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Duck Station by Simanion Duck Station by Simanion
This drawing spent a long while as a few shapes and swirls, until I eventually turned it around and realised it was obviously an enormous, mechanical, possibly sentient air station with a duck head, way up in the sky. Duh. ......k.

Pretty much the whole time I was drawing, my pens were dead. Or on the verge of complete drying surrender. This meant I had to work my tiniest pens to the bone, basically scratching the ink into the paper. This gave it quite a textured but smooth and "rusty" look, in contrast with previous drawings obsessed with clean linework. In the end I just couldn't finish it without buying some new pens and adding some balance, but I tried to leave as much of the dry pen texture as possible.

When I finally finished I turned digitally coloured bits and pieces and gave it a sepia/vintage makeover, playing with the heavy steampunk vibes that came through in the drawing. Whilst it has been a bit of a fleeting influence, this is probably one of the more overtly steampunk things I've done.

I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out in the end (and with the original b/w pen drawing alone too), and it was good to try out (albeit out of necessity) a slightly different inking technique.

Hope you like it too :D
~Simon


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Usually I'm not one for surrealism, much as I like it, but this caught my eye. You can see its origins as a doodle, and it's charming, well-executed and the 'rusty' feel of the dying pens simply adds to the overall feel.

If there is one criticism I have, it's the fact it's over-complicated. There's too much going on for the eye to take in, although that also means every time I look at it I see something different, something that is not necessarily a bad thing. Given that this is, as the artist stated, more of a rather beautiful doodle and grew as he drew it, it's not much of a criticism.

The parts I particularly love are the duck head, with its almost-but-not-quite living form, and the wonderfully detailed clouds and curves. It's a mess of straight lines, curls, nature and mechanical and I absolutely adore its execution. Makes me think perhaps of an engineer's sketch in some steampunk world, or a woodcut from a children's storybook, and both scenarios create worlds in my head.

In short? Very beautifully done, and inspiring. If you don't mind, I'm going to go put on my top hat and goggles, pick up my pipe and write myself into a world where this exists.
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Amazing pen work. I have also found pens and markers that start to run dry can usually serve an interesting purpose as far the the texture they give. I'm also glad you didn't over do it with the amount of digital work layered on top of the piece. The amount of detail is quite nice and not to overpowering having a natural flow that gives even the hard surfaced objects a soft organic feel.

As far as faults there are just a few minor things. I feel like the tower crates a strong downward pointing arrow. This along with the duck bill point to the right corner draws our eye towards the bottom of the page and we don't have anything that pulls our eye back to the main focus so that we can soak in those nice details you have so carefully placed. I also feel the placement of the tower needs to be justified slightly more to the right. The complex shapes and their distance to canvas edge on the left is creating uneasy negative space.

Otherwise this is an amazing piece and I hope to see more of you pen work.
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joannamalecka Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! :D
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euamodeus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow. Really well done. This is incredible and wonderfull. Really great. =)
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Vanished98 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so awesome! I love that unique random pattern look <3 you def. got the style!
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Saviroosje Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing work, amazing details! Really nice done! Keep it up! ^^ Love it! 
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it :aww:
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:iconarrowmi:
arrowmi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the details are amazing! you are really skilled with inking *A*
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much arrowmi :bounce:
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:iconkuriuss:
Kuriuss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
This is wonderful! Done in pen aswell~! The detail is so intricate and interesting!!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah..I always manage to detsroy a few pens whenever I draw like this - I must be doing something wrong!
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:iconkuriuss:
Kuriuss Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh gosh! REALLY? And nope! Whatever it is you're doing, it is AMAZING! 
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MaxJungreis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
 I often try to compile detail in my drawings, but I couldn't dream of being as refined as you. It's not just that, though- The mechanical device has a curve and energy in its basic shape. Well done, Simon.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Max, I really appreciate it :) I think the level of detail in your drawings suits your style, where colour and expression are the stars :D
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MaxJungreis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Oh, thank you! I try to get things right.
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t-149 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Very gorgeous. Very surreal.
I think I will dreaming of this tonight... I really want to see it.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks: I often try and dream of things like that. Did it work for you?
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ANedrehagen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love the details and the flow of your lines! Excellent work! :)
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:iconglaaz:
Glaaz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
nicely done! i can imagine a whole world up in the sky which looks like that ^_^
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Aisyeraa Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this looks amazing :love:
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FreySkylark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love surrealism. And I love how I can find new details the longer I look at this... great work :)
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ChaosOfGods Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Photographer
Amazing detail. Beautiful work.
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IokoThePanda Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it loos really great, I mean, just have a loook at all this wonderful details, really good job you made ^-^
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Orbes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks awesome, the detail is amazing!
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gaia2013 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing ! I love it.
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BuntschwarzSue Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooh this is so stylish and perfect harmonised, i like the texture i added to my favs
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Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very creative! The detail is astounding!
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ACosmonauticalChap Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A very interesting and impressive piece. I've always been a sucker for some intricate pen work.
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SeikaScarlet Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! It's so detailed, everytime I look at it I see something new hidden in between everything. Cool job
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Limboplus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Weird in good way.
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:iconphriel:
Phriel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's some amazingly great detailing there. Great job. Love it. :D
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KuroCyou Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great!
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just too awesome. Gorgeous work!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :dance:
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elexti Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your amazing deviation has been selected for feature this week at :iconaus-art: here: [link]

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing more from you! :)
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for that! :peace:
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
very cool. love the background texture and color!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :bounce:
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selmiak Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is looking pretty awesome so it bothers me even more that some of the edges of the station are rather this paperlike orange. While you are retouching and coloring digitally you could have made the whole shape brighter in comparison to the rest. But still awesome
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :) I know what you mean, I did it on purpose though. I still wanted it to look like a natural drawing, not overly digital, but at the same time add depth to the detail. The whitest bit is the main focus, and then it bleeds out into the background towards the edges.
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RainPoncho Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Love steampunk stuff, this is amazing :)
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww:
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yukiddy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How to fly so high! Let it down to earth...
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Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, but it stays up there!
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ArtByASmith Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Phenomenal work!!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :peace:
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shananaginz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The mickey mouse cogs.... clever
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If you mean the three that form a Mickey-esque head, that was entirely the work of my subconcious!
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shananaginz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even better!
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discipleneil777 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I dig steam punk stuff.
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