. For a really in-depth description of Reina's background and augments, you can find it in this reference sheet's description: [link]

Novus Imperium is sort of trying to strike a unique balance when it comes to atmosphere: It's not going full-utopia like Star Trek, it's not going too fantasy-themed like Star Wars, and it's not too "dark-and-gritty" like Warhammer 40k, though it certainly takes bits of inspiration from all of those. I don't really have the words to get into this right now. I'll likely be publishing a glossary of factions on DA at some point in the not-too-distant future.
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:icondeanleowinchester:
DeanLeoWinchester Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for answering what you could :)
I really love the feel of the universe, it's got a very Firefly/Mass Effect style and balance from what i've seen so far.
i can't wait to see more, it's so freaking interesting!

if i could i'd probably sit and interrogate you on relationships between characters and factions and species, ask for histories,ask about every weapon, machine, piece of armor, ship, augmentation for hours :D
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Reaper-052 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
How many alien species live in Novus Imperium, if you don't mind me asking?
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:icontekka-croe:
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Eight, if I'm not mistaken: Human, Saldean, Meerenian, Vhodan, Tegran, Reos, Xanthion, Corrupted.
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Reaper-052 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks.
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soulofapa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hey could you give me some tips in drawings armor like you do ? that looks sort of like mgs4 armor please i like drawing armor but i make it more like halo 3 stile armor i want it to look like your stile.
8) please.
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Amond-Logan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
WOW
Amazing Men!!!
Thanks for inspiring us with your designs!!!
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Talancir Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...woah. there's a lot of details in this. may have to art reference this while I improve on my gauntlet sculptings.
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zwimmy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
unbelievable.
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ManWithTheMetalArm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Love the armor designs, and the kid with the robotic fore-arms is pretty cool too :D although the alien guy down at the bottom (Not the elf-looking guy but the one right next to him) sort of reminds me of a Tau.
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edwardo69 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I'm likin' your armor - really good designs there. Love your work, can't wait until the Novus Imperium webcomic you mentioned elswhere to come out.
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Writer
Looking forward to seeing more and more everyday! :-)
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:iconzaeta-k:
Zaeta-K Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet sketches man!
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:iconultamisia:
Ultamisia Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously epic designs! very inspirational
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:iconhalonut117:
halonut117 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool beans
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BenMMiller Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good stuff.

What did you use to shade those 2-3 darker toned sketches on the bottom a little right of center?
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:icontekka-croe:
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The shaded ones? I used Copic markers for the tones.
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