"Three blows to the spike, ten spikes to the rail, 400 rails to the mile, 1,800 miles to San Francisco."
—Some dumbass who clearly doesn’t know how many spikes are needed to secure a 30-foot rail.

Hey Miles, I know we both sent links and references to Toril for drawing 1870s American railroading stuff, but did you say that? I didn’t say that. Who said that?
Oh well… I tried to be constructive and helpful regarding the whole railroad thing (they didn’t have an issue with not being able to draw trains; the main thing was just which trains would fit the era and locale, and which details to look for.) In the end, though, I ended up falling out of interest for the Hotblood comic much for the same reason that I stopped watching Hell on Wheels; the idea was solid in theory, but just not executed to its full potential in the application. (Locomotives were such commanding and symbolic icons of the latter half of the 19th century, and there were more than enough opportunities to draw parallels between the iron horse and centaurs, how they’re both merely seen as industrial labor assets to humans, how they needed to destroy the engines to prevent mankind’s advance and advance their own interests, thus potentially reliving the way in which humans have destroyed them in spirit, etc.) There was just a lot of depth, analogy, and inward reflection that could have been capitalized on, but wasn’t, and the end result is a bit generic…well, that and Hotblood is teetering very dangerously on the potential for quasi-bestiality, so that’s a big nope for me.

colintheawesomest said:

Are you using custom brushes to do shading and detailing work?

I use a few brushes from the Natural Brushes, Natural Brushes 2, and Pen Pressure brush sets almost exclusively, in tandem with the polygon selection tool to maintain edge fidelity when I need it. They give a rougher appearance for various textures when I need them, and occasionally adjusting the brush’s fade values allows me to get certain effects when doing detail work like evergreen needles, clouds, or wood grain.

Work on this bit of railroad artwork is still slow-going, but I’ve added some new things, so here’s another work-in-progress update. I hope to have this finished in another week or so.
—Wings & Strings
There’s still a lot left to do with this drawing before I call it finished, but I’ve gotten a lot done today, so here’s another work-in-progress.
—Wings & Strings

Did a bit more work with this drawing. I included two screenshots to show a bit of my progression/technique on the smokebox door and number plate. I usually rough in basic geometric shapes to get an idea of perspective and such, then I smooth them out and fill them in with progressively smaller brushes to add the base colors (graphite and brass), highlights (pink), shadows (black), reflected light (blue), etc.

—Wings & Strings

wheelhoss:

Relatedly, this youtube exchange will never stop being my favorite thing.

LET’S ROTATE THE BOARD!

wheelhoss:

Relatedly, this youtube exchange will never stop being my favorite thing.

LET’S ROTATE THE BOARD!

My first attempt at some steam from across the pond, starting with the ubiquitous Great Western pannier tank. A bit of an odd duck, really.
—Wings & Strings

alexthejalopyginger said:

Steam Punk is not meant to be compared to reality, It is SciFi sub-genre and comparing it to real steam power is comparing “Journey to the Moon” to Apollo 11. I love the real thing more than is probably healthy, but its okay to enjoy the fantasy too.

I’m not comparing it to reality, Ginger; I’m saying that the main issue with steampunk is that you’ll never find any goddamned steam in it. At least in Journey to the Moon, it actually involves some space travel to the fucking moon.

I’ve been a bit annoyed by Tumblr’s fixation and subsequent bastardization of “aesthetics,” what it means to be “vintage,” etc. and so on. It seems that there’s far too much focus on the aesthetic rather than the substance.

—Wings & Strings

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Trying out some new techniques, lighting, and color theory stuff in Photoshop Elements 9… Eventually I’ll go for something like this.
—Wings & Strings

I’ve seen too many goats. The intrinsic visual appeal of goats has worn off. The goat has to be doing something notable or it’s just another goat.

*draws figures wearing oven mitts so I don’t have to draw hands*

grawly:

phantomdoodler:

okay but at this summer art program I really did have a classmate who created this whole complex world for his comic and the culture of the main characters considered hands to be inappropriate parts of the body and everyone wore oven mitt like things to fulfill this extensively developed world he had created just so he wouldn’t have to draw hands

absolutely fucking incredible

Railroaders with gloves: a more justifiable loophole.

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Concept art of Florence, a fictional DSP&P rebuild of an 8-18C. Modifications to this 4-4-0 include: Congdon stack, larger DSP&P-style headlight, tender hardware, a new fluted sand dome with a taller, thinner profile, deer antlers (as these were a traditional ornament applied to headlights in the 19th century), Mason Bogie-esque cab with arched windows, and pilot grabirons, all tied together with black paint, a Russian Iron boiler jacket with a slight blueish-gray tint, and a touch of brass trim with crimson drop shadows behind the lettering.
After numerous attempts, I feel like I’ve finally created a believable locomotive that could have existed on the DSP&P, or, rather, its later Denver, Leadville & Gunnison years. The South Park Line did have a Dawson & Bailey 4-4-0, numbered 2 and named Platte Cañon on its early rosters, but this one, a modified Baldwin, dwarfs its canonical predecessor in size, speed, and pulling power.



[Image extensively edited from Precision Scale’s CAD drawings]
—Wings & Strings





 
I never liked the way that this drawing first ended up, so I found a half-finished version of it and left it how it was; I didn’t even bother to re-add the steam or anything else to finish it.
—Wings & Strings

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