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Santiago by RadoJavor Santiago by RadoJavor
The Biggest naval battle of Spanish-American war, called Battle of Santiago de Cuba. The whole war went very unfortunate for Spain and This was a end of the hundreds years old Spanish empire, it was year 1898.
I think Its an interesting moment in history and I also like the design of the ships from this age. Especially this cruiser Infanta Maria Teresa. It was sunk with all other Spanish ships.

Done in photoshop with the help of wacom tablet. It was quiet slow picture done in about two weeks evenings. Spend ages on the old photos and plans for this ship.
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic artwork! :)
gothold Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Ships of that era were fascinating in their design, Steam had taken over from sail but the battle tactics were unchanged. Ships still closed into each other and fired broadsides even though the guns could nor swivel around on turrets and their rang was now in miles instead of yards.
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Calleahan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Que bonito! :clap:
PanzerBob Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
BRAVO ZULU On an excellent really capture the feeing of been at sea..
IronCross1871 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Absolutely flawless!!! I must know what software you used to pull this off. Please share your methods
Sentinel103 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013

I will try to give a decent critique here since I am familiar with military photos since I was a 96D2T in the Army.


First it is very dramatic obviously out gunned against what looks to be a larger and better armed opponent. I would think that the wheel house would be better armored since that is where the captain would be during an engagement, but I have to remember this was a portrait of a ship that sank pre-20th century.


The artwork on the bow is good, I do remember ships having that. Also the primitive style of range finding on the fore turret is a nice touch which few would see.


All in all this is a very good work in my opinion.

Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, the captain and helmsman would be in the armored conning tower directly beneath the wooden wheelhouse.
SvenLittkowski Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I like that era of ships, too. They re-used the ancient ram hull concept after the "Re d'Italia" was rammed and sunk some decades earlier that way. This era got some of the most amazing ship concepts.

Technically the colors and the contrast inside the image are kinda low. It's still somehow not looking real enough. Still, it's a master piece, and it cought me for a long time and made myself dreaming.
Weesel71 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Very very nicely done. The ships are authentic for the period and the navies.
wyky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very pretty ship for a warship :O
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very impressive! :omg:

The battleship in the background looks like the USS Oregon, one of my favorite pre-dreadnought ship designs.
Claudius42 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Remember the Maine! this is incredible!
Siveir Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Simply wonderfull. It's very hard to find any picture of naval combat from that era, especially of this quality.
uglygosling Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
It's nice to see Spain's warships of the day get some attention.
Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Ironclads are always a lovely looking class of ships.
TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
It looks magnificent.
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Yeah the attack of the USA against the only naval power weaker than it's own at the time I believe. Yep. And nice drawing. Always love your battle scenes.
Bormelot Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I generally love your artwork. But this one is outstanding, especially the beautiful contrast between the shadows on the side of the ship and the nice lighting effects of the sun on the deck and the guns. Amazing.
nigellus Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student
I'm wondering if you're planning to paint USS Olympia in her famous victory just outside my home in Manila Bay? Its also a ship in the same war as this one.

Excellent work as expected of you, sir!
flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Great work!
MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It has always been a toss up between Infanta Maria Teresa and USS Brooklyn as to which is a prettier ship.
itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its a beautiful artwork, very well done, Im impressed!!
Blackbombs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
What a beautiful picture. Cheers from Spain.
fuloljk Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Santiago is my name and I aprove this. lol
Gerald156 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I don't usually say this about ships/cars or anything but that's one sexy ship. I love the little bit's of rust near the front where the chains attach to the ship and the "royal" detail on it.
if you got my last comment about a book cover the novel I'm currently working on is about pirates so this sort of thing would be very awesome.
Tabletpainter Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You never fail to impress me with your amazing artwork. Great job!
sketchboook Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
bez srandy: chcel by som vidiet od teba Auroru:-)
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
no to som uz robil ako decko na zakladnej. mozno to este najdem:)
sketchboook Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
tento typ skusenosti s aurorou maju asi vsetci v CSSR:-)
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
ja by som ju aj nakreslil ale aurora ma silny ideologicky podton. a ja fakt nie som fanuisik bolsevickej revolucie.
sketchboook Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
tak to ani ja nie... ale aurora si vacsinu skutocnej bojovej slavy odzila este za cara.
kith0r Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any chance in the near future working in some ww2 naval battleship?
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like mostly older designs, but its not unthinkable.
hughtheindestructibl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
its beautiful
dominichammet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
awsome work.. congrats!! ;)
artbypaulfisher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great painting, really nice detailing and great dirty colours, really feel like a battle scene!
MikeMeth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a gorgeous piece. Great textures.
mop999 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
The detail is what sells this piece. There is plenty of art out there that simply brings forth a resemblance of something but you take it to the next level and bring something to life. The way the waves crash and the artillery fire hitting the water. There is no shortage of detail in this piece. I love it please keep up the excellent work.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you.
mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gryphonarts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Rado, is that the USS Olympia in the background?
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
its USS Oregon
gryphonarts Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
MrAverage Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Artist
Olympia was in the Philippines at the Battle of Manila Bay. And she's still in Philadelphia, although in advanced disrepair (a real shame).

And let me say that this is a really beautiful piece - the Spanish-American War is usually only shown from strident, nationalistic American perspectives, and it's lovely to see it from the Spanish side.

Samupipboy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Simply amazing, as always
never-moore Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
really impressive, I love the detail.
2368 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Oh, very nice! Good job!
Laggtastic Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Again awesome work man:)
The water looks realy detailed and realistic!
Next to that, it's also dynamic. There's something happening there, instead of a picture which is standing still.
It catches attention, and also my eye=) Nice work:D
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