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The Channel Fleet by RadoJavor The Channel Fleet by RadoJavor
One quick personal painting, think its time to leave the sailships for some time.
I really like ironclad ships, wonders of the victorian engineering. Most of them never fough in any war, but their look is impresive. This battleships were the most advanced machines build in 19th century.
My other goal is to make a stormy sea, so you can tell me how it looks. And I really like the location on the picture, it is the Solent straigt near Needles in South England.

The whole picture was done in some 4 evenings about 15 hours together. Just photoshop and wacom intouos+some photos of the ships for reference.
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Expect-Delays Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Well done.
JormungandrWS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Beautiful work, the ships look pretty accurate to the period, did you model them for specific ships or just in general ships of the era?
dankw Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Way too talented for words . . . .
gothold Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Victorian engineering was impressive. The transition from sail power to steam produced some interesting designs .
InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome looking!
WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent painting, and your whole gallery is impressive!
As to the stormy sea; I affirm what TigerStryke noted - its a good rendering of the surface, but not a storm.  
Even though it was many years ago, but I still remember doing search and rescue missions in the Aleutian Chain in a U.S. Navy tug (USS Choanoc ATF 100).  A Fleet Tug is an ocean-going vessel, about the size of a WW II Destroyer Escort. I remember storms where the bow would completely disappear under the water.  Even in Adak, Alaska harbor the seas were so rough one time that several of our three-inch mooring lines broke.
If you get a hold of the old Victory at Sea films (they're available on CD), there is a lot of excellent storm footage in there.
TygerStryke Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
your stormy sea, while EXCELLENT for what I might call "Post-storm" or a "Squall-Sea", ((as these two scenarios would present a more calm sea-scape)) is not choppy or high enough for a true sea-storm.

On the other hand, it is VERY VERY VERY WELL-EXECUTED!!!
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you!
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
CloudLeingod93 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Amazing Image.

Quick question, whats the best way to achieve the detail in the clouds, I am currently designing a piece and I am having trouble with my sky.
noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I always liked these "early modern" ships and such, where the technology was still pretty new. For example the early 1900s and late 1800s
Coconutdawn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
freaking awesome! its rare to see stuff like this for pre-dreadnoughts (or dreadnoughts for that matter). really nice job!
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you. those are my favourite. 
Coconutdawn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, I really like the Dreadnought and pre-dreadnought era. 
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
great design dude
weter29 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Грандиозно! Дух викторианской эпохи!
RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
The Royal Fleet in the days of Sir George Tryon.
AlexDartois Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I don't know, they look more like armorclads that ironclads. Nevertheless, this is made of awesome.
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very inspiring work. I really like your art work.

I have been doing mostly Aircraft but have started somr ships for a change.

Cheers, Mike
thegreatchimp Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This oozes atmasphere. Well done.
Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC! better than a movie
victortky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
reminds me of the war of the worlds.
PsyDragonZ Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I love the atmosphere and the depth of it. Very nice!
neon-violet-star Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just as a side note, no large ships can pass between the IOW needles and the mainland because it isn't dredged deep enough.
hence why all of the forts out in and around the solent are positioned to deffend portsmouth (where i live) from attacks by sea from the east entrance to the solent.

just wanted to say that, in case you dint know it =P
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
good to know. I didn't knew this important detail.
LtJim Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nice job!
RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent painting!" It is. Have you ever done one of a naval disaster. This one makes me recall one only four years later off Tripoli, with the loss of 358 Bluejackets and the Admiral Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet: the Victoria - Camperdown Collision. I notice only one picture on Deviant dealing with it, and it shows the Victoria as she is now, at 90 degree angle into the Mediterranean seabed. In actuality, Victoria is in better condition followng her collision than Titanic is after her's.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know about this disaster and its possible that I will paint it this year.
AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
15 Hours- Well, I have to give you a credit. Even If I am a pencil artist, I really don't think my sanity would withstand 15 hours of work on one piece of art.
Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Ironclads are totally awesome!

Your storm and choppy waves are very well-done, technically. They also really give the picture a sense of foreboding and danger - the two intrepid ships, leaving the "clear skies" behind and entering a dark period of danger. Totally badass!
JasonWolfe Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Is that HMS Dreadnought?
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Have you ever drawn a picture of the Ironclad Ram's that Victorian's used to design? They were developed because it was believed that armored ships would outdistance gunnery so that ramming would become the major way of naval battles again. They were wrong, but they still built some.
Lothrian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great picture - so full of atmosphere. I didn't know there were any ironclad battleships in the 19th century, but I suppose there must have been. One tends to have a mental image of them in the First World War, but in Victorian times you tend to picture only traditional wooden ships - that's cultural stereotyping for you, an image of the world (not always correct) that gets reinforced in your head!
Riwyn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Looks intense...
GumMerchant Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
fight for an ambush assault
Afterskies Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Looks great. The sea looks a little calm if what you want is really a stormy look, perhaps just a tad bit more height on the waves, but I could easily be wrong on their roughness. Very awesome work, man.
exocolumn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
very good atmosphere
Cyric23 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student General Artist
I love the water.
simpsonsfan163 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
That's awesome!
johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Impressive. Could this be the warship HMS Thunderchild (based on HMS Thunderer) from 'War of the Worlds'?

White superstructure, black hull, thanks for including that!
felinnoir Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
great work!
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Its an real royal navy Admiral class Battleship. However I want to pain the Thunderchild in the future, it should be something similar.
Chobittsu-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
for a second i thought that was the Mikasa
MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just came across this, nice subject matter, interesting period of naval architecture.
By the way, really nice rendering of water and light as well!
AstraphUriel Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
The castles of steel... Great work :)
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Very Kool! Very very kool! :D

I love those old styled war ships!!! :w00t:
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Paranagua Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Beautiful painting. Very evocative and takes me back to more nights at sea than I want to remember. There are a small number of technical inaccuracies about the ship but only a mariner would pick up on it they don't affect the mood of the pic. Nicely done.
Chikler Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Nice, I love it!
AztekSkull Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Love the atmosphere.
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