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Pilot by AiTuDou Pilot by AiTuDou
Pilot ship escorting a freighter down through the clouds and back into Shanghai docks

For the escort ship I was inspired by the sails of Chinese junks for the vane like control surface at the bottom. I thought it could control direction and fold up after landing. Interesting using an old technology in a futuristic setting.

Edit 09/11/09 - Quite a bit of a re-edit. I've doubled the res, painted over the freighter to add a lot more detail/get rid of the sloppier looking tiles. The biggest change is moving the pilot ship from small and low down, to really trying to make it look like it's flying right past you.

It's a fair amount of change, at the time I first did it it was the best I could do, and I just ran out of energy. A year and a few more pictures later, and I'm happy to back for a bit of revisionism.

Anyway the v1.0 picture is in the scraps.
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uAe-Designer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
nicely done


keep up
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JonGibbons Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
nice ship design. great job on the clouds. I think this image would look even better with some lighting/engine glow effects on both ships.
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AiTuDou Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Yeah, I was originally going to put in some dirty vapour trails. I hadn't considered putting in some glow, I'm always worried that it looks a little bit processed. I might have a little play tonight with putting something subtle in and see if it adds that special something...I'll also fix some of the perspective screw ups in this. Nice gallery btw.
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JonGibbons Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'll look forward to seeing the results.
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AiTuDou Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Bah, the only think I dared was to add the slightest of dark trails. Anything else I tried looked too disco. Feel free to take a copy and stick some glow effects on it and send me the results.
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JonGibbons Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Alan,
Whats your email address dude? had a little play with some glow/color effects.
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Kaidesu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
looks nice.
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