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Down in Flames by Amarynceus Down in Flames by Amarynceus
Imagine for a moment the horror that is fire at sea, in a normal ship. Surrounded by a near-incalculable amount of water, countless ships have burned and sunk over the years.

Now, imagine fire in an airship. No water nearby. Nothing but seas of potential defenestration.

Although the flammable components in my skyships are less numerous than in real-world military craft, there are still enought to immolate a vessel if a fire gets out of control. Thus skyships carry an impressive array of chemical supressants and retardants and plenty of sealable compartments. Fire can usually be isolated and starved, so long as it cannot access major inflammabes like munitions or coolant systems.

As for the actual picture... I got tired of it a while ago, then just today when I opened it up looking for a break from my two major soul-suckers I realized I'm still tired of it. But it's an airship and I haven't drawn as many airships lately as I'd like to.

Maybe I'll finish it someday. Ha!

Wacom Intuous, Painter IX.5, mostly soft vine charcoal, cover pencil and blender stumps.
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:iconrebeldude86:
Rebeldude86 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Awesome!
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AlexanderDeath Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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ZmanzDaOnlyMan4Me Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Writer
This is really cool. I was entertained the whole time I looked at it.
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AxelofReaht Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007   Writer
Defenestration? You're the second person I've heard use that expression. Though this usage is far more appropriate.
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DukeEzra Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
I love the sepia tones of this and the way the flames of your poor stricken airship roil and seem to boil oilily from the airship. It's an absolutely stunning piece. one question, though; is this fire a result of war or accident? it's not quite clear. If it is war, I would perhaps suggest some more damage on the outer hull and perhaps some sense of defensive fire from the gunships. The soft tones you've used to blend the fire and ship together work really well in my opinion, though. I love this.
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks!

Although there's some gunfire damage on the outer hull, she's going down due to an airstrike which has mainly hit the upper decks and the starboard side (which is why she's going down listing, as she's lost some lift units). Her crew is focussed on getting clear before the fires reach her magazines, and her boats are overcrowded and haven't had time to open fire on the gunships just sweeping in to finish off the survivors. Thus no defensive fire. I admit I didn't "sell" very well the air attack aspect of it :D probably because at first I thought she was crippled by long-range gunfire.
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6BandBlackInk Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006
"Seas of potential defenestration"...brilliant :D
This is an interesting new angle on your airships, one I havn't seen before. Its tribute to your design skills that they look good from any angle.
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I liked the phrase too, even if it's a tad silly.

Since I hope to draw a lot of my designs over and over as time goes on, I've endeavoured to make the ships look good, more for my sake than anyone else's! I often get bored really easy with any repetitive tasks, and it would suck to have a ship that only looked good from a few angles, 'cause then I'd draw the same views over and over...
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ravekitten Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU, my dear boy, are just FAR too awesome for words.

Holyfuck, lookit that rendering! O_O!

~K@
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks! :D :blush:
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
well i guess huge ships accompanied by an escort of planes would have no problem if the planes were equipped with fire suppressent machinery to apply to the ships immediatly
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Sand buckets or sandbags could function both as fire-suppresants as well as ballast.
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
Good idea -- it's reuseable as well unlike other options. I don't think many of my airships use ballast, but it could be handy for smaller ships where the mass shift and improved ascent would be more pronounced. Big merchant and military ships would probably be chary of weight that could be used for cargo or stores, though.
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Nikkibo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
I like the brownish colour it gives this picture some kind of "aged" feeling, like some reee-eeally old photos have. I love it. tho' I personally prefer old-fashined pencil-works rather than some computer-cheating
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I have a deep affection for sepia tones :D

While I appreciate your sentiment, I do feel obliged to point out that I did this almost exactly as I would a charcoal drawings -- I only used two colours on a base tone, a single layer for the whole image, and blended mostly as I would with a tortillion or fingertip -- except for that foreground cloud where I never finished it off.

I still at some level prefer a work on actual paper yadda yadda but I'm embracing other mediums equally now. :)
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Nikkibo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
It's good that out have the time and will to embrace other mediums as well. I just personally don't like that computer stuff drawing, because with computer you'll have those "undo" button-thingies, which is a total cheating at any type of drawing. Because when Leonardo Da Vinci painted Mona Lisa, I don't think he had some kind of "undo button or even an eraser or such. And other pressing reasons why I don't do do computer drawings is that I'm really bad at usin one of those tablet-pen-mouse things. Every time I try to draw something whit it it looks like something had died on the "paper". still I don't have anything against you doing digital media, just dont' forget the classic ways of art.
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
Oh, I won't -- I still tend to repaint or redraw things more than anything else, and regard the undo tool as a compensator for moments of poor tablet pen control, as I'm still learning.
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Nikkibo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
well I have to admit, that I sometimes use the paint program to whipe out some marks that I cannot get whit eraser. but thats about all the digital work in my pics
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
I think thi is wonderful, The flowing soft tones blend so seemlessl together, it sort of gives the flame direction eve if it's not part of the flame such as the clouds and moutian all going off in one direction. The fire itself is stunning yet so simple, it's just really works so well. I couldn't see why you'd be tired of this piece it's really visualy stunning, even down t the warm tones giving a sort of old photo effect and purhaps a disater on an older ship that wasn't so well protected against fire :)
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
I got tired of it 'cause I kept screwing up various things over and over. I liked it at the start but sometimes I just get sick of drawings for no real reason.

