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    IDW # 160 : Ferryboat of the River Styx

    IDW # 160 : Ferryboat of the River Styx

    Topic: Ferryboat of the River Styx
    Deadline: Wednesday, March 23

    In Greek and Roman mythology, the River Styx was the boundary between our world and the underworld. Souls would have to cross this river in order to move on, and to do so, they would take a ferry. Those who had not had a proper burial could not cross.

    Show us what the boat that exists in both the human realm and Hades looked like- has it kept up with the times or does it look the way it did over two thousand years ago?

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    Styx on Wikipedia
    Ferry on Wikipedia

    Brief:
    1. Design and draw the Ferryboat of the River Styx.
    2. That's it... now draw!

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    What a cool ID topic! I believe that I must participate in this event.

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    I'll try to come up with something aswel

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    Last week didnt managed to find time to finish, hope this week will be different
    So, here is it...I was thinking some sort of mix of old viking ships, and like in that dantes inferno game/anime, skeletal front part (Holding some sort of lamp, making light to to guide souls through dark styx...)

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    small update...adding details, cleaning it a bit, etc, bla bla bla...

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    lookin sweet Naxfish!

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    wow this is cool. i think i'll give it a shot.

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    An explanation of my work and thoughts that went into it:

    The ferryman has gotten very busy over the years, now that there are literally billions of people living and dying on Earth. Many of these souls can't afford passage. To solve both of these issues, he has created an entire flotilla of oar ships to ferry souls across to the underworld, allowing a number of souls to work off their debt by literally becoming part of the craft themselves. These souls are the materials from which the ferries are made, and by which they are powered. This doesn't show up too well in my image yet because I haven't started putting in any details at all, but they will be made of bodies, bones, etc.

    This rough sketch is merely to get the basic perspective and general forms in place.

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    APW - Thnx m8
    Eclectix - I like the idea, has lots of potential...

    Added some colors, rendering it a bit more...
    Dunno will I have the time to finish it,...

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    Looking good, Naxfish!

    Mine's pretty rough still; I'm just blocking in the forms. Not worrying about details yet. I'd like to make the overall craft design more interesting but I'm not sure how.

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    Man, just joined up today. gunna try rippin this one in three days XD.
    Heres a sketch + WIP.
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    Here's my entry . Hopefully I do better in this round than the #100 IDW, where I got precisely 0 votes ^_^.

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    Hey everyone. I liked the idea that the "boat over the river of styx" might look like some really lame theme park ride, so I drew this piece. Heavily inspired by the car in Grimm Fandango.
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    Si_Swe, I love that idea! May as well get your money's worth if it's the last ride you'll get, right?

    Progress on mine; I changed it a bit to make it look more Greek and also hopefully more interesting than it was. I still have a lot of rendering to go, but you can just start to tell that the craft are made out of poor dead souls.

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