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TWBT 2 - The Final Afterglow by ekster TWBT 2 - The Final Afterglow by ekster
This is the second part of the series The Way Beyond Tomorrow and introduces the character of Leyla Hahn.
View the first episode here: [link]

Part 2 The Final Afterglow

The terrible arcs of destruction descended from the skies and laid waste to the centers of civilization in a shimmering and devastating blast of finality. The remnants and symbols of everlasting empires crumbled before the fire of the apocalypse and were blown away like the ashes and dust from a dying hearth. Only silence and the afterglow remained, painting the skies with blood red and crimson at twilight.

Captain Leyla Hahn stood by the edge of the remote base camp made up of a ragtag team of pilots, mercenaries and investigators from many countries. She was completely frozen with shock and disbelief, and her thoughts and expression were echoed throughout all who were present. The years that they have spent trying to uncover a mysterious plot all ended in catastrophic failure as all eyes were helplessly fixated on the glowing red horizon. It all happened so quickly, an unexpected moment of utter surprise and horror.

Life, humanity, and all things embraced with familiarity, had vanished and now simply exist as memories past. Tomorrow will be a very different day.


Continued in Part 3
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Attalus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like a P-51D Mustang in the background. Nice.
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ekster Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
Thanks so very much!

And yes, you definitely got it :)
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006
This one reminds of old Soviet-era posters which encouraged women to pursue aviation. A whole lot smoother though!
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ekster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
A great many thanks! And I certainly remember viewing those posters as well. There's an interesting fact I uncovered sometime ago, apparently there's a study which concludes that women make better fighter pilots, mostly because of how much faster their blood recirculates especially when pulling those high G manuevers in the air!
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
Huh, you don't say? That's very interesting, I didn't know that!

Cheers
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ekster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2006
Yeah it was a pretty interesting fact when I came across it as well!
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006   General Artist
Oh! Lovely.... I'm really digging your recapturing of the quality of those fabulous deco and nouveau posters of the teens and twenties and thirties. Also, I quite like the P-51D sitting there. :)

Despite its digital nature, this piece really looks like it could have been produced by skillful cutout art as well. :+fav: for sure!
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ekster Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006
A great many thanks! :)
I was hooked on the vintage and retro posters, and at one point I just dreamed and dreamed of making stuff like it. I recently just discovered this form of digital illustration, and when I got enough practice to make the stuff I really enjoyed, well, it made me really really happy :D
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Wow, gorgeous! I love the emotion of this piece.
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ekster Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
You are very kind :hug:
Thank you :)
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Aww~! No, not kind, just truthful! :hug:
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Attalus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the colors in this. The woman's face is well-done, and as for the airplane's nose ... I have a deep soft spot in my heart for prop-driven aircraft. :+fav:
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ekster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005
Thanks so very much for the kind words and the very much appreciated fav! :)
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Trendy-NUNU Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005   Writer
your choice of colors is amazing :)

Great illustration bro..

Keep up the good work :hug:
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ekster Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005
Many many thanks! :)
Your kind comments are heart felt :hug:
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Trendy-NUNU Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005   Writer
You r more than welcome bro :rose:
Let us see more of ur great work

^_^
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LightmanEclipse Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Like the red hue... of course representing the fire on the horizon... I also like how you did her shades, which have a gradient and are also see through... And of course the subtle gradient changes of dark and light are quite nice... I only wish that her outfit had a bit more detail to it... Like a lining for the lining of the collar.. haha okay that sounded funny... but you know, thread lines on clothing... Though the little wings bag looks quite nice... full of more gradient variation and detail... So maybe you were right in not putting much detail in the rest of her outfit... hm...
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ekster Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Thanks so much for taking the time to write out a thoughful and in depth critique! :) Yeah, her choice of outfit was a tough one. I initially had so many ideas to try but ended up going with the simplest mostly due to.. well, I'll be honest here.. laziness :P I was gonna do a full fledged fur lined collar and what not, but I realized that doing so would take way too much time than what I had. But yes, perhaps in a next piece featuring her, I'll put in more effort into her outfit, or try something a tad bit different :)
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senyphine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Professional General Artist
Really good picture !!!! love the way you organized it ! :clap:
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Thanks very much! :)
I'm glad you like the composition of it as well :hug:
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senyphine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Professional General Artist
Your welcome ;)
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KhinaYeira Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
agin very clean nice perspective and gradient work
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Thanks very much :)
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KhinaYeira Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
welcome very much
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WilliamWeird Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
yozza yow! such a clean, crisp vectoring you have here! The detail on even the pin is sharp to the bone! very cool, indeedy doo!
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Thanks very much! :)
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mattj Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
yeah nice, love the hair and the glasses :D
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
Thanks very much! :)
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kacper Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005   Photographer
.wow. how you do this?? masterpiece! :D
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Thanks very much! :D
I get some ideas from looking at fashion photographs actually hehe
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ravs Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005   Digital Artist
U welcome ;)
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ravs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005   Digital Artist
It's so vector! :+fav:
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
Thanks very much! :)
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wintergal Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Love the design on this! :D

Nice story! ~ cant wait for the next~
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Thanks very much! :) I'm glad you are enjoying the story as much as I like developing it :)
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yuppy64 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Epic, cant wait for number three...
Loving this series, does it all tie in with most of your other stuff? Awesome either way...
Sorry, but I'm gonna have to :+fav: and that should be worth 5 favorites, because I havn't :+fav:ed anything for ages...
It's very exclusive.
Great work eka...
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
A great many thanks my friend :) For the moment, it stands as its own series, but perhaps future crossovers could be fun! And thanks so much for the :+fav: as well! I really appreciate it :)
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LouBlue Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Your work is getting more and more intricate, but you still manage to keep it simple and easy to read. I love the colors in this one a lot! And if she's looking off in the distance, her glasses would be reflecting the light off camera. So I don't think it's too harsh.

One thing, though...Her expression comes off a little calmer and almost hopeful. I'm not sure if that's what you were going for, or if you wanted her to look shocked. If that's the case, then I think curving the edges of the lips down a little more (since it looks like she's almost smiling).

I don't know..just a suggestion. This is still one of my favorites of yours. Ah, the colors!!!
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Thanks so much for the wonderful comment and the in depth critique! What you see right now (referring to the shades) is actually more toned down from the initial version. You could see the brightness of the originals in my scraps 8-)

I'll go ahead and adjust her lips with your suggestion :) Yeah, you're right, there's more hope than horror at the moment and i think the adjustment should fix that!
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shortidiva19 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005   Filmographer
great job on the star:D
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Thanks a bunch! :D
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Beachblonde Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Me likes! The lighting is perfect! Good job! =D
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Many thanks my dear :) Glad you like the lighting as well!
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pyrocjerartistchick Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005   Traditional Artist
oooh nice!
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Thank you
:bow:
hehe
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Ninebelow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
This is great, the light in this peice is so beautiful and with such a warm feeling to it. :clap:
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Thanks so much! I had a lot of fun coming up with the atmosphere with this one :)
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Ninebelow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
:hug: and that shows
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ekster Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Thanks very much for the critique! I tried to use the sunglasses as an inner reflection of what she is seeing, but I could definitely play around with it some more and see if I can get different results :)
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zuuru Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
ho yeah another good work from u my friend... everything is so well composed... but one thing, dont u think the light casted on the sunglass a bit harsh? or maybe i'm wrong... but i guess everything is so nice... i kinda like the whole color scheme for this... ;)
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