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D-21 doodles by Hydrothrax D-21 doodles by Hydrothrax

…So the other day I was babbling about the Lockheed D-21 drone to some friends and couldn’t help but realize that in planview it kinda…resembles a moth?

And then just went completely literal with the idea.

WHY NOT. 

Have some sketches. There is a headworld reason why many aerosaurs end up being more or less “draconic” in appearance but you can definitely have some really weird anomalies with them..! 

They wouldn’t fly exactly like a moth though, they’d still be fixed-wing fliers like most aerosaurs since they have an engine.


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:icontheghoulavenue:
TheGhoulAvenue Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oddly adorable ;o;
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stargate525 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please, please, please do a sketch of it circling a control tower's beacon light all confused. xD
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, LOL. I SHOULD
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:iconstargate525:
stargate525 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALL THE YES!
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zoidsfan77 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I third it.
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Vrshaw Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I second this.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I like how you maintain the overall shape of the aircraft, and then go crazy with it!
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's always the intent - to still capture what the original vehicle was regardless of how weird the design gets!
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I see! Turned out very nicely!

I try to stick to the original machine's design as more of an interpretation of how I see it in real life. I try to move as little metal as possible.

These two are at a museum near where I live.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah! The usual "living machine" style. Once upon a time I did a lot of that but got tired of it after a while. Will still doodle faces on things for fun sometimes though, haha!

It's always fun to base them off the real thing! Surprisingly I have yet to paint the steam engine I used to work on as part of a small volunteer group, years ago. Sketched a few variants but never got around to finishing/posting them ever. One of these days I'll do it justice!
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh! You should make the upper arms/legs the cylinders or something! If you ever get around to it, I'd be more than happy to see what you come up with!

My characters still have crews and such, they act more like horses responding to their reins being pulled. I'm working on some books surrounding them and using real life occurances, but from the engine's perspective.

One criticism I get too often is the lack of a Thomas face, when they forget that most of those engines have no front or back, and more importantly, handrails in the way.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I generally build the cylinders into their main body - they're hard to see in the T-1 sketch since it's loose but they're there.

Personally I'd avoid "Thomas face." Aside from it being a little creepy put in a realistic setting, like you said it erases a lot of details which would contribute to the character of the vehicle, especially on something distinctive. Better yet, to not be afraid to not use "idealized" design or stick to one recipe for expressions/faces. Even if it's weirder, it'll often look better!

My favorite "cartoon train" artist who does this really well is this guy!: nerailwayartist.tumblr.com/
They're still cartoony and bendy and have faces (some of them,) but work with their gritty environment very well, and he doesn't delete important details.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I know! And in the case of my electrics, it just looks wrong, because that's where the headlight goes! And I know from personal experience, headlights are important for running, and also to the loco's look overall. I tend to go for the more rigid style simply because it might get a bit rough for the passengers otherwise :P

I love his artwork! He even made a short, bouncy LNER Teak coach!
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GloomShroom Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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HaloExodus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student General Artist
I love this design, you've created my fear and anger for moths (insects and bugs in general) into a cool ass looking plane design!
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Zgerken Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016
Amazing, I really love how you designed the landing gear though it looks amazing!
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ELITEzinho Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This would be terriflying to be a real bug x)

Great work :)
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Student Filmographer
I love the big snooty engine at the front. It's like a big cutey nose or something;p I want to believe this thing has a great sense of smell XD Great work, hydro!
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