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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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Kuma-nee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Jeez this looks pretty cool =D. Awesome work ^^
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GeraldII Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I think it came out rather grand, and love the captain’s quarters in the back like ships of old.
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sicherheitpolizei Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Steam vectors! White misty VTOLs in your face!
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Why does that sound dirty. :confused:
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sicherheitpolizei Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
You must re-watch Wild Wild West (Will Smith). People generally hate that movie but I loved it. giant mechaspider with a hot latina strapped inside it, and a black cowboy with his professor sidekick giving chase on horses!
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I've never heard a remotely positive review for the movie before. This is a new experience.

This reminds me of my experience with the Speed Racer movie. It was an unqualified flop at the box office, and most reviewers are united in their vituperation, but I alone enjoyed it.

The whole father son dynamic between Pops, Rex and Speed reminded me of the relationship between my brothers, my father and myself. It's no surprise to be that two siblings wrote the screenplay--it all just rang very true. But I seem to be the only one to see this merit in the film.
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sicherheitpolizei Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
You're not alone. I love it too. But PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE NEW CARTOON SERIES. It's made of Flash and FAIL. Ugh.

(but the villain girl racer is cute tho)
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you talking about that computer animated travesty?

Wretched. :no:
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InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Replace "misty" with milky and voila! Innuendo! :XD:
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Night-Miner Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Awesome work :)
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Create your own Steampunk aesthetic!

Anyway I like this, its very neat.
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
I always thought of the old airships as being quite romantic :)

I think your design came out rather nice.
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well airships and Zeppelins do have their appeal. There is something about a huge vessel that hangs in mid air, unbeholden to the influence of gravity.

Probably why I like the SHIELD Helicarrier so very much.

Now that they have movie's with live action versions of Nick Fury, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America who ride around in said Helicarrier, maybe they'll have a live action version of it as well. :excited:
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
I'm not that familiar with the Helicarrier...but doesn't stay up in the air by mechanical means? Meaning, if the power turns off it would slam into the city below? Or does it have something that would keep it afloat?
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, as the name suggests, it is held aloft by rotor blades, and a power outage would send it into the ground below (Which has happened OFTEN in the comics. In many ways it is the Lt. Worf of fictional vehicles. ^^;)

But when the power is on and everything is working right, it hangs in the air, cutting a large and imposing silhouette--like a Zeppelin. ;)

A possible design for the one to appear in this summers Thor movie. Now I have to see it. :excited:
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Dang..that thing is huge! And I mean the ship ;)
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InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Say, wasn't the Victorian era also responsible for Alphonse Mucha? :D (*Don't* correct me on this, please. :XD: )

That Jolly Roger variant makes me think this is some unusual combination of One Piece and Space Pirate Captain Harlock, perhaps with some Pirates of the Caribbean thrown in for good measure. Always a treat to see more stuff from you.

Great, now I'm imagining a WWI version of Ace Combat, what with your infusion of "Harrier-jet style" thrust vectors to the steampunk genre.

How's the Chinese New Year treating you so far, John?
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JohnStaton Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm, I keep forgetting about Mucha.

In fact I'm overdue to draw a Mucha influenced pin-up. All artist have to do one at some point. [link] [link] [link] [link]

I think it's a rule somewhere. ;p
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