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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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zarkonnen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I'm making a game about airships ( ), and this picture is absolutely going into my "major inspiration" folder. :)
Woodsie-One Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Łoooo. Niesamowicie to wygląda Oo
Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is legitimate. XD Nice!
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY s#!t.
Casper-viccc Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
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:-)
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! :)
88kwk Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
real cool
Timeship Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Magnificent work, bravo!
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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