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Crashing the System by MylaFox Crashing the System by MylaFox
Crashing the system
Programmed to receive
Mindless human idiots
Fall to their knees


~ Front Line Assembly - Unleashed [link]




This is just a little something I worked on to get myself back into the mood of painting after a long vacation. Let's see... I woke up at around four in the morning with an image just stuck in my head. I couldn't sleep, and had no choice but to try and paint it. To my delight, I was able to re-create what I intended quite accurately! The background was painted in about three hours, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I intended for this to be a Zim piece from the beginning, which is why the whole thing looks more grim than my usual work. Post-apocalyptic and sci-fi scenes are quickly becoming some of my favorites to work with. Also... DAT SPACESUIT. Zim was added later, and it took a while for me to color him. Mostly because I was having too much fun during a private livestream session with my bestest friend. <3 YOUKNOWWHOYOUARE.

But yeah, I really liked making this one. I wanna do more like it in the near future! From a technical standpoint, I can see a lot of improvement from my previous work. There is a lot of empty space in the composition of this one, but I got positive feedback prior to posting for that very reason. It's not obvious in-your-face fanart, but rather a scene with the character conforming to it as a secondary element.

All that being said, I hope you like it!

Now to work on some other important pending art... I have a special someone in mind.




Created in Paint Tool Sai and Adobe Photoshop.

Artwork pictured above is ©*MylaFox
Invader Zim is ©Nickelodeon/Viacom Entertainment

You may repost, but please don't alter or claim ownership.
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:iconkevinartseeker:
KevinArtSeeker Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I love it! Not just because it's a IZ fan art, but also the shadings and the lighting effects are beautiful.
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words. Glad to hear that it wasn't the subject alone which attracted you to my artwork~ <3
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Wicked cool!
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjulian0123:
julian0123 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's a pretty badass Zim.
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! c;
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:iconjulian0123:
julian0123 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yourwelcome
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:iconinvaderstitch2000:
invaderstitch2000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
zim is so hot!!!!
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, indeed! >w<
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:iconinvaderdakota:
InvaderDakota Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome! 8D
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:iconinvaderdakota:
InvaderDakota Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
welcome ^^
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:iconinvaderzimilove:
InvaderZimilove Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Up close your background is exceedingly simple but when I move away it looks so comlpex! You taught me something today....
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh the joys of speed painting! Like a concept artist, I aim to get my ideas across efficiently, yet effectively. I used to go overboard with detail, but recently I've decided that speed is important as well. If you work on your painting at thumbnail size, this really helps you lay down a foundation with little brush strokes and less distractions. Of course, you can then refine the background further to your liking afterwards.

Glad I could be of some use!
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:iconinvaderzimilove:
InvaderZimilove Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow i never thought of that... i'm going to try that
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:iconsorida777:
Sorida777 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
DA SPACESUIT!! I love that thing to death and I wish Zim used it more during the show. Awesome job! :D
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I know right? I loved that suit, too! I thought it looked awesome. c: I'm also biased toward the color purple. :iconpurpleheartplz:

I'm glad you liked the painting, thanks!
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Sorida777 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Every time I see the suit, I just think of Zim shouting "I wish they would all just di-heh, oh yeah..." XD Purple is a pretty boss color, though I love yellow. :)

No problem! It's pretty awesome, especially the scenery! :) It felt very Zim-ish.
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tailsfluffy74 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I love the lightning effects on this piece!
The colors just complement each other~
I'll never know how you do it!

if Zim were to envade Earth, you would be spared!
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, dear! I'm glad you enjoyed the complementary colors employed in this piece.

Yay, I am spared!
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:iconnadwahazim:
NadwaHazim Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome coloring!
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! <3 Glad you like it.
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:iconnadwahazim:
NadwaHazim Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwelcome-one::iconwelcome-two::iconwelcome-three::iconwelcome-four:
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:iconmoon-phantom:
Moon-Phantom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Victory! Victory for ZIIIIIIM
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
YES, VICTORY FOR ZIM! xD
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Manice008 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
invader zim.... man i havent seen that show in forever (nostalgia-gasm) great show and a good picture to remind me of it.
ERMEHGERD DRAW GIR AND PIGGY!!! :iconepiclaplz:
anyway though. great BG. that would be a really cool ipod BG
also loven the lighting effect coming off the ground and bouncing off his face mixed with the light from his jetpack. overall a fairly simple picture, nothing really seems too complex beyond shading and lighting but It is very good ^_^
keep up the fantastic work, Its always a joy to see
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Zim is made of so much awesome. ;A; I just recently got into the series thanks to a friend of mine, and knew I was gonna be hooked. You just get this inner fangirl screaming at you saying, "OH YES, YOU ARE GOING TO OBSESS OVER THIS. DRAW FOR ZIM!!" Well, that's what it's like for me anyway. xD

