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HMS Courageous by U-Joe HMS Courageous by U-Joe
It was the conversation about the this ship not long ago, so I suddenly changed my plans and drew HMS Courageous instead of HMS Repulse, which I planned to draw.

Initially Courageous was the battlecruiser built during WWI. As well as Renown [link] , she saw the light thanks to the ideas of First Sea Lord John Fisher. Courageous and her sistership Glorious had lesser displacement than Renown, and only two 2-barrelled turrets with 15" guns, while Renown had three of the same design. But the combination of big guns and paper armor wasn't good. So after the WWI it was decided to reconstruct the battlecruiser into the aircraft carrier. Reconstruction lasted from 1924 to 1930. After that Courageous at different times was attached to Mediterranean, Atlantic and Home fleets. When WWII was started, HMS Courageous was ordered to hunt German submarines in the Western Approaches area. But hunter became the prey. On the evening of 17 September 1939 U-29 hit her by two torpedoes, and she sunk with 519 of her crew.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
519 out of how many men, please?
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Around 1200.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Outch. :-S
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Revinda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
А вот это кстати крутая штука. Я ее периодически пересматриваю. На мой взгляд, лучшее изображение стального утюга в этой галерее.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Хоо. А в чем причина? Ну кроме того, что среди остальных он больше всех похож на утюг.
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Revinda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Причина в обобщении. Обычно у этих утюгов каждая волна нарисована и каждая деталька самого утюга зовет к себе. из-за этого создается дробность рисунка: внимание зрителя как бы летит во все стороны. Здесь же волны быстро становятся менее заметными к горизонту, все уходит в равномерный тон, детали утюга ближе к нам видны, дальше сливаются, и внимание зрителя более сосредоточено. Изображение легче схватить как целое. Если взять следующий утюг - там опять все честно нарисовано с равной силой контрастов/прорисовки и из-за этого общее впечатление слабее.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Хм. Есть такая проблема. Впрочем, я не знаю, как ее решить, когда утюг стоит почти параллельно зрителю, как в последних двух. Там хочешь не хочешь надо нарисовать все волны от нижнего края листа и вплоть до борта.

Сейчас меня отпустит приступ тохотизма, и я возьмусь за лежащий под сукном скетч с целым выводком утюгов. Там можно попробовать распределить детализацию и контраст как надо.
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Revinda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Ок. У меня еще есть подозрение что дело в том что сам утюг скорее похож на силуэт, То, как силует окружен светлой зоной облаков но они сами прижаты градиентом неба - таким образом силуэт корабля как бы придавлен сверху небом и выдавлен снизу водой - то есть все направляет внимание на него, и ничто не отвлекает его в сторону. Картинка - как бы водоворот внимания, куда ни посмотри, взгляд будет перенаправлен к посудине. То есть дело в композиции светлых и темных пятен вокруг корабля. Ведь такого рода штуки можно делать в любом ракурсе, значит оно применимо к любому утюгу. То есть здесь решение более абстрактное - не все предметно нарисовано (каждая антенна-труба), а есть игра светлых и темных зон, тонально-цветовых пятен. Если рисование обычного утюга более является литературно-описательным и даже перечислительным, то такое - чисто пластическое. Да, в этом дело. Всё, говорить про рисование легче чем рисовать, так что затыкаюсь.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Бака такая самокритичная. ^_^'
В следующий раз будет сложно сделать все подобным образом. С небом проблем не будет - там точно так же у горизонта теснятся яркие кучевые облака, оттеняющие силуэты посудин. А вот с водой сложнее, ибо море должно быть достаточно неспокойным, и оно по яркости приближается к силуэтам кораблей... Пены побольше набросаю, наверное.
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Revinda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
А, но думаю, что это бесполезно пытаться делать сознательно. Само придёт. А если не придет - то придет какое-то другое рисование, не менее правомерное.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Convoy escort and sub hunting may not have gotten a lot of glory. But a lot of men lived because of the ships that got "stuck" with that duty.

I like the colors you used. gives it an odd look and feel.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. And, as usually, almost nobody remember those men who did the most hard work - monotonous escort and patrol duties.

I'm glad you like this picture.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Glory and fame are usually only gt handed out when something goes incredibly wrong, and someone manages to pull it out of the fire. ( see any article on Taffy three )

The men who served on the Courageous, and any other picket, escort, patrol vessel deserve an occasonal pic/painting/article and mention as ,uch maybe moe than some of the bogger battles and more famous vessels....

My grandfather survived a U-boat attack...barely. and it the transport he was on was part of a well escorted convoy... so from family history I know how bad it would have been. If those sailor hadn't risked their lives, and endured a good deal of stress, discomfort, and extreme danger to do their job.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's why I try to draw destroyers more often than capital ships. But it isn't easy task because of the lack of the detailed information about them.

May I ask you to tell your grandfather's story in details?
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
well I'd have to look up the details. But as I know the story he was standing on the deck of a transport, on it's way to England carrying troops and ammunition for the D-day invasion.

A U-boat attacked and the escorts went after it. Unfortunately there was another one. Which manage to torpedo the transport, which set off it's cargo.

They fished a few survivors out of the water. less than a dozen. My grandfather was one of them. and spent the rest of the war in the hospital.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody sad story. There were thousands of such stories, that's why Battle of the Atlantic looks highly grim.

If you could find out more information (for example, date of the disaster, weather and time of day (it's important), name of your grandfather's transport ship etc), we would be able to reconstruct the events of that day, find names of participated ships, and draw something about it.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
The battle of the Atlantic was probably the key battle of the entire war. If not for escorts, aviators, and very clever people working night and day, Britain, and Russian could not have hung on.

Considering the coastlines off my home ( north Carolina) was called torpedo alley. It's been a story I have always been fascinated by.
Even My Civil Air Patrol textbooks had a chapter on the Civil Air Patrols sub hunter patrols.[link]

Now that would be awesome. I'll ask around and get the details for you....I seem to remember there's a letter we got when he died.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Atlantic was very important seat of war, o course. Especially for Great Britain, which was receiving all needed supplies via the Atlantic. I don't even blame you that you are underestimate importance of the titanic campaign on the Eastern front. It is distinguishing feature of all (or almost all) Anglo-Saxons, after all. You have many interesting books about campaigns you fought in, but I can't remember any single book which described events on the Eastern Front properly. I don't try to start mere arguing, sir, and I don't try to depreciate the role of those brave men who worked, fought and died in the cold waters of Atlantic. Also I don't try to depreciate the role of supplies provided by Allies (thanks Lord, most of them routed not via the Atlantic, but via Persia). It just looks wrong that most of the world considers Eastern front, where casualties on both sides are estimated at millions, as secondary seat of war, while other lesser seats of war are zealously extoling to the skies. Sorry for this lyrical digression once again, I'm a Russian, after all, you know.

>>Civil Air Patrols sub hunter patrols
Tiny, but very intersting article, I dare to say. We can only thank those men, who selflessly sought the subs without even shadow of reward.

>> I'll ask around and get the details for you
I'll wait with patience.
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work sir - good to see the Royal Navy carriers getting some attention! :) :+fav:
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, sir. ^^
Somebody has to do it, and... those carriers were interesting ships, after all. It wouldn't be interesting, if every maritime painter would draw only Bismarck attacked by Swordfishes or any other well known subject.
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They were very interesting - lots of different classes to choose from! :)
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice depth and texture to sea and sky. Ship well detailed.
These earlier carriers designs seemed to have more personality than the productionized flat tops that followed, even if they didn't carry as many planes or handle them as well.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.

You're right, those early carriers were interesting ships, each of them had his own identity, because they were the first of their class, not numerous, engineers didn't new how to build them properly, and admirals didn't new, how to use them and what task the aircraft carriers must perform. It's always interesting to read about the trials and errors in any field of human activity, and these carriers bear the seal of trial and error method.

Although these carriers couldn't carry plenty of planes, it wasn't their critical weakness. British Fleet Air Arm just hadn't enough planes and pilots to arm each carrier with full strength air group.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
For example, Akagi and Kaga had three flight decks forward, plus 8"(203mm) guns in turrets. They were much inferior to their USN counterparts until being rebuilt in the mid 1930's with single full length flight decks.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, supposedly that lowest flight deck was seldom used as it was too wet, heavy seas always breaking over it, same with Ryujo. Even the Essex types were later enclosed up front in refits.
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ts-arts Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great colors and details....
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like the details which required plenty of time... My efforts were not in vain.
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Awesome work!
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for such a high mark, lady
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
You're very welcome. :)
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one joe
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Antonis. I'm glad you like this one.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
The US Navy converted our incomplete battlecruisers Lexington and Saratoga into aircraft carriers, as did the Japanese with their Akagi and Kaga. Had circumstances allowed, the Borodino class battlecruisers might have been good conversion candidates for the Russians.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know that Borodino class battlecruisers (Izmail class in Russian) were planned to convert into aircraft carriers. Thanks Lord Council of People's Commissars members were wise enough not to start the conversion. The country needed to recover the economy, and building of numerous capital ships could just ruin the recover plans.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
My thoughts about converting the Borodino class into carriers was just speculation by me because they were similar in speed and length to Kaga.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In that case you hit the bull's-eye. Because convertation of the Izmail into the aircraft carrier was started in 1925, and was hold in 1926.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. Once had a fellow ship modeller say that Kaga was a "weird ship" and ran the list you just mentioned to him. Only differences were that Lex had a closed bow. Hmmm yes, Borodino would have worked. Wonder what plane types would have went to sea there? Lagg5 and maybe IL2 -
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