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Space ship Yamato from the Star Blazers series. Long before there was Akira, and even before Robotech and Macross there was Star Blazers [link] . The first episode was based off the movie Space Battleship Yamato which was received so well it spawned a television series. The movies plot was in the future one of earths enemies had radiation bombed the planet from deep space. The Yamato was sent on a rescue mission to Iscandar to retrieve the Cosmo DNA, a cure for the radiation. They had to travel hundreds of light years and back in a years time before the earth had become radiated beyond recovery. Using a newly developed Wave Motion Engine, they could jump across vast distances but the engine required tremendous power so they had to use it sparingly. The output of the engine could also be used to fire the Wave Motion Cannon, seen at the front of the ship. A weapon of tremendous power, it had the ability to destroy small moons.

First time trying this type of artwork so there is a lot of learning and experience needed but I'm happy with the results.

Photoshop/Universe.

Star Blazers copyright by Voyager Entertainment.
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classic-book-art Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love space battleship Yamato! I didn't like the English dub (starblazers) all that much becuse they cut so much out of the original show and changed the entire feel of it. Anyway love the picture, good job :)
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pascalbrax Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it!
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InfiniteExistence Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007   Writer
Beautiful shot.
Starblazers forever!
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007   Writer
i worshiped that show. :)
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It was one of my all time favorite shows when I was a kid. Rumor has it that they were pondering a live action remake, now that would be worth paying 8 bucks a ticket just to see how well they did on it. I think you did great on this one. Love that ship.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
That would be cool, especially with todays fill technology. I watched this all the time when I was a kid, even own the original japanese movie (way better). Also a big fan of Captain Herlock, the ship influence sucks me in every time.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
I loved that show! Great job!
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Aeires Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Watched it every morning before school. :D
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Same here! One of these daze I'm gonna draw "Leader Desslok" 'Puffed' - that'll be a scream! :lmao:
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granturismomh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I ;heart; Spaceship Yamato
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Aeires Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
Me too, since I was a kid.
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granturismomh Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:D
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Astrophel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Peanuts, Bloom County and Yamato. These are the three things that, at a young age, fostered my love of comics. I'm quite happy to see this in your gallery. I've never much revisited this series, but it's impact on me was indelible. I imagine I would never have written scripts or worked for the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art had I not come across the comics at a neighbors garage sale one summer. It was amazing. I'll have to try to retrieve them. And, I've never seen the cartoon, I'm at the website now, debating how much of the next paycheck I can devote to recapturing my childhood. You've done very well with this, and made me quite happy.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006
Me too, as well as a large dose of Dr. Who. I made this because I got my hands on the original 2 hour movie that spawned the television series. I grew up watching the show daily but never knew how awesome the movie really was because all we ever got was the americanized version. When I get done with school, I'd like to pursue this art medium some more, after much practice, of course. Yamato influenced so many series down the road and is such a great source for inspiration.
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done! Sigh, I'm going to finally invest in the dvd collectors series season 1 in the upcoming weeks. Been away too long from it. This was my favorite animated series (much too good to call it cartoon) and I was so dedicated to it that i recorded episodes in the only way available in the early 80's, I still have about ten episodes recorded sound only on cassette tapes, LOL. I didn't need the videos, they were all stuck in my head, still are. I always loved the Argo, great ship and great show. Very good render.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
Thank you. If you ever see it, grab the original version "Space Battleship Yamato." It doesn't have a translation so you have to read the subtitles but it's a movie of the original season. What I like about it is the dialogue is more military in approach so it merges with the story more efficiently.

I grew up watching this series. One day I would like to add more to my gallery from all the various ships that they had.
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Starslight-Forever Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005
cool moon :)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
Thanks. I was going to try some more of these but school is killing my time. :(
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Fangfingers Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005  Professional General Artist
:whisper: ( PSSSTT ) Jeff.....your anime age is hangin' out ;) ...tuck it in dude ...lol..

Fun to see you trying new things :thumbsup:... Did you vector that ship ? :omg:


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Aeires Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
:lol: Funny when anime fans haven't even heard of the show.

All hand drawn. I used gradient blending to get the shading but all the line work was done manually. If I ever figure out vector, watch out. =P
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Fangfingers Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Professional General Artist
by hand !! ...that aint easy :) ...all the better a good job then :)
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SarahTsukimi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2005
To me, it looks amazing for a first try! It's so smooth. ^^
I only know the title 'Space Battleship Yamato' from its music, which is great by the way.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2005
Thanks. I want to do another one but not really sure what and I need to do a lot more reading on techniques first.
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SarahTsukimi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Good luck with it and take your time. ^-^
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cherry65 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
This is neat!!! :excited: Love it, great work Jeff! :D
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
:hug:
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mikkow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
:D this looks a bit like my old learning attempts at shading. Is that the battleship Yamato or did I miss something? I heard about it many times but never saw it. The real Yamato was the largest battleship ever built, and served and was sunk in World War 2.

Constructive critique:

1. There's a (most likely) perspective error on the nose. The 'cavity' which is higher up on the nose, the horizontal lines should be exactly horizontal (considering the one point perspective you seem to be using). now it looks like the nose is a bit twisted/rotated to it's right, if you understand what I mean.

