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Starship: This side up by sticmann Starship: This side up by sticmann
Designation: This Side Up
Classification: Exploration
Pilot name: Stic Mann (wanted, dead or alive)
Pilot origin: Gamma Quadrant (desert)
Crew count: 2
Core technology: Conventional
Reactor type: Dark matter
Propulsion: Dark matter engine
Warp classification: Class 6 (50 hundred x speed of light)
Ship summary:
We find bad aliens in our ship and shoot them. PACHEW! PACHEW! Captain Stic Mann is the best pilot in the galaxy - no, in the world! He can fly fast. We catch the bad aliens and take them to jail. Then we eat picnic lunch that Mom made.

[Project Starship]

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Made for the Project Starship challenge. Just toying around with a different kind of style. I think I'll pursue this a bit more.
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:iconfireproof78:
fireproof78 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
That is so funny and cool and fun all at the same time. Reminds me a bit of Calvin and Hobbes :D
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Huge Watterson fan
Thanks
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aunt-zelda Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Awwww ... this is so cute! Love the little ray gun.
I used to love playing with boxes as a kid ...
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
My kids play with boxes way longer than they'll play with most toys. They usually become robot suits. :)
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:iconaunt-zelda:
aunt-zelda Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Mine usually became hiding places or houses.
Robot suits sound much more interesting, though.
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:icongilokee:
Gilokee Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
This is adorable! Reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes. Definitely my favorite ship. (:
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Thank you. ^-^
Watterson's my favorite comic artist.
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xxxBlitzkriegxxx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
haha for some reason this reminds me of the Least I could Do comic (licd.com) Good stuff.
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
hmmm. I only read a few, but I don't really see it. :P
Thank you though :)
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xxxBlitzkriegxxx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Theres some called "In the beggining" when they are kids, either way yours is still fun, fills the sci-fi kid in me :)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
aha. I see. yeah, I can see it a little more with those.

Did you find this through Project Starship?
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:iconxxxblitzkriegxxx:
xxxBlitzkriegxxx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
nope just random browsing :)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Cool. Thanks for stopping by :D
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:iconzemni:
Zemni Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahahaha :D Great stuff! Warp class 6 :thumbsup:
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconinmc:
inmc Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl:

great idea

:ufo:
:abduction:
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
:D
This one was great to work on. I learned a lot too.
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:iconkaracature:
karacature Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Love it. It has a very nostalgic feel, like how you remember things when there aren't any photographs of it. I particularly like how you interpreted the challenge. Again, great job on originality!
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I had done a bunch of thumbnails of ship designs and even had a rough colored spaceship design several weeks ago when the project was first announced. The other day I picked it back up and did some more thumbs and started another rough sketch. Then I thought that no matter how good I make this ship, what do I have? Just a picture of a ship. There's no feeling in it. I started trying to think of how I could push this topic into something with some emotion behind it and this came to me.

I don't think he'll mind if I quote him, but ~AliveAlone29 told me something the other day that caused quite a paradigm shift.

"I don't want to draw a picture. I've never my entire life had any interest in drawing a picture. I draw because I am addicted to creating emotion or a feeling and saving it on paper for someone else."

The awakening begins.
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:iconkaracature:
karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
All artists start with that goal, even if unconsiously. But we are taught to draw things 'correctly' which isn't a bad thing since it's important to know the rules to learn how to bend them, but you can lose your focus while learning. I think it may have even been a link you shared about how young children will draw better pictures than older ones because they are trying to tell a story and draw very generally. Older children get caught up on details and don't pay attention to the image as a whole. In the movie busines, Story is king. It isn't about the actors, set or special effects. It's about telling a story. If you can't connect with your viewer, then you haven't really accomplished much. Even knowing all that isn't always enough....I have to remind myself too! :)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
True to from, formal education kills what it tries to teach. Even to the point of discouraging and suppressing learning itself.

Yes, it's easy to lose sight of the main point. It's true for art and probably everything else in life.

My brother and I have had many discussions about movies, scripts, characters, and whatnot. I think even beyond the story are the characters. I don't even think Pixar follows its own mantra. Think about the movies they put out. The plot lines are extremely simple, but the characters are what make the movies so memorable and touching. They put way more into making these characters believable and real than into the story. Or maybe to put it another way, the characters are the story.
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey did you tweak this recently since you uploaded? It seems different somehow, more shadowing on the kids? I actually think I preferred it without the extra stuff if you did; either that or it's just my stupid monitors. But regardless, I love the style. It reminds me of the feel of some of the colour pages from Calvin and Hobbes. That's a high complement! :D Definitely a style to keep working with, it's a keeper! I like how you interpreted the spaceship challenge too! :laughing:
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I did some extra shading shortly after I originally uploaded. I wasn't completely sure about it but it was all experimental anyway. :P
Several people have mentioned the Calvin and Hobbes resemblance. I didn't have that in mind when I was doing it but Watterson's work has certainly been a huge influence on me. I am beginning to realize that there isn't much point in doing anything with art if there isn't some emotional content, so it was fun seeing where I could push this challenge. :)
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think the emotional content is really what makes it. I mean the style is great but it only serves to reinforce the nostalgic feeling of being a kid playing with boxes. I myself was often times a robot shuffling around the house bumping into the dog, threatening to exterminate it if it lifted its leg. :D
I'd like to see more like this for sure.
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
We bought a vacuum cleaner a few months ago and the box was immediately reclassified as a robot costume by my son. We had that thing kicking around the house for a month :laughing:
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:iconm0nkeybread:
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
O if only to find magic in packaging once again, my dreams would all be gladly forgotten.
:)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
hahaha
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esanssi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job. I like the style and it suits this piece well in particular :)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Thank you muchly. I'm glad you liked it :)
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kurome-tenshi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me think of myself when I was a kid. Only my rocket was a plastic bin instead of cardboard...
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Nothing better than a big cardboard box. My kids will play with those longer than with any toy :D
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:iconkurome-tenshi:
kurome-tenshi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No kidding. I don't understand people's obsession with battery-operated crap when kids would rather (and should rather) play with something that requires imagination.

/rant
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
haha
Agreed. We have very few toys that make any sound. I can't take it; they are so annoying. Even on those that do make sound, we cover the speakers with tape and it cuts it down by about half. My boys will play for hours with some shovels and a hose :D
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Turchenko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
:D
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