OMGIR! Actually, I was thinking about drawing the cute little piggy thing. AND THE MOOSE! <33

I'm glad you liked it, Mac! ^___^ Thank you so much.
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Manice008 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
xD i can see u nerding out over the show quite well

O: do that

no prob ^^
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Chejanea Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Aaah, I like the colours and the sudden pink of the jet pack and highlights contrasting the dim colours and the sketchy look of the background is always a style I love ;v;

I can't fully express my words on how awesome I think it is xD;;;
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yey! A comment from you! ^^ I'm so glad you liked my use of complementary colors in this one. It was a lot of fun painting those pretty purple colors against the greens of the background. I too love sketchy styles, so I'm going to be working more with them in the future!

Thank you so so much! :heart:
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:iconchejanea:
Chejanea Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I haven't been giving you enough comments ;v;

It'll be great to see more of that sketchy style from you though! And you do it so well it inspires me to try at least once

you're very welcome!
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You should give it a shot! It's a lot of fun... Just let yourself work loosely, that's probably the best way to go about it. <3
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TeenieLover Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
After contemplating on which Zim piece to comment on, I decided to pick this one, because it's my favourite.

You have some real talent going on here, and I think your style of drawing Zim is beautiful, I would love to see how you draw Dib, he's my favourite character from the show :]
Your sense of lighting is very good, from what I can see you understand it very well, I also love the way you coloured it! I must say as well, the detail you put into your backgrounds is phenomenal, I think that's what puts you aside from the rest of the Zim artists I have seen. You said you were new to drawing Zim fanart? I can't really recommend anything to help you learn how to draw him apart from studying official pictures/screenshots. I like to especially pay attention to the expressions of the characters. I will also say that in season 2 the characters look somewhat different than in season 1, Gaz's head is more angular as well as Dib's, in my opinion I prefer the style in Season 2, it just feels a lot more cleaner to me.

I think you deserve a watch, can't wait to see more! :huggle:
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh hello there! :"D It made me smile to see a comment from you. I'm glad this latest Zim piece is your favorite. I spent a while on it!

Aww, you really think I did a good job on drawing Zim? Thank you so much! It means a lot to me, getting comments like these from someone that is so well-versed in the style. I'm entirely new to the fandom, so I'm trying to reach out to you guys to gain a better understanding of it all. I really need to try drawing Dib next, it would be a lot of fun! I heard from a friend that he is more difficult, but I don't mind a challenge. ^^

I'm also happy that you enjoy my background work! I certainly put a lot of love and attention into them, so that means a lot. I used to be terrible with backgrounds, so I had to really drill down and focus on 'em.

Very sound advice on studying screenshots! I have been doing that a lot to really get a feel for the character. The last step for me would be to gain my own style after I know how to draw him accurately to the original. ^^ Ohh, and thank you for pointing out the little differences between the seasons! That is very good to know.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this up for me, and I am honored you'd watch me! :tighthug:
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:iconlennylein:
Lennylein Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dam it girl, this is some awesome IZ artwork you have here. I love the complementary contrast between green and red/pinkish colours ♥
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:iconohquititplz: Aww, thank you hun! >w< I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I really like working with complementary colors, so this was a lot of fun for me. <3
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Lennylein Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome. Definately deserves more attention :D

I can see the effort you put in this. Complementarey colours make everything a little more "intense" if you ask me ;)
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you can see the effort I put into my work, not many do!

Tension is something I certainly strive for in my Zim fanart. Thanks again for the nice commentary!
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Lennylein Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jeah, you can totally see that :D

however if i where you i'd try to improve my "more realistic" art skills, if you know what i mean.
You already have the ability to do those awesome colourings that look so realistic. I'd love to see some more "realistic" figures from you ♥ espeically irken art. C:
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Coraleana Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the background sure looks different from what I'm used to see from you. But it looks amazing nontheless.^^
I really love how Zim came out! You really did a fantastic job on him! ^o^
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, hun! I'm glad you enjoyed how this one turned out, despite how different it is from my usual work. ^^

Zim was a lot of fun to draw, I must admit. Especially in his little space suit! <3 Thanks again, I'm glad you like how he turned out. I'm new to the whole thing, so that means a lot!
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Coraleana Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome!^-^
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:iconinvaderlez:
InvaderLez Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT! :iconcrazygir-plz:
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! xD
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TwisterTH Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Love the colors and char ).
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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kidkb09 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
nice
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:iconmn27:
Mn27 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another awesome work :heart:
what brush did you use for the sky?
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:iconmylafox:
MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! ^^ I actually recall using a custom textured foliage brush. My brush sets are so huge, it's hard to actually remember where they came from or how to find them again in my palette. >.< If I can find it, I will let you know!
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