"Way of the Hunter" Borderlands art series by Klopotinsha


(yellow for cyan) #101

If you wanna make a beef pie from scratch, you must first create the universe yo.
It always works so. To capture even a tiny moment, we live da sh~

Yee-haw!

My little Mordecai: championship is magic.

long story short, I needed to reify teenage version of Mordecai for a little flashback in graphic novel, I described this ruthless arena hustler like “evil twin of sport games dealer from TV show about the dog who likes classic books” dressed up like “larva of typical Epicmegagames character” with elements of “ethno-punk” style and my favorite old sneakers, and here he is - está mi campeón!

Before becoming a freak we know on wild wastelands of margin of the universe, this dark horse with an old revolver and team of other gone rogue kids has kicked everyone’s аss not only in sharpshooting competition. Of course, flawless victory of such exotic would be not beneficial to representatives of stinking corporations…

* * *

In a distant time separated by thousands of years of outer space travel, where Mordecai is already not so young, red-haired lady named Gaige(who likes stroggification porn) volunteered for slave labor on his scythid ranch just to hear some of those tournament stories about people who were dancing instead of looking only at numbers in inventory. Of course, the most exciting for her will be the one about duel with Ga’Gorib. One careless move could leave Mordecai without right eye and with crushed upper limb on the side, so he would have to wear ugly cyber prosthesis like on early concept arts for Borderlands 1, but the hunter turned out to be cunning enough to save all his soft human body parts and defeat the beast with a single bullet.


(yellow for cyan) #102

Rahu’s Polaroid

Apparently this photo was taken in 2290s, and in the 5260s exposed at This Location, between a splendid view of triple eclipse of moons on Artemis (taken by Mordecai at age 11) and spicy pin-up portrait of Moxxi’s boobs (taken by Mordecai at age 40 a couple of thousand years later)

Tiny Mordecai’s teammate and a good friend Rahu abandoned his clan to beat at organized human arenas long before it became mainstream, because according to his insectoid-reptiloid-pacifist logic “it is much more kosher when the prey can remember how its life was taken multiple times”.
Rahu is certainly not one of “those haughty douchebags who came to flaunt superiority in some military conflict ьullshit”. Rahu is a fan of Human Culture, especially thrilled of chewing gum stickers, toothbrushes *, cat’s eye glass marbles and classical music.

*he’s just wild about the look of these weird tools, for teeth cleaning he has a special gland.


Actually I was going to tell a new joke from series “the funniest joke I’ve ever heard” (yeah, that very series with old classic joke about a severed head that flies around in Hell)
So. The joke:
My friend approaches me and says, "hey’yo, rememba juvenile Tony from Cap: Civil War"
And i just start laughing out loud because it is one of the funniest jokes I’ve ever heard!
Got it?
Actually it’s not quite a joke, It’s kinda technical sort of humor.

This picture was causing very strange sensations, not comparable to uncanny valley or something bad, nevertheless I could not understand at all what is happening to my mind when I feel something like that.
And then when I recalled that example with Tony from MCU, I realized that when a character who we accustomed to see adult is needed to be rejuvenated in story to that age when the skull is not yet fully formed and this character being based on his adult actor who was also at that stage a while ago but it was slight different and you also remember it… and yet you just do something with the textures of usual version we accustomed to see adult and, daym, this is really weird! So weird that causes unrestrained fun!


General thread about Immortal Steel Cojones, True Mordecai the Undying, Protector of Jimenez, Sworn Enemy of the Incubus! [In context of THE ENTIRE BORDERLANDS series]
( The Dogs Bollocks) #103

Mord is my favourite character by far so I’m supper impressed with your artwork.

Magnificent!


(yellow for cyan) #104

Oh hai doggy.

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this thread. Perhaps firstly worth making here synchronization with few other correlative threads that were created while this awhile.
Although it is quite simple to track them all (according to Klopotinsha who writes this) since all my notes obey single narration, I place here links for decency.

In thread about Klopotinsha I suggested G-man style appearances of one of Klopotinsha’s Golems.
Klopotinsha’s Crow Tengu Golem named Klopotinsha, or simply Klopotinsha.
I guess that it’s hard for you to pronounce this name correctly.
There you can read comprehensive description and see more detailed concept-art:
https://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/t/gearbox-community-badass-klopotinsha/1128332/29?u=klopotinsha

You may notice that in addition to repairing Mordecai and praising all precious things from BL1, we also contribute in demolition of undesirable content brought by BL2.

