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If I Only Had Wings, I'd Fly by BWS If I Only Had Wings, I'd Fly by BWS
This scene - a sort of car show of the Future That Never Was - showcases one of the rockets I modeled for my Empire State Patrol project. Here I changed its color and dropped it into a variation on the scene I built for my “Skin A Scion” contest entry.

The original, print-resolution image (18 by 24 inches at 300 DPI) mixes some older and newer characters together, and its title - “If I Only Had Wings, I’d Fly” - marks the second time I’ve named a picture with a quote from Nat Gonella’s “It’s a Pair of Wings for Me”, which still swings after about 66 years. Love that song - and in fact, though I’ve never known how many people noticed, almost all my Retropolis pictures use titles or quotes from popular music of the twenties through the forties. If you figure out why, you can explain that to me.
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Given 2007-08-21
If I Only Had Wings, I'd Fly by ~BWS is inspiring and spectacular. The mix of soft colors and crisp shininess is just....just....awesome! ( Featured by MistressWit )
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3DV8ion Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
love this genre, love your work! what is the best group here to see more of this style?
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Josiahrob Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Photographer
This is one of the most amazing images I have seen on deviantart. I want to be right there in that room, then take a walk around the city!
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BWS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can't quite deliver on that, but you can follow some other folks who wander around the city here: [link]
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Josiahrob Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank you for this link, I found the site yesterday when browsing through your work, I look forward to reading about these people.
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mystdream Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
futuristic
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Reaver-8-0-8-0-8 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic, retro sci-fi at its best :clap:
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hbenthow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Is your title based on the lyrics "Oh if I had wings like an angel, over these prison walls I would fly" from "The Prisoner's Song"?
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The-Okz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
whow...
This is Very WonderFull
Very" Detail....
Nice 3D art.....
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
What a great rendering !
Is this in 3ds Max ?
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Alvinart2003 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
Amazing inspirational art gallery. Wonderful style.

Maybe someday, my Dev-Art will be as good.
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:iconeolhin:
Eolhin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007   General Artist
Very shiny. You make that world real, you do these scenes so well. :)
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rcdg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any who produces such great artwork and quotes Nat Gonella definitely rocks or should that be swings?
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jickersdalida Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
Cool! :)
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StinaWiik Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! :aww:
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alexwise Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work
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FlameReaper Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
cars with machine guns on the wings....im sold.

awsome picture. great work.
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animedoode Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007   Writer
star wars-ish
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CallMeShaudo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Like, wow. I love it. I wish I could identify just why I love it, but there are just too many good things to pick out just one or two.
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TheJamman69 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
cool, it seems like its from star wars
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malkiorsoulrot Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007   Interface Designer
Very Awesome Tech
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jotaro-shima Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! It looks like something straight out of a Final Fantasy game. Nice work.
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RennGent Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
An absolutely fantastic piece. I am a huge fan of this type of "the future that never was" art and I really enjoy this piece. Great details all around!
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necrocerberus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice :D has a distinct final fantasy/ star wars kinda feel 2 it...
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jadespider Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
My GAWD! It's a Last Exile Vanship!
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Hydromorphic-Twin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
I think that this is amazing! I sometimes get nostalgic about all of the things we were promised back in the '50s, although I was born in 1986...I'm still waiting for my damn flying car!!! Seriously though, this is a wonderful piece. The shape of the car reminds me of the Epoch from Chrono Trigger, although it looks a bit more like the Neo-Epoch from Chrono Cross, except better since your's actually has weaponry. Excellent work.
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horai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Brilliant, I like the young lady looking at the camera.
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Imthenats Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing, I don't know how people do it. Great 3D art. :D Congradulashuns on the DD. :nod:
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Kira91 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
The style of the architecture reminds me of Bioshock x3
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richnortnikjr Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Well deserved! Awesome work!!!
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cloudofstrife Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Is it just me, or is this strongly influenced by Buck Rogers in the 25th century? Hell, even the clothing is very similar.

Personally, I love Buck Rogers and that entire style. Good old retro-future...
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BWS Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
If you're talking about the pre-1970's Buck, which I think you are, then yes, absolutely. I try to pretend that the Gil Gerard version never happened.
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cloudofstrife Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
I've never seen the TV version, other than a few clips on YouTube.

Buck's an oldie but goodie.
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LudicrousMageZ Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Wow! Very cool. :D
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xOronar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratz on the DD ^^
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xDrag Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Nice shot.
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baKIN Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Impressive model ! So detailed :D
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Hissymau Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
I love the style of it, kinda... retro-futuristic?
I actually thought it was a painting, at first, before I saw the man in the foreground.
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EvilStarVirus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
:wow:
so great ;)
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Ahuri Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
hell! It's damned good!

software ? : D
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SpyderPRO Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
wow fantastic. Love the futuristic yet almost 30s look to the controls with the large steerng wheel.:)
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bazzy17 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
very nice
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m0wdamn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
very cool! great work!
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PEShero Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Wow, it's very impressive! :D
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Days-Go-By Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Nice. Reminds me of the cockpit of a Podracer from Star Wars. :)
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Rickbw1 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Congrats on the DD
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radioPooh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Now one time there lived an old man
With a very crooked nose
He lived inside a log hut
and they called him ol' man Mose
One dark and dreary morning I knocked upon his door
I didn't hear a single sound
so I ain't gonna do it no more.

'cos I believe ol' man, I believe ol' man
I believe ol' man, thatol' man Mose is dead.
I believe ol' man, I believe ol' man
I believe ol' man, that ol' man Mose is dead.

(Now you believe) Mose kicked the bucket
(You believe) Mose kicked the bucket
(You believe) Mose kicked the bucket
(You believe he's dead)

(You believe) Mose kicked the bucket
(You believe) Mose kicked the bucket
(You believe) Mose kicked the bucket
(You believe he's dead)

Now listen here,
I went round to the window
And I peeped in through the crack,
Inside there was an old man
Laying flat upon his back
I thought that he was sleeping
Head hung to the floor
He didn't make a single move
So I ain't gonna do it no more

'cos I found out ol' man, I found out ol' man
yeah, I found out ol' man, ol' man Mose is dead

('cos you found out) ol' man
(you found out) ol' man
(you found out) ol' man
(you found out he's dead)

(you found out) Mose kicked the bucket
(you found out) Mose kicked the bucket
(you found out) Mose kicked the bucket
(you found out he's dead)


(you found out) Mose kicked the bucket
(you found out) Mose kicked the bucket
(you found out) Mose kickin' up daisies
(you found out he's dead)

Old Man Mose is dead.
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radioPooh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
I get it . you are a time hopper . . no wonder the lyrics from a day gone by
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MistressWit Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Inspiring and spectacular! I think I am most enamored with the depth/mistyness of the background.
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
I dig the textures. What do you use for inspiration on the clothing styles?
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BWS Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think I'm all that analytical about that, but you can see here how it's changed over time.

The two (human) characters on the left are several years old, and they have a sort of generic tight-fitting retro space wardrobe. The three on the right, on the other hand, are more recent - you can see by the cloth cap, spectator shoes, and pointed collars that here I've taken some period clothing styles from the twenties through forties and mutated them to something that falls between those styles and the sort of thing the older characters are wearing.

I have actually been thinking lately that I want to go back to my three most recent characters (not shown here) and make some costume changes to them. Along with redoing everyone's hair, which has always been a problem. The weight of those revisions is sort of weighing on me, when I also think about the sheer number of things and people I still need to make.
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