It's worth finishing though -- or at the least worth using as a study for a more careful and detailed drawing with a better composition (and more careful perspective!

I hadn't thought about the old photo effect of sepia -- now I want to try making some pictures that actually look like old photos. :D
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
hehehehe well I apologise for adding more artistic work to your list of inspiration but also glad I could inspire colourtone wise :) I know it doesn't sound like a very nice link but it reminded me of the hindumbberg when it exploded and crashed to the ground. one tiny spark was disasterous and here again i bet it was just some guy taking a break decided to have a sly smoke and DOOOOOOOOM :P

But yes i can understand i've done it myself on a few pieces of work, got tired of it for no exact reason :)
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
D

Anyway, in this case this battleship is going down due to being caught by some wings of heavy gunships when flying alone and without fighter/gunship escort. In the setting of my pirate comic aeroplanes are at about a 1920s level at best and considered as inconsequential in the face of the skyship. Within 50 years (the setting of an insanely ambitious long-running project that I have posted only some concept work of here) the power of bombers and gunships is considerably greater, near the point of eclipsing the power of the aerial dreadnaught.

I didnt' really "sell" the idea of aerial attack here -- the bombers kind of look like they're zooming out of the stricken ship rather than banking around for a pass at the hapless overloaded ship's boats and the parachuting crew. (Unsporting bastards :lol: ) Something to remedy in a future attempt...
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
hehehe i had acctualy guessed it was more of an attack, though had to admit the planes do seem like there escaping (though i kinda asked myself where from, didn't look like a carrier at all and doubt it had anyroom for oneto take off! :)) You'd think that a few pilots would have some kinda honour code, alright in times of war or against an enemy killing them means less chance your gona be killed, but to shoot at people unable to acctualy defend themselves! that's terrible, atleast have a military party or police party waiting to arrest and if the fighting breaks out THEN blast at them, but to shoot prachutingmen,dispicable!
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
The worst part is the gunships I used are designed for the "good guys" of the story! :XD: Of course, as I don't know the nationality of the stricken ship (it started off as a pointy blob with some sharp edges and never really got any farther design-wise) I think I'll just say "well, it isn't 'canon' so nyah."

Or perhaps it's a horrible mercenary ship guilty of terrible war crimes and the Powers That Be decide to enact a mass execution rather than capturing the miscreants and carrying out so-called "proper" justice, for some nefarious political reason. o_O
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
or perhaps it's cred by the damned and anyone who goes aboardis damned to so they thought rather than trying to help lift the curse they'd just blow it out of the sky! Then agin it might just be carrying alot of Britney spears fans to a concert and that isn't cold blooded murder, it's just putting themout of there missary :D
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
Better yet -- a shipload of Hansen fans. Even better -- a shipload of Vanilla Ice fans. Best of all -- a flotilla of Kenny G fans. :evillaugh:
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kamoostoos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
sweet! very very cool.
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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AaronHoustonArt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
very nice man.the ship on fire is great.looks real good
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks kindly :)
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JadeGL Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
The fire in that ship looks amazing, a really good picture! O.O
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I like the fire too, and it was really easy to do ^^
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JadeGL Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
Easy? I doesn't look like an easy thing to do at all. O.O but looks cool and real. XD
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Well, all I did was first rough out the smoke, then I scribbled in some vaguely flame-shaped lines with solid white, and then pulled them back into the smoke with a blender.

It'd be a lot harder in full colour though...
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really evocotive and cool. Love the sepia and the dramatic lighting.
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I've been doing lots of monotone pics, working my way up to more colour, and sepia has always been one of my favourites.
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skulljammer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional Artist
WHOA!!!...very cool!!!...dammit get a book out! I am dying to see this stuff in print!!!
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional General Artist
Well, I am working on getting prints set up at least. :D Nice, affordable prints. I'm looking at some of the various online self-publishing options as well. You just gave me an idea though -- maybe I should make a little art book of my crap. It would be fun to see that!
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skulljammer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional Artist
that would be AWESOME!
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