TThe Expanse was a huge Episode full of new ships for both the Federation and the Klingon empire!!! this was a hard show to have a favorite drawing to work on because they were all a lot of fun!!! Making the Nx-02 was really grand as well as the Fed ships but I’ll probably have to say the BOP was my Favorite by a point or two!!!, I know somewhere The orthos exist as well as the models shots so I’ll keep looking,, My shed is full of all the art and photo’s from my big move and most boxes haven’t been unpacked yet. I need Indy’s whip and machete to cut thru the mess!!!! HAA!
Archive for April, 2009
Last Saturday and Sunday there was a Hollywood collector show in Burbank and the theme was “Back to the Future”. Christopher Lloyd, lea Thompson, the Save the clock tower lady, Claudia Wells who played jennifer Parker and a whole host of the other stars were there to promote the almost 25th anniversary of the movies 1985 premiere. Probably one of the biggest of the stars to show up was Sir Andy Probert himself!!! The art genius who penciled the Time machines details was unavailable for lengthy comment and to sign Autographs due to scheduling problems with his show followed by a huge fist punching brawl in the parking lot between himself, Doug Drexler, and Daren Dochterman. I missed all the fun outside because I was inside waiting in a ridiculously long line to chat for a second with my favs from one of my fav movies “Back to the Future”!!! It was a quick good time, but couldn’t hang out to long because I had to get home for a big Rodeo weekend with my Family!!!
The Expanse offered the opportunity do build an Earth based starship defense system that incorporated some new ship designs. like the armada from First Contact theses vessels had to have the design elements of the Federation but be distinctly different when seen in an FX battle Sequence. This was a huge concept show that included a new klingon Bird of Prey, the NX-02 in space dock and under construction, The armada vessels and a whole host of other designs. The armada drawings never went past the rough sketch form and after the producers made their choices the drawings went right to Eden to be built. Those CG monsters always went the extra mile to model fabulous ships and images for Enterprise. It was a real treat to see the creativity that would come from the vast amount of talent housed in a small dark lightless cove over at the Gower studios. I don’t think they even have house lights in their bldg.. because I once saw housecleaning using miners hats to light the way and if the light would hit a modeler they wold hold their face and scream as they would fall back out of their chairs!!! HAAAA! this is a true story by the way! Anyways here are some views and concepts to start the week and thanks for all the stories shared last week with Cobb and Goldsmith!!! have a great Monday!
Back in the 1985, before the art Department days I started my Hollywood career as a model maker, We had just finished working on Hunt for Red October, and Solar Crisis, and next was Alien 3, Here are some pictures of the prison complex, I believe this was 1991 and there was no Ron Cobb on this Alien instalment. all the model makers over at Boss films were quite sad about this so we all decided to gave tribute to the master by putting a big “W” on the side of our buildings. The “W” stands for Weylan Yutani, A fictional company Ron created for the original Alien. The budget was slim for us on Alien 3 and The boss came to us with a rediculously low figure and asked if we could make this model for the price$$$$ We said sure and built the entire table top miniature out of gater board, foam core and big piece of green death, (carving foam). The details were from the model parts bins and everything else we could find,,, There are even a couple of Killer Klown heads hidden amongst the piping.. In the high picture you Have Paul Ozzimo on the right, Jeff Kalmus in the middle, and myself (with hair) on the left. We had a month to make this in and had a great time building something big and Sci-Fi
below is a link to the whole Waylen story.
Well it has been a great week sharing all the brilliant work from this very talented artist. To finish up here are some of Ron Cobb’s spacecraft designs from Alien and a painting of the Space Shuttle atop the 747. I saw this piece hanging in the art gallery at Cape Canaveral in 1990, and was amazed at his Cobb’s skills as a photo realist artist as well as a great concept illustrator. Thanks again for a great week and I’ll conclude the Jerry Goldsmith tribute next Monday. have a great weekend.
