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Blackhawk on the Hunt by RadoJavor Blackhawk on the Hunt by RadoJavor
I was inspired by the event that happened some days ago. Its a very strong theme for an artist so this is my try. Operation Neptune's Spear in Pakistan town Abbottabad. In that moment OBL is still sleeping probably...
Also this operation is a great opportunity for me to visualize the secret stealth Blackhawk helicopter. The machine is based on all the info I can find on internet but still the real thing can be different. The house and location is also based on real place, which was a bit pain to do it.
I hope its not too dark, I was tweaking the night picture that its not totally dark, its ok on my monitor at least.
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The night air remains still and silent; a vast contrast from the heavy firefighting and explosion of war that scarred the air of the day. Many await their enemies to make a false move or some kind of mistake that could give away their presence to the opposing forces. As you and your soldiers wait, a powerful tenseness covers you and your team. After the bloody events that came to pass from this day, you silently wonder whether or not help is going to come to you. Whether or not you would all simply remained stationed in this hostile locale without a single connection to the outside world until every one of your units are picked off one by one in the night. Family that awaits you back home...you think if you would ever see any of them again. As you look about your squad, you can see in some of their eyes that the same thought is slowly flowing through their minds, as if a reservoir of dark thoughts and inner fears begin to flow about you all like a cold, unforgiving river. Just as you all begin to surrender any chance of backup or assistance from your superiors, you hear a familiar sound cutting through the thick, silenced air. The sounds of helicopter propellers; the sound of assistance. Flying above your heads are prototype Blackhawk helicopters making passes throughout the area for any signs of your squadron. They soar through the sky like large birds of prey seeking out any and all hostiles that wish to challenge their statuesque forms in combat. At last your assistance has come to your aid and now you and your squad continue to wait; as the battle here has only just begun. Blackhawk on the Hunt, created by *Radojavor, presents us with a classic example of a modern machine preparing to enter the battlefield, ready to make its enemies pay for the crimes they have committed.

The use of detailing does a great job of exemplifying the dark setting that is depicted here. The tense atmosphere of war really brings out quite a bit of personality in this piece and grasps the attention of the viewer as they are bathed within the piece's immersive action. Detailing also on display in this piece as well. The Blackhawks look great in this piece with the distant light of them moon reflecting off the fuselages of the heavy metal machines. The twilight haze that covers the town really looks good, especially with the moonlight in the distance being reflected and passed through it, giving the city a more mysterious feel to it that ads to the tense atmosphere excellently. It really gives off an impression of daunting figures moving through the night and displays the potential power of the Blackhawks as they move through the night. I also have to give this artist credit for his use of dynamics in the setting. The motion blurring effect on the helicopter propellers really ads that much need feeling of dynamic movement within the piece. As one looks into this drawing, they could almost imagine watching the Blackhawks flying in from the distance over the city as the prepare for their attack against their enemies. The sounds of the propellers slicing through the air as they make their way forward. It all comes together quite nicely and shows off a great scene with all of the compositional elements bringing forth a nice balance of dynamic action with a tense atmosphere over the image.

However, while I do enjoy much of the atmosphere displayed, there are just a few things that the artist could do to take this up a notch in the quality department. I feel that the piece could do with a nice depth-of-field effect on the foreground elements. The front-most buildings could use a bit of sharpening and some of the buildings around them in the background should be blurred just a bit as to increase the focus on the Blackhawks in the air. Another small thing that could be done is to increase the detailing on the fuselages of the Blackhawk helicopters. Try and put in a few small paint scratches or even gentle mist flowing off of the wheels as they cut through the air of their destination. Doing this would really increase the overall feeling of immersion within this piece and create an even more powerful drawing effect to the viewers of the piece. All in all, I would suggest that while the piece looks great, your next step would be to refine your craft, like a warrior who hones his blade to its sharpest edge so that it will be sure to take on any challenge presented to it without even the slightest challenge brought forth.

There are quite a few piece on this website that depict military machines in action or even battles featuring their capabilities. However, in the case of Blackhawk on the Hunt, this manages to create a strange emanating force about it that ads a form of mechanical grace to the design, make it seem less like military hardware and more like a metallic bird of prey soaring through the air over their designated hunting grounds. While there could be a few things done to enhance its appearance, that still barely affects the overall and inner beauty of the depiction for what it is. Excellent work, *Radojavor! :clap:
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Great art for an important moment of history.
Your design of the Black Hawk X is really good.
I love the details inside the hello with crew and SF soldier (task force 373 maybe?)
Did you used reference for Abotabad.
The city is nicely done, enough light to be visible, without it being too alive so that we understand that it is night.
And a gain great job on the shy and the mountains.

Brillant art.

I hop to see more military art from you because your art on this subject are always amazing.

I've request it for appearing in my group.
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YoChoi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
It's so beautiful!!!!!!!!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I love the atmosphere!
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ultimate black op in history!
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EricJ562 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome rendition of that day...
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ClymberPaddler Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I have ridden in helicopters in the night, Hueys not Blackhawks. But, the feeling you give here, makes me reminisce.
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Sicilium Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
beginning of Call Of Duty - MW2 mission in Washington ))
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Claudius42 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ive only made your naval ones my wallpapers, but this is important in history, and the work is well done, so wallpaper it is.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat :)
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PetervonHesse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
this is Epic,great work of art
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medik47 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Very well done!
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