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Hotel Galliard by MikeDoscher Hotel Galliard by MikeDoscher
Of the floating dome cities of Venus, New Cytheria is the largest and most populous. The dome itself in a self-repairing protein film reinforced with a carbon lattice floating high above the heat and pressure of the surface. The buildings of New Cytheria are capable of movement, blurring the line between architecture and transportation. They utilize efficient antigravity suspensors on the same principle as those discovered with Shukra-A artifact.

The Hotel Galliard is a fairly typical example of a 'touring inn' which moves continually through the city to both better show guests the sites as well as avoid certain taxes. The architecture is also typical of New Cytheria, being a late 21st century interpretation of early 20th century art deco.

Pencil on watercolor paper, digitally colored.
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cellolott Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks for sharing, the story too.
joeharlow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool!
Gladilampor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Wonderfull. I like all your pictures.
donutfighter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Streamline Moderne and Futurist mix. Cool! Really cool!
AlexKnight Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011   General Artist
NOSE BLEED ON THIS ONE!!!! I love it!!!!! I'm clapping hard, excellent job
farawayforest Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pietroigor Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Great design!
Blak-Foxx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bravo, just, bravo, its amazing =])
icEmanik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
incredible concept
dragonjaw Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
As always, love the detail.
Dekki0n Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009   General Artist
great concept.
EF-001 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Is there a term for this style of retro-future? diesel punk?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Usually this sort of thing gets called 'Raygun Gothic', but this is kind of a weird twist on that. This is retrofuturistic imagineering, but in the future. I keep thinking of how they've redone Tomorrowland in a sort of Jules Verne motif at Disneyland, and wonder how that sort of relationship would work for something higher tech.
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist
kinda reminds me of animatrix...
proverbialcheese Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
I really love this! its kinda steampunk anochronitic sci fi mmm yum!
devilddriver Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Very cool Fritz Lang kind of futurism !
alexsanlyra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn! That's just brilliant! It's creativity at it's best.......... I'd totally go there for the holiday!
Kydoon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those building codes most be a nightmare to work around! :XD:
dasAdam Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
just lovely
i really dig your retro designs :)
dmaland Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really dig the "angle" of the hotel, of course, and also how its design fits everything else in the scene - a mix of recognizable retro with antigrav units attached. Nicely done!
Genzeo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
i really like these type of work! and this work of yours is awesome! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
IRONHIDE06 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
one of the best retro future work I ve seen after a long time..congs..
VulnePro Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Once again a damn cool piece Mike. Your retro deco designs are aces and I so love seeing other illustrators tackle one of my favorite aesthetic playgrounds with such panache and style which you regularly do. This one reminds me, just a little, of the floating Chinese junk from the 'Fifth Element' only this is a lot wilder in concept. I hope you keep going with this material as I plan to keep producing new material myself. I think it's good to have this kind of mutual inspiration as it makes doing the work all the more fun. As you know it's not always easy to do so my thanks for continuing to inspire.

Best man :)
PocketNinja85 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work as always!! I envy you so much :o
Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Nice work
DSil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Student General Artist
The Galliard looks so cool! This needs to be the setting for a big budget movie. I would buy one hundred tickets.
RobertLaszloKiss Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Student Artist
Fantastic design mate!
dukeleto Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay Starship Titanic!
dsivis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
I've been hoping for more sci-fi art deco. Your interpretation (along with much of your other work) is magnificent.
Fredy3D Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Fantastic scifi setup!
ZackF Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really enjoy the continuity between these kinds of pieces you create. It feels like you're crafting your own fictional world, one that is consistent with itself. Perhaps one day we'll all luck out and a neo-noir game or film based on this universe you're developing will be greenlit -- you must surely have this in mind as something to hope for. If that were to happen, do you think would rather be Creative Director Supreme of the whole project, including things such as scriptwriting and acting, or more of the Art Director concerned with the depth and details of the setting?

Speaking of fleshing out the fictional world, have you done much writing to describe what it's like and what goes on there, or has it been more of an intuitive development so far? The art you make of it hints at more ideas and connections than is shown in the images themselves, and I wonder whether that is due to particular efforts or more the natural process of a perceptive mind assembling multiple interests into a whole.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. You're very kind.

If something were to come of this setting I'm not really sure what my ideal role would be. The details of the setting are important, but I came at it with some fairly concrete ideas of how the narrative should progress, as well.

I've done a fair amount of thinking about character, setting, and theme. It's actually a sort of setting within a setting- all this is about a century from now, and not some product of an alternate reality. This is actually early 22nd century technology we're looking at- it's just been imagineered into a replica of what 2100 thought 1920 would think that 2000 would look like. There are some puzzling technologies that seem to be derived from extraterrestrial sources, but in a lot of ways the setting post-cyberpunk rather than pulp. I just really like the ways pop culture rewrites memory. The main character is Dr. Florian Gessler, who is a flamboyant artist/engineer that plays a sort of mad scientist/evil industrialist as part of his work. I really like laying things on top of each other, I guess. The drawings themselves are a sort of catalyst. The ideas are mostly there, but presenting them visually brings out the details.
ZackF Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's a surprisingly plausible explanation for the apparent anachronism of the setting. Aesthetic tastes of society as a whole seem to go in cycles between romanticized retro and scientific futurism.

I think I see what you mean about the act of drawing -- it takes the unfixed cloud of ideas in your mind and puts it into something concrete where the decisions have been made on the smaller scale possibilities. It's the act of taking the Legos from the bucket and choosing which to plug in where. Until that point, options such as whether a character has a mustache or whether a vehicle has its engines near the front or the back are cloudy and undecided, residing as more of a "feeling" than a specific fact, residing as individual parts or half-assembled chunks in the bucket.

Florian Gessler is a cool name. Looking forward to seeing more about this character.
Ovni-the-UFO Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Essentially, the people of 2100 hundred are living in the future promised to us by the people of 1920? Finally! Flying cars and jetpacks were promised and dammit we should have already had them. << Oh wait...
Cyberdoc1971 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Very nice work, almost reminiscent of some of the visual art of Fifth Element. Keep up the fantastic work.
Lord-Shot Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
really good concept, nice draw,
fabianfucci Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The most original concept I've seen so far.
Jonas72 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Nicely done, reminds me of French science fiction comics, like the work of Enki Bilal.
nataflux Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
very well done
Mosessess Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
the antigrav engine was captivating, perfect blend of futuristic 2nd hand hoopla with the stabalizing wings and what looks like a gigantic fuel cell. "works under the same principles." Didn't even realize it was docked until I gave the entire ship a look see. Great work
pixelbudah Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work
AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, a city where all the buildings can move...jeeezz you'd get lost going out to get milk.

Fantastic work as always.
Apotheosi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Possy73 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I like the combination of future and history. You used a robot in the scenery but I also see a little piece of paper on the table (i guess in the late 21st century we only use digital stuff) and a guy with a trolly for the suitcases (instead of a robot) ;)

Nice :)
tentenarts Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
amazing piece of work!
GenmaKragoth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009   General Artist
Cool concept and great retro style. Love the foreground details of the gent having cocktails on the balcony.
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
:drool: I love this whole concept! That is exactly what an art-deco venusian 'touring hotel' SHOULD look like!
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece, love the signage on the hotel and the waitress is awesome.
Bakelite Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
I like the robot waitress on the far right. Its face plate sort of reminds me of the robots from the Phantasy Star series.

Pretty slick though, I hope the future is like that.
kheng Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting design
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