Archive for March, 2009



26
Mar
09

Starship of the day

 

 

high 3/4

high 3/4

plans

plans

 

 

 

Here is a science vessel from the Perpetual files. this was the first of the donut ships and looking at it again I have to cry at the bad painting in Photoshop,,, OHHH those early PS learning days were rough!!!!  this one was fun to work on because it was loosely based on a big fav of mine the USS Grissom.  At this point in the game deadlines were getting tighter and the execution of the renderings were getting rougher as to what was turned in.  New modelers were being brought on and the load of things to be built was on the rise. As always I would have liked a little more time to work this one out a little more. The underside details  were a later addition requested to add thickness to the ships profile. It’s a frumpy addition that doesn’t really add much to the functionality of the vessel..

25
Mar
09

the early NX-01

 

 

the whatever it is version

the whatever it is version

the other what ever it is version

the other what ever it is version

 

 

 

 

 

When Enterprise was starting up the first and foremost top of the list was the new ship, and orders were to try everything under the sun and don’t go for the obvious… Doug Drexler was seriously stuck over at Foundation Imaging and he was pining to come over and start on day one…. It was a big show and and for a month or so it was void of it’s greatest designer. My boss Herman Zimmerman gave me both the NX and the Sulibon vessels as a starting point. He had found a shape he liked in one of Syd Meads many books and thus had me translate the shape into a starship thus is the first image,,, I was so glad that after he saw it on paper he changed his mind and we started to pursue a more traditional starship look. Many many versions came and went and all were getting the boot with little to no direction on what they wanted to see from the producers end. by now time was getting critical and the Sulibon stuff was falling behind as well. On the side Doug had started to also work on Enterprise concepts and his work was very impressive and filling the voids of time and history with great ease,,, I think being away from the heavy pressure at the art department was a blessing for what he was doing. Sadly non of his beauties were getting anywhere either. the next sketch was the last that I had drawn together with Herman, and it was a fun piece just to for concept sake. Doug was now free and starting on the lot so our duties split thankfully. Doug had a huge nightmare to work thru but I’ll let him tell you that story!!! and the Sulibon was also full of horror and gnashing of teeth. but the art department family was back together again and there was no better place to be.

25
Mar
09

Starship of the day

 

 

3/4 view

3/4 view

 

views

views

 

 

 

 

Here is another one from the Perpetual files. This little Federation ship was my first project when i started working with Ryan and Todd. It’s classified as Starship despite its small scale. My mind was still in Nemesis mode so my thoughts were into merging elements as opposed to having them segmented. it was a fun lil ship to start off with and I have the ortho’s to this one as well.

25
Mar
09

Andy’s “D” goes to “E”

 

Enterprise, rear view

Enterprise, rear view

Enterprise front view

Enterprise front view

 

 

 

 

Digging through the crates at Cantara one day, I came across the huge box that housed the 8 to 10 foot Enterprise-D model…being that I had my Makita with me, I just had to pop the lid and see her before the big Christie’s Auction that at this time was just a rumor.  WOW, what a beauty, even under warehouse lighting!!!  As I was taking pictures, I started from the back of the model and moved forward, getting to the front of the saucer.  The “E” became very evident through the view finder.  THE “E”!!  Holy cow!  I had heard the rumors that for budget sake this was going to be the solution, but I didn’t know that they had gone to the measures of having ILM change the decal.  Ronald Moore and Jonathan Frakes were the driving force to having a new ship designed and built, and so this budgetary experiment seemed to have only lived on the side lines.  Great fun to see her this way, though.

24
Mar
09

the new enterprise model

 

 

from the Quantum site

from the Quantum site

 

 

 

http://www.quantummechanix.com/Star_Trek.html

 

This is a great view of Ryan Church’s Enterprise…..

And here is the page for Quantum that has created the model from the ILM templet.  I was at the Archlight theater last night and this model was on display. It’s a huge model… about the same size as the Polar Lights 1/350th scale Motion Picture Enterprise. enjoy

24
Mar
09

Romulans from Enterprise

top view

top view

belly view

belly view

uncredited artist

Orthos by the world famous Rob Bonchune

Wah's beauty

Wah's beauty

on the set

on the set

Enterprise Episode #29 entitled “Minefield” was one of my Favorites!!! The story called for an attack by a classic TOS favorite,,,,THE ROMULANS!  the art Department was again a glee with bringing in an old adversary  legend into our Version of Star Trek. immediately the consensus was to retro out  Wah Chang’s original design for our episode, as with the Klingon Battle cruiser from “Unexpected”.  The architecture was pulled back about a hundred years and the end result was just enough to still pay homage without creating a whole new ship. As a final gesture we put the war bird graphic on the bottom of the vessel,,,,,, and just when you think you’ve done the right thing,,,, lighting strikes,,, the graphic had to be removed…  Ahhh,  shuckydarn!!!! in addition to the concept art here are some images of Wahs ship and some uncredited plans from the internet.  Thanks to the artist who created these images and hope you get to see your talents posted here.

