This one is technically an A-12 but the Sr-71 is almost identical in external appearance. (M-21 is the specific designation of the modified A-12 used to carry the D-21 drone - it has a second seat behind the cockpit for the launch control officer.) Went with the Cygnus since:
a) it’s underappreciated in the shadow of the Blackbird,
b) tiny drone friend, and
c) I just LOVE the bare titanium color scheme they had.)
A-12s and SR-71 are strange - in some angles they’re beautiful and badass, in others, they’re just…downright weird! (they have such an extreme airframe design - they’re literally all engine with a narrow fuselage, the rest is just wafer thin wing spread over them..!)
For the peeps a little familiar with paleontology, you probably caught the inspiration I took from azharchids - weird long gangly pterosaurs are GREAT I love them. I also felt like it’d be fitting that these things would be incredibly awkward and uncomfortable on the ground but have a striking silhouette when in their element, much like the real thing
Also, the jaws - the goblin shark thing was for fun and would help something with such a long flat nose grab things, but the way the jaws tuck up and away (and the teeth that rotate back) are common to all aerosaurs in some degree, to allow their jaws to tuck in flush with their fuselage.
I will admit i like this colour scheme a bit better than the bare black one, i kept the black colours on Cath just so the blue flames and green slime and crap stood out~
I like the more sharky mouth you went for too, I was so infatuated with the whole 'bird' thing i had to make it beaky
i hope you throw one of these in whatever story thing you're making!
ps. Love the baby X-15.
Would you be mad if I got a bit inspired off your dragon airplanes ;v;?
And it's always fun to see other peoples' take on this kind of idea for fun. Go for it! (I only ask for credit if you're 1:1 using something. It's cooler to see people coming up with their own unique ideas on the airplane monster/living machine concept though!)
this looks so great!!
As cool as the D-21/M-21 combination is, it was unfortunately doomed to fail. One of the M-21s was lost when its drone was launched at supersonic speeds - it bounced off the shock cone and crashed back into its mothership, causing the thing to violently break up. Afterwards they would only launch a few more D-21s from subsonic aircraft like the B-52.
If you're local, a trip worth making at some point is to the Blackbird AirPark out in Palmdale. They've got a bunch of the NASA Dryden test aircraft, along with an SR-71, A-12, D-21 and U-2 all in the same area!
(There are plenty of other gems around here - if you want to continue chatting you're welcome to PM me if you don't want to get too location-specific on a public page. Cali is full of hidden nuggets when it comes to aviation!)
Ah yeah I remember in the video I watch about the B-bird family the person talked around that crash with the mothership and it was discontinued.
My dad's mom worked in the Skunkworks for...50 years? She rarely talked about her job, and when she did, it was usually badmouthing some past coworker (she was very, very bitter) but a few times she talked about her work with the Blackbird and the 'Silver Blackbird'. I guess she either forgot the designation because she was 80+ when she talked about it, or figured I wouldn't care.
And yes, Blackbirds are REALLY COOL from some angles, and fucking wierdass from others. I tried to do an anthro SR-71 years ago, but never could get it to look right. :/
Your Aerosaur looks great, though.
Haha! And I think the trick is working with how weird the proportion and highlight that rather than play it down. My Azhdarchid approach is just one of many ways this could be done though!
Since at the current moment, i don't think you will.
It's amazingly awsome as usual, you never disapoint!
I always loved the idea of personifying the inanimate (vehicles especially,) and finding ways to visualize the "character" of these machines. Over time I got carried away with some ideas and built a headworld around these things!
It's not just for the sake of arbitrarily making "cool monsters" either, though I do love concepting. I'm very much into the history of engineering and how things work, and it bleeds into my artwork
And what you said involving the appearance of A-12s and SR-71s form different angles; I couldn't agree with you more. I myself have a Blackbird character and trying to make a piece more interesting by not always using the same repetitive sideview vexes me sometimes.
A+ for spotting the references
And it can be tricky! But the SR-71 can be broken down into simple forms. It boils down to three tubes with the super thing wing draped and stretched between them!