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The suit isn't what it appears to be, nor is the city. Nor is Gessler, for that matter. Whatever the truth is, when the tourists come to Titan City they want to see the tomorrows of yesterday *now*, dammit.

They come straight down from the Spinward Hilton, reeking of white wine and and an unsettling feeling that they missed something back on Earth. Gessler and the Metatronics Corporation are here to give to them. Gessler himself is as much showman as executive (maybe more). He always makes sure that nothing is quite so well planned out as that which appears spontaneous.
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chrisillustration Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   General Artist
so the question is..."Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep?"
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
The androids dream whatever we send them. The big problem is that they electronic sheep dream of electromechanical pastures, and in so doing occasionally have night terrors about Scotsmen. There's a bug fix that's supposed to be in for that, but we won't know until we have a new build.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
By the gods of all stars, it is Jean luc Picard!!! So that is how he gets around during rush hour in a steampunk city on Titan. Picard with a jet-pack... :D
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure it'd look the same with those awful wool jumpsuits, or that anyone could hear him same 'we surrender' over the sound of traffic.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Picard wouldn't seem quite so weak if he wasn't following Starfleet regulations- remember the version of him from the parallel universe where the Federation never made peace with Klingons? He didn't say, "we surrender" when the Klingons ordered him to lower shields and prepare to be boarded, he said "That'll be the day!!" and opted to fight until Enterprise was destroyed, blasting a Klingon cruiser to bits the process. I agree that those wool jumpsuits are awful, and the TNG phasers were terrible too- who wants to go into battle carrying a gun that looks like a woman's shaver?
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I keep clicking between your WIP on this project and this one, and they are completely different! What happened in between must've really taken some work!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
So much time passed between when I started it and when I finished, it was like it came from a completely different place in my head.
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R-Buscaglia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Excellent!
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TheNameUGiveMe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   General Artist
The past meets the future! Amazing work!
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Ulyanovetz Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Colors are very warm, I like it. :aww: The structures of the buildings are very pretty too ... good work!
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KingTiridates Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I love this :D
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Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Hey, you finished it!

It's pictures like this that are the reason I watch. Retro is just so much fun!
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TheMysteryW1thin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
looks a little like the city from fifth element, nice job.
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Super-Fuzzy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
I just love it.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
As I said on Facebook, damn awesome Mike, really digging this updated version a great deal. It seems you're even working in a very similar color palette and hue as I have been (there's a ton of new art soon to drop that's set in a very sodium vapor lit environment). Stands to reason though as it's a very natural sodium vapor greenish hue you often see with that kind of city lighting, though seeing it's a kinda dusk/dawn time of day you might have simply been shooting for a more sepia monochrome look. Either way it looks like typical sodium vapor lighting and the piece just looks fantastic. Love the vehicles, the wirebus is too cool and I can see why everyone is diggin' it.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. We seem to be working along parallel lines, in some ways. The atmosphere of Venus has such a high albedo, I reasoned that the aerostats would be using some mix of gold coatings and active controls to modulate the light coming in. Plus, it looks old, which fits in with the way the place was imagineered. I look forward to doing views on Earth with a very cool, gray light to contrast.

You've been doing some extraordinary work. It's been a privilege to follow along.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You're totally welcome and, again I thank you for the kind words in return. You're right, some of the things we're doing are similar, while some aspects are quite different.

The primary interest in the aesthetics of the deco and nouveau era are clearly strong with both of us. I know I was never motivated by the recent surge of deco interest and diselpunk and I suspect you weren't either, it goes deeper. For me, it's been something driving me since college all the way back in 1992-93.

Deco, Nouveau, Cubism, Futurism, and modernist influences have always been lurking in me. Clearly deco has been at the forefront although Theos deco can be very mutated thing at times and obvious "deco" at others.

What I find interesting about deco is it has both one foot forward (clearly as it still looks futuristic and is influential today) and one foot in the past of it's time of origin (as it harkens to that time of growing decadence right before the depression hit and the continuing power of industry after though the war). To me it's an impressively diverse expression of artisan driven craftsmanship in everyday consumer products and the architecture we live in. Transposing that further into a fictional setting affords nearly limitless possibilities visually and thematically. It's no wonder deco is often seen in science fiction, with films like Metropolis starting this association and Blade Runner galvanizing it (as science fiction and through it's direct connection to film noir as noir).

It's been a privilege indeed to follow your explorations as well.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
The style is one of those things that has both greater granularity and greater complexity the deeper I look into it. They get lumped together in many popular sources, but it's all a mass of echoes and reactions. I came into the aesthetic rather late, by way of doing a postmortem on the millenarianism of the interwar period. Little by little, I realized that I'd been living within the remains of this world for the last decade. Vitrolite movie theaters, derelict Woolworths, and smashed neon. Only just recently did I really understand Streamline as a separate entity, with distinct geographic boundaries. I'm now living at ground zero for Googie, so new relationships now make themselves known.

Something interesting is making itself clear, and we seem to both be unmasking sections of it.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome stuff!
I love the Tram/train in the background!
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Possy73 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So, if I understand correct, this piece didn't turn out how you expected it to turn out?
Imho it turned out great! ;)

Possy
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hayenmill Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
This is how I had imagined the city for my story, Drunk on Diesel. Good job!
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morgoth390 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist
this is amazing dude.
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Razorwind666 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
awesome work man, love Gessler (i asume) in his flashy suit and jetpack.

hey wait a minute... it's already the future here... i want my damn jetpack.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
You've hit upon the central theme of Titan City! It's essentially a theme park celebrating what 2150 thought 1930 would think 2000 looked like. XD
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Aralepus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Very cool concept. I do imagine the people in the cars must be quite surprised seeing a bald man, wearing a white suit, with a rocket engine strapped to his back whizzling past them.

Really like the atmosphere and setting in this, its like if they had super advanced tech in the 1940's. The details and lighting is amazing, you are very talented. =)
Great work there mate.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I'm very glad you like it. Titan City is a place where the tourists *look* to be surprised. It's not actually in the 40s, but rather a future exercise in themed entertainment. I'll be posting more about it, by and by.
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Aralepus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Your welcome.
Sounds intruiging, I'll be sure to read the info when you post it. =)
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steamfly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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Raven-Gold Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Ah wannah hovah herse! :o
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zonkm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Very interesting concept... I love it!
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manwesulemo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, f@$k off my roof! dam nuclear physicists. :P
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falcon01 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Awesome! :)
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JonathonDobbs Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dynamic as hell. Love the composition and the details. Your design is, as usual, very solid.
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Aqua2Grey Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
This is absolutely incredible! I love the style and mood of this piece, its really amazing. How does this not have an immediate million views??
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome as usual. Glad to see this picture finally finished.
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DEM98 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
I like the Wirebus in the background. How's it powered?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
The power source is a smaller version of the focused magnetic suspension drives used by the floating buildings. The cable is really only there as a guide, and to reinforce the aesthetic.
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DEM98 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Yeah. In this genre, aesthetics are important, aren't they?
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