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DEFCON ZERO by johnsonting
Well, I'm supposed to work on the wips i posted earlier but suddenly had an idea for a movie poster concept for Defcon 0, so couldnt help it but to stop others and work on this D: Just doing something fun, and trying to steer two of my projects into different directions just for practice: Neo Japan is for games, and Defcon 0 for movies.

Thought it would be cool to have a poster-like presentation like what i did with Dr Wayne for Neo Japan, so i did one for Defcon 0 and i can show a little bit more details on the exosuit. I'm thinking ideas and the story for Defcon 0 as i progress, it's pretty fun so i hope you guys enjoy it!

Also, who would be badass wearing futuristic exosuits while punching the shit out of zombies? Norman Reedus of course!

Version with no texts getting in the way:

DEFCON ZERO - ALT by johnsonting

Other Defcon 0 concepts here:
DEFCON 0 by johnsonting

As for technique its the same for my previous piece of Defcon 0, heavy painting over a bashed photo with tons of different materials, and used back some of the parts i've already painted :D 
Some current wips by johnsonting
Some current wips
Putting up some wips im working on right now, really hope i can finish these as soon as i can, been freakishly busy on projects. :( The Neo Japan piece on the right is a collaboration with :iconthe--kyza:, his kickass vehicle :D
DEFCON 0 - Process walkthrough by johnsonting
DEFCON 0 - Process walkthrough
Hey guys! I got a ton of questions when i posted DEFCON 0 yesterday, the main one was asking how I paint the scratches and metal to match the photo. The secret brush is..

There's absolutely no secrets or shortcuts unfortunately, at least for me, I just take my time and enjoy the process. But i dont usually do this on commercial works, the extra time is not really worth it :P

So today I went back to the painting, deleted some layers and recorded a footage of me repainting some parts, that's why the exo-skeleton isn't really the same as the final piece, but the point is to show how i paint the metals from nothing, add scratches, decals, water drops, light snow/rain and finishing touches. 


Drop me any questions if you have any and i'll definitely answer them! But here are some answers to some:
1. The visor was the original from the rough stage to near final, but i decided to take it off since I like the expression of the original guy, so I left the visor on for this version :D

2. I dont have secret brushes, you can see that i have a brush set that seems like i have a lot of fancy brushes, but when it comes to painting i only use a default soft and hard brush. And i got those custom brushes from great artists like Leventep, Dan Luvisi etc. 

3. Video is sped up 7x, real time 1 hour to repaint the parts, and the song is Halo 3 Ost, I didnt know what song to put.. any recommendations? LOL

4. I used a wacom intuos pro, with photoshop cs5. Which doesn't really matter that much :/

5. You can hit the download button to download this version if you want to see the outcome, but you can also check out the final and details below:
DEFCON 0 by johnsonting DEFCON 0 - Details by johnsonting

6. I usually zoom out for a full view every few minutes or when i finish a part, it helps to see if the part you're painting matches the whole thing.

7. This is not the final piece, this is just a repaint of some parts to record the video. 

8. I dont think I'll be able to do a gumroad tutorial because my english vocab and voice sucks :P

9. To those who keep flaming on artists that "photobash" is a cheat, i'm sure a lot of professional artists has mentioned, it's definitely not. You still gotta have a solid amount of knowledge for lighting, material, shapes, forms, painting techniques, etc to come up with a believable one, accusing that photobashers are cheating is rude. I'm still not very skilled in this but I'm still learning everyday when I paint, it's really not as easy as you think it is. 

Thanks guys! :D

If Neo Japan 2202 were made into a book, a compilation of the artworks along with all the information and back-story. Would you buy it? Details are in my journal! All help is greatly appreciated! 

890 deviants said Yes
259 deviants said Maybe
46 deviants said No
2014 June UPDATES:

PS. Keep the feedbacks going! I read them all and will reply to them one by one, as always, it means a lot to me and thanks so much guyss!


Busy busy week, been dying to update some drawings of Neo Japan 2202, hopefully will be dropping a few these two weeks and currently having a collab with a fellow artist friend of mine, who paints really kickass vehicles. Anyway, I'm happy to announce that i will be joining the team@ Project Triforce in the coming period as a full time concept artist, and we're working on tons of cool projects out there, im so pumped when i get to see most of them announced on E3. 

On a side note, if you guys havent check it out yet, Mortal Kombat X looks amazing and gory :D or maybe im just biased, anyway i've been working on it for more than a year and it has been an awesome experience so check it outt!

As for the Neo Japan book:


Yeap, been lucky enough to be approached by a couple of publishers and in the midst of discussing the whole project, gonna take some time but it's definitely happening. All the comments and feedback means a lot to me and it's what made the book happen! But keep it going guys! The more feedback i get the better i can make sure it can meet everyone's needs and expectation as much as i can. 

Thanks guys and I'll keep the updates coming!
Neo Japan 2202 coming this week!

NEO JAPAN 2202 - THE BOOK by johnsonting

As for Neo Japan 2202 project, I need some pretty big favor from you guys! Currently im looking to make Neo Japan 2202 into a book before into a game! (hopefully), so there's a poll above this journal (Main page) that i hope you guys dont mind doing a pretty fast two-click survey for me. If it were to be made into a book, it's going to be roughly like this:

-- English! But will probably have japanese translation/subtexts.
-- Most probably hardcover
-- 150 - 200 pages.
-- 50-100 artworks (Illustrations and sketches)
-- At least 30-50 Exclusive artworks that can only be in the book. 
-- The Story, tons of it! Not just plain texts but with visuals as well. 
-- Documents from the Neo Japan 2202 universe, maps/files/pictures/blueprints/namecards etc.
-- Price wise, im not really sure right now but i will definitely keep it as low as possible, the same goes to shipping, but if its not too much of a trouble i hope you guys dont mind dropping me a price range you would buy it!
-- Probably a digital ebook version as well (Download code for physical book buyers included)
-- Hopefully some soundtracks! (Currently looking for collaborators, you guys recommend anyone?)
-- Prints / posters inside!

I'm planning to make it like "The Dark Knight Manual" book, its really great in terms of the readability, design and information. It's one of my favorite book and the style is really close to what i want the Neo Japan book to look like! Here's a youtube video review of the book:

Feedbacks! These are the most important! Also, if you are a publication company, feel free to contact me if you're interested in speaking with me about it. Email:

P.S: Any 3D modelers/sculptors want to model some of my characters? :p

Anyway, thank you so much guys and hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks and have a nice day!

Here's a link to my store on society 6!…

**But would never hurt to email me if you have a commission in mind, I'll open up slots if im really interested in it!

**Please contact me at for further commissioning infos or inquiries.
Deviantart notes are not recommended as I check my mail 24/7 compared to DA notes.

Commission Samples:

Character Concept Illustrations.

NEO JAPAN 2202 by johnsontingHey Steve, what are you doing outside by johnsontingSea Golem by johnsontingRed by johnsontingPut it down, Dr.Wayne by johnsonting
Dark Knight by johnsontingArmor study by johnsontingCursed by johnsontingThey're back. by johnsontingSketch #40 by johnsontingNEO JAPAN 2202 - SHIROBAI by johnsontingPlants vs zombies by johnsonting

*Refer to gallery for more*

Environments paintings/keyshot illustrations:

The Tojinbo Cannons - Neo Japan 2202 by johnsontingUSS NAUTILUS 2.0 by johnsontingDeparture by johnsontingThe Biwa Generators - Neo Japan 2202 by johnsontingRail racers by johnsontingSketch #37 by johnsonting
Exploring the monos by johnsontingKel Canopy City - Kingdomrealms by johnsontingSketch#38 by johnsontingRandom Sketches by johnsonting

*Refer to gallery for more*

**Commissions Terms of Service:

These Terms of Service are relevant to non-commercial projects only, and are subject to revision, without notice. The Client must read, understand and agree to all the below terms before entering into an agreement with the Artist. 

• The Artist has the right to refuse any commission request.

• The Artist reserves the right to issue a refund and cancel a commission due to poor communication, rude/inappropriate behavior, or an inability to effectively communicate in the English language.

• The Artist will not create any depiction of illegal activities, sexually explicit (x-rated) materials, or hateful/racist imagery. 

• The Artist retains all rights to the commissioned artwork, including the rights to distribution (i.e., to create prints, merchandise, etc.). 

• The Artist retains the right to display all commissioned work on any personal website, gallery, or journal. If the commissioned work is time-sensitive, the Artist can delay public display of the art at the request of the Client.

• The Client may not re-distribute, reproduce, or sell the Artist's work, or profit from the artwork, beyond the resale of a physical original painting or drawing (traditional media only).

• The Artist is not responsible for printing (digital media). Works will be uploaded to this site and will be available for Clients to purchase at the cost of printing (no markup).

• The Client may exhibit the Artist's work in any online/offline art gallery without the permission of the Artist but require proper credits.

• The Client is advised to specify the size of his/her commissioned image, whether digital or traditional. Excessively large images (larger than the download size of the samples listed below) will cost more. Excessively small images (smaller than the full-view size of the samples listed below), may reduce the price.

• The Client may resize/crop the commissioned artwork to create icons, wallpapers, or other graphics to be used in non-commercial digital format, but the client cannot alter the artwork itself.

• Client rights can be negotiated for an added fee. If the commissioned image will be used for commercial purposes, the Artist must be notified prior to the start of work. Commercial use of images will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis, and will result in an increased commission price. New terms of service must be decided upon before the Artist begins any work on a commission for commercial use.

**Payment method:

•  All prices are expressed in U.S. dollars, and payments are expected to be made as such. The Client is responsible for sending the correct amount, equal to the listed U.S. dollar amount.

•  Displayed base prices are subject to change according to the complexity, difficulty, size, and medium of each individual piece.

•  At least 50% deposit or a full payment has to be delivered before I start the commission.

• If the Client wishes to cancel his/her commission during the sketch stage, he/she will be refunded 50% of what he/she paid. No refund will be issued beyond the sketch phase of a commission.

• I prefer commission payments be made utilizing Paypal services, and addressed to , if the Client does not have PayPal, other means of payment can be arranged. However, payment is still required up front.

**Paypal address:

Drop me an email at if you're interested!
Deviantart notes are not recommended as I check my mail 24/7 compared to DA notes.



Johnson Ting
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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I love this!
Sun Sep 21, 2014, 4:00 PM
Dude.... Mind if I ask how can I buy this book of yours? :3 "Neo-Japan" :D I look forward to hopefully getting my own copy :3
Thu Jul 24, 2014, 5:53 AM
Any more news on the book? im a sucker for hard sci fi, i already own the district 9 and Elysium art books.
Wed Jul 23, 2014, 5:57 AM
Don't forget to remove your little "hint" :)
Fri Jul 11, 2014, 6:12 AM
Thanks so much guys! But no where near Dan, he's super amazing!
Thu Jul 10, 2014, 8:36 PM
Bloody brilliant.
Wed Jul 9, 2014, 9:11 AM
Your work is astounding.
Mon Jun 16, 2014, 7:23 PM
I think you are as strong as Dan Luvisi !!!
Mon Jun 16, 2014, 5:11 AM
Sir, your artwork is very inspiring, and is extremely well done. Please continue
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VivienneAsh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
have you heard of neotokyo the game? :o
ProfessorAdagio Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Please get back to me with the note I sent you, thanks! :D
tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014

Do you would like to feature my commission info 
in order to receive a feature La la la la of your commissions in return?

That would be awesome I am a dummy! 
Ragg-Topp Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are literally the best artist ever, your work is astounding!!! omfg omfg
Cryo1147 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi thanks for joining XD always nice to meet new members. if you have any questions or
ideas then please dont hesitate to ask/tell me or any of the co-founder.

ps there is an ongoing tutorial competition right now which will go on to the 7/26…

the price is 400 points.
Jessadraw Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Okay. I'm just going to say that you're the first person I have come across to have a deviation that I actually did not believe was a drawing, but rather, a photograph, even after having my face 2 inches from the screen analyzing it for like 10 minutes XD You have all of my respect La la la la 
JPNZasYELOasCHZ Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THEROBONATOR Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
would be cool if you could start doin some videos again. i would even like watching you draw stuff in real time. 
please give us some new videos :/
gabrielwillames Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Wow neojapan book.. Very good, would love to see him in Portuguese, is surely amazing. And a game(hopefully) :D? I really enjoyed the project, good luck with it.
BaraaChan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
awesome style
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