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Submarine and Canal Boat by wingsofwrath Submarine and Canal Boat by wingsofwrath
EDIT: reworked the water reflection.

Another Shadowless reference drawing, of French submarine Gustave Zédé and canal boat Belle Lurette, both vessels that will feature heavily in the first volume.

In real life Gustave Zédé was one of the earliest commissioned naval submarines, launched in June 1893. Unlike more modern submarines, she was exclusively electric, running off batteries and without any onboard means to recharge them, which gave her a range of only around 220 nautical miles (410km) at a speed of either 9 knots (17 km/h) surfaced of 6.5 knots (12 km/h) submerged.
Also unlike more modern submarines, she was made almost entirely out of bronze rather than steel to resist "aqueous corrosion" (electrochemical corrosion of steel due to seawater being a superb electrolyte), which also allowed a magnetic compass to operate inside. 
At 45 meters long and 264 tons surfaced (274 t submerged), Gustave Zédé was also much larger than any other contemporary submarines (in fact the earlier Gymnote, from which it was derived, was only 17m long and weighed 30 tons surfaced), and also quite well armed, equipped with a 360mm internal torpedo tube and two external torpedo launchers. In real life she did two successful submerged torpedo practice attacks on the battleship Magenta in 1899 in the presence of the French Minister of the Navy and invited journalists, which spurred the further development of the submarine as a weapon of war.
Since she was an experimental design, she went through a lot of iterations as they tried different equipment, but I have drawn the submarine as she appeared around 1900.

Belle Lurette, (which is a French phrase meaning "for a long time", a reference to the fact floating around the canals of France does take quite a lot of time) is a special type of canal boat called a "chaland de Rance", a boat endemic to the north of Brittany and which is able to sail on both the sea in the Rance estuary and the "Canal d'Ille et Rance" and by it's connection to the Vilaine river in Rennes is able to traverse Brittany north to south from Saint Malo all the way to the Bay of Biscay.
Because she has to negotiate the locks of the various inland waterways, her dimensions are fixed to 26.5m in length, 4.5 meters on the beam, a draft of 1.6m and a total height of 2.5m in order to pass under bridges. For this the masts also fold down along the top of the hold covers.
In terms of propulsion, each mast carries a single lug sail (itself the traditional type of sail used by Breton fishermen on their boats) while on the rivers and canals she is towed along by either animals or, since the start of the war and the fact most horses have been confiscated for use by the army, by her own crew.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
A fascinating image, and a lovely glimpse at the past.  Thank you!
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larryjohnpage Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The amazement, is shown,In a style will public for learning, that is terrific of art and design, historical as wanted currently, lolj
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Un sous-marin presque tout de bronze ?? Tiens, tiens, tiens ... Pourquoi n'ont-ils pas continué à les construire dans cet alliage ?
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Nice!Great Color & perspective view.[Although-time to Drydock the Sub for a good Hull cleaning?]
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requin789 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Si tu etait ingenieur en 193-39 en l'aurait peut ętre pas perdue la france x3
Tu est super continue ! 
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci beaucoup!
D’après moi, le grand problème en '40 n’était pas les ingénieurs, mais plutôt les politiciens et les chefs de l’Armée, qui était complètement divorces des réalités politiques et militaires du temps.
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mattking16 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
amazing
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Very nice amount of fine details in both ships.   The submarine looks like a descendant of the first Holland-type submarines built for the USN by John Holland. 
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Laphroaigh Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
You've won yourself a watcher with this awesome picture.
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menapia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Great design, especially the barge
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Arianod Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: Nice job, as usual :)
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome. Lovely design. :D And very detailed descriptions about these 2 vessels. 

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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Great to see another fantastic concept for a military vehicle.

  I don't know that much about submarines, but when I was looking through a book as a lad, I remember realising that my favourite was by far the French Surcouf. It just had a really pretty shape and appearance compared to most other submarines at the time.

  Of course this is an First World War submarine, but it's great to see more of your alternative history designs and seeing them move on to submarines now.
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great artwork, and cool research too! 
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good work on this one, it's interesting to hear about the submarine in particular. IU might add your attention to detil is great on this one.
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Waffle0708 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your art is always my idle! love this!
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Was the intent to make the underwater portions look distorted, or to make them look like there's some kind of growth on them? It looks like the latter. I would think that kind of growth would be disastrous to a vessel's speed.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're absolutely right, that is marine growth, or biofouling.
It's really not that disastrous though, since that is about the level of fouling you get on a boat after 12 months in the water (having spent most of my childhood hanging around the Constanta marina, I can vouch that is accurate). The idea was that it really doesn't matter for the canal boat because she's really slow anyway so they never bothered to clean her, whereas the submarine, with her limited range and speed, would spend most of her time in port, thus allowing for fouling to occur.
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WillKapton Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Very interesting back story! I love the growth on both their hulls its very well done :)
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I am quite proud of that.
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Beautifully done. I like seeing the shadowy relief of both vessels under the waterline. I don't think I've seen illos done this way when it comes to such rendered vessels. :thumbsup: Excellent.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Of course, growing up in a coastal town I spent a lot of time gawking at the boats (and occasionally diving under them, but that's another story) so I have a rather vivid image of what the underside of one looks like in terms of growth, water colour, illumination, etc. so I've tried really hard to capture that. I'm really glad to know I've succeed.
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fine job done. Do you have more plates like this?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A few, some with ships, some with other things like tanks, trains, etc, but this is the first time I attempt drawing still water.

Feel free to look through my gallery for stuff you like though: wingsofwrath.deviantart.com/ga…
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

WOW!! Yes, I just foraged quickly through your gallery. Holey moley! You do, and have, some terrific work and gobs of talent. I have to assume you do this as a profession? (sorry if it is posted somewhere in your bio) Though I have a day job (Quality Engineer), I am a writer/author in the night time hours (between work and family). I write Epic Fantasy (sword and sorcery) and currently Military Sci-Fi. I have a 3-part series coming out this year about a massive Heavy Transport Vehicle and her crew. Lots of action... and domesticated zombies you can feed from your hand. (Note: it is way more a tale about the transport and crew than the whole zombie thing...they're just in the background LOL)

 

Anyway, keep up the fantastic work.

 

Do you do commissions?

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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your praise!

As a profession I'm an architect and spend my free time between drawing stuff and the Romanian Army Reserve (I love the military life, but they don't pay enough to make it my profession, not to mention the fact we're at peace right now - the 300 soldiers in Afghanistan hardly count and they're being pulled out this year anyway).

Sounds like you have quite a story you've got there!

Since you're not the only person who asked me about comissions recently, I finally caved in. You can PM if you want to know more, but I must warn you I'll be quite busy until the end of April (my second book is coming out in May and I already have another, pretty big commissions going on) and my rates aren't exactly cheap ($100 for a fully rendered drawing including bg, $75 for something like this with a partial bg, negotiable for sketches, etc.)
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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the info on commissions. And keep up the GREAT GREAT work. I am a very visual guy when writing, so stuff like yours can be very inspiring.

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PetoriusRex Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cool. Thanks. Will do.
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