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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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:iconalexisprz:
Alexisprz Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:icondylan120:
Dylan120 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool *fainted*
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:iconwillow-san:
Willow-San Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome *0*
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:iconsnub-fighter:
Snub-Fighter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I hope one day my drawings will look this good.
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:iconfiercebabydoll:
FierceBabydoll Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! :heart:

I love the details and the realism here! ^^
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:iconpsycho23:
psycho23 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOW CAN THIS BE A PAINTING?!!! THAT'S INSANE!!!!!!

It's so freaking well done and professional!!! I thought it was a photo!!!!
Everything looks so real!
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:iconlenalightwood:
LenaLightwood Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow
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:iconrocueto:
RoCueto Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome ammount of detail, it looks very pro.
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:iconobrienpaint:
obrienpaint Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece.  Enjoyed tour gallery.  Very well done!
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:iconartclem:
ArtClem Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job, you really deserved that DD
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:iconpackmaster:
Packmaster Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, the old boxart was just awesome
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:iconaibrowmew:
Aibrowmew Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, your attention to detail and great use of perspective makes this piece amazing. I really love what you did here!
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:iconmediart4u:
Mediart4u Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Masterpice! But its just like ur other images... just perfect :D i like them! Thumbs up!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, very kind!
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:iconreboops:
reboops Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow!! This is absolutely amazing! Your attention to the detail on the ship as well as the water is so great. Good job!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much my dear, that's very kind!
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:icontman300:
tman300 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Finally faved this piece as it is about as historically accurate as one can get imho. Really great job on capturing the dynamism of the ocean. One quick question. It looks like there is a flight of B-25 Mitchells ahead of the Kaga and if I am correct is there a particular reason behind this as there were no B-25s involved at Midway. Thanks. :)
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, very kind. The planes are Japanese Mitsubishe G3m, they have a tail which is similar to the B-25 or Lancaster, but they are much sleeker than a Mitchel. Kind regards, Jack
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:iconhitomihypnoguy:
HitomiHypnoGuy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
The waves are the most impressive part, great job. The hours of dedication you gave this are clear.
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! There is always a bit of insanity when painting so much detail ;-)
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:icongabe-tke:
Gabe-TKE Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely impressive!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconabonny:
abonny Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlostbunniesofwendy:
LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Simply Awesome! I almost feel like I can touch it!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconlostbunniesofwendy:
LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You are welcome!
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:iconthecgfx:
TheCGFX Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No f***King way! Now this is talent... i love it
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, very kind!
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:iconannalisawardle:
AnnaLisaWardle Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconrce-ordinary:
rce-ordinary Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Digital Artist
very stunning for this one, the details and the waves though
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:icontwo-tailed-warrior:
Two-Tailed-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing.
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjaranguren:
Jaranguren Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome, very cool matte painting!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! By the way, matte painting is background painting for film. This is more like illustration ;-)
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:iconwhoopysnoopy:
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!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. Yeah, it brings back good memories to look at those old boxtop images.
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:iconwhoopysnoopy:
WhoopySnoopy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconrest-in-pixels:
Rest-In-Pixels Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
This is awesome!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconrest-in-pixels:
Rest-In-Pixels Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :)
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:iconfairychristie:
FairyChristie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
This drawing is so detailed, realistic, well made!! Wonderful!!
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconspazer86:
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.
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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Old ship box art do work very well as references ;-)
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:icononeeyedneko:
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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:iconjacklionheart:
Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I wanted to make it as authentic as it gets. :-)
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:icononeeyedneko:
OneEyedNeko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, no doubt. Authenticity is normally what artists aim for and what many artists fail to do (be it for the sake of style or what have you). All in all, it looks wonderful. :)
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