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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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:iconbuilt4ever:
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.
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:iconbrotherofmysister:
BrotherOfMySister Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Very nice, I could easily see it as part of Fallout's world :)
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:iconddtheshmey:
DDTheShmey Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Neat, reminds me of Naboo StarFighter, but like other people said a long time ago, Retro/steampunkish 
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Love retrofuture vehicules!
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:iconraf-mx:
RAF-MX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
awesome !!
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:iconstevenoirproduction:
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 : www.ebay.com/itm/Tom-Strong-1s…  www.readdcentertainment.com/To… 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...  blog.bigmoviezone.com/?p=1899
steve noir
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you think so highly of the art and setting.
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:iconjdunk1971:
JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Why is the cockpit open to the elements and the windstream?
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:iconmikedoscher:
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.
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tightrope007 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!
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:iconstewartspencer1994:
stewartspencer1994 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
woow! very nice (i love you)
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:icondecophoto32:
decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great art.
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:iconworgen:
Worgen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Malaveldt,

I would be honored if you would allow me to use this vehicle in a webcomic that I'm hoping to produce in the not-so-distant future. You will get full credit for the design, I assure you.
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Feel free. I'm going to do an additional rev on it before I use it in my own setting.
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:iconworgen:
Worgen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Wow! Thank you so much! It'll be quite some time before it ever comes into play, but you've done me a tremendous favor. :hug:
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:icongromgorefiend:
Gromgorefiend Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
love this skycab .
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:icondonutfighter:
donutfighter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Streamline Moderne and art deco! Mmmmmmph....
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:iconinnovari:
innovari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
amazing streamlined shape and design! BRAVO!
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:iconaugos:
Augos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
very nice
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:iconchrisdavidparkinson:
chrisdavidparkinson Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Great future-art deco design.
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:iconlevitan71:
levitan71 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
has a bioshock feel to it
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Ah, a fan of Last Exile, perhaps? =) (Probably one of the few animes I'm still a huge fan of now...) Regardless, this is an awesome concept that has the kind of class I always take my hat off to. Great lore associated with it too-- helps give it more of a personal edge, which I really like.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Yeah, it's all kind of mixed up. The designs from there were great, and I was also thinking about the interwar mail planes they were inspired by. As I move forward, I'll probably iterate this again. The tube steel guard on the rear is way too derivative, and I think I want a stronger shape for the tail.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Well... regardless of your future decisions on the design, this still looks awesome in my book. =D
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:iconvmv-81:
vmv-81 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Such a cool design! :)
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:iconroguetemple:
roguetemple Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
gorgeous design
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:icondarthsemi:
darthsemi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
cooooool... ;D
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:icononikaizer:
Onikaizer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of Grievous personal spaceship. Awesome concept!
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:iconmaceobennett:
maceobennett Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Quite dieselpunk. I like it!
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:iconrelhom:
relhom Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:) :nod:
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:iconcainrod:
cainrod Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Do you have a book or something where you're collecting all your backstories and such? I'd love to read more about the universe.
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oddly, it was these little blurbs that turned me on to writing. Things are very busy right now, but I hope to have something complete written (and possibly sent to publishers) later this year.
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cainrod Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
keep me posted, i'd love to see something like that. While the art is amazing, the blurbs really fix them in a reality and make them something tangible.
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:iconnamemissing:
namemissing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ridiculously stylish!
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crazyforthedesert Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful, nice backstory.
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:iconbzbx:
Bzbx Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Like a idea of combining cab with airplane. Nice.
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:iconjenga3:
Jenga3 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Sweet, I love designs like this

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:iconwhy-was-it-a-pig:
why-was-it-a-PIG Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
looks kinda like a gun =D
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:icontranceparadox:
TranceParadox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Killer design and good form! You never cease to amaze me!
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:icondurnstaros:
Durnstaros Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice indeed, as always. It does have a strong retro-future feel to it, not to mention the pilot seating.
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TheEpic1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Wickedness! :)
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:iconlioschulze:
lioschulze Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
wow Once again you amaze me! I do really love your ships!
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:iconshanenelson:
ShaneNelson Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
if you havent seen the anime series last exhile, you should!
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:iconking-ring:
King-Ring Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That's what i wanna get picked up in at the bar! :D
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tuner7000 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
wow if a taxi like that ever flies around I sure want to ride in it and be the mechanic of it :D

really great job man I'm stunned :wow:
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:iconkimarisugawa:
KimArisugawa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Very nice!!!
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really dig how this design has such a strong "1950's" feel to it, yet also feels very modern.
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:iconraven-gold:
Raven-Gold Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Nice design, reminds me of those vahn ships from Last Exile
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:iconandrosov:
Androsov Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Cool!
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:iconrinsowaty:
Rinsowaty Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
I feel the inspiration from Last Exile :)
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