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ACUPAT by NDTwoFives ACUPAT by NDTwoFives
The current camouflage pattern used by the U.S Army, it's now been phased out slowly by the Multicam pattern.
Not really a "Universal" camouflage pattern but it seems to be work well in the rocky mountains of A-Stan and most urban scenarios. But I like the looks of it.

Took 2 hours for the coloring and probably half an hour for sketching.

Lineart was done with a 0.5mm mech pencil.
Base coloring was done with PS CS5, along with the ACUPAT.
Shading and extra details were done with Paint Tool SAI.

The ACUPAT/UCP is a pain to the rear to paint :X but less than CADPAT, MARPAT or even Multicam since it has only 3 colors.

EDIT: Darkened the lineart. Definitely need to do that step before coloring.
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squarenuts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
The ACU was always going to be a stop gap until something better came out. Going from the BDU was just too green (set for a Western European fight) for action in the Middle East. I am surprised we didn't sell all of them to the rebuilt Iraq military.
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matej255 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
101St Airbrone "Screming Eagles" Good choice. :3
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
XD I should start making varied unit patches, since it would be redundant after a while
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RyanRebel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Airborne guys are bad to the bone. Nice drawing !
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh yeah, parachute drops are awesome :D
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zaku0909 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I really like the detail on the patch, and the kit looks spot on!

Personal fan of ACU/CADPAT digi patterns.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, though I learned a bit more about vest loads shortly after that one XD, mostly the utility pouches and personal first aid kits. :)
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oddly enough i have my mind set on joining 101ST. One of their guys came down today to talk to us about enlisting. i walked up to him and we exchanged some words then it turned into a conversation. afterwards i have my mind set.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good to hear, but you still have to wait a couple of years tho. :o
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just 3 More. No contact from CF Recuriter yet?. I Was wondering what profession do you seek to find in the CF?
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, it can take around three months or so, my fingers are crossed for November 7. Infantry was the trade I picked, I'm wondering if it was a good choice since the CF since it is full on infantrymen, they are mostly looking for engineers and technicians nowadays.
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shadowthepredator Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
ACUPAT is P.O.S camo. But nice drawing.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not practical but I like it aesthetically wise. Thanks btw!
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shadowthepredator Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Your welcome.
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That shoulder-insignia looks like the 101st Airborne Division.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, that's the 101st, the "airborne" patch isn't very visible because the pencil drawing wasn't too big.
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, the good ole' "Screaming Eagles." I had a cousin who served in the 101st Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice, did he liked his experience in the force?
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He was willing to serve, and to serve his country. But he told me to think very, very, very hard if I wanted to join. He saw horrific things overseas, and after he served 8 years, he was willing to let his contract run up. He was ready to get out, to get his education, and move on with his life.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pose and proper body proportions.

The M-4 looks a bit too stretched forward.

Perhaps the receiver of the gun and the stock are too short compared with the handguard and the tip of the barrel.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks pal, seems that you're right on this one, maybe the stock needs to be raised slightly as well.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawings guns from angles and perspectives is never easy. But practice helps a lot.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think that a perspective grid would come in handy for things like that.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah. I often apply a small perspective grid to draw weapons. I used it to great effect in this project: [link]

One little suggestion, try using a ruler when drawing/inking your guns or other solid objects, it helps to bring a sense that it's indeed a solid object.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, good suggestion, I'll give a try and see how it turns out. :)
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You do that. I want to see how it turns out.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
After a few days of careful work, I finally got it done: [link]
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You own your own CADPAT Your self?.
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The greatest casualty is being forgotten.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nah, I'm sorry but I'm not part of the Canadian Forces. I'm just a regular guy with a keen interest for the military. =P
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We All have keen Intrests in Military forces and items related to it.
I Do Admire CF and the well organized army you have.
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raging-wolves Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Nice work ND. I know about the pain of this camo. Lucky me my commanding officer did not check the box my "gift" (miracle) came in. Now me and my squad when we are out on patrol we go out in some khaki cargo pants and white T-shirts. It is not the best but guess what? It has saved my ass from getting shot three times over. When you are in the desert a filthy white T-shirt and some khakis blend in a lot more than the digital gray uniforms we were supplied with.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Were you former US Army?
Yeah, I think that solid colors would blend better in dull environments like desrts.
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raging-wolves Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Close but I keep the cigar. I am an ACTIVE U.S. MARINE. Better than the digital camo but not always. In certain area of the dessert wearing a pure white pimp suit would make you almost invisible. This is because in the intense heat the sand can harden and reflect the light looking white. Also, if you were in the alaskan tundra, a light blue uniform would be almost indistinquishable from the ground because the light causes an optical illusion baking colors blend.
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure if i should enlist after highschool though :/ my family and friends and ones enlisting with me are supporting me no my brother is a former Iraq war vet. I Still haven't decided join 101st or try to join 10th mountain division.
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ArcherTacticalOps Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't mind if i clean it up a bit with paint.net? too bad the ACUPAT Is being phased out by the mutlicam it might not be issued when i enlist in 5 years :/ Good work on the IBA Vest and Stanag
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
What do you mean by "cleaning it up"?
Ah least, you're getting the better stuff when you'll enlist. ;)
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Pbohm Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, "universal camouflage pattern" was a lie, it's totally useless even in an urban environment. Looks cool though ^^
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
More of a "universal failure" now! xD
I think it looks pretty nice too, but for aesthetics only. =P
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually.. it only works in the mountains of A-stan if you roll around in the dirt for a good little bit first, XD its quite worthless and every army guy i talk to hates it. now that Multicam? that stuffs pretty sweet.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Insurgent: The desert is all brown...what's that gray spot here?
*Shoots into that big strange gray rock*
US Army guy: Medic! We got a man down here!

Yeah, Multicam's gradients allows it to blend more effectively in its surroundings. :)
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no kidding, that little example is exactly what happened to a Friend of mines Friend, Dude got waxed by an RPG7
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Woah, how is he doing now?
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hes ..dead.. D:
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:(
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vergruizer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
very nice coloring done here, the pattern looks quite hard to do. yet it feels natural ~:meow:~
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Yep, not too many people would dedicate themselves into making their own camouflage patterns. Some would just paste a random and repeated sample picture found on the internet. :)
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Z1ppo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, I like your style very interesting.
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I like to use a original looking style. :)
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MailJeevas33 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
All the details are perfect and the coloring is great! I especially like the job on the camo! Awesome work man!
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NDTwoFives Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot mate! ^^ I've been making camouflage patterns by hand a few months ago, it's much better than using a sample found on the internet. :)
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