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Small Vessel Studies by MikeDoscher Small Vessel Studies by MikeDoscher
Some studies of smaller vessels for my ‘Spacecraft of the First World War’ book project. We see here a torpedo boat and an escort destroyer refueling from a hangar barge. The final image will likely look somewhat different, but the pencil is a nice way to work out details and relationships.
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like the one with the crane. I imagine it being owned and captained by an old curmudgeon with a very small crew. Maybe that crew is comprised of his middle-aged son with whom he always argues, his 20 something grandson who tries but repeatedly fails to keep the peace, and lastly a teenage grand nephew who needs the work, lacks any experience, and really hates his job.
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ClockworkVirus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
VERY cool. Not just in the detail, but in the verisimilitude of the details. Excess-for-excess's-sake is an epidemic in these genres, but your flair for realism recalls the greats -- Masamune Shirow, James Cameron, etc. Do you have an engineering background?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, those are very flattering comparisons. I don't really have a formal engineering background, but I've always been interested in how things were put together. Verisimilitudeis something I strive for. I like the little details that ground the fantastic to the everyday details of what life would be like in these places.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was coming to think.... As i myself have a universe with battleships in the sky i am building up (though mostly in my head for now), i was noticing that most of your design sport a horizontal catapult for fightercraft. Well maybe its only for design purposes, but a horizontal start is technically not necessary on flying ships isnt it? maybe a design with planes hanging from the side would be more efficent - the Deck could than be used as the landing.

that said, i relly envy the detailedness of even your concept arts
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
The horizontal catapult is something that only makes sense within the realm of the bizarre patchwork of technology that Earth has at this time. If I had more of a sense of shame, I'd do something a little more logical.

I basically made up an explanation for why the acceleration of the gun-launched landers didn't kill the Martians in 'War of the Worlds' and came up with a crude gravity control device. After the story, humanity reverse engineers the tech and combines it with converted submersible (later ship) hulls to build the first spacecraft. These vessels have a great many systems on board that a dependent on gravity to function correctly. Smaller craft like the hangar barge here can also operate well within gravity wells, and most vessels are designed to be able to land on bodies of water and be serviced there.

One of the things I hope to do is show a progression in spacecraft design where the resemblance to ships and aircraft slowly disappears, and use that as a sort of Gothic doubling for the replacement of known history for the events in the story.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i didnt meant it as a negative critizism, it was just something that would make logiaclly some sense. i though have forgotten that those ships are SPACEships and not as i was assuming, some sort of airships. Than the whole catapulting makes a whole lot more sense , to bring the planes/ fighters etc. up to some speed in space. ( well to be physically correct, they would have the carriers speed but dont let us go there) my idea based on the assumption of a gravity and atmospheric enviroment. than it would be viable to just drop the planes down, since they would gain speed through simple falling

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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I didn't take it as negative criticism at all. :) As a matter of fact, I very much appreciate your words- much of what I'm doing with these studies is sorting out the ideas and implementation I want to depict in the finished paintings and story.
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Scha11enkrieger Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i pretty much like all your shipdesigns so far, they always make me think: why should i try, i could never make something that has a similar amount of awesomness... :D

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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't think you give yourself enough credit. :) A lot of what I do is just taking real-world things and putting them in different circumstances that make them look new.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome stuff, great job. These lovely ships really stand out.
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