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By maaria   |   
Published: April 16, 2009
© 2009 - 2020 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 Traditional Artist
Beautiful.. I have had this dream too
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DaliaredoceanHobbyist General Artist
Very nice
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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.
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Oops. Looks like you call the picture (or maybe the ship) "Chance". I missed that, in all the excitement.
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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.
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Wow, this is super cool.
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Edi-SnapsProfessional Photographer
Reminds me of the Golden Condor from Mysterious Cities of Gold.
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ArmadriaStudent 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.
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Awesome, love it <3
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I agree with the others: WOW
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scarletbirdStudent Writer
Love it. :)
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NeyeHobbyist 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
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NeyeHobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome >_<
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BummerForShortHobbyist Digital Artist
"It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's . . . . . . . both?"
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MockingbirdFlyStudent 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!
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It reminds me of the golden condor from The Mysterious Cities of Gold, such an excellent series.
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Never seen that but Google images gave me some cool results :-D
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TurtleSenseiHobbyist Digital Artist
GORGEOUS! it kind of looks like an Egyptian machine (I wish there were some lol)
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