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Chance by maaria Chance by maaria
Based on a dream I saw some years ago. It was about this bird-like airship thing... no one knew who built it or when, but it had been gliding around ever since.
I was probably influenced by Miyazaki's Laputa and stories of ghost ships. Pretty cool stuff.

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montycrusto Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017   Traditional Artist
Beautiful.. I have had this dream too
Daliaredocean Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice
DavidShepheard Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Hi Maaria,

I just got pointed at your awesome picture, by a friend called Ávár. He thinks that your ship looks like it could be a ship from Spelljammer, and I agree.

Spelljammer is a fantasy RPG campaign setting, for Dungeons & Dragons, where open decked ships fly up into space (it is called "Wildspace" in the game) and bubbles of air ("air envelopes") naturally form around the ship as it leaves a planet. Many of the ships in that game are shaped to look like insects or birds.

I love all the little details you have, like the broken wing feather, the gap in the deck rail and the holes in the bottom of the hull. It really makes it look like some sort of disaster happened to the ship. They remind me of my favourite painting: a Spelljammer painting called "Last Descent" by Jennell Jaquays.

I would love to put your ship into Wildspace: The Spelljammer Fanzine, so that I can show it to more Spelljammer fans. I will be happy to link anywhere you like in return, and credit you however you prefer to be credited.

And if you have a name for this painting (or the ship) or you recall any other details of the dream that might help people use your ship in a tabletop game, I would love to hear any other details about this picture.
DavidShepheard Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Oops. Looks like you call the picture (or maybe the ship) "Chance". I missed that, in all the excitement.
Crossroads44 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
That's what happens when you leave the parking break off. Great work. It reminds me of the Golden Condor from Mysterious Cities of Gold.
witcher1701 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Wow, this is super cool.
Edi-Snaps Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Reminds me of the Golden Condor from Mysterious Cities of Gold.
Armadria Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Miyazaki was one of the first things I thought of when I saw this. :D I love how it has little wheels underneath it, almost as if it wasn't so big, it could have been a fantastic pull toy.
harrypotterafan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Syarette Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Awesome, love it <3
Tobaris Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
crinine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I agree with the others: WOW
scarletbird Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Writer
Love it. :)
mz7 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Neye Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! I love how you kept the dream-like flow and feeling of it *v* And the colours and lightening... it all looks so good <3
maaria Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Thannnnks <3
Neye Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome >_<
BummerForShort Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's . . . . . . . both?"
Minoru-Kokubunji Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Incredibly inspiring :love:
MockingbirdFly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student General Artist
I love how this could be an illustration out of a children's book. It really captures the "action" of the moment, and you just know that grappling hook probably won't make it, but there's the small chance it will!
Wonderfully compelling piece!
maaria Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Thank you! :>
Braam Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
It reminds me of the golden condor from The Mysterious Cities of Gold, such an excellent series.
maaria Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Never seen that but Google images gave me some cool results :-D
TurtleSensei Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GORGEOUS! it kind of looks like an Egyptian machine (I wish there were some lol)
smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is utterly gorgeous - I love the design of the ship, and the colours, and the composition of the picture is wonderful. Great job!
Koirajumala Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Hei, Desuconissa + Traconissa kyttäilin tätä kyseistä työtä ja valitin silloin värimaailmasta. Kerkesin hukata kahteen otteeseen dA tunnuksesi jonka avuliaasti annoit minulle paikanpäällä. Joka tapauksessa onneksi löysin tämän tunnuksen sitten muiden tiehyeiden kautta.

Muistat varmaan, että puhuimme tuolloin siitä Abe's Odyssee - tilaustyöstä, jota olisin juuri sinulta halunnut.
Tässä on se kyseinen tausta pelkistettynä versiona, (suora screenshotti pelistä) [link] & [link]
Ja mielelläni olisin toivonut, että kuvaan kuuluisi olennaisena (Scrabs tai miksikä lie kutsutaankaan?), oikealla.

Tuossa olisi pari ns. reffikuvaa, joita voisi käyttää sellaisena suuntaaluovana viivana jos nyt innostut tästä työstä. Koko tulisi olla suhteellisen iso, koska haluaisin sen tauluksi. Toisin sanoen printattuna pitää olla huomattavasti isompi kuin A4.
Mailaillaan jos olet kiinnostunut ja WATCHaan sinut nyt, että en varmasti unohda tunnustasi. Oma tunnukseni tällä hetkellä on ihan tyhjä, kun loin uuden saadakseni "fresh startin". Jeps, ollaan yhteyksissä.
isthatashallot Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
This has so much feeling in it. The motion of the guy with the grappling hook is so real, and there's such careful tension in the movement of the hook. I'm seriously left wondering if he'll be able to reach it. :I I hope he does, he seems like he has adventure in his heart.

This is entirely beautiful, maaria. :>
maaria Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Actually I did some retouching for a print version where the hook moves with a bit more force. The situation seems arguably kinda hopeless here, haha.. unless the ship is stuck floating in a gust of wind or something...
isthatashallot Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
HAHA, yes. I thought so too, but he looks like a determined guy. :]
Lemniskate Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
What an idea for an RPG adventure!
jowFR Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
angelaART Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Gorgeous bird! Love the colors, the texture, the story my mind sees when I look at this.
sirdubdub Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009   General Artist
win.... ornithopter win
muztco Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Awesome :love:
I really like your style, the way you colored it... this image opens a big door for imagination... :wow:
Marrekie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Very inspiring image.
M-Myers Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
awesome I really like it :)
Needsmoresalt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I love the concept and there is a sense of story lodged within the art. As another commented before me, it invokes a feeling familiar to Shadow of the Colossus.
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Such a great dream! :) I really love the composition and colors in this image. Just beautiful!
ningnomaningnong Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
this is freakn awesummmm
sneaksby Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
I really love this. The imagery is amazing, and I love the feeling of the whole piece. Beautiful stuff!
Ninzo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
Herra isä miten upea... :o
Alus on hienosti piirretty ja muutenkin kuvassa tunnelma on todella hieno.

Pakko kysyä, saako tästä desussa printtiä? :3
maaria Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Kiitos <3
En valitettavasti saanut hommatuksi uusia printtejä Desuconiin. Katsellaan josko sitten Animeconissa myisin tuota o/
Leriz Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
wow! this is great! I love the composition and lighting
Mr-Rice Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
seems like a cross between airships and shadow of the colossus
TheShadowMachinery Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
Cool, very cool. Really awesome ship design, and I love that this guy tries to grapple-hook his way onto it. :D
yunamira Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
I am completely in love with this concept. It's beautiful. =)
SweetRosette Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Upea... *_* :heart:
LadyRedfingers Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow. I wonder what the man hopes to find in his dream?
irismuddy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
this is really awesome and epic
Toffotin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Missä lens flare?!
Hiano ja tunnelmallinen kuva silti...
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