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Heretic Composite Bow: Top view by Samouel Heretic Composite Bow: Top view by Samouel
Hi 2 all,

This is my next art from the Heretic set. All other stuff from this set you can find in my gallery

Art gift for my BEST buddy :iconj-century: hope you will like it bro!

Software : :icon3dsmax9: and :iconphotoshop5:

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Given 2012-03-23
The intricate level of detail and careful attention to shading make Heretic Composite Bow: Top view by ~Samouel seem entirely real. Unfortunately, this epically cool weapon, exists only in our dreams. ( Featured by Moonbeam13 )
Undoubtedly a magnificent piece! Well done. Bravo, truly.... this has to be one of the best examples of hyper realism I've ever seen.
I'll start with the basic rating categories. Vision? Certainly. I gave 5 starts because you created this weapon from your own mind and creativity and used your talent to express it through art. It's obvious your vision of the bow was not constrained by details or technicalities; every piece that should be there, is. Many artists out there, including myself, who would try to do a piece like this may not go through all the thinking as to what components would belong on the bow to make it workable as well as totally believable, as well as how those parts may connect to each other, shape the bow, etcetera. It's as if you were a weapon designer as well.
5 starts on originality because I feel it is an original piece. There are so many genres these days, you can't draw anything without it being put in some category automatically, thus already putting it in the contexts of competition and comparison. However, this piece is unlike any other. A comparison would be inappropriate. It maintains the basic skeleton and shape of a bow, but its structure and components are astoundingly creative and well thought-out. The gentle curvature and honed edges complement each other gracefully, the design both impeccable and innovative.
5 stars for technique... That's obvious. The color choices go well with the apparent material of the bow (metal), and you kept within the proper tone and hue ranges wonderfully. Your shading and highlighting is awesome--with all those little pieces, the fact that you individually highlighted and shaded each plane of each part is remarkable and shows an admirable dedication and drive.
I gave 3 stars for impact because, with such accurate hyper realism, the awe and respect for the drawing can at times be somewhat difficult to connect with or register. It's like a part of your brain, unconnected to your consciousness, is still viewing it as if it were a photo, so even when you consciously know it's not, the emotional reaction to the fact that it's a drawing can seem slightly masked. For some, it is impacting them as a photo of some handiwork. The last commenter I saw believed it was a model and didn't realize you created it digitally. My critique is, in the face of such beautiful artwork, it should at least be recognized as artwork (photography's artwork, yeah yeah I know, but you get what I'm saying here). This is more opinion, I realize, but the question I would ask you is what you wish to accomplish with such art? Or what is important to you when you're making these pieces? If you solely wish to impress others (which isn't a bad thing; lots of dA users post up art because they're proud and want others to see) or simply enjoy spending your time creating such hyper realistic pieces, than your goal is accomplished... but even then, not quite, since not everyone is seeing that it's a drawing. If, however, you also want to invoke more emotion or thought in readers (which comes with their awe and respect, but as I said, with such hyper realism, it can be hard to connect with your conscious feelings), or basically ensuring you'll have more an impact rather than, say, an impression of a picture of a really cool bow, I'd suggest doing a few things differently. Though I understand the range of creative titles may not be as long here, the title only further makes it seem as if it's a photograph, particularly the "Top View" part of it. Also, perhaps a signature, or a more apparent one if it's already there... The bottom gray border only further makes it look like a photo. The background, being so simple, could be argued as limiting when trying to promote more, "feel," in this piece. Perhaps making some of the background darker, bringing more drama to the piece in general, or something... Of course this rating is subjective to my bias as to what the, "impact," would entail. Like I basically said before, if, to you, the main impact you're seeking is to surprise people it's actually a drawing and / or show them such hyper realism is possible, you deserve 5 stars for impact because in that case I would say you fulfilled your goal just fine.... although, still, some havent realized it's a drawing.
Essentially, this piece is so amazingly realistic it almost does itself an injustice, for in its amazing hyper realism, people fail to see it as realism-- they just believe it as real.
Regardless, this is remarkable. Truly amazing. You have a gifted mind as well as a gifted hand.
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As previously stated: the level of detail in this is simply amazing. The way you've shaded and just generally nurtured every single aspect of this is quite astonishing. That being said I have to wonder: Did you create this hoping that it would actually work if fabricated in real life? If so I have a few minor details to point out. Feel free to take my advice or not(as a bow hunter).

1.) The grip is too small. All of the pieces of this seem to be crafted out of some type of metal or alloy which would make it incredibly heavy unless you are using a very lightweight metal which would tear apart from the strain of use. A bow has to be able to withstand enormous pressure to be able to fire an arrow at the speeds that some modern bows do. In that sense your hand grip design seems both inadequate to support the weight of the bow itself as well as looking all around uncomfortable for the user. I imagine that your hand would cramp up immediately and it would be a huge strain on the arms and even shoulders to hold such a wieldy weapon with such a meager grip.

2.) It could be just me missing it as there are numerous parts and components, but I fail to see an arrow rest. Without an arrow rest the arrow would simply drag down at the front end or have to be held up during full draw by the archer. This could be dangerous if the arrow itself has sharp edges or if the archer is moving as it could result in a misfire. Just for consideration.

