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The last voyage of the Kaga by Jacklionheart The last voyage of the Kaga by Jacklionheart
When i was a child, i loved to build modelkits of ships and planes. But it was the artwork on the box top, that really excited me. Those artworks were done by artists like John Steel, Jack Leynnwood or Roy Cross and all those years, they still impress me.

My painting is a homage to all those great artists. It shows the IJN Kaga, a heavy aircraft carrier of the imperial Japanese navy on her last voyage in 1942. At first light, she is heading trough heavy seas of the pacific towards Midway island, where she will meet her fate.

I spend hours and hours of research to get the technical details right, but the most challenge became the waves, which I have overpainted a couple of times until i was satisfied.

Photoshop, no cheats, no texture, no 3D...just painting.

"edit" I resubmitted the print for a larger size and better contrast."

Great quality print at Artflakes [link]
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Given 2012-08-03
TheCGFX Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No f***King way! Now this is talent... i love it
AnnaLisaWardle Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  New member Professional Digital Artist
rce-ordinary Featured By Owner 18 hours ago   Digital Artist
very stunning for this one, the details and the waves though
Two-Tailed-Warrior Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaranguren Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome, very cool matte painting!
WhoopySnoopy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very.. very nice details. I know the boxes of the modelkits too. What a joy it was to build. You did a great job drawing this. I give a good memory. Very well done Jacklionheart!
Rest-In-Pixels Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
This is awesome!
FairyChristie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
This drawing is so detailed, realistic, well made!! Wonderful!!
Spazer86 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This looks like it could go on a box itself. Great detail, like the smoke rising from the stakes, and the rolling waves smashing into the ships' iron hides. Good compoisition, too, with the Kaga understandably at the center, and everything else -- the planes, the second ship -- dwarfed and circling it.
OneEyedNeko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Nice work! I like the detail you did in the metal of the aircraft carrier. Well done! <3 <3
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