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Death of the Phobos by MikeDoscher Death of the Phobos by MikeDoscher
Another illustration for my ‘Spacecraft of the First World War’ project, taking advantage of lessons learned. The work of Shigeo Koike, N.C. Wyeth, and Albert Bierstadt were particularly instructive in terms of a more sophisticated handling of light. While crude by their standards, it’s an improvement for me.

We see here the super dreadnought Szent Katalin,built in desperation by the Secessionists from the hulk of the HMS Phobos and an incomplete hull of the same class. These were both captured with the equatorial dockyards at Mons Daktylus. These hulls were mated crudely, with the lower one serving to house a repurposed 200 cm orbital defense cannon. The gravity drive is aligned in such a manner as to absorb the recoil with the power of the drive itself. One of the eerie characteristics of the Dream Plague was the gradual recovery of the knowledge of the Grey Martians via hallucinations and automatic writing. What started as a neurosis became a cult, then a mass panic, and finally evidence that a long dead race was reasserting itself through unknown means.

The Phobos was destroyed, with the rest of the Neomartian fleet, in a desperate bid to reach Earth. Our home, once having been saved by the power of the invisible world, was almost destroyed by it in this instance.

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zigzagLeo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
An incredible design!  The two hulls being joined makes for an awesome shape.
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dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic as always. :)
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Mr-Obsidian Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Gods I can't wait for this book to come out!  Please tell me it will be soon :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I will try and get it out this year, but there's a lot to be done still, and not all of it on the book. I don't want to disappoint anyone.
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Rovien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
I'm intrigued, how did Wyeth influence you?

By the way, if this is a book count me onboard.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
The big way was helping me see a scene in terms of areas of color, rather than as volumes with borders described by lines.

...and thank you for your support. :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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Csp499 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of all the reasons I love your work, your patience is probably the most admirable factor. I need to remind myself to step away from my shit for a while and put something more than a single sitting into it.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's very kind of you to say- sometimes, I wish I dithered a little less on my work. One of my favorite things about your work is your strong sense of gesture and energy. As I become more comfortable with digital painting, I hope to keep more of that feeling in my own work.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Let the Grey Martians rule!
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