Sarabande by gavincas93 ()
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Image Comments (7)
LyleAryn () 12:21PM | Thu, 20 August 2020
Incredible! Her belly is low in the waves, but it seems she's got enough guns to defend herself if pirates try their luxk. Really reminds me of how into pirates I was as a boy. Great render!
FitArtistSF () 2:16PM | Fri, 21 August 2020
Interesting... this model is over 15 years old... and as I noted numerous times back as early as 2005-6 when others rendered this ship, there are several visual and realistic inaccuracies that need to be addressed... As a naval historian, they leapt out at me then, and still do today... First, the ship is floating too low in the water as she is now. Bring her up just slightly, to show a little more of the lower black strake, or channel under the lowest gun deck. Yes, the lowest gun deck was close to the water, but here any slight wave would have water shipping aboard through the open gunports, swamping the ship (Historically, this occurred in 1782 to the HMS Royal George, when she healed over to a slight wind as she sailed in harbor. Her ports were open for ventilation for the VIPs and officials visiting the ship. The loss of life was estimated to be close to 900 people; Henry VIII's flagship, Mary Rose, sank during a battle in the English Channel, when she healed over while tacking, because the gunports were open and she was top heavy; the 17th Century Swedish vessel, Vasa, too sank because her lower ports were too close to the water, a design flaw as she was also top heavy with guns throwing off her center of gravity). The only times a ship had her gunports open would be at anchor in harbor for ventilation, or in battle. While sailing all ports were normally closed to forestall water shipping aboard. Second, the original CG artist who created this model in 2002, created it with several sail configurations, for different weather situations. Either all sails set, or all sails furled. You have mistakenly rendered both sets. Look closely and you can see the furled sails brailed up tight under the yardarms. Also, the studding sails (stun's'l's) on the yardarm extensions have been rendered as well. They would have been used on a ship only in light winds, normally, to coax more speed to the ship. Third, you have rendered all the flags on the mastheads at once. again, the original CG artist created numerous flags for different scenes, and you would use only one per mast, and in conjunction with the weather/sail configurations. All three sets of flags should not be rendered at the same time. Also, at sea, unless passing by another vessel (to identify, friend or foe) or in battle, normally, flags would not be shown. Fourth, even in light airs, and the sail configuration of all sails set plus the outboard stun's'l's you have rendered, there would be a slight wake and surface disturbance from the ship's stern denoting movement through the water. Fifth, if the water were so glassy smooth, with no ripples or movement, as rendered here, that would denote no wind, and the ship would be becalmed. That then, would need to show the sails slack, and hanging limp off the yardarms, not full-bellied, since there would be no wind. My apologies for such a long-winded critique... I am a nut for accuracy when it comes to Maritime/Naval history, and the rendering of it, be it traditional art media, or CG generated. If you google maritime artists such as: Geoff Hunt (who is one of the most knowledgeable artists on the HMS Victory and who illustrated all the covers of the Patrick O'Brian novels) , Montague Dawson (considered the Grandfather of maritime art), Mark Myers, Christopher Blossom, Charles Vickery, you will see that they pride themselves in their accuracy of rendering this ship or any ship from this period. Also, you might go to: scrimshawgallery.com, and look for the galleries of many more artists, as well as the ones I just mentioned, if you would like inspiration. This is a good start, just needs A2D…. Attention to Detail....