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Torpedo Run by MikeDoscher Torpedo Run by MikeDoscher

The USS Upshur on a torpedo run, her engines at overload.

Another illustration for Spacecraft of the First World War. My workflow continues to evolve. In this case, the subject was done purely digital and in grayscale, then worked back in to with adjustment layers and overpainted color details. Certain earlier pieces might need to be reworked to keep a consistent style, but as work will be attributed to multiple fictional illustrators in-universe, it could work to my advantage.

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Kaitimar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Too many people just stick propellers on dreadnoughts and call them skyships. It's so good to see things done properly! 
And the rendering itself is just perfect also!
QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I keep hoping that I'm going to wake up....and this will be a game I can play. Always brings to mind thoughts of Leviathans. Keep up the awesome, man.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe someday, but since I make games during the day, I work on something different at night. :) Ideally, I'd like to convey the feeling of living in a universe where such things were real, and that might inspire somebody to make a game.
QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Well I envy you two times, sir! Well done
narcoticdream Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Love how the engine looks like a big gun barrel :D
decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
- I canna say if the engines will hold, captain
- Just keep them steady for a few more minutes Mr Stewart
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Just so! :)
organicmcgee Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Look's like the Upshur is all engine. i was a little confused at first, since most of your ships have elongated bows, but it seems this little ship is a reversal of that.

Is that tapered cylinder a lifeboat? I think I'd rather stay on the nice big(ger) torpedo boat.

Also, what is the purpose of those 'smokestack' like things that every ship seems to have? Venting from the engines, or something?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I wanted to mix things up a little and see if it would still read.

Those cylinders are a sort of lifeboat, and yeah, they look a little iffy.

The smokestacks are there to vent fumes and heat away from the vessel. The nature of the drive system is a sort of anti-gravity that takes a little pocket of atmospheric gas with it whenever it leaves a planet. It's not enough to provide breathable air for long, but it does serve to insulate the vessel to a degree. The stacks are not there to vent smoke so much as they're there to vent heat (usually in the form of steam) to outside the air pocket. This keeps the temperature down to habitable levels, at least in theory. There is some combustion gas from secondary systems also vented this way, and even sparks if the system is overheated or malfunctioning such as we see here.
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