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No secret I've been stuck in a creative low for some time now. Been hung up on a few stupid things 1.) I have had a hard time with the fact I could design any mechas I liked for my webcomic idea and 2.) I haven't been able to sketch the Classic Warhammer. I'm a mecha fan, the Warhammer is one of my favorite Mech designs from Battletech, I just couldn't get pass this mental block that I couldn't put these images on a piece of paper and I let it really mess with me.

That said, I need to start drawing again so I'm going to move on to different thing in order to get my mojo back. As much as I love Battletech, most of my portfolio is Battlemechs at this point so I should probably take a break from Battlemechs before I snap. Need to invest more time in characters and explore other genres.
  • Listening to: Motor Head
  • Reading: A Soul to Call
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Cola

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Chris Kotthoff
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: St. Louis
Favourite style of art: Comic book style
E-Mail: SteelRaven1@gmail.com
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Eric Carthage 3090
Eric Carthage has lived in the cockpit of his Battlemech for most of his adult life. Fighting across burning battlefields, stepping over the wreckage and bodies of friend and foe alike. The Steel Ravens Mercenary group disbanded after taking part in ending the Words threat to the Inner Sphere. Eric accepted a offer form the Republic of the Sphere, a new form nation still building a standing army from patch work of splinter military units and freedom fighters. While much of Eric's time was squandered on helping build logistics for the Republic's more mobile units, Eric's most notable contribution was being task with helping bringing down a list of wanted criminals who terrorized rebuilding planets. After, Eric quickly tiered of the growing bureaucracy and politics, the Republic now only reminded him why he found the workings of house units tedious in his youth and no longer found any reward in his post. Eric Carthage retired to Solaris VII, where he often found solace that the game world offered a place for Mechwarriors away from the battlefield.

Last piece for Eric Carthage, moving on after this. Actually meant to clean this up a little more but after a long day at work, I accidentally found myself putting all my work on one layer. Oh well. The jaw line could use some work as well as the neck but I'm more or less happy with 'Old Man Carthage' flaws and all.

I could keep going considering post Helm Core science in the BTU gives a person of average means a very long life expectancy (if they don't meet a bloody death on the battlefield that is) but felt it was unnecessary.       
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Eric Carthage 3075
Eric thought he had witness the worst that humanity had to offer. Warships bombarding cities from orbit, House Lord murdering family members for more power, continuing blood shed over petty conflicts going back generations. Then Harlech was destroyed in a flash of atomic fire and the Steel Raven Mercenaries found themselves facing a new enemy as the Inner Sphere once again descending into hatred and madness. 

Continuing my age progress of Eric Carthage, Battletech character originally from the Invasion era. I actually played very few games set in the Post Fed Com Civil War era but CGL made it a great source for epic battles and story material. Originally thought of killing of Eric in the bombing of Harlech and starting a new character but though it was cliche and decided a harden veteran of both the Clan Wars and the Fed Com Civil would be the most likely to fight his way through waves of fanatical Wobbies.

Cleaned up the original sketch allot and left only the tablet work. Eric is now close to his father's age when he meet his end during the Clan Invasion but Eric is still in the thick of it.    
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Eric Carthage 3060
Eric Carthage's rage has been tempered by the never ending war from both the invading Clans and from within the Inner Sphere. While there are those who call for unity under a banner of a new Star League, many lords continue to scheme and murder for their own interest. Eric now see the Clans more as a dark reflection of the Inner Sphere itself. Carthage and the other members of the Steel Raven mercenary unit are ready for the final push to end the threat of a renewed Clan Invasion lead by the increasingly fanatical Crusaders but they all know that that only more war awaits at home.

Continued to age my original character from Battletech. Thought Eric deserved a little more attention considering many Invasion Era characters seem almost ageless during the FASA run. Wanted to show that 10 years of war tacking it's toll but my first attempt was too much. There was too many lines in my original pencil so I dropped it for the clean lines of my tablet. Less emotion than from the last sketch but I went for a more simple approach so I could finish up Eric and allow for a easier transition to the next era.  
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No secret I've been stuck in a creative low for some time now. Been hung up on a few stupid things 1.) I have had a hard time with the fact I could design any mechas I liked for my webcomic idea and 2.) I haven't been able to sketch the Classic Warhammer. I'm a mecha fan, the Warhammer is one of my favorite Mech designs from Battletech, I just couldn't get pass this mental block that I couldn't put these images on a piece of paper and I let it really mess with me.

That said, I need to start drawing again so I'm going to move on to different thing in order to get my mojo back. As much as I love Battletech, most of my portfolio is Battlemechs at this point so I should probably take a break from Battlemechs before I snap. Need to invest more time in characters and explore other genres.
  • Listening to: Motor Head
  • Reading: A Soul to Call
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop
  • Playing: MechWarrior Online
  • Eating: Dead Animal
  • Drinking: Cola
Eric Carthage 3055

After Eric lost family to the Jade Falcon attack on Steelton, he became a more stern and at times cold individual. Eric has been noted to use Inferno rounds on the battlefield to eliminate the Clan’s Battle Armored infantry, ordering support units to hold their fire and ‘…let them burn.”

The angry expression was something that just happened so I thought it deserved a little narrative.
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
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midnightclubx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Student Writer
Thanks for the watch! : )
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C0RRUPT3D-G3M Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday Chris! :)
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :ahoy:
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thanx for favin´ ^^
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Thanks for the favorite!
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Thanks for tha +fav 
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KODO-KUN Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing, you do great work :)
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KoniPerdomo Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Thanks for the fave!!
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