3.) Your bow "string" seems to be made of some type of metal material as well. This is a problem unless you're using some type of highly flexible metal mesh that would work similar to a string. The problem with using such a thing is that the metal might become weak after extended use if it even has the strength to support the strain in the first place. Also consider the vibration that the string will undergo during use. Said vibration would be terrible on most metal mesh.

4.) The gear-esque wheels on the "face" of the bow might cause an imbalance in real world applications that should be looked at. Consider making the wheels smaller or using some type of carbon instead of the metal present

5.) Consider adding some type of stabilizer. Most, if not all, modern compound bows have a stabilizer which stops the arrow from "wobbling" when it fires. This in turn helps the arrow shoot straighter.

6.) Finally, the arrow concepts the you've posted seem bulky. It's highly possible that in the real world they wouldn't travel fifty feet if they shot at all. Remember to try and keep the weight down. They would probably work perfect if they were crafted out of aluminum. Something else to keep in mind is that most metal arrows are hollow, which is the only reason they shoot. A solid metal arrow is heavy.

Those are the main details that I can see causing issues. Overall it's a really unique and interesting design and I personally would love to have a working model. One cosmetic thing I would suggest, and it's purely preference, would be adding some type of sights.
Great concept and keep up the good work!
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Yagorixel Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
getting a dishonored game vibe
ep7 Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you must be kidding..

these are the things that impress god.
bravomen5 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
soo fancy 
wan't some tea with it
MonoFlow Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Very creative yet again and so much love to detail. Great render!
Samouel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
JohnWilson3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
6677oggy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
i like it. how much money ? 
maxxson Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Not sure if you knew, but your image is being sold!…
Samouel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, now I know :)
i7434r7157 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You should mentor me, I can start by paying $0 per lesson, or any payment, as long as it's under $0.01 XD Yeah, I wish I could pay for lessons by you, but no money, nada, I really have to say that it's definitely extravagant, but you could have added a feel of more pizzazz, ya know? Something to make it more than just an image, like lighting to it, and making it seem unrealistically real, but it still tricked me into thinking it was real, I love it, honestly! XD Sorry, I geek out over good drawings and/or images, tbh... I'm not nearly as good or at your scale of art expertise, and I don't happen to like to finish a drawing, 'cause I get overly distracted way too easily, but I wish to learn as much as I can, sorta as the Jack of AllTrade, The man who can do it all! XD I know, a bit cliche, am I right?
Samouel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW dats the best comment I've ever read))))
i7434r7157 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDD Ikr? I'm crazy weird about that
AdhityaRasmi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Um, anyway, Is this weapon really exist in real world or just rendering image? If this was fake and fictitious, I must be very stupid to believe if this weapon was real in existence. 
Samouel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi there, it's just 3D render...
AdhityaRasmi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
oh! i hope it was real object, coz I think that I want to find such a real fanciful compound bow like it. My hero would have it as his birthday gift. but anyway, thx!  
Samouel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome :)
AdhityaRasmi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
thx! Hug 
matthewtweedie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool Weapon
Samouel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alliancelimo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Samouel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Atnok36 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
I want it!
Wegenbarth Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Hi Samouel, I really adore your art.

I wanted to let you know that I want to use the idea of your bow for my project called "The Donnerwald Experiment", I hope this is fine.… would be the artwork.

Best wishes,
Samouel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there, looks great....thanks for letting me know.

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Samouel Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
я как бы и не претендую на полезность.....полёт фантазии, не больше :)
johnL360 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
hello my name is jhinathan, was seeing its very beautiful arc signal rsr and'm starting my blog and would like to make a post with his bow, I would also like to ask if it would be possible to me to provide the 3D model so that I can make it cosplay ??
I appreciate your response
Aria-D59 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
Now all i need is to learn how to use a bow. magnificent, well done.
FerdinandLouise Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
MrShmid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Student Artist
Has anyone ever told you you should 3D print all this stuff?
SandraUndeadZombie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist
How even!? I'm extremely impressed...wait impressed is not the right word. I don't even know is there a word that can express what i feel when i see this bow well all of your weapons! I wish i had money to invest and start crafting...
supersmilyface1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome!
prosportal Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you do any tutorials on this sort of stuff?
MASCH-ARTDesign Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Perfekt in Scene gesetzt, 1a super arbeit:) (Smile)
YukiharaSakura Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
high tech bow .. wow
Olly3 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
id this a physical model or a computer mock up? either way, its awesome!!! I would definitely shoot with this!!!
ducatimaster Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
erogenesisCGI Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
omg I want that bow!!! Even if it can't shoot, its still awesome!

amazing modelling work Samuoel!
Thuslan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
reminds me of a dwarven bow mod for skyrim (I can't remember what it was called), but this looks better than any bow (real or fantasy) I've ever seen.
ShadowMaster1289 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I am an archery man myself and I just have to say that, that bow is absolutely gorgeous
banism24 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how u render that?
Samouel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by pressing F9 button :icontrollfaceplz:
banism24 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
primnull Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Artist
all else fails you can run into them and stab em
Awlita Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
je veux le même !
93Miller Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's, like, steampunk! Or gear-based. Now that is an awesome bow. Makes me wonder what kind of arrows that thing uses!
Retep39 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
tenshimitch Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
this is way awesome!
Montoya43 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Absolutely badass
elearu-hiru-firetail Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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