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Child soldier by fightpunch Child soldier by fightpunch
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beefers Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
man, this is really good and beyond creepy.  Are those grenades built into his head?
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InfernalDinosaur Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
I freaking love this concept, and can see this right at home in a niell blomkamp film.

I saw some people commenting over the "deeper meaning" of this piece. I would say that its a visual idea first, however it is certainly reflective of things that have happened (and still are?) in this world. It's not like Darren pulled the idea of a child soldier out of thin air - this shit is real and horrific, and because of this content it becomes a very powerful and moving piece. 

Like I said, totally at home in a blomkamp film. Kids forced into conflict and unwillingly augmented and retrofitted with lo-tech upgrades and equipment. It's and incredibly inspiring character idea - one I'd like to see made a reality in film someday.
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LtButtersoaps Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Very dark and gritty
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thredd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
hits the mark
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Kapow2003 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.
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floating-guru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
poor kid...awesome though!
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Audranasa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
my biggest issue with this, character doesnt read as a child
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tenpeoplez Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
yes he does ... the proportions
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beefers Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow man...
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jafaime Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... this is amazing!
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CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Took me a minute to realize the cylinders were grenades. Powerful stuff...

Kinda shocked more futuristic warfare artists don't tackle this subject more often. There's so many avenues you could go down.
I could just envision warlords building deadly robots to look like children, both to unnerve soldiers and lure them into a kamikaze attack.
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Erednay Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Initially I thought they were grenades too, but then I leaned towards power cells or something. Didn't seem realistic to have grenades on your head, but could be a "no prisoners" system, with them detonating if the soldier is captured or something.

Either way, great job to the artist.
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laxamentumXI Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
This is so ill. I really like how disturbing the idea of a cyborg child solider, or a android made to resemble a child can be 
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BWS2K Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Child soldiers were my subject for the last year of my art degree. So. Powerful. Great job!
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Trinivee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014   General Artist
I love the implications of this, just great...
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gensanity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
great concept 
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Seriously kick-ass design/execution.
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SayMyNam3Aga1n Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So interesting, a cyborg!!! omo 
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Brant-loser Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job! love the design and your amazing style
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Britt601 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Love the futuristic look. Though it does remind me of the child soldiers in areas like Nigeria and Sudan where some of the children are ripped away from their parents to fight in wars. :(
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NachoMon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Yeah, thatīs I think too.
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NachoMon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Really sad but true
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Shorjok Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how the fuck is it 'sad but true'?
It's fucking concept art
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NachoMon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I mean the situation of child soldiers. 
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MEnonimus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
well, maybe it represents the way those childs are used like robots or machines for war 
without any concern or appreciation for their lives as human beings, just objects 
that they can use and replace at any moment with another similar robot (CHILD)

I may be wrong, but I really think that's what this concept illustrates
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Shorjok Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Except it's just a concept for what child soldiers might look like in the future and you're pulling associations and allegories out of thin air.
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MEnonimus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Yes, I know, that's one of the many possibilities what I clearly said: "I may be wrong"
It can also be a sci- fi concept.
Also, you are saying "it's just a concept for" instead of, it might be a concept for,
which implies that you know, nor just think, and unless you be the author or now him
well, both possibilities would be into doubt,
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ClockWorkLemons Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone needs to chill out.

I can see what NachoMon is saying. Given the title, the content, and the ethnicity of the subject of the artwork, it could be taken as a reflection on what is happening currently in some areas.

Is it that? No idea. It could quite possibly just be a bit of concept art. But the link remains.
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Shorjok Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not, though. It's a piece of concept art imagining what a 'future child soldier' would look like.
Fightpunch is not making a point, fightpunch is not dabbling in politics. Something that is 'sad but true' must be a statement. How can it be true or false if it is anything other than a statement?
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ClockWorkLemons Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not going to put any words in the authors mouth.
I'm simply stating how I would imagine it could be perceived.
To say something is 'sad but true' indeed must be a statement in the eyes of the beholder. Clearly the poster of the original comment thought as much, or they would not have posted it.
Their opinion is no more or less valid than your own, no matter the majority/minority it falls within.
Personally, while i can see what they are getting at, I see it more as concept art, much as yourself. But don't assume something anything is black or white in such a manner. In some mediums, such a definition is quite absolute. But in artistic mediums, especially visual, everything gained from the piece is (or at least, should), be one's own opinion based one's own knowledge and thoughts.

Bloody hell I've rambled on. Clearly have nothing better to do with myself.
TL;DR
Your opinion is not absolute. Chill out. Live and let live.
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NachoMon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
I assume perfectly thatīs a piece of concept art. The theme behind is that Iīm talking about. You can comment both things . No problem with that.
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LC12K Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chill out dude, what's gotten up your ass?
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Shorjok Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing. It just annoys me when people try and apply some kind of deep bullshit meaning to something that isn't meant to be seen that way.
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EraticThaArtist Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I kinda agree with him. Sure, everyone has the right to interpret a piece however they want, but it's kind of annoying when someone can't appreciate a piece of work for what it is. CONCEPT ART. If it was meant to be a symbolic piece and I jumped in saying this would be a cool concept for kid soldiers in a videogame I doubt it would go over well, so why is it okay in this case.

On the other end of the spectrum, yes, he is overreacting a bit. He could have easily just commented with his actual opinion instead of being verbally abusive. At the end of the day everyone should be commenting on the work itself.

So I would like to say that I find this conecpt very interesting in that it actually gives me a Pinocchio vibe. The augments on the child's head seem like they were placed upon the child unnecessarily, while the arm actually seems like it might be a prosthetic given after the child's loss of his biological limb. Then again the child does have those piston-like mechanics on his neck which could suggest problems with his neck. Buuuut they could also just be there to help combat the added weight from the metal on his head. This concept is very interesting.
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razort300 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
cool
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Fafenheir Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
He's the true bottom-rung employee on the corporate megastructure.
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flyaccountant Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Syria kids.

hmmm..looks great
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secv Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I can't click favorite enough times for this...
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Draycros Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I find myself thinking of Metal Gear Rising.
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DannySamFanMan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Love the compound eyes.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm going to sound like an otaku freak, but this reminds me a lot of Tousen's bug-eyed hollowfication from the 2nd arc of Bleach (the manga)
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snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Perhaps a statement on the fighting over diamonds in africa? Maybe i'm looking too much into this. Great design and plane representation.
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Marmalade-Forest Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep this reminded me of the movie Blood Diamond, so powerful!
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Xcaliber96 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
What's with the orange square in the corner of a bunch of these AMAZING IMAGES. 
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YourNinthLife Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure it's the guy's signature
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Xcaliber96 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Fuck yes first comment
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