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The Silent Sea by MikeDoscher The Silent Sea by MikeDoscher
This is a sort of glorified mood and atmosphere study for the interior of the Titan City aerostat. Originally I had wanted to push this much further, but my tools and techniques have changed so much since I started the piece that I decided to just let it be in the end.


Possibly I should have just discarded it, but I’d grown attached and since the final product will be words rather than images, I decided to indulge myself.

I regret nothing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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GiddyAutomaton Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Brilliant! It's like Edward Hopper meets Hugo Gernsback!
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DanteDAnthony Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Flippin awesome, dude. Join our group. www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6ERMO…
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cool, hope to see more of Titan City soon!! :)
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's good to see more images from Titan City!!!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
They'll be more. My technique is just shifting to something more like painting for the digital stuff. It took a bit to get it together. :)
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courtessa-love Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Interesting picture. The vibe (to me) is a little conflicted though. There's the muted golds and bronzes and the blue sky above, and then there's the thick grey smog below and the single person looking over it all. I love it, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to feel from it (don't really know how to explain it well). What throws me off is the greying/lessening of the hues in the golds and bronzes, which are generally "happy" colors pitted against an optimistic-looking sky while also being tied into the gloomy smog of the lower parts of the city. The really confusing bit is that it all works somehow.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for this. It's pretty conflicted because I'm using this and some of the other Titan City images to work out the nature of the city and the state of mind of the characters. Sometimes the pictures look a little off as a result. Most of what you're seeing here isn't real- the foreground tower and the smaller hovering structure in the middle ground are real, but everything beyond that is an illusion projected on the inner surface of the aerostat (which is essentially a giant balloon) that contains the place. The guy in the picture is on some levels looking at the illusion, looking at the wall, and looking at the space beyond it. Of course, this doesn't stand on its own real well at times. ><

These drawings of the setting are a sort of intermediate product that let me get a handle on the story so that I can write it out at a later date. Bootstraps, I suppose. :)
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courtessa-love Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Ah, it makes sense now that I understand the context for the painting. And that is precisely it -- there isn't anything else in the middle ground but the hovering structure. Had there been other objects demonstrating the distance between the building in the foreground and the scene in the background, the painting wouldn't have had the effect you wanted and achieved (instead, everything would become one scene and the city would have expanded instead of just being an illusion on a wall). Incredibly well done! While I knew something was off, I hadn't realized that there wasn't the best connection between the foreground/middle ground and the background (which you were trying to do).

Where can I find the story you're trying to get a grasp of? It sounds interesting :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)

The setting is something I'm working on for at least one novel, though I have something I want to finish first. There are bits and pieces in the descriptions of all the works in this folder: mikedoscher.deviantart.com/gal… It's still pretty fragmentary though. I know the central plot already and a half dozen characters, but little is concrete beyond that.
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courtessa-love Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I'll go check it out! Haha I know what you mean about the bits and pieces. I'm working on my own story and find myself tempted to sketch out scenes that don't happen for a while yet, and I don't want to actually draw them because they might not even happen. I suppose I should anyway, shouldn't I? 

What is the project you want to finish first?
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