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In the summer of 1588, one hundred and thirty ships carrying 30,000 men set out to conquer England.This is my vision of the glorious moment when the fleet is leaving Lisbon. In the foreground is the flagship San Martin. Ships design is based on reference plans that I could find on net. But its not much there about those spanish galleons of this age. So I must use my imagination
All is done in photoshop, +wacom, in about 20-30 hours
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Wankers-Cramp Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Maybe you should do a follow up pic of them coming ba.... oh...
Inannaquest Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I so love your work, I need to start collecting it for real!!!
Hobbz007 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply amazing!
Kriegerml Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Nice work, specially with the San Martín, (São Martinho is the real name, but...) a ship described as big for it's time, the proud of portuguese navy at that time. After many defeats, almost all ships didn't survived, but the São Martinho did, like a proof of the portuguese superiority over the spanish in building and mantaining ships. Is sad thinking that Portugal never returned to be the "Ruler of the Seas", but this is amazing when I remenber that if they did, Brazil's independence would be much harder. I you need more pieces of information, there is something in sites of both brazil and portugal. Yes they in Portuguese, the language of Camões, but they worth the translation.
Edward-Smee Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The San Martin reminds me a little of the french galleon La Couronne beautiful work by the way.

Well done and encore! I raise a glass to thy skill!
:ahoy: rvmp :ahoy: rvmp :ahoy: rvmp
SvenLittkowski Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Hmmmmmm.... I sense some perspectivic errors. In comparizon to all other ships behind, the flagship is too large for the position it is. And the flagship's hull also seems to contain some perspectivic errors, related to the sides and front dimensions: the combination front/side looks too much like a flat wall, not rounded enough. Hope you get the idea based on my poor wording.   :-)

Technically a great jop (colors, contrast, etc.).
Lobogalaor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Stunning colors and light, but there is a problem with the flags on top. Those flags should wave according to direction of the wind. Best regards.
cheeseburger49 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so awesome
freshaire Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Looks real beautiful
CrypticPython Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
mockmonkey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Another stunning piece. I have to say, your sail ships are one of the highlights of this site for me. Gorgeous.
Sisterslaughter165 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive painting! :wow:
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Good job ![link]
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
another amazing piece of work
wutzge Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
What are you? A genie or something on the order? Your work is amaizing. I really have big respect in front of you.
Claudius42 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Mi Espana should've won. it is so sad.
skylordamelia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
It's too bad the high and mighty armada lost... :I
But it was a good effort! And this is a SPECTACULAR drawing!

gavwoodhouse Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when i read stephen kings book "duma key" a haunting painting of a ship is described. i imagined this but forgot where i had seen the painting. so cool!
Evil-Shieldmaiden Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
What an amazing painting!
daftPirate Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
B. E. A. Utiful.
Will be getting this print in the not to distant future.
Shadowelve Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow this is amazing :faint: The details are gorgeous, it looks almost real!
sklaera Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks amazing :)
blankfaceisclaimed Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
why do i suddenly have the urge to turn this into a motivational poster?
skualninja Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
i love this one, amazing work!
LizzyMeow Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
your work is amazing! check this out : [link]

hope you like it!!!
Taka67 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
And then...they met Sir Francis Drake...
Bestygoth Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks Fantastic
GloriousJoy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
This is absolutely amazing! The detail is wonderful, and the lighting just gorgeous.
Majestic-Mind Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, that's it.
You can have my first born.
AmerielleSeaglass Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Prior to that NASTY hurricane that whipped the Spanish armada.
Pilchardo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
When you say 'hurricane', you do mean the English Navy don't you? -.-
AmerielleSeaglass Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Spain was the superpower prior to England, wasn't it? And on their way to wage war, getting about to Ireland, I think, they encountered a large hurricane and it decimated their forces. Am I incorrect? Do tell me and I'll retract all of my nonsense!
DiNunoMendes Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
What i know is that they had it coming since they stole Portuguese ships among other things.
Pilchardo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Ok. Here are the facts:
The Spanish Armada set off from the port of Lisbon, with the intent of picking up the thousands of Spanish soldiers who had been fighting in Nederland, and escorting them across the channel to conquer England. After 2-3 failed attacks by the English, the Armada was sent into disarray after the English cleverly deployed 8 burning ships into the Armada's midst at night. The day after, the Armada were forced to pass Flanders, in France, where they were supposed to escort the 20,000 or so Spanish soldiers to England.With their plan foiled by the Royal English Navy,they had to return back to Spain. They could not turn around, because the English were pursuing them with desperate intent, so the only way for them to return safely home was to loop around Britain and Ireland. It was a long, arduous journey, and many Spanish sailors died of Hunger and Thirst. As the defeated Armada passed Ireland (ON THEIR WAY HOME), they were struck by ferocious storms, devastating the already weary Armada, and destroying hundreds of their ships. CLASS DISMISSED! ;)
AmerielleSeaglass Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
*has taken many dutiful notes with a clicky pen*

I'm saving this comment forever. :D Thank you, very much. :)
Pilchardo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
It's okay! ;D
See, I go completely nut-job when it comes to History.
AmerielleSeaglass Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I understand. I generally restrain myself when it comes to the late Victorian period, especially the Gilded Age. *readies self-duct tape*
mplc1958 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
love all things nautical your art's wpnderful
Arturandr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Thie piece of art is wonderfully Amazing!
You have done a Great job mate! )
wasagamack Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is an amazing piece love all the lighting feels like your there
Elorhan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've had this as my desktop for ages! Your attention to detail and lighting is amazing. Can really get lost in your work :)
meteorguppy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say... this is wonderful. The feeling is very powerful. :D
Lorn6 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
:bulletblack::bulletyellow::bulletred:...:iconplusfav: ...:thumbsup:...:handshake:
Morganvogel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student
It´s cool, but one note: Lisbon is not in Spain, it´s in Portugal :P
pauladaruk Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Magnificent! Beautiful colours and contrast.
winterarrow Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student Interface Designer
unbelievable!! truly stunning. wish I could make things like these too in photoshop.... :(
for a moment, I truly thought the armada was gooing sail right ou of my monitor.
Genkkis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow ! Another awesome work !

Ombre-pluie Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
:dalove: transparency in sailing, light on wather and the beauty of details:worship: exeptionel!
Gerad110 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DETAIL - there is so much of it... wow...
GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something grand and graceful, even beautiful, about battleships and historical naval battles and I absolutely love your portrayal of them. If this is using your imagination, then you certainly have one hell of a good imagination :D
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