2009 was a great art year for me, many cool things moved forward, and much of that happened right here on DeviantArt. But at the same time, one mustn't become stagnant with creativity. I spent this year adding to my foundation of skills, sharpening my tools and honing my techniques, all the while trying out new and different approaches to ideas in my head. Now I have to move forward, get better, stay hungry and put those skills to work. From my postings here I've gotten many freelance jobs from big companies and clients, and while that's awesome, it just means I need to demand more of myself, and not get lazy or predictable in my creative work.
So yes, I do think it's valid to ask where are the flying cars and jetpacks the "future" promised, but at the same time, if you really want cool things, part of the responsibility for making them happen lies with you. If you wait for the future to happen to you, you'll be waiting a long time. Make 2010 a year to Make New Stuff, no matter what you do or how you work.
Happy holidays, and here's to 2010. The beginning of the future!
Pencils/Inks: MangaStudio EX 3.0
Color: PhotoShop CS2
Type/Design: Freehand MX
Model: Caroline (Dorkmuffin)
Downside: Not a lot of freedom of travel... You need a crew, a motorboat, and it requires a long hose line (and powerful jet pump) to feed the H20 propellant. Also, you won't be able to wear a tuxedo like James Bond and drop in on friends—well, you can but you'll look like the cat dragged you in—swimwear fashions only. (Now if you friends live along the waterfront, then sure, why not?)
Upside: No FAA pilot's certificate required. It's safe to fly with nearly unlimited time in the air with flights up to 30 feet in altitude. Test flights are available in New Jersey, Florida, Nevada, and California and range from $170-$250 plus for 30 minutes, including 10 minutes of flight instruction.
You can purchase your own, complete one-person jetpack kit for around $10,000.
About the political and economical stuff, yes unfortunatelly they are an issue, like in most things, they are preventing progress.
Awesome drawing too. Love that 'ray' effect, or whatever it's called.
Then there's the problem government regulators have with people becoming flying torpedoes. Current technology makes jetpacks extremely impractical. I could imagine that some time in the future the tech would improve to where it is doable and I'd be more than happy to take to the air.
Technically, you could already have a jetpack...
But prices aren't cheap, and they fly for a very, very limited period of time!
Seriously, all the COOL STUFF seems just out of reach sometimes. Oh well, I think I can get by with a ladder until it's invented. XD