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The Wreck by vmulligan The Wreck by vmulligan
Another old one from 2003. I had in my mind an image of a wrecked ship suspended underwater. It wasn't until the ship was almost finished that I realized... wrecked ships sink. I added the the submarine towing the wreck, rendered in a different 3D program. In hindsight I like the suggestion of a bit of a story. The image is of course heavily Photoshopped to give it the misty underwater look. I stayed away from the traditional blues and greens of an underwater scene, opting instead for muddier colours; for some reason, these tend to appeal to me.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Nice moody sci-fi piece.  The lighting and color scheme remind me of paintings of fish underwater in Field & Stream.  As well as the underwater look, you've done a good job of creating the illusion of great size.  The only thing that looks unreal to me are the bubbles, which are very crisp and uniform.

I'm guessing this was influenced by Colin Hay paintings such as the cover of Cosmic Kaleidoscope.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had to Google that book, but when I did, I recognized the painting: it also appears in Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD.  That collection, and other sci-fi art of the era, have long been inspirations for me.  So yes, although this wasn't intended as a direct imitation of that piece, Hay's artwork did influence me.

Thanks!  I'm glad you liked it.  (And yes, I was never totally satisfied with the bubbles.  They were added after the fact, a bit hastily.)
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
You're all right with me posting this on Tumblr, right?
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure.  I just ask that you credit me, please.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Of course.  It's queued to post Thursday on Siryl.tumblr.com.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Those books are amazing collections of art (even if the text does sometimes contradict the pictures).
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional
sweet
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Guilhem-Bedos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Classic and therefore efficient: nice job
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Jacklionheart Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Splendid work Vikram. Reminds me on the good old classic illustrations by Cris Foss and Peter Elson. Fave!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Classic sci-fi art inspires me a lot, so that's good to hear.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, fantastic! I see that very well in a Ridley Scott movie!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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IchorData Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty. :)
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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IchorData Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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tazrrr Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
so amazing!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Lance66 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very nice work and good choice of muted colors, almost sepia. Excellent.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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JivR Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice and inspiring !!!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning work. Just the kind of things I write my novels about.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
High praise! Thank you very much.
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Habatchii Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Habatchii says,

Very well...
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extraordinary lightning. Loving the colours to, very unorthodox :)
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Yeah, I don't know why the colours evolved that way, but it just seemed to work out.
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FOTOSHOPIC Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Good choice of palate. Very well done.
Mitch
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
There is a lot of wonderful detail hidden in this image it inspires the imagination there are plenty of great stories you could put to this.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes, I've always liked the sort of sci-fi art that suggests a story without being completely explicit about it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional
All works well,the colors,muddy water,suspended.
I have a little difficulty conceptually in that the tow ship is dwarfed by the huge spacecraft making me doubt it's lifting capacity.In reality to lift something this large they would attach gas bladders to it and fill with air (or some other gas)to assist in lifting to the surface.It's cheap,effective and can lift tremendous objects in water...
A minor point this,the image works well overall.
I love the design of the ships...
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, true. The wreck might just be a hull, though -- it looks like there are some pretty big holes in the body and engines; it may have already been stripped. :)
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mystdream Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what a concept. flying wrecs.
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautifully done. The only reason this isn't an insta-fave is because I was looking at the comments.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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zman988 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
You've created a masterpiece! wonderful job with this!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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mdbruffy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Well, if it was on the bottom, then it was sunk into the dirt and muck and pulling it lose, would mix all of that into the water and quite possiably creat the very muddy kind-of look you've got here. Which is great by the way.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And yes, I guess the muddy look makes sense in that case :) .
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TK769 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lovethe weathered and rusticness. Bang on.

M
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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zaku1986 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wohaa! This looks absolutely splendid!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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flakface Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work!
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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dmaland Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously fantastic. Very moody and cool.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the browns add depth to the image, you've really pulled off the underwater environment well in my opinion.
The wreck looks awsome too as if bulkheads have imploded here and there with the pressure. Well done :)
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