Wow this week is flying by!!! I might have to add more entries on these two as time goes on because I don’t think a week will do them any justice. So lets Start the Day with Mr. Ron Cobb and his good friend Conan!!! I am Racing the clock at work this morning so short text and a lot of pics!!! Conan came out the Summer of 1982 (the greatest Summer of movie releases ever) It was actually the first of the big films to open the season and I had been waiting for this one for many years. The film starts out with a young Conan being taught the Riddle of Steel by his father followed by a gorgeous opening title sequence of the creation of Conan’s Fathers’s Sword with an incredible score by Basil Poledouris, (this Soundtrack is a must have in it’s complete 2 disc form). The film takes you through the journey of Conan’s young life as he witnesses his family and village destroyed by the evil Thulsa Doom, sent to be a slave Conan is strapped to the wheel of pain which is a giant grain press that Conan pushes in a circle for probably 10 years,, Ron designed the ultimate all in one exersise machine with this one!! anyways Conan is sold and trained to be a fighting champion for his owner, retiring undefeated his wealthy master set’s Conan free and his quest for revenge against Doom completes his adventure in what was to be a multi sequel film. As far as I am concerned Conan 2 doesn’t exist!!! It was a horrible film,, except it costarred the lovely Olivia D’abo, so scratching #2 the series ended with this one adventure! It was a beautifully designed film but my fancy for the look passed with all the big beautiful sci-fi movies that followed in the upcoming week’s. It wasn’t until I got a copy of Ron’s book “Colorvision” that I was made aware of Ron’s involvement with Conan!!! A whole new interest came and I went out and bought the VHS and as a guilty pleasure I have to update my collection every-time a new release comes out,,(Laserdisc, Regular DVD, DVD with Extra’s, DVD anniversary Collection, ETC) The film gets more broad in design the more I see it. Ron created not only the sets and environments for the film but he created the culture and the history. The look is rich with layers of storytelling in the illustrations, For those that did not know of Ron’s work on Conan, your in for a real treat. ENJOY
All pictures courtesy of Ron Cobb, and his book Colorvision
After looking at these pictures again I see how Ron still has an influence thru Osmosis in what and how I envision things thru an illustrated eye,,, Just dug these drawings up so you can see the Cobb inspiration. thank’s Ron You have been one heck of a teacher.
here is Ron’s page,, it’s under construction but boy will it be a goodie when it’s up and running!!!
http://www.screenarchives.com/ < thanks Scott DS
http://store.intrada.com/ < thanks Daren Dochterman
To get a lot of the best stuff though you have to dive into Comicon and Wondercon, there’s where you’ll meet the dealers that have the good stuff,. last year I found a complete Road Warrior, and Explorers,
Today is Day three of Goldsmith and Cobb week and the two artists worked together on three films, I don’t know if they ever met but I am sure Ron has some of those magical moments watching his concepts come to life on the big screen with an awesome Jerry score laying a musical theme to Cobb’s imagery. The three movies are Alien, Leviathan, and Total Recall. Jerry’s score for Alien was landmark in it’s use of obscure sounds and bizzare instruments. Jerry had a way of creating frighting music with the higher end of the note scale… when you see a horror movie usually the bad guy or monster is addressed using low notes and heavy instrumentation. Goldsmith on the other hand went the other direction. if you have the complete Alien soundtrack tracks 4, the Terrain, 5, the Craft, 6,the Passage, 7, the Skeleton, 8, a new face, demonstrate that shrill and high range notes have an even more terrifying effect. On a side note Ridley Scott was using Jerry’s score to freud as a temp track while editing the movie, Some of the themes from freud actually were used in the final cut of Alien. In Jerry’s score for “Magic” a few notes drug across a Harmonica is the lead into evil. The Omen which was Jerry’s only Oscar winning score (which is in my eyes a grave injustice) he went the route of for everything good there is something evil. taking a church Choir as the main body of his theme, Jerry took the latin verses of Christian praise and changed them to Satanical lyrics. Mixed with heavy strings and an unsettling arrangement of obscure note patterns and tones, Mixed with Richard Donner’s incredible visuals this proved to be one of the most terrifying scores ever written for the screen. today in the gallery are some of Jerry’s Soundtrack covers, Illustrations from Ron Cobb’s, Alien, Back to the Future, and some aliens from Star Wars, followed by some cachets drawn to celebrate anniversaries from some of
these films. Enjoy!! Almost forgot!!! There is also a credit list of all of Jerry’s movie scores courtesy of Jerry Goldsmith on line. Go have a visit at Jason Needs awesome tribute page.
images courtesy of Cinefex, Ron Cobb’s Colorvision, The Art of Star Wars, the book of Alien, and my own collection.
Soundtracks A to B Ace Eli And Rodger Of The Skies/Room 222(1973/1969) Alien (1979) Alien Nation (1988) Along Came A Spider (2001) Amazing Stories Volume 2 – Boo! (1985) Angie (1994) Air Force One (1997) Baby Secret Of The Lost Legend (1984) Bad Girls (1994) Ballad Of Cable Hogue (The) (1971) Bandolero! (1968) Basic Instinct (1992) Blue Max (The) (1966) Boys From Brazil (The) (1978) Breakout (1975) Breakheart Pass (1976) ‘Burbs (The) (1988) Soundtracks C to D Cabo Blanco (1980) Capricorn One (1978) Cassandra Crossing (The) (1977) Chain Reaction (1996) Challenge (The) (1982) Chairman (The) (1969) Chinatown (1973) Christus Apollo (concert work) (1974) City Hall (1996) City Of Fear And General With The Cockeyed ID (1961) Coma (1978) Congo (1995) Criminal Law (1988) Dennis The Menace (1993) Dr. Kildare (1961) Contract On Cherry Street (1977) Damien Omen II (original & re-recording)(1978) Deep Rising (1998) Disney’s California Adventure -Soarin (2001) Soundtracks E to F Edge (The) (1997) Escape