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Low Tide Ghost by m0zch0ps Low Tide Ghost by m0zch0ps
Updated; Thanks for the kind feedback everyone, there's been some really interesting remarks about the background on the vessel, which is great, I love nothing more than inspiring thoughts of what, where, why? it really makes for great discussion, champagne! :)

I don't get to paint spaceships often, so this was a blast to do.
I really wanted to do a crashed/wrecked/marooned craft, but not so wrecked that you couldn't tell what it was. I was trawling through images of the shipworks on the beaches of India and Bangladesh, and saw this piece by Andrew Bell, the lighting is brilliant. www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?…. This inspired the setting and lighting.

I'm a big fan of practical craft designs, craft which look as though they have a real purpose, where any elegance or superfluous design is fashioned around it's practical necessities. In the early stages of the painting I wanted to add two beachcomber looking characters playing chess in the foreground, relaxed as though they had grown accustomed to waiting a long time for rescue, - that'll be it's own picture.
As the ship took on its form, it started to look like a rusting beached whale, - hence I designed the wing to look fin-like and accentuate the barrel shape of the hull, with bloodlike rusty smears, as though harpooned and left to decay.

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sourisdesbois Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice reflexion on the ice!
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Souris - it's not ice, it's mud, mud, glorious mud - but I could always do an ice version.
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sourisdesbois Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry about my mistake!
I see it now.
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ShowMeTheCarFacts Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome palette for the ship and the water. Very well done.
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, good reference really helps!
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zerreitug Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
I cannot like this enough :) it is gorgeous. Excellent job!
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Yep, the light in this piece is spot on. I love this type of sci-fi, real life, undramatic, it-is-what-it-is sci-fi. Awesome!
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Mars, the it-is-what-it-is appeals to me too
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I love how you did the water and the design of the boat.
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