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09 September 2005, 08:52 AM
James Woodward is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Concept Sketch: history of Space exploration (

09 September 2005, 08:55 AM
Really looking forward to pushing myself with this competion. Need to start putting my ideas down on paper :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 03:26 PM (

Ok here is my first idea... What could be more spectaular than seeing one of the seven wonders of the ancient world....

In this case i have chose the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

here is a bit of info on the lighthouse googled of the web....

Lighthouse of Alexandria. It was built in 279 B.C. by Sostratus of Cnidus for Ptolemy II on the small island of Pharos - which gave its name to the lighthouse -just off Alexandria.
One of the greatest esthetic and technical achievements of the ancient world, it became the symbol both of a city and a civilization. Even today, the word for "lighthouse" in French (phare) and in Italian (faro) preserve the name of this masterpiece of ancient engineering. In Arabic it was sometimes called faris (as were other lighthouses), but more often manara, "place of light," the same word which gave us our "minaret," and it has been suggested that the architectural form of the earliest minarets was derived from the Pharos. It was over 400 feet high -perhaps as much as 440, which makes it taller than any lighthouse in the world today -and built in three stories, each of a different geometrical form. The bottom story, which stood in a courtyard surrounded by colonnades, was square, the second story octagonal - with a spiral ramp to the top story - and the third story cylindrical. It was surmounted by a huge lantern -and perhaps a reflecting mirror -and atop the lantern there was a statue of Poseidon, god of the sea. The square, bottom story contained 300 rooms, which housed the workmen and technicians who attended the light.

No one knows exactly what the lighting arrangements of the Pharos were, or of what material the mysterious "mirror" was made. Was it glass? Polished metal? Polished stone? In any case, it was said that it reflected ships at sea invisible to the naked eye.
Legends went much farther. One had it that the mirror was used to focus the sun's rays and thereby destroy enemy ships, and in The Romance of Alexander the Great, probably written in the second century, the last pharaoh, Nectanabos, uses the magic mirror both to see the arrival of an enemy fleet and, by focusing the sun's rays, to destroy it.

09 September 2005, 04:34 PM
Yay, woodyradica!!! Good luck!!! :bounce:

Cheers, :)


09 September 2005, 10:21 AM
Thanks rebecca.... :)

09 September 2005, 10:24 AM (

Ok here is an updated view I moved things around a bit and added a salor looking in wonderment... I think this is a better layout overall.

09 September 2005, 12:06 PM
Cool idea - Looking forward to seeing where this is going!

Just a quick suggestion - would you not get better room to express the sheer magnitude/height of the tower in portrait rather than landscape canvas?

09 September 2005, 10:27 AM (

Here is another concept I played around with last night I must admit I always consider the shuttle lunching spetacular...

09 September 2005, 10:32 AM
Good sketch and idea. Think you have to put some action in it, but still good. Keep working:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 10:55 AM (

Thanks for the comments so far...

here is a more dramatic version.

Im starting to like this one...

09 September 2005, 02:00 PM
You put down a great atmosphere, and I agree with a spaceshuttle launch being a spectacular sight. Keep this one going...while I keep an eye on this thread. ;)

10 October 2005, 12:33 PM
great colors....nice work so far looks cool.keep it up!!!

10 October 2005, 05:56 PM
It needs more to it in my opinion... But I love your painting style! Nice, good start!:thumbsup:

10 October 2005, 07:04 AM
I agree it definitly needs more going on... I need to play with a few more ideas or go with a different idea.....

10 October 2005, 09:17 AM (

ok update change the idea into the history
of Space exploration I think this gives the idea far more scope.

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