24
Mar
09

the 40th Anniversary of ST, TOS

 

 

cachet art

cachet art

 

cachet, front view

cachet, front view

cachet, back view

cachet, back view

 

 

 

 

Many years ago Doug Drexler was putting together a group of CG artists from Foundation and Eden FX to create pieces of art for one of the Ships of the Line calendars, and he let me paint a piece (Traditional style) to go along with all the awesome computer artists endeavors. I had just got a computer and it was as foreign to me as a ballerina in a gun shop so old school was the comfortable choice!!! We were moving at the time and the Deadlines was unwavering.. Doug had convinced Margaret Clark (the ST editor from Simon and Shuster) that I could make a deadline so she allowed Doug to hire me on. Doug came to my desk, took a deep breath and struck a Clint Walker pose over me and shook a fist,,,  you better not be late laddy.  (Later I found out he gave me a fake due date way earlier that what was the real deadline,,, that evil little Monkey Scratcher!!!) I promised with trembling!!! I’ll tell you It doesn’t happen often but I have seen Doug’s devil’s eyes appear and you don’t want to have him go terminator on you….twood be very bad!  I gave him a double thigh blaster one time and had he been able to run after that mighty blow, I would not have be here today,,,, so back to the other story, HAAAA!!! due to the move I wound up painting the piece for the most part on the hood of my car, made my deadline, and overall wish I would of had more time to really flesh it out more. I was quite unhappy with it to say the least.  However  the 40th of Star Trek was coming up in 06 and having a little more computer knowledge I had hopes of fixing that old piece to be what I was wanting it to be. So first I did a big scan and pulled all the elements off and reworked and rearranged them to create a new composition and layout. From there I wanted to make the piece into a First day cover/Cachet so the format was changed drastically and then printed the art on #10 envelopes. from there they got stamped and cancelled over at Paramount pictures on the Anniversary date of the television Premier of Man Trap. For nostalgia I took all the envelopes over to the old Desilu stages on the NorthWest side of the lot where the old show was filmed. Here is a view of both the art, and how the cachet’s turned out.

23
Mar
09

Argo/jeep and Digital Composite

argo-car1

 

Digital Domain

Digital Domain

 

 

 

 

here is another Digital Domain composite shot featuring both their CG shuttle plus the live action argo/jeep. This is the sketch of the argo that was built on top of a ford pro racing chassis. really fun to see this one come together and haul around the Mojave during the filming sequences.

23
Mar
09

Nemesis and the Argo

It was shuttle day one Wednesday morning on “Nemesis” and the script called for the Argo, a new atmospheric based cargo shuttle specifically designed to carry the other Argo that had wheels.  In past versions, any shuttle that had wings had them telescope into the body.  I always hated this idea because it seemed that once extended they wouldn’t have any strength, and when retracted, where did they go.  This prompted a new idea where the wings were hinged on the exterior of the ship so when closed simply merged with the aesthetics of the ship exterior and when deployed added the flight surfaces needed  to maneuver as a plane and not a vertol. 

Here are both the opened and closed versions of the ship in drawing form and one from Digital Domain featuring the finished CG model in flight. 

closed version

closed version

open

open

Digital Domain

Digital Domain

23
Mar
09

Monday Morning and doughnuts

where is the coffee that goes with this doughnut

where is the coffee that goes with this doughnut

Howdy all and hope you had a great weekend, walked into work with an enormously busy pile of things to get done so I’ll get these images up and get back on later. Today is a good day for a doughnut so I am showing another Starship from the Perpetual online game. This was classified as Starship E in an alphabetical numbering system and it was the first ship to really branch off on a new style of design. I was at the aviation scrap yard and they had all theses beautiful rings laying in a pile. They were from the inside of  jet engine and the look of them inspired this open saucer layout. It needs a bit more refining I think,,,not quite right as far as how all comes together. but it was one of my favorite concepts. This was one of the first things I painted in photoshop and it makes me a little ill to see how badly it looks…Yikes! Need my markers,,, Haaa!




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