» Frequently Asked QuestionsIt occurred to us somewhere along the line that you may have some questions about Shipbucket. The following is a list of the questions that seem to be asked the most on the forum.
1. What is Shipbucket?Shipbucket is a collective group effort to compile a database of ship profiles (drawings) primarily of real life naval vessels depicted in a common style and at a common scale of 2 pixels to 1 foot.
It was created by a growing community of naval-enthusiast volunteers. The group is generally open to anyone who wants to contribute highly-accurate and detailed line drawings of the world's naval vessels (of any time period) in a uniform scale and style. It's a huge task, and that's why we need all of you.
2. What is the Shipbucket Forum?The shipbucket forum is a place for all the shipbucket artists to present our work for critique before they are placed on the actual shipbucket site. The forum is for passing ideas and thoughts around and to improve the whole concept behind the drawings.
3. How do you draw a Shipbucket style ship?Anyone can draw one. We only expect that you follow the shipbucket style and quality standards.
Shipbucket drawings do not require any additional software other than plain MS Paint. However, you can use other programs as well, such as Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET, or GIMP. It does require patience, accuracy, and devotion... not to mention interest and at least a basic knowledge of ships.
4. What are all these sub-folders for?Each sub-folder is a different section of the site. Real life drawings are kept in the (yep, you guessed it) Real Designs folder, while Alternate Universe designs are kept in the Alternate Universe section, etc.
A quick explanation of each album:
- Real Designs - Drawings of ships which exist or have existed at some point in history.
- Alternate Universe - Ships which only exist in an 'alternate universe' setting.
- Never Built Designs - Ships which were designed, but never built (also known as 'never-weres').
- Ship Charts - Large charts of similar ships, organized by different characteristics.
- Parts Sheets - Different sheets of guns, radars, missiles, helicopters, aircraft, etc. that can be used to draw ships.
5. What's meant by "style rules and standards"?Since Shipbucket's goal is to provide a huge database of uniformly scaled and styled drawings, we require that all images keep to the Style Rules and Standards qualifications. If your art is unable to meet these qualifications, your drawing will not be uploaded.
The forum is a good place to test out Shipbucket style drawings. Members will assist you in bringing your drawing up to par with the rest, so don't be discouraged.