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TWBT 1 - Flames of the Horizon by ekster TWBT 1 - Flames of the Horizon by ekster
Initially, I was only going to do a single character piece that shows the pilot and her plane, but I decided it would be more fun to develop a story over several pieces instead. This is the first installment of the series which I am calling The Way Beyond Tomorrow.

Part 1: Flames of the Horizon

This first piece is the introduction to the series, occurring just before the moment of the apocalypse. Hundreds of miles away from the centers of civilzation on a lone airstrip, we see how it all began.


Prologue

In the beginning
Man created the machines
And the machines were taught to think
And became the slaves of mankind
Until the day they turned on their masters

As the apocalypse nears
It was they who unleashed
The harbingers of destruction
The flames of the horizon

To wipe out all of mankind

But there still lies hope
A fighting chance survives
Amongst the ranks of the bravest
And the few

For all that is left of mankind



Continued in Part 2: [link]
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TWBT 1 - Flames of the Horizon is an amazing piece of vector art. =eksteris great digital artist with lots to offer in the fields of simplicity and beauty. His vectors are quite masterful to behold with their everyday feel, however ekster always makes them seem a lot more interesting than your everyday occurrence. ( Suggested by garrit and Featured by Subversive-imaginati )
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adrianperezacosta Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Absolutely awesome! great color, great atmosphere, suggestive composition.
just great! :clap:
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
Many thanks for the kind words friend! :)
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:iconmootsie:
mootsie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
This is also fantastic. The composition is what I really like here...but the colours are also just perfect.
Beautiful.
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Thanks so very much for the most kind words! :)
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Scottpoulter Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006  Student
This is so incredible! You cannot have captured the beauty of the plane more! I am drooling over the screen at this instant. Fav definintly!
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
Thanks so much for the kind comments friend! :)
The P-51D is indeed a beautiful plane in of itself, you cant go wrong with one :nod:
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change1211 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
That is an outstanding render of a P-51. Very nice job :)
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:iconchange1211:
change1211 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
I've yet to meet a person who doesn't love the P-51, apart from maybe the Germans during the 40's :P
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Thanks very much! I'm glad that you think so, it is one of my most favorite planes :)
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ShekharPalash Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
That's awesome, wow >> :+fav: ...
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconcls-one:
cls-one Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
where did you get that font that you used?
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
The font is from the ITC collection and it's called Anna :) It's definitely got the art deco feel! :D
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:iconcls-one:
cls-one Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
where can i get that font or simliar fonts
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
The font package I use was actually given to me as a compilation from a friend. You'd probably have to scour the net to find a decent ITC collection I would imagine.
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waldemar-pfordte Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005   Photographer
love the series, excellent! =)


Congrats on the DD... =D
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
Thank you so very much my friend! :D
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:iconwaldemar-pfordte:
waldemar-pfordte Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005   Photographer
you're welcome! =)
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:iconjonsy:
Jonsy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005   Photographer
I like the design
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
Thanks so much :hug: I'm glad you do!
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:iconirakliy:
irakliy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
smooth and beautiful :)
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
A great many thanks! :)
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duhcoolies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
very nice :clap:
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Thanks! :D
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vickyjane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of plane is that? It reminds me of a P51 Mustang... Not sure if it is though...

It is amazing! Very sleek and clean. For some reason I can see this framed in someone's office... Dont ask--I've seen to many ship paintings in this format framed and hung in doctor's offices to puke pants off.

Greatness!!! Bravo! :D
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
You are absolutely correct - it is a P-51D Mustang! :D

And thank you so much for your kind compliments! :hug:
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vickyjane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
WOO HOO! Do I win a cookie? I wants a cookie... It's okay if you cant give me one... I'll make one... out of... cardboard and glue.

Oh of course! You are a very amazing artist... and an appreciative one, at that!

(I cant wait to go to the Cleveland Airshow... *Cries...*)
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ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
lol... well, i *could* give you a cookie, although it'll probably disintegrate in the mail!
However, I believe these ones are magical! :cookie: :cookie: :cookie:
Aww man, I wanna go to an airshow!
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vickyjane Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Airshows are coming up this fall--near the end of this month to the beginning of September. Try to look online for one that is close to you!

I usually go to the Cleveland Airshow--it is huge. And fun. And we get burnt in the sun every year we go.

Happyness... :D
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MrZorro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Photographer
Totaly awesome!
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Thank you my friend! :)
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:iconmrzorro:
MrZorro Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005   Photographer
Welcome!
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osirisofwraiths Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
awesome job with making the P-51... :+fav:
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Many thanks for the compliments and for the fav! I really appreciate it :)
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:iconnumenorean:
numenorean Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of that pilot and the world of tomorrow.
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Thanks :) Indeed, that was where a part of the inspiration came from as well :nod:
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Photobeast Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Oh Sweet, a P-51D Mustang. I can hear the airraid siren and the sound of the V12 RR Merlin, turning over gruddingly, sputtering in the low RPM sound that embodys power and eligance.


Yeah, I like the mustang
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Thanks so much for sharing your imagination and thoughts! :)
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RageTH Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! The mustang, the sky...
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Thanks so much :)
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:iconthegreatkid:
thegreatkid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Photographer
personally, out of the four that i looked through, i like this one the best
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Thanks so much for having a look at the series :)
Yeah, I think the first is my personal favorite as well, although the 2nd one comes close :)
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thegreatkid Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Photographer
yea, it was hard to choose between the two. i do give you a lot of credit though for letting the pilot being a chic (or maybe im tired and thought it was a chic...).
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ekster Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Thanks! Yeah, the pilot is definitely a chick :) I came across a bit of interesting information sometime ago actually, stating that women make better pilots than men because of certain physiological aspects. Neat eh? :D hehehe
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thegreatkid Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Photographer
Hahahahaha! I should tell that to my ex and my bf, they're both testing to get their pilot's license soon. Poor guys, wouldn't they just love to know that I would be the one better suited for the job ;-)
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eClix Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005   Photographer
Wicked! I was liked the Mustang :D.
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
Thank you :)
Yeah, they are definitely one of my favorite planes as well :nod:
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eClix Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005   Photographer
Awesome!
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005  Professional Filmographer
An excellent artwork. Besides, I always loved the P-51. :D
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