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Adrift by Rob-Caswell Adrift by Rob-Caswell
Another old Traveller work. This was actually part of a larger composition, but I hated everything in it but this ship... and it does kind of stand on its own. This is a 400-ton Fat Trader, damaged and drifting.

Ink on illustration paper.
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:iconlosrandir:
Losrandir Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Good ol' Fat Trader! Yay!!!!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep - the ole, stout standby :)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's another pretty nice design that should survive, I'd say! :)
and please allow me one (silly) question:
That's ink on paper you say, so, ...how did you made the black background? Is that all painted by hand, with leaving the white spots for the stars?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
The black starfield was drawn in with black markers. Then the stars were done by taking white gouache, putting it on a toothbrush, then flicking the paint off the bristles by running my finger along the brush. It usually worked like a charm :)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh..okay :)
things are sometimes easy, if you know the "know how" :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... I stole the technique from others, so don't award me with any brilliance ;)
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:iconlmant:
LmAnt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've stolen literally everything I'm doing here,...so...
never mind :D
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blackjamie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
puts me in mind of the last line you hear in "Seren´ty"...:)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hm? Oh - YEAH! That!! :)
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blackjamie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I always wanted a chance to say something like that in a SF RPG, the closest I got was during a Rolemaster session looking at the DM and saying "Do what you want to the girl...but leave me alone!" broke up the whole table...:)
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Farwanderer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
LOVE these old Traveller works! Brings back memories...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
For both of us - trust me! Been a while since I've looked at many of these.
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TrueZealot Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
OMG - I nearly have tears in my eyes :)
This is to my memory the first starship I (as a ten-year-old) copied into my Traveller sketchbook.

With this picture you started what became our first RPG campaign around an aged free trading vessel back then :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow - holy cow! Well.... I'm truly honored!!!! Inspiring things like that is the apex of what I how to achieve with my illustration!!!!! :D
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Can we get to the bridge?"
"The forward hatches are jammed - and there's no pressure on the other side."
"Ok - so where are the vacc suits?"
"Guess."

This puts me in mind of the lunar approach scene from 'Apollo 13', with bits and shreds of debris swirling alongside the damaged service-module as the spacecraft transits into the penumbra. Very atmospheric (no pun intended!).
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hm - yeah. Apollo 13. I can see the parallel.... though it was unintended at the time.
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My brain tends to jump tracks at the best of times...
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:iconmad-geo:
Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Yeah. Ow.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ow?
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:iconmad-geo:
Mad-Geo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
That's probably what the fat trader is thinking.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I dig the star field!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good ole "tooth brush loaded with gouche and flicked". Quick and easy :)
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Sabakakrazny Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you may hate it, but it was one of your more effective pieces, I thought - being the ship is adrift, the debris field and off center and slightly rotated axis of the ship just sells the idea that's not under control. a great job. I always envied your clean work ^.^
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks Bry-man! He, did you get those sketches I mailed you?
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Sabakakrazny Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I did indeed! Thanks!
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesomeness! Nothing like traditional, Old School artwork :clap:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's certainly a different way of approaching art than I do today.... for better or worse. ;)
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Ah....the old ones...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
The ones who made us...
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes. I have been struggling to model the ship for quite some time. Well I made a few attempts a few years back and left the files mostly unattended since then, so struggling might not quite catch the truth ;)

I always liked the Fat Trader. It's nickname in German productions was "Pfeffersack" if I recall correctly, roughly translates into the obvious pepper bag, which was probably meant as a hint towards bagged cargo (or break bulk cargo to put it more generally).

Drell-7's image from the Starship Operators Manual had always been my favourite illustration of this vessel and this one of yours is definitely on the same level of favourism. :)

Cool angle and... I just love debris fields, so I had to fav it. :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
HA! The Pepper Bag?!?! I never knew that! I met the guy who did the German translations years back, but we never talked details. He was a fun guy :)

Yeah, that Drell-7 really defined the COOL Fat Trader. For that matter he really did the same for the Scout and Free Trader. He didn't create any of those, but he made them cool and believable.
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As it turns out after a little research, Pfeffersack (Pepper Bag) was also a mocking name for traders of the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages, based on the fact that a lot of those made furtunes in spice trading. Spice in general was commonly known as pepper back then.

Pfeffersack again is sometimes used to describe rich and ruthless traders only looking for profit and might. Shame on me! I didn't know that and I live there ;)

Ignoring the fact that the ship's stats don't prove very economical, I think the name was quite aptly chosen...
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UncleRice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Proportions are a workable cargo ship depending on the tech limitations. Small space freighters tend to be plot generators.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed - enter, "Firefly"! :D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
One of my favorite of yours from back in the day! I kinda feel like this is ALMOST a design colab--the front of the beast is pretty much my version of the design-and the rear and back are your take. Its a great combo, I think. I, also, have always appreciated the debris scattered about.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, this is VERY MUCH the TRP fat trader :D
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Again Sweet :D
I like the scattered debris field, looks just right :D
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Makes me miss drawing by hand ;)
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:iconienkoron:
Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Aye hand drawing is slowly becoming a lost art
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent illustration! I like how you used the blue to make the ship to look adrift! :clap:
Well done! :D

Have you ever seen the movie "Marooned" made in 1969? :? Opening Titles: [link]
It was a good movie in its time. :lol:
:yoda::iconspaceshipplz::iconflyingsauserplz::alien:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah - Marooned! A Classic!
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! :D
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