Practice, practice, practice... that's how I did it. I studied ship anatomy and built models, that way I know where every piece is, how it fits, and why. I started drawing these things at about 13 and they were pretty bad, but I've come this far by the age of 17... remember that great things take time.
hmm i remember this one too...I loved that I was there when you were creating this pieces of art ^_^ Is like I saw them being born (ok, maybe a little too much) still so awesome, I will never get over the amount of detail you put in every picture!
fer a while. i mean, what if you're stuck in the middle of the bally ocean, with only a piece of plastic to keep you from a watery grave? if the seagulls don't pick your brains out before you float along to land, you've got a pretty good chance of dying of thirst.
Seagulls in the middle of the ocean? No way, the'd ne'er go more than 50-60 miles out unless there's a ship to supply them.
You know what you have to worry about out there in the middle of nowhere?
There is a dark shape comming from the depths beneath you, it rises quickly, and tall needle-like masts pierce the surface, a dark hull under them. The <iFlying Dutchman... then... foul breath... tentacles and the jaws of...
"Yew 'ave a debt to pay-a!"
it looks exacly like H.M.S. Victory...
fine... but, ther's one small problem: flags on steermast are fluttering not exacly in the same way where ship is going... as a sailor I cannot hold it out...
Its a really difficult angle, so I knew things would be awry.
The wind is comming up from the larboard quarter, and I so dearly wanted to put a nice big enisgn on it, so I attempted to put her colors fluttering towards you and curling about a bit. I could understand it on a smaller vessel of higher speed, perhaps the flag can't keep up with snows, sloops, and all that lot... but a first rate? Ah, she ploughs along as a cumbersome, yet extremely deadly ship of the line. (Note the Rear-Admiral's pennant at the mizzen truck... I did this with hopes of Norrington being an Admiral, and he will be in At World's End!!!)