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Stratospheric Blackbird by nyctopterus Stratospheric Blackbird by nyctopterus
The new Stratospheric Blackbird SR-72 took off into the stratosphere, never to be seen again. They wondered why they'd built it.

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:iconasher27:
asher27 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
great work :)
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RetinalMist Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006
i love everything here.
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martsen79 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
Hmm, organic machinery again. Interesting that the city far below looks much less personal than the bird, perhaps it's happier up there. Great job, as always. :)
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:iconlinzi:
linzi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006   Traditional Artist
:) Reminds me of the Great Condor from "The Mysterious Cities of Gold". Or coming in to land in Boston whilst I was half asleep, crossing the atlantic can be really trippy.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
I got the idea flying from Sydney to London. And yes, Cities of Gold; man I haven't seen that in ages, it's probably not at all what I remember.
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:iconlinzi:
linzi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006   Traditional Artist
:) I remember jumping between the bunkbeds and the bed excited after watching it. Think it's high up there in my top shows I watched as a child. Haven't seen it since it first aired here and think I may not want to.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
Yeah, I remember it having a sort of magic about it. Watching it now would probably completely ruin it.
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yaLiz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006   General Artist
love the artist's comment. also i really think it looks great as a smaller image, and for some reason looses a lot of its greatness when in full-view mode. just imo.
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arctic-disent Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
very interesting work, I love ur originality, keep it up :)
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:iconwerol:
werol Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
great
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AMPhitheatre Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the thoughtful, lonely mood you created.
It makes me think if it's possible that the day we manage to create an absolute artificial intelligence might bring a great change. Not necessarily like in terminator, that machines will try to kill us, but maybe they will form their own oppinion on humanity, and chose to leave us... just like this one.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006
Wow, you actually figured out what it's about. Thanks for the thoughts.
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AMPhitheatre Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Sometimes my head does work the way I'd like it to. Do NOT get used to that!
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Aoede Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
Very cool! Love the glow round the wings.
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WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
Is it based on a constelation? Looks cool. :w00t:
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WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
Is it based on a constilation? Looks cool. :w00t:
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asher27 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
i think it is based on the US stealth jet the blackbird: [link]
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:iconwicasawakan:
WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
The SR-71 Blackbirds are no longer in service. It sucks. The were the coolest jets. They keep a few in hangers in case they ever need them. I know cuz of my job. :)
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lambi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
I do like the title ans description. They compliment the art quite well.
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Hopeazul Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
great, i love it
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lpepidemic Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006   Interface Designer
Another great piece, good job.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I very like the idea of a parallel between the plane and a bird :) Personnaly i would have put a different angle for the head, i can understand the idea of observing earth but i would prefer to see the bird looking the sky to reach space :D Very nice work :thumbsup:
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serratedangel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
Just words that popped into my mind: Warm, elegant, and aloof.

The dotted line effect is very Erte, at first, but the cleverness of using it for definition of form, physical details of lights on the figure and city, and the stars altogether make it very unified in a natural way. The more I look at it the more I like it. Simply, unartistically put, I think it's very lovely.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
Even if it was so inartistically put, thank you for such a thoughtful comment.
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LilRedAngel452 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
very warm,yet classic,and mystic.That is what I think of your piture.And the little story fits so well with it. very wonderful.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Elegant. Once again, the Blackbird development team was decades ahead of its time.
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TaNBourinE Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006   Traditional Artist
that is gorgeous!
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