One way ticket to the moon on the maglev of death, huh? The rendering of the metal is lovely, especially on the shade side where it reflects the sky's color. The story behind this painting is so open to speculation, and that's great. Well done!
as best my knowledge serves me on this matter; it wouldn't necessarily slow it down if you truly have a frictionless sled, but it will take a heck of a lot of energy to adjust it's course, you're basically going to be fighting all the energy dumped into the ship from the entire first part of the rail speeding it up horizontally. so the part exerting all that force would be the rail and supports underneath the curve.
Given that, it'd make more sense if they put the ramp part at the end up against a mountain/hillside (I see an entire range in the background!), or better yet alleviate the whole change in direction part and build the whole thing on the side of a mountain. but eh, if they have the ability to make this and haven't discovered Rocketry they are a pretty eccentric bunch anyways, that, or they have a very different set of natural resources to pull from on their planet. (I'm going with eccentric though, if their not packing parachutes for the poor, er not really a pilot if it's just ballistic so, along for the ride dude.)
but eh, I only talk about all that because of the other comments. the painting is wonderful, love it!
That makes a lot of sense! There's a concept for a Japanese (I think) system similar to this that consists of a straight rail at an angle. I agree about the eccentricity of it though, and I like that side of the concept! I think it's the quirkiness that makes it interesting, haha
I'll do a couple of more drawings or paintings when I can to flesh out the design a bit more and show a bit of the society in which it exists, looking more closely at those priest-like figures at the bottom-right
yep, keep it interesting, I can be a big junky of dissecting why fictional societies would be different and/or culturally bizarre. I almost mentioned the priestliness look of those guys myself, then I over thought it and wasn't sure if they were just less resolved jumpsuits or orange lab coats.
Now I'm looking forward to how the interaction will be, I think it'd be neat to see some kind of very none-earthly religious/scientific relationship; both freedom and tensions in places we don't have them and also the crazy politics and unique people that shaped the current society into what it is. (I think the no rocket/combustion technology idea would be very possible given the right history even here on earth if you placed it a little in the past.)