So if you get tired of Klopotinsha’s complicated parables…

Stay awhile and listen a story about Timmy, or simply T, the most pathetic and wretched creature that your boots can ever kick on Borderlands.

Initially I just wanted to mock on fans of faceless fascist who presume that one Doppelganger might survive, but eventually it turned in pretty cool concept for Borderlands3:
https://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/t/t-and-his-tiny-digi-unicorn-bl3-concept/1639093?u=klopotinsha

Join the discussion about T and write, for example, how you’d beat up this pitiful creature using a board with rusty nails, or how you’d chain him to the rock and check how fast he’d die of hunger, whatever you want, have fun and don’t forget the meat hook gun!

And now the most important link:

General thread about Immortal Steel Cojones, True Mordecai the Undying, Protector of Jimenez, Sworn Enemy of the Incubus! [In context of THE ENTIRE BORDERLANDS series]

https://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/t/general-thread-about-immortal-steel-cojones-true-mordecai-the-undying-protector-of-jimenez-sworn-enemy-of-the-incubus-in-context-of-the-entire-borderlands-series/1640935?u=klopotinsha

Turned out that it is not quite possible to explain the theme of the thread to «Handsome Jack VIP tour from the fourth episode of TftBL», so firstly I had to defend the thread from mobbing, I was even banned for a few days and have lost «community buttass» title.
But now you can freely join the discussion on-topic and even find there all the «cheat codes» and «walkthrough guides» for understanding of Way of the Hunter series.
Someone may start whining that there is too much text, but I recommend reading all my posts carefully and better several times.
Seriously, I no longer want to be involved in this situation when someone writes to me ‘blah blah blah, love the drawings, i follow the thread n years’ and then when i ask some simple check question, this someone replies ‘who is Julio Cedillo?’ and I can’t understand if it was trolling or dumbassitude, coz i make alludes to the subj in almost each damn post.

By the way, remember sassy fresco which i published as illustration for the story about two tribes? Archaeologists are beginning to slowly guess who depicted on it…

Borderlands 3: Time for a nice, relaxing ride.

I named this painting Ezy Rider, same as Jimi Hendrix’s song,
and made a special thread for it, lot of conceptual stuff to discuss!
https://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/t/borderlands-3-time-for-a-nice-relaxing-ride-gameplay-concept-painting-by-klopotinsha/1781737?u=klopotinsha


(yellow for cyan) #105

Table scene

Klopotinsha presents the homage on scene from Denis Villeneuve’s film Sicario, adapted for setting of satirical cosmic sci-fi western videogame Borderlands.

‘Don’t forget about The Doorbell’ (“The Doorbell” is probably another Eridian artifact)

The idea of such badass combo came to me because «the final boss» of original Sicario, Faust Alarcon, and main protagonist of True Borderlands, Mordecai Neverdying (do not confuse with shoddy Mor-decoy from BL2), were performed by the same ultra-amazing actor, the one and only Julio Cesar Cedillo.

The adaptation required some changes in the plot:

I don’t think that Mordecai would throw a deaf girl into a vat of acid; he’d rather shoot the barrel next to her.

And Borderlands version of Alejandro, besides The Lawyer-Childkiller, should contain details from other Benicio Del Toro’s characters like The Collector from MCU and The Thief from Star Wars. This mercenary is probably working for someone like Mr. Blake, and came to steal Mordecai’s rare pets and Eridian artifacts.

Of course, the son of Bloodwing, Talon, won’t let anyone distract Mordecai from his meal.

Good boy!

By the way, this Alejandro can stay alive after this scene like the one from truly awesome comedy sequel «Wannabe Sicario» (Sicario 2: Soldado), only with holes on other places.
Talon just wants to play with new friend, but first he has to disable the cyber eye with tracking system, as daddy Mordecai taught.

Oh, almost forgot, this happens in location Jimenez. It’s a magical place!

I also picked the song for closing credits:


General thread about Immortal Steel Cojones, True Mordecai the Undying, Protector of Jimenez, Sworn Enemy of the Incubus! [In context of THE ENTIRE BORDERLANDS series]
(Fuz) #106

I haven’t seen Sicario but your art (and the way you convey a story through it) is always amazing.

Is Mordecai getting fatter with each subsequent drawing?