2. Ah the shading! It's extremely typical of people who are starting to learn about more hardcore realistic shading - it's too flat. You were too careful :P Which is the typical part. People don't dare to try too much as they are afraid they will mess it up. In reality, this is space, and there's probably just one lightsource. It's possible that half the ship or MORE should be almost pure black in this picture. Here's a link that explains more on light physics as well as tons of other things, really informational: [link]

I also recommend looking at Ryan Church's instructional videos from [link] - the matte vehicles and the shiny vehicles, they teach a lot about shading and such. :)

3. The planet is also a bit flat shaded (But not nearly like the ship).

I have a couple of large ships in space, one with a planetoid behind it, in my gallery. You can sort of see how I did the ships there with the shading if you'd want, they are fairly correct.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Yes, the series revolved around the Yamato that was converted to a space battleship to defend earth. Great ship, topped even the Bismark.

Thanks for the critique, I was hoping someone would take the time to give me some feedback like this, it's much appreciated. I was thinking of adding more shading to the ship but was afraid it would fade it out of view too much so I went with it like this. I'll go through those links and read up on them before trying this again. First time ever doing anything even close to this so it was a lot of experimenting. I'll check out your work too. :)
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mikkow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Heheh, you were too scared :P Just as I knew, as I've been there myself. A more experienced artist saw my illustration and said "on with the dodge/burn tools!"..haha.

There are always sneaky ways to put in shapes, even with darkish blue space background. :) First of all, it blocks the stars. Second of all, you only need to suggest/hint/imply shapes, not render them out fully (thus a tiny hint of light somewhere can suggest the entire shape). You can also put in lights coming from the ship itself (as seen in my strike cruiser illustration) to show that there's something there. In my case though, I did the best thing - I put the dark siluette with a bright background, the planetoid.

Heheh, I've noticed tons of people are extremely grateful for some normal constructive critique. It's.. odd. One would think it's what people would post at least half the time? I guess it's rare. Maybe people don't have the skills needed to spot errors and tell how to fix them.. hmm.
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ivyc Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
very nice design. I really like the blending and the color. the sub design is a little out of place but it adds a greater focus and emphasis on it. So it evens out the difference in style. Very nice. Keep up the good work.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Thanks, Ivy. I didn't expect a lot being my first try at this but it was a great learning experience and had some fun also. :)
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ivyc Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
:nod: Thats the whole point to have fun and enjoy your own art. :nod:
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Rohan-Skellams Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005   Traditional Artist
Hehehe great work and thanks for bringing back the memories of watching Star Blazers (although I feel old admitting it).
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
I felt old making this. :lol:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
A real departure from your usual style, but pretty nifty for something new. I like the strong perspective and bold colors. I missed the series, but it sounds like it was a fun and interesting story!
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
Oh Hell yeah It was! "In the year 2199, Earth was under severe attack from the mysterious Planet 'Gamelous'. Planet bombs covered the Earth with radioactive pollution. As a result, in one years' time ... EARTH WILL BE UNLIVEABLE! But on the distant planet Iscandar there is a machine that can remove the deadly radioactivity. .... Can the Star Force travel 144,000 light-years and back ... in just one Earth Year?"

That's how our story begins.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool stuff! Thanks for filling me in!
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Thanks. I still want to try new things and have wanted to do anime for a long time so I figured it was time to give it a try. Lot of work. :phew:
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darthmarlan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
I remember the movie and the series, and yeah, very cool image too :)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Thanks, Simon. Not too many do but I grew up watching them every day.
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darthmarlan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Welcome :aww: I love a lot of the earlier stuff, but am a rather big fan of some of the newer anime/manga :)
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TwistEd-Ky0 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
omg , i've seen about 200 (yes, 200 ! lol) anime series here but i've never heard of this one. maybe because i don't like the space ones that much ^^
Anyway,this looks very good for a first attempt ,some parts need some more shading ithink like you did with the anchor and the overall image would look better if evryhing was in the same style :)
But looking at the ship alone i must say i'm impressed , i can't get such clean lines in PS -.- . I mostly use Illustrator ,it's the best for making clean lines :)
Good to see u try different styles to man ^^

cheerz
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Thanks. I used this [link] to get the line art. I need to find some coloring and shading tuts but someone gave me some links that I'm going to take a look at. It's an artform that is so alien to me it was all a learning experience but I had fun and want to do more of these.
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TwistEd-Ky0 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005
thx for the link man ,i just love the lines she made in method 3. i was still looking for a method to make my lines look like that :) it's more dynamical then just a straight one ^^
Good to hear u're gonna make some more , i would love to see what you can think up next :)

cheerz dude
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ArtistInWaiting Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it, but then I don't mind the combination of 2 medias. For those who don't, I recommend making another layer (nebula with transparancy) and it might soften you line drawing. Of course it might also goof you your planet, so try cloning it in.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Need lots more photoshop practice. :D
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ArtistInWaiting Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't use photoshop. PaintShopPro cost a lot less and has almost the same whistle and bells! :D I think there is also a "soften" brush in PS that might make the ship blend more. It really is impossible to put a drawing or painting in a "rendering" or photo without worrying about a conflict in media. That was what most people were uncomfortable with. If you go through my gallery you will find several fractal/painting combinations. I also have terragen/painting combos and even a Chaoscope/terragen combo. Sometimes art is just for the hell of it! :nod:
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jondapicam Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Nice first attempt! I loved that show!!! :clap:

The Argo needs some grunge and lights. The lighting between Iscandar and the Argo are not matching, however.

You gotta do one when they are about to fire the Wave Motion Gun!!! That energy buildup sequence is cool. :-)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Thanks. I thought about doing the gun being charged but figured I'd need to add a ton of extra things to make people understand why they were firing it so I went with this instead. Once I get some more experience I'd like to do some of the other ships as well, especially the fighter.
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jondapicam Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2005
Yeah, those fighters were awesome looking. You might want to try the "seamless plane" they used in that one episode.
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