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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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Adeptuschematicus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
that is really awesome... but surely to break orbit they would be burning engines parallel to the planet's surface?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I fudged the angle a little, but that's what they're doing. I don't know the correct terminology, so bear with me: the middle of the planet is way offscreen to the right, maybe twice the width of the image or so. They're in an equatorial orbit and you're viewing it from edge on.
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very impressive :)
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!!!
QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
I eagerly await the day I can collect your delicious brain-candy in book format......
MShadowy Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
keight Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Oh, well done, Mike!!!
MetalSnail Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, great mood!!!
regule Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Very beautiful however lighting on that white ship seems really off.
I know that was probably intentional but I can't hardly imagine light source that would
give such a result without influencing other ships. This makes it look like it was added on
top of existing image and breaks "harmony"  of scene.

I have set this as my wallpaper at work :)
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it. You're right about the lighting. I just wanted something in the scene to really pop out, and my solution really isn't satisfactory- I should go back and either retouch or redo this image before publication. Sometimes You fight with an image so much you just have to get it into a presentable state and move on.
Cogboy Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
If this project is made into a book, I'm going to buy it.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I will be more than happy to sell it to you. :)
Gromgorefiend Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Very Very nice i like it , love your art.
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Still itching to know more about the support ship down on the bottom right...
still, amazing work as always. :]
VinceAndrews Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
great work! very visually striking :)
knotlikeyou2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
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