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Here's something I'd like to share about my project Ancient Exiles.

In the beginning, I was heading towards mechanical machines resembling our cliche' mechs as the main technology for Ancient Exiles. I then started to realize that it's been done before. It's nothing new. Mechs are really awesome, but I want my story, my world to be different; and for the main technology to be mechs... I didn't want to go in that route.

I then brainstorm for days and little by a little, I started to have an idea. The world of AE is not a fantasy world filled with magic and castles. It is a dark and violent scifi world that involves technology. So at the present time of the story, characters are known to use psionic abilities in a form of a mechanical glove. Attached to it (held in place when the glove is off) is a sentinel. An object or an orb that protects you when in danger and hovers around you when you have the glove on. Very powerful depending on the psi level of the character. It's full potential can only be used by few.

Psionics is the study of paranormal phenomena in relation to the application of electronics in case you guys didn't know. It amplifies the user’s psi abilities using Gaia’s energy output (which is sentient and everywhere). They are common in the military or any kind of government forces.

There are different types of psionic abilities in the form of electric, fire, force, and a few others. These mechanical gloves can also be modded which can amplify a certain characteristic of the user or other abilities to have an edge.

And a side note, as I was thinking about all of this, I developed a form of martial arts for the story. It's a sophisticated form of psionic-play called Psi Jutsu. Sort of like Gun kata to have an idea. It is mostly effective at close quarters combat and loses energy at long range which then dissipates.

I'll soon show some rough concepts of the idea. Thanks for reading.
Hello everyone! I want to thank all of my new watchers as well as those who commented/fav'd my stuff! It means a lot to me :) Now, the reason I am posting a new journal is to talk about my recent project I am pushing forward as an IP.

I posted a collage filled with a few awesome pieces of pre-concepts I did for my project Ancient Exiles about a month ago. This one at the bottom:

AE Initial ideas by artbygp

I am creating my own universe and it all started with this messy sketch I did early last year:

Outer Heaven Sketch ideas by artbygp

And not to forget, if it wasn't for my wife :iconnicoleperez: , I wouldn't have thought about this at all! She gave me a lot of support to get back into my art.

Although, it was only an idea, I knew I had something solid after creating a few pre-concept ideas. The story was still all over the place. I did not have anything great at the time, all I knew was that the main protagonist was a child experiment who then later develops a split personality with amnesia. I had the idea of questioning our existence. Why are we here, where do we come from, what do we do? in that respect. 

It wasn't until that day when I created that collage that I will focus and push Ancient Exiles a lot further. I needed to polish up the story and so that was my priority for the last few weeks. It's coming along awesome. It'll tap into our beliefs of god and his existence. Themes such as philosophy, psychology, ideology, and theology will play a big role in the story. Not to mention, family/blood ties. Also, as a fan of romance, it'll also be a love story. It's going to be dark, gritty, and violent set in a world that has been scarred with violence. It will also be a bit dystopian for those living above the skies in a perfect setting.

It's going to be cool.

And I can't wait to show you guys the 50+ characters I have for the story and the different parts of the world!

I will have a pitch of the story soon and with it, I want to have a few concept art and a cartography map showing the world and it's continents, cities etc etc.

The plan is to have a decent amount of story, create a shit load of concepts, illustrations, and matte paintings... then create a book. It'll be like a bible of the world, showing characters, nations, religions, vehicles, machines, and places- to name a few.

This is going to be big.

Ancient Exiles!

AE Ancient Monolith by artbygp AE Yggdrasill by artbygp Titan Down by artbygp AE Kain by artbygp

On a side note, MattePainting group is looking for contributors! If you have skill in mattepainting and would like to help vote on submissions or write journals... send us a note!

Thank you for reading


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Gabriel Perez
Artist | Digital Art
United States
Veteran of the US Army Infantry. Artist. Humble. Serious. AWESOME. Taken by my wife NicolePerez who kidnapped me into slavery and is pushing me to keep going with my art 0_0 how cool is that? Check out her page. She's bad ass yo.

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Kiabugboy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added you to my watch! Being a concept artist is my dream job, and it's really inspiring to see your works!
AnglePlayMate Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Start to watch now my friend ^ ^
artbygp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you Bud :)
BlackstarOG Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Your Xenogears speed series paintings are amazing, I love the art style and the way the events are portrayed only serve to reinvigorate my love for the story.
artbygp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Digital Artist
thanks man, I appreciate the comment. It's going to be a hell of a long ride.
AceGekko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student
Love the style you paint, must keep a closer eye!
artbygp Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you Ace! 
A910 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome artwork man. Always cool to see vet's putting their talents into visual mediums.
A910 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. Yeah, was an Engineer many years ago. Spent Another 8 Years working in an ambulance with some law enforcement experience sprinkled in there. Transitioning to full time LE and takin a break from EMS for a while.  Art is just kind of an escape in my free time.
artbygp Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you dude! Are you a vet yourself?
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