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well, i like it.
i think you did a great job. its kind of hard to read the wires.. i would beef their thickness up a bit, but other than that its a pretty solid piece IMO.
although... you do loose "cool points" for having a DA account...
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as for the image itself, i really dig it (well, i have to admit i have a soft spot for anything steampunk). i agree with the observation made that the wires connecting the balloon are a little lost against the bg, but other than that you've done well to ground the piece in space, and the textures are lovely
another critique: steampunk rocks... and you have captured an awesome atmosphere. You going to make prints?
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I think this is pretty gorgeous, I agree that the atmosphere works well. I really like how well you captured the lighting, very subtle and convincing.
"A drawing is not necessarily academic because it is thorough, but only because it is dead. Neither is a drawing necessarily academic because it is done in what is called a conventional style, any more than it is good because it is done in an unconventional style. The test is whether it has life and conveys genuine feeling."- Harold Speed
It's beautiful enough, but I don't read it as a pirate ship. It seems too...elegant. It seems a pirate ship would rapidly become rather dinged up.
Unless, of course, there's some story reason for the above I don't know about.