first of all lighting, color and frame wise this is truly great i think its a joy to look at the pic
then i love pyros comment i think qwerty has good ideas and generally you could thicken all those typically digitally painted semi-transparent structures/textures; that would make it less digital appearing, and harder to differnciate from photo (which i think is the goal of most realistic/non-abstract digittal paintings)
Can i give it a comical dialogue?: gunner: "Keep firing! we need to hold the line!" Pilot: "Line? were a 3 man mech, and the co-pilot is sleeping." Co-pilot: "Nope, whose manning the machine gun?" Gunner: "...me?" Co-pilot: "No..the big one." Gunner: "...we have a bigger gun than this one?" Co-pilot: "What is that loud noise outside..." Gunner: "..." Co-pilot: "Yeah...my trigger happy, joystick loving, right, fapping, ****ing hand..." Pilot: "...then what was that snoring?" Co-pilot: "Snoring?"
Hi, not sure what help you are after so i thought I'd offer a few suggestions. I'm doing a not-dissimilar work atm myself. First off, great mech design, environment and framing. To help finish it I'd maybe add some junk on the floor pointing in the direction of the mech as there is a fair amount of empty sand between us and the mech and the junk could lead the eye in to it. Bullet ricochets could be seen sparking off it too adding to the atmosphere of danger. I would also darken the area behind the muzzle flashes to really highlight them. You have suggested rounds zipping away from the mech with brush strokes, perhaps this could be made stronger by suggesting tracer rounds which show up brighter often with a red tint. For the rest I think all is needed is a little time on rendering the highlights and shadows emphasizing the mech. Please don't think I don't like this piece - I do, just wanting to help a fellow artist!
Nice pic. The feet of that Mech kinda looks like 1 of the feet off from Chrome Hounds on Xbox 360, and the turrent chassis kinda looks like the Mecha off from BattleField: 2142 The PC game. Which I really like that game a lot. }: ) But nicely done Rene. 10/10