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.
And the rendering itself is just perfect also!
- Just keep them steady for a few more minutes Mr Stewart
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?
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.
look of the 1915 navy. Love the watermark even though the ship is spaceworthy!
I figured the red underside made sense, at least for earlier vessels. You have the first of these converted from existing naval hulls, and even later designs berthed and serviced in a water environment owing to a general lack of specialized fixtures for doing otherwise.
As always, love the design work, the engine fX in particular are very nice. There is an great sense of power, just at the edge of catastrophic failure.
The background is a fairly loose black and white layer, but with a really blurry color dodge layer on top with the blues and oranges. The real secret sauce is that the final image has a flattened copy of the whole scene on the top layer. This layer has been hit with motion blur and the main ship erased out of it. I messed with the opacity of this layer until it gave the right balance of detail and motion.
Thanks for the brief run through!