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The launching of S.M.S Monarch by JanBoruta The launching of S.M.S Monarch by JanBoruta
The year is 1902. Industrial and scientific development reach their peak. The world of la belle epoque is a world filled with flying machines and steam engines. The vessels that are the most awe-inspiring, are the military airships, floating fortresses of imposing size and powerful armament.

On August 1st, a new steam battleship is launched from the military airdocks on the outskirts of Vienna. The pride of K.u.K. industry, this is the first ship of a new series of Habsburg fighting vessels. This is the S.M.S. Monarch.

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This took a whole lot of time. From a tiny sketch made on a boring lecture at some point in May, to this final piece.

Drawn on A4 paper with a simple ball pen. I believe it was a Pentel, but it doesn't matter. A pen is a pen.

Note: The real-world Monarch-class Austrian battleships were smaller and of older design. This one is pure fiction, loosely based on Radetzky-class battleships from 1907/1910.

I hope you like it!
Best regards,
Tom. :)
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:iconzarkonnen:
zarkonnen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I'm making a game about airships ( zarkonnen.com/airships ), and this picture is absolutely going into my "major inspiration" folder. :)
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Woodsie-One Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Łoooo. Niesamowicie to wygląda Oo
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Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is legitimate. XD Nice!
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY s#!t.
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Casper-viccc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Just...amazing!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Remindes me movies of czech director karel zeman.This has so nostalgic feel for me and inspires me to do something in steampunk way on my own:-)
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It's a shame that Polish TV hasn't shown many Czech films, only cartoons - and so I haven't yet watched Zeman's movies. :( Thank you for a great comment though. Steampunk may not be a genre for everyone, but it's a great practice for imagination :) I'd love to see steampunk done in your style, as you already excel in it when drawing history! :)
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88kwk Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
real cool
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Timeship Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Magnificent work, bravo!
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CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
gotta say: THIS IS THE MOST BADASS HOMMAGE TO THE HABSBURG FAMILLY VESSELS! i love your fog and smoke effects dude ^^
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey Tomek, this is a really cool drawing!! Thanks for sharing- this is actually quite inspiring. Somehow, I don't think steam jets are enough from a behemoth like that- perhaps she has a hull made of Cavorite?
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I prefer to keep it regular steel with some utterly expensive aluminium parts. I just like to think that the steam jets are extremely powerful to the point I can claim it;s magic :D As Arthur C. Clarke once said: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. :D
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Steam jets make me nervous. Anyone who happened to be standing underneath the ship when she took off would be skinned alive in seconds by the jets. If the battleship belched out enough steam to hold her aloft for a few seconds without the aid of antigravity, the population of the entire city would be flayed alive (and that is ignoring the question of where the ship gets the water for her jets). ;-)

A casual observer may not be able to distinguish advanced technology from magic- but technology does follow physical law, nonetheless. A steam jet is basically a steampunk rocket engine, and rocket engines are not capable of indefinite levitation, as they will run out of propellent (in this case, water). Even the most powerful steam just will run out of water in a few seconds, so the S.M.S Monarch must have antigravity engines or at least some kind of reactionless drive. Still, this is a steampunk fantasy ship, so it doesn't have to make too much sense...

How did you achieve so much detail with a pen? You can't erase any mistakes you drew in ink, so I imagine it was painstaking work...
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
what is her means of lift? :D
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Those are barely visible, but there are four exhaust ports on the ventral side that eject high-pressured steam in great volume, maybe not the most rational solution, but it suits my designs :D
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
ahHA.

