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Steampunk Airship by JohnStaton Steampunk Airship by JohnStaton
My attempt at a steampunk aerial pirate ship for an online comic project, conceived by the feverish imagination of KrazyKrow.

I confess that this design was a bit of a challenge for me, as I'm not the biggest fan of Victorian-era aesthetics. (The iconic firearms are sufficiently eye-catching, but I could never warm up to the cat-house filigree that creeps upon every background element like gold inlaid fungus. :shrug:)

To keep things interesting, I went for a sleeker looking profile, and incorporated a steam-based reaction control system with "Harrier-jet style" thrust vectors.

The strip never materialized unfortunately, but upon reflection, I feel it was a good experience, dabbling outside my technological comfort zone. ;)
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Steambigbear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Nice
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cielle4vr Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sooo amazing!!! I wish I was that good at drawing in perspective T-T
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
If you're looking to sharpen your perspective, I highly recommend ordering this book. [link]

It breaks down perspective into clear digestable techniques.

Sadly, there's an even better book from the same publisher, but it's long out of print:raincloud: Anyway, check this out. ;)
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cielle4vr Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thanks so much!
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Aftermath1990 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Artist
Your perspective is great!
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Performalosophos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
John, wonderful depth. Great geometry. Can't wait to see this fully rendered. You are a great talent. sir!

And please enjoy this: [link]
Upon seeing the video, I instantly thought you would enjoy it. Be well!

Jose
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Jose, that was completely insane!!!!

I definitely mean that in a good way. ;)
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HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Glorious, good sir! *pops monocle in* A most ingenious airship design, perfect for exploring the aetheric winds of the upper stratosphere!
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL. :XD:
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phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's fascinating. The perspective is my favorite part, if that makes sense. I mean, let's be honest - when the dastardly villain is swooping down from above, he's doing it from the sky - and we plebians are looking up. It's much more fun to see it all from the bottom!
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