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-Dark Side of the Galaxy- by Lurking-Leanne -Dark Side of the Galaxy- by Lurking-Leanne
After so much time, paitence, hassles and not to mention; issues getting this scanned in - it is finally done :stare:

I have been meaning to draw something like this for a VERY long time. Something for both Ace Hardlight and Ratchet.

Based on the time of their conflict during the DreadZone days in the Shadow Sector of Solana - when Ratchet had to come face to face with Ace and the other exterminators.
Although Ace had a more significant effect on Ratchet than the others; because Ratchet used to look up to him as a kid. Used to always hear about Ace's sucess as an intergalactic superhero and all.
Ratchet is quite outraged and disturbed when he finds out about what Ace had become over the years of his absence from the Solana Galaxy.
And at first... the lombax doesn't understand how he changed into such a villian... until later on, that is.


Damn... I haven't drawn Ratchet much at all ._. and this is my first time drawing him in the Liberator Armour too. Even though he isn't supposed to have that armour until he defeats Ace. Oh well! I just wanted to draw this for fun anyway. This is more of a symbolic illustration anyhow. Not an actual scene from The Fallen Star. The title "Dark Side of the Galaxy" is refering to them being in the 'dark' part of the galaxy where DreadZone was located - The Shadow Sector. And to symbolize the dark times these two had endured during their time there.

And yes, that is Ratchet's actual size compared with Ace. Man he is such a shortass! :XD:

I actually need to thank my good friend SonyaLS for helping me out with this one; she gave me some real good critique on my sketch of this - which you can see here…
As you may notice, the sketch had quite a lot of flaws. But thankfully, she helped me notice things from with it and so; I tried to correct them. I also tried improving other bits that I noticed on my own. So yeah, thank you so much :la: I really appreciate it a lot - especially coming from such an experienced artist like yourself.

I still don't think I made this 'perfect' though, of course! Ratchet's guns bother me the most... but then again, it is the first time I drew them. And the background didn't quite turn out as good as I imagined. I ended up using my Prismacolor pencils in the background to help make it better. I even used this new Copic product I got to do the stars and some effects! (Copic Opaque pigment)


Well overall, I am quite happy with how it came out.
And I feel tired now :eye: it might look a bit off, because I had to scan this in four parts and put them together in PSP9. The picture is 14x17 INCHES large. Bigger than A3.
First time I scanned the pieces and put them together; PSP9 shat itself and crashed, I lost the progress. Not cool.

But this time I made sure autosave was on!

Hope you guys enjoy this pic almost as much as I enjoyed making it :icontardgrinplz:

Created with: Copic Markers, Multiliner Pens, twink.
Characters: Ace Hardlight, Ratchet © to Sony, developed by Insomniac Games.
References/Help used?: Help from SonyaLS for some points as mention in description, rest is done by myself.

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Crito-the-Tropy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Absolutely adore this piece.
Would love it if I could get a print... :P
BenjaminForsell Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow this looks pretty heavy! I really like the red glow around the planet on the right and all the detail you put into their armor suits! And the texture on the left planet is quite detailed and interesting looking, how did you do that?
Sidfan12 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Wow! Looks amazing!
Evy-Lin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Very beautiful colors,i love how you have colored it.:)
Very beautiful image.:)
MeoAgcat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome! 8D
Lombax-Soldier Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
This picture BLEW MY MIND. And still does :O you only keep getting better with your art and I just love how Ratchet came out too! plz draw him more often :XD: but of course, Ace is perfect as always in your art :) I hope to see more pics like this from ya!
CassiePens Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is truely epic. i have no other words for it :wow:
ZoDy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   General Artist
It's really hard to grasp with the fact this was all coloured traditionaly D: I'm so freaking jealous I make give up drawing for good!
SilverWingsDevil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I.... i can't believe this is traditional. You really revamp it 8D
Awesome work, no words can describe it, really :thumbsup:
TheSupremeOverlord Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Great work! Ratchet's gladiator armor is amazing! :clap: :clap: :clap: And Ace looks outstanding as always! :woohoo:
ArtByNit Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You continue to amaze me with your traditional colouring skills! :D :D :D :iconstunnedplz:
RatchetJak Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Whoa!! This is... :jawdrop:
This looks incredible. And the fact that you did this traditional mind blows me even more. For your first time doing Ratchet's Liberator outfit, it came out fantastic. Nicely detailed and yeah, just all around nice work. Awesome job! They both came out amazing. :)
VenomEXsoldier Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice work on this :D like the coloring.
SteppingOnStarlight Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it was definitely worth all the effort, I have to say! This is fantastic, Tara :la: I love all of the different textures that are in it because of the multiple mediums, and the colours are great too. How was the opaque pigment when you used it? o:

Really great work :dummy:
Lurking-Leanne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :la:

And well, the Copic opaque pigment is really thick/white and can easily cover up errors from the Copic markers. It can also be used to do shiny bits and when you thin it out with water, it becomes a little more transparent. But yeah, I need a proper small paintbrush though, the one I used was crusty and a bit curved :S but I still managed to pull off what I needed to do.
wolfcub Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow now this is something Special you did well in blending the markers with those pencils
Balatronical Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, I'm almost convinced that this is digital, you really put a hard effort and great work into most of your pictures! I don't know what to say, I mean, it's just so great, my golly! This is AWESOME!
Solar-Fennec Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breath-taking and don't worry, I haven't drawn Ratchet at all. :omg:
Once again, I love the colors girlie! :)
Lurking-Leanne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my 5th try at drawing Ratchet, ever :XD:

And thanks ^^
Solar-Fennec Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's tight there. Can't wait to see more.
Your are very welcome. :lol:
Crush-Bandicoot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
:wow: Wow! This is sure an awesome work! :la:
Gotta love the background and the coloring! They're simply amazing as always! :la:
Great job! You just keep getting better! :clap:
Eriiiken Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this looks really amazing! :aww: both Ratchet and Ace looks great and I love the way you've coloured this ~
BlueFireVixon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
oh my goodness this is amazing!
Lea-Stampone Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
outstanding work, this is really impressive, especially the shading :clap:
Shiva-Diavilla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job :la:
I'm happy for you ^^

since I like the color and expression ^^
MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
You're a real ace with Ace, you know? And Ratchet doesn't look too shabby either.
And that background is really something great, also! :clap:
Lurking-Leanne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :aww:
I need to work more on my Ratchet, this is only my 5th time drawing him as far as I know ^^; but I do have some plans to draw more of him heh
MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Well go for it, you get better for every pen-stroke!
Crashcandyness Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
O.O gosh thatěs very beautiful work
Jedi-Prankster Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that is just breathtaking...
Kate-Bandicoot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow just wow. this is amazing work Tara, truly outstanding even by your standards. Amazing use of different traditional mediums here. The background is amazing. The ground they are standing on has close to perfect perspective. the Planets in the background look a little too plain but still amazing. The way you did the rest of the space background really boggles me, lol makes me wonder how you do it coz I can't seem to. Very well done. The poses are quite nice, though I think Ratchet looks slightly disproportionate, but he looks that way in the games so :shrug: The overall coloring is amazing. Brilliant job :D
(lol slight critique there, hope you don't mind)
Lurking-Leanne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I understand what you mean about Ratchet; his head is giant in the games :XD: and I just wasn't sure what to do about it. It is a conflict with my style as it seems D:
A bit like some of the Crash characters (like Coco, for example) but yeah. I think I need to try and draw Ratchet a bit more anyway; to find the right look for him in my style. But I will never give him 'human proportions' though, heheh. And I didn't want to make the moons too detailed, because once I add detail, I can never go back. I was worried I'd screw them up - but I was originally going to try making the large one look like 'the insomniac moon' XD!

Anyway, thanks for the comment ^^
Kate-Bandicoot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He's like a walking bobble-head thing :noes:
Yeah, Coco had strange proportions and they seemed to get worse with the newer releases.
That's understandable. too many people end up doing that and forget just how short Ratchet really is.
haha, yeah that's true and it would be pretty awful if you stuffed it up. all that hard work amount to nothing DX I sorta half thought that when I saw the larger one :XD:

no problem
Lurking-Leanne Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have some screenshots from Gladiator of the scene when Ace and Ratchet meet and god... Ratchet's head is enormous compared with Ace's :lol: it makes me laugh!
But yeah, I have to be really careful with traditional art. If it was digital, then I would have definitely experimented a lot more XD but yeah. I wanted to make sure I didnt mess too much up, since the paper I used is expensive bristol card. And not to mention, the copics cost a fortune too! ._. but I'll definitely do more pictures like this in due time... ;D
Kate-Bandicoot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that's funny :lol:
Yeah, I get that after having to go a year and a half with only traditional. Generally harder work and there is no ctrl+z button to undo anything if you mess up, plus it would be worse with the copics because you can't erase at all. I've never had the pleasure of drawing on bristol card, but I have heard that it's mighty expensive and very high quality.
Great, can't wait to see those future pics c:
RatchetMario Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! this's so awesome!!:D
IndonesianAWL Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Aaahh! Very well done! :D
Really nice concept art and I like Ratchet's expression :D
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