I take it she retreives water for the steam system by some sort of cloud-condenser that takes advantage of rampant cumulus stormheads?
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't think there is any room for the creation of ministorms inside the ship (especially in the smaller, older craft seen in the upper right). I'd rather think that the steam is being recycled from boilers and other stuff that is powering the airscrews and forced into small tubes thus increasing the pressure (and temperature, but I don't know how to sort it out yet) and then directed to the exhaust ports. However it is used mainly as a aid in taking off, though in my other drawings the ships use it during battles to increase buoyancy. I know this explanation is half-assed in terms of scientific correctness, but that's why I love sci-fi, you don't have to explain everything and instead say: MAGIC :D
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
INDEED

Oh and by cloud-condensers I dont mean ministorms on board, I mean like the clouds in the sky that the ship passes through. I have "patented" several systems in which semi-aerostat Zeppelins retreive both drinking water and boilerfeed water as they pass through clouds via massive heat exchangers
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
That's a great idea of putting the clouds into good use :D But it doesn't fit my alternate reality, which I wanted to keep off of nature-altering beyond what could be seen in the 19th century. I just can't imagine a mighty battleship ploughing through the clouds only to gobble them up the very next second to power itself, it just hurts the picturesque-ness :D
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aha I see, but remember, the steam that is condensed and used in the boilers is very quickly re-atmospherised in a gaseous state, which would probably re-form clouds in a matter of minutes. Sort of like vapor-trails from a jetliner only on roids :D
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Well THAT'S interesting :D My physics classes were SO long ago... :lol: But I still stand by my previous argument based purely on my aesthetic preference :D
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AnikkiInkcraft Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Holy shit! so awesome!!
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Augos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
wonderful
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CamelBall-Z Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
This is badass, is it some kinda story you made?
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Not a story. I use real world's history (unaltered), but I fill it with such machinery ;)
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Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What keeps it in the air?
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AnikkiInkcraft Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
my guess is it's made of lift-iron
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Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Handy stuff. I hope nobody at the shipbuilders cut corners and decided to save money by using plummet-nickel instead.
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Cantus-J-Fraggle Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wait, I've just looked at the larger view and seen the turbines etc. Feel free to ignore the question :)
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miedziana Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
świetne te twoje sceny batalistyczne.powinieneś robić ilustracje do książek. Do Naomi Novik na ten przykład.
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Sarge13 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Your art is rather mindblowing, If I could muster half the skill you have aquired I'd be astounded with my ability. But beyond just your art itself, the universe within which you draw from is fascinating as there seems to be everything one could imagine.
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Kazaar8 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Very very nice. Reminds me of the battleships from "Last Exile".
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:iconavalanhe:
Avalanhe Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Wspaniały...zresztą jak zwykle ;)
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Sarge13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Bloody Brilliant
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A-Teivos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Ako by to lietalo? x)

Odhliadnuch od toho je to veľmi detailný obrázok - to uznávam, keďže mne to nejde xD
Je fajn vidieť, čím všetkým by vzducholode mohly byť, keby sa Hindenburg nestrepal. Holt, vodík horí.
Husté :D

A čo je K.u.K.? Kaiser und Kaiser? ;D
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kiiyor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
AAAAAAWESOME
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pawelotti Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
te steampunkowe też są genialne!
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Amarynceus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   General Artist
Nice! A bit of Duilio/Dandalo style flying bridge and funnel section, too. ;)

I like the texture on the sky; the direction of the strokes helps carry the eye upward.
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LucreziaNavarre Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Wow... it's simply amazing! How in the world could anyone posess such a great imagination mixed with such a vast knowledge about... nearly every aspect of history and war ^^
Such detail! Especially when looking at "tiny" things, for example the steamclouds coming from the ship. The light effects there are brilliant! Hmm... somehow I always end up praising your clouds xD
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scalpinock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
To be franc ,it's purely awesomely awesome!
I hope you could make a tutorial or a video of you drawing,this could help people who haven't your talent.
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jezviking Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
That is awesome Jan. Always love how you draw skies
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
And I thought the sky here was lousy, I didn't draw one with a ballpen before.
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demolka Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Genialnie jak zwykle :D
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MechaFurre Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
You need to make a single universe for these-all to inhabit, broseph.
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:iconjanboruta:
JanBoruta Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
There is one. There is no philosophy, it's our real world. The only alternative-history things are the machines, but the history progresses as it had done in real timeline :)
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MechaFurre Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
But the machines would alter the timeline, and philosophy is a necessary point for the development of science, even if nowadays it's a bit moribund and circular.
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
:onfire: great work!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
COOOOOOL!
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TTLee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
i totaly want to own that ship
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Scale model available at Walmart! ;D
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