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The Airship Docks by SpikedMcGrath The Airship Docks by SpikedMcGrath
Behold the bustling docks of Reading. If you look very closely in the bottom left you may see the crew of "The Widow Garrett" posing in front of their magnificent vessel.

This image was designed as the front of a double-sided poster to be included with Smokey Bastard's new album; Tales from the Wasteland, which they asked me to illustrate.

See step by step how I made it on my blog --> [link]

More art coming soon. In the meantime you can listen to some tracks on facebook: [link]
Or you can buy the album (it involves more airships!): [link]

Copyright Smokey Bastard 2011
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HollandTheWriter Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
Wow, could I use this as the cover for my novel? I would give you credit and link you to the work.
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DollyHainesworth Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Beautiful composition, tones and detailing! :)
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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tomhes Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow, so much stuff going on in this pic, so much love in detail. i really like this one  :)
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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SteamHead1880 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, Just Wow!!!
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GoodAirshipLollygag Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Lovely!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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JBDK2 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Brilliant!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Great stuff!
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LumiShark Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Love all your airship pieces each one amazes equality in their unique ways (and sausages)
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's very nice of you to say :D

As it happens I'm working on another airship piece right now, honestly! Well actually I'm typing this, but you know what I mean. Also, I'm gonna update my site in a few days with a new "sketchbook" section that has loads of airship sketches in it, you should check it out later *poke*

And yes "sausages" lol

..hungry now.
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vulpinedesigns Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice! Has the feel of many pre-WW1 and Belle Epoch posters and illustrations of how the future was going to be!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well this is my vision of what the past is going to be like :P
Thanks for the fave!
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kevojy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Love the variety in the airships!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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PottKind Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great art!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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SenselessJabberwocky Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful *_*
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the airships and the street below. Brilliant!
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azimrahman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dAng great!
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Jeffers800 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Too good. It's been a while since you last posted, so you must be busy freelancing I bet :P Would love to see a little tutorial of your painting style. Or some of the things you only learn from experience about graphics tablets and digital painting :)
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It hasn't been that long has it?? I suppose I haven't posted anything particularly polished for a while

Actually, I've been busier with Uni work than commissions, that and making incessant cups of tea, having (arguably) unnecessary naps and writing down ways to be more efficient in lieu of actually being more efficient. I'll start working properly any minute now :P

A tutorial might be fun to do, but I'm not even that sure of my own methodology at the moment, I tend to make it up as I go along. I have a couple of walk-throughs on my blog here [link] (you may have seen these already, this one is linked to in the image description above) and here [link] and here [link] but none of them are quite tutorials. If you want an excellent tutorial on digital art though I'd strongly recommend this one by Noah Bradley: [link]
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Jeffers800 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, Maybe it hasn't been THAT long. You don't have to make video tutorials unless you have means and desires to do so. Maybe just a post on your blog (with pictures) saying what you tend to do with most of your works. Thanks for the link to Noah Bradley, it should help me lots :P

I would actually like to you post some drawings in your scrapbook, or gallery if you really like the drawing :P
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Alright, sounds a good idea, I'll do a tutorial soon then and stick it on my blog.

I've posted a couple of sketches in my scrapbook for you to look at if you want, I'll put a few more up shortly (it's just the scanning is hassle for A3 sketchbooks)
cheers
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Jordy-Kun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
This is frigging awesome as hell.
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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mina-D Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It's beautiful. :heart:
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Demonyaa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
great I like it :O
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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REVERENTFATE Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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