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Breaking Orbit by MikeDoscher Breaking Orbit by MikeDoscher
The HMS Emperor of Mars and her support fleet break orbit over Neptune, sometime in 1921.

Another illustration for my 'Spacecraft of the First World War' project.

Edit: I've reworked the image slightly, and have adapted the image to look better on a wider range of displays.
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zigzagLeo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That main ship is sooooo beautiful.  I want to be its captain.  ;_;
QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Can't wait till i can collect this physically!
Wade7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really like the that fades in to the blackness of space....really well done!
GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ominous and glorious at the same time, I like the interplay of colors on this one. The smaller vessel lit perfectly in relation to it's much larger and deadlier comrade. The more distant silhouettes adds the weight needed to convey that this isn't a small group either. Simply fantastic.
beltminer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Well done smedley, reminds me of my days with the fleet.
Ham and bangers to a man, ay, wot..
Splendid, splendid...
Matsucorp Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like the contrast... My brain has reconciled the differences... 
I imagine standing in a cave entrance, objects are nearing the mountain the cave is located in and are immediately cast in shadow... on by one the objects become darkened... or more apt, if your vantage is on the dark side of a moon, and the ships are passing into that moons shadow, this is how I see it. :)
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I thought that perhaps there might be some sort of luminous body that was partially occluded. As this is going to be a sort of 'in universe' illustration, I think I might just blame the fictional illustrator who made it.
Rovien Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014
I absolutely love everything about this piece, except for one thing. It constantly beats me over the head, so now I think I should point it out. To the left of the illo, where the values of the prow and the darkness of space become almost uniform to give a very mysterious aura about the ship, I think they are a little too close. Now, that's not so much the fault of the illustration itself, but the additive light of computer monitors makes it stressful on the eyes. How this would look on a print? I'm not sure, though I'd like to see! 

Great stuff, Mike. This one and the Death of the Phobos are two of my favourites you've made in recent months! Keep it up, and I can't wait to see what comes next!
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're right, and I'll likely be retouching this piece in the next few days, and posting an updated version. I ran into a peculiar problem where I had started work on the painting in a different color space than sRGB, and had worked on it on two machines with different monitor calibrations. Conversion resulted in some color banding in the background, and some other questions.

I'll fix it soon. I'm glad you like the piece anyway, flaws and all. :)
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist
That sort of space lighting is what i really want to emulate. Awesome stuff!!!
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