I really, really, REALLY like this. Ponies aren't often drawn in traditional media, and even then not like this. My uncle is what you might call a "rail-fan," and I've spent probably a dozen camping trips next to the rails watching trains go by. Excellent, excellent work!
This is a truly exceptional piece. Both because this piece seamlessly unites the background and foreground in setting the scene and because this work stands out against the subject matter of some of your previous art.
The softness of the pencil definitely works to your advantage here, I almost wonder what this piece would look like fully rendered in color. I know I'd use it for my background in a heartbeat though (I'd use the current version, but I can't stand bright white in the morning when I switch on my system).
Did you use a reference for the engine? That's an interesting design that I'm unfamiliar with.
~Colours - this is not my. Not your forté? You have some nice colored work in your gallery, I'm surprised you'd say that (if that is indeed what you meant to say). I'd still contend that linework requires the most time in making a good piece of art - coloring can be done with a variety of tools, but good linework takes true talent.
linework is only part of graphics. Main work is done by tone and play of light with shadow. "You have some nice colored work" I didn't say that I'm very bad, but basically my painting - weak. That just not mine, but I like it.
Wow, what a fantastic picture. This blends together two things I've always had a soft spot for and one that I've discovered more recently.
I'm something of a 'train-spotter' and anything linked to rail-roads always takes my interest, in particular old american rail-roading. That's where the romance of the rail all began I think. The stylized locomotives, wooden bridges and the relaxed attitude. In Britain rail travel was viewed, years ago as an endeavour for the wealthy and is now viewed as a meagre convenience when travelling long distance.. I adore pencil sketches because of their rustic appeal and the way that they're monochromatic and the viewers can add colour in their own minds eye. It's a shame so many people blank them off as dull because of the lack of hues.
Finally, and most obviously, we get to ponies. Adding ponies into this situation is a marvelous idea. It adds a further dimension to the idea of MLP: FiM which would likely be overlooked.
In fact. I'm rather inspired by this. I've been playing wit the idea of writing a 'fan-fic' for some time. I think I might try and come up with a plan for a story based upon this idea, if that's all okay with you?
thx. I'm also a rail fan. But this picture is rather of a loggers than trains. However narrow gauge - is important part of it. That was supposed to be comics, as I wrote above, so if you want anything to do with this, i don't mind.
Sorry, I was a bit vague. I know it's a narrow gauge logging train. I was thinking of doing some kind of story based upon the idea of a late 1800s/early 1900s style logging camp with ponies. I've done a little research already but I don't know a great deal about the ins and outs of logging, just the general idea and some of the machinery. Closest thing I could find to the locomotive you've drawn is a Climax Class A twin-truck vertical boiler for example. Obviously that level of detail would be somewhat unnecessary, but it gives me something to look up and reference. One thing that I though would be amusing would be to have a mule as the operator of a 'donkey' engine used to winch the logs. Donkey's Donkey so to speak. Along with horse drawn skidders which are also ideally suited to my proposed fic. I'd love to take part in your comic project. I must have missed that in your comments. Do you have a plot in mind, as I have not got that far yet. Also, how familiar are you with logging, if you don't mind me asking? Would you b able to correct and technical inaccuracies I make in my ignorance?
"I must have missed that in your comments" -- "This picture and "Sometimes A Great Notion" was to be the starting point for comics with blackjack and hookers, but I decided not to continue."
"Do you have a plot in mind" Plot, as such, wasn't. There is a common theme and world (mix of the early 20 century and the era of the 50s (entry chainsaw and mechanization)), that should be the basis for a variety of plots. In fact, it's not even MLP in the form which it was. And there is no original characters, but sometimes referred.......... fuck or indeed to do all that crap .
"Also, how familiar are you with logging, if you don't mind me asking? Would you b able to correct and technical inaccuracies I make in my ignorance?" Something I know, you can ask. But it hard to speak English for me, some terms I basically can't translate.
Doesn't matter the size of the felling, as a rule, everything depended on the distance. often used a similar scheme: sawmill was located on the shore of a large river or lake. This was done to make use two types of transport network - water and narrow-gauge. All camps, which were located far from water contacted with the sawmill by the railroad, if the distance was greater (that often happens). Other camps were thrown the logs into the water by skidder (horse or steam "donky")and made rafts of logs, that floated to the sawmill by stream, or by a towboat.
"As in how many trees a day?" I think it doesn't matter. Also train came to a camp only when piled the logs for full load.
"how much lumber could the train pull in one go?" You can see patent [link]
"How many people/ponies working on the camp? " I think 30 is enough for a small camp for 4 loggers teams with skidder team and other such as "donky" operators, team for cut-off branches, chokers etc. that camp can cut down 15 trees per day IMHO.