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Sky Cab by MikeDoscher Sky Cab by MikeDoscher
Much of the illusions that are the stock and trade of Titan City are either holographic in nature or the result of careful set dressing. The closer a prop comes to actually interacting with the guests, the deeper and more tactile the illusion needs to be. This is especially true of the accommodations and taxi systems associated with the great hotels.

The Hermes S-2000 'Skyfleet' is a classic design associated with this role since the earliest days of the Titan City project. While clad in a retro shell of aluminum and stainless steel, the core of the vehicle is a live carbon frame built around a Lileks-Janney drive in a rotating mount- forward thrust is attained by rotating the zero-g 'dead spot' of the drive from bottom dead center to a point opposite the desired direction of movement. The wingtip engines are entirely cosmetic and conceal sensors and the data link horn for the window screens. Authenticity of materials allows for increased chances to embed illusions into the landscape- the windows can function as holographic displays as well. Through them the traveller can behold rows of sunken sphinxes below the shallow seas of Mercury, the razor ice forests of Nemesis, or the prehuman metropolises of Pangaea, flourishing on an Earth that never was.

It depends on the package you pay for.

The Skyfleet taxi is an odd artifact: A counterfeit of a pulp future that never was, but crafted so well that it is in of itself collectible. This particular example resides in a private collection, having been purchased at auction from the estate of Maynard Zenit, following his mysterious disappearance. It is not on display to the public.

(Pencil w/ digital color)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Outstanding. Shows creativity and knowledge throughout many fields, technical and artistic. Like the design of the craft itself, the art technique is archaic and technologically avant-garde. I'm definitely heading down that path too, combining pencil/paper with digital modeling and coloration. Back and forth. One of my most important tools is my 40 dollar scanner.
BrotherOfMySister Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Very nice, I could easily see it as part of Fallout's world :)
DDTheShmey Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Neat, reminds me of Naboo StarFighter, but like other people said a long time ago, Retro/steampunkish 
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Love retrofuture vehicules!
RAF-MX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
awesome !!
stevenoirproduction Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Just love your work; the passion and care that goes into the world-building, the execution, and the CAPTIONS is just inspiring. Good luck! Alan Moore's TOM STRONG almost never got satisfactory artists in my opinion, Alex Ross and Gary Gianni being the exceptions :…… but your Titan City is perfect for him. I would also love to see this design actually built as beautifully as the Owl Ship was built in the WATCHMEN film...
steve noir
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you think so highly of the art and setting.
JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Why is the cockpit open to the elements and the windstream?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's trying to replicate the look of a mailplane or early airliner, such the Boeing Model 40. Since the Titan City resort is a sealed environment, weather really isn't a problem.
tightrope007 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!
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