Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Elric's mechanical bird

At some point during his adventures with "Stormbringer," Elric rides on a big mechanical bird. This long-forgotten drawing is my attempt at depicting it. In our world, so far ornithopters have not been big enough to carry the weight of a human rider, but you never know. I recall an attempt with a kind of bending wing glider some years ago. In magical worlds the physics and aerodynamics of such things are different. Elric can be seen, with his demonic sword, riding on the back of the contraption. Later on he also rides on a dragon. The reproduction of this faded drawing is not so good. I added a bit of sky blue before posting it. 1977 was a long time ago.

Ink and watercolor on sketchbook page, 5 1/2"" x 4 1/4", March 1977.

1 comment:

Rae Trigg said...

A few years back, the University of Toronto built and flew a human-powered ornithopter:
Don't know how far they've gotten since then, though.