35one of the great things about “Enterprise” was that every now and then we would get to work on a vessel that we so loved from the original series… This was a great assignment to retro out the Tholian ship. The drawings went thru fairly easily with only two versions shown here in the sketch. The prominent version in the center was chosen and from here the Foundation boys took over and did their magic!!!

13 Responses to “tholian”

  1. 1 Freak
    March 20, 2009 at 4:39 am

    The tholian ship was one of my alien ships form TOS.

  2. March 20, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Really liked the update on this classic ship…but the one with the scooped out aft section is really great. Nice use of negative space. Thanks for all the sharing. Your new blog is like a daily supply of candy…

  3. March 20, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Cool artwork! So who designed the actual Tholian? That must’ve been the coolest job of that episode, since it was such an out-there concept connecting directly to TOS design work.

  4. 5 johneaves
    March 20, 2009 at 5:46 am

    I think it was Wah Chang???? I have to go study!!!

  5. 6 johneaves
    March 20, 2009 at 5:47 am

    No it was Jefferies????? NO!!! I don’t know,,,, I am so ashamed

  6. 7 Starship freak
    March 20, 2009 at 7:22 am

    In the mirror-episode, we saw one of these as almost a cargoship with containers inside the tholian base. Was it this one, or was it a modified version?

  7. 9 deg
    March 20, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Very cool dude. And yeah. it was so cool to see TOS concepts show up on ENT.

    And yeah, I would think it was Matt’s design, as that was his job eh. But I don’t know definitively eh.

    According to memory-alpha it was Jeffries.



  8. 10 XFozzboute
    March 20, 2009 at 8:56 am

    This is cool and might be a little helpful since I’ve been working a tholian ship recently.

  9. 11 LarryN
    March 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hey guys–yeah, Matt on the original TOS Tholian, for sure.

    Although for Enterprise, Johnnie boy, I’m sure the CGI house was Eden FX….??

  10. March 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I would have chosen that version too. Another retro design that works quite well. Nice job!

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