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HM Bomb Vessel Granado by SeanDouglas HM Bomb Vessel Granado by SeanDouglas
Launched in 1742, Granado was one of the class of bomb vessels developed from the earlier Alderney class.

Bomb vessels such as Granado were the first ships designed to bombard land-based targets from the sea. Mounted on the foredeck was a 13-inch mortar, capable of firing a 200lb bomb some 2 miles. The recoil of the mortars was tremendous and a huge bed of timbers was built to absorb some of the shock. This bed started with 5 enormous riders straddling the keelson, topped with huge fore-and-aft timbers. More transverse timbers went on top and so on until they reached deck level.

The bomb bed took up so much space within the hull that mounting a foremast was impossible. However, the omission of the foremast meant that the centre of effort was well aft in the ship and to compensate enormous headsails were rigged on an overlength bowsprit. Bomb vessels weren't renowned as good sailers, although Granado was considered to be one of the least worst in her class.

This drawing was done for my own amusement, and took a lot longer than I hoped.
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TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A bomb vessel is a new one to me. :)
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
They're pretty interesting if you get the chance to read more. Thanks for the fave.
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
THE LONG BOWSPRIT AT FIRST MADE ME WONDER IF IT WAS A SLOOP, BUT I RECKON IT WOULD JUST HAVE ONE MAST TO BE A SLOOP. GREAT JOB!
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
These ships were often re-rigged as sloops to perform general squadron duties when there was no bombardment work. To do so they'd remove the whole mortar bed and fit a foremast. I'm actually not quite sure what defines a sloop, but I think that a single masted vessel would more likely be a cutter.
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
OKAY. BUT WHENEVER I'VE LOOKED UP SLOOPS, IT'S BEEN A SMALLER SINGLE-MAST SHIP WITH A BOWSPRIT THAT WAS ALMOST AS LONG AS THE HULL ITSELF. I READ THAT A SLOOP WAS OFTEN A PIRATE'S SHIP OF CHOICE, BECAUSE IT WAS SMALLER AND FASTER, BUT COULD STILL CARRY A GOOD BIT OF LOOT IN HER TUB-LIKE HOLD.
I HAVE 2 TOY SLOOPS FROM "PLAYMOBIL" BRAND THAT I PUT IN THE RIVER, AND THEY SAIL QUITE WELL.
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
I guess there's always more to learn huh?
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PixeledGirl777SB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
WOW! :wow: :+fav:
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the fave.
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PixeledGirl777SB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
no problem =)
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blueseatraveller Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
Whow, alot of compliments from me, I could never draw ships like that, in fact I only know how to take photos of them :-) That looks grat !
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Thank you. Part of the fascination about this style of drawing is that I get to learn more about the rigs and design changes through the ages.
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blueseatraveller Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Yes, getting a close-up look is always interesting, in my case photography and compare ships of the same series or built 10 years ago, you can sometimes see which shipyard has built which ships :-)
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sirrazzal Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
What did you use?
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Just photoshop. Thanks for the fave.
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sirrazzal Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
cool, welcome...
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MissKittyPTI Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Oh, absolutely beautiful! You make it seem so effortless. Only true artistic geniuses can so that!

:+favlove:
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
I assure it's not effortless. Mind-blisteringly tedious by the end. Funny how these drawing always seem like a good idea at the start. But thanks Karen for your kind words and the favourite.
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MissKittyPTI Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Hey, no problem! I'm feeling artsy lately, so stay turned for some work (I hope!) :hug:
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Can't wait!
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MissKittyPTI Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Me, either!
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daporta Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007   Digital Artist
Beautiful ship and great drawing !!! :+fav: automatically :lolly:
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks very much, and thanks for the fave. Always appreciated.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Excellent!!!
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks, and thanks for the fave.
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JediErrant Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
This is great picture, pard. I've liked this class of ships since I read about them in C.S. Forrester's Commodore Hornblower. The bomb ketches, hands down the best bit of kit Hornblower got his hands on in that series.
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
I know the bit you're talking about. I am not going back to draw camels. Although maybe an iso pixel drawing...

Thanks for the fave.
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JediErrant Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
....Camels, eh? I think we're having a bit of a confusion about parts. Commodore Hornblower features Horatio going to assist the Russians against the French. He uses the bomb ketches to bombard the Swedes who threaten him in the strait to Baltic Sea.

I don't remember camels in Russia.... :D
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Maybe I'm confused, it's been a while. He lashes a couple of the ship's boats alongside, having filled them with sand, then raises the ship in the water by emptying the sand overboard, allowing him to get closer inshore. Aren't those boats called camels?
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math-san Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007   Writer
Awesome :D
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks
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Wildfire47 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
You made even the shadows of the rigging!
Congratulations!!!!
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
One of my favourite things is mentally projecting shadows on a drawing. I think on my ships they might actually be wildly inaccurate, but as long as nothing obviously looks that way, I can get away with it.
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Wildfire47 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a rare gift, did you know? To be able to visualise a 3D object in your mind, turn it around or project shadows.
I thought everyone could do it, but it turned out, in my class, there was me and one other girl... everybody else struggled with it...
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
I tend to draw in a mental grid as I look at the work. To start with I visualise my light source. To make it easy it's usually 45 deg up and coming in from 45 deg in front of the ship. Then I look at the angle or position of the object casting the shadow. Something projecting straight out at the viewer would make a shadow angling down to the left at 45 degrees. Knowing that it's possiblt to swing the object in my mind until I know where the shadow will fall. Then it's just a matter of visualising the shape of it. Sounds easy if you say it quickly.
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Professional Filmographer
OMG!

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Haha, just kidding. :D Though "least worst" did make me grin.

She is a lovely vessel, and the wealth of technical detail you've put into this drawing is really, really impressive.

The graceful waft of the pennant is nice too. :D This was worth the wait.
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks Kat, I'll bet you're glad you didn't hold your breath. With the pennant, I drew a rather smooth graceful waft, and then put a gentle photoshop wave over it and kind of randomised the movement. Left me wondering why I'd never tried that before.
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Well, I did for a little while, but when I started turning blue, I decided I'd better return to normal breathing.

Cool technique. Might need to, er, "borrow" it. :D
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Yeah, go nuts. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be the first person to do it.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work! I have a thing for bomb vessels and this is really well drawn, kudos ;)
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks very much. I almost drew in the sweeps but early tests showed them to be too distracting. There's a rather good book called "The Bomb Vessel - Shore bombardment ships of the age of sail" by Chris Ware. It has the whole history of the type, and many good drafts.

Thanks for the fave.
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tietgale Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Hi there :wave: ... welcome back .. ;)
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks, great to be here. Thanks for the fave.
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Katikut Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
O_O I don't know what to say again... That's so wonderful! I love it!!! So many details!!!
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Thanks Mary. The problem with knowing ships like this one is that you can't just say "Oh well, that's close enough". Thanks for the fave.
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GreenBushido Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
You are quite a talent. Beautiful ship and beautiful composition.
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Thank you. I've always had a fondness for this ship, I hope I've done her justice.
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GreenBushido Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Certainly.
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