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The Longest Winter by ChrisReach The Longest Winter by ChrisReach
It is theorized that after nuclear war, a large amount of soot and smoke will be ejected into the Earth's stratosphere, creating an environment of reduced sunlight and cold weather for a period of years after the event.

As if there aren't already enough examples of atomic atrocities in history and in the the news *shakes fist as JR Oppenheimer*

A concept piece for the mysterious Uranium Club. Also, I submitted this to the IFX monthly challenge (the theme was 'Chilling') here: [link]

Edit: Thank you to =LadyFromEast and ^Voyager212 for suggesting and featuring my work! And thank you to everyone who commented and faved, it was a really nice surprise when I checked my messages this afternoon!
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Given 2011-04-10
The Longest Winter by ~ChrisReach Dynamic composition and great mood make this piece very unique. ( Suggested by LadyFromEast and Featured by MacRebisz )
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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
In two hours, the Earth's surface was reduced to cinders...
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is only a matter of time :)
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Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Shouldn't that dog be covered as well? Especially with a gas mask? Because in a post apocalyptic comic, this wanderer has his dog covered in bandages, a type of cape thing, and a modified gas mask.
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Resources are scarce. He has to take care of himself so that he can care for the dog. Maybe that is what they are searching for. Dog clothes. And food.
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Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
True, and keeping that dog alie can be useful from hunting to knowing if there is someone hostile. But I love the pic though, would be a great intro to a story :)
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Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
The world is on the road to the end, i wonder if there would be those would had something in plan to save a part of the human race?
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately I think it is inevitable. Individuals have to plan for themselves, and their families. Communities, if they can afford it. The guys at the top will be dropping the bombs, so I don't think we can look to them for help.

Might not happen in the near future, but I'd say government servants around the globe have metaphorically kicked a hornet's nest.
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Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I had thought of a possible scenario that if one group managed to unite enough people of the scientific side and those of similar minds, and then tried to combine a plan and try to get people off of earth to anywhere else, and survive and thrive, the human race will survive. As long as the people agreed to the aim. But that's unlikely.
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah true. Well, with the recent success of private spaceflight, there might be hope to leave this rock in the event of nuclear war. Call me a pessimist but I think the big one will happen long before we can get off-world and to a habitable place.

I don't think humanity will be entirely destroyed either, but it might be a reboot. Like after the Plague.
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Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
But one big problem is the amount of nukes fired, remember we can only resist a certain level before we die. Or we go Fallout... cool but grim.
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killzone77 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The wandering loner. Reminds me of fallout. They should make one in a nuclear winter. Great lighting and colors. Makes the world feel dead yet it holds beauty.:dance:My favorite type of fallout.
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd shell out the money for Fallout Nuclear Winter in a heartbeat (as you can probably tell I like the series :) ). When the flash inevitably goes off at least some of us will know how to cook up a rad-scorpian. Survival of the fittest, my friend.
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killzone77 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
when that day happens. Don't forget! don't eat the snow. You'll end up like big buba over there.:dummy:
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Howlgram Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
i love the way this feels like ^^
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, very much appreciated!
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CharlieWilcher Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   General Artist
Very good, I actually thought it was Killzone at first.
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, so did a few other people. I should put a disclaimer in the description.
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Awesome work!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Mononoke2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Good work!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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clayton-mikesell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
awesome use of the skeleton
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Nothing quite drives home a point like some good old fashioned remains.
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soulshelter Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the angle of this, and I love how you did the lighting from the red. :heart: Great job and congrats on the DD!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It can't be all gray and dreary now.
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pandagirl820 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Dutch angle! :D I love it!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad you love it :)
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Keidi-kun Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Nice colors, composition and perspective
Liked his outfit, the way you made the dog, his eyes and the burried skeleton
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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lstjules Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice, I really like the angle and the dark grey tones.
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it, thanks!
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BearMaster9013 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that poor doggie! <:[
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dont worry, the guy takes good care of him. Its his best friend... and probably only friend now.
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BearMaster9013 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
daw. :meow:
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Wyncandel Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome angle!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Risu-of-Anterra Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Reminds me of "The Road." I couldn't finish that book for the life of me, it was so depressing...
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I'm waiting for my friend to finish that, then borrowing it. Your review makes the wait almost unbearable :) Luckily painting this was a god deal more fun.
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Risu-of-Anterra Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
I hope you can get through it. My mom spoiled the end for me... But don't worry, no spoilers from me. :)

It looks like it was fun! Gratz on the DD.
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Jovan066 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Kinda reminds me of the Killzone series.
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, someone else said that. And I looked it up and apparently it is not on xbox, which I am none too happy about.
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Jovan066 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Yeah, it'd be fun to see it on Xbox sometime.
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Lauta-Vinkon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Lauta-Vinkon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ya're welcome :D
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LokiMotive Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
can't describe how much i love this!
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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crystalpurity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Writer
Wow....this is just dark....and it holds a lot of emotions, just with the colors...

Great job! You totally deserved the DD :D
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ChrisReach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yeah it is pretty dreary... but then again, the end of the world is nothing to smile about :)
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crystalpurity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Writer
No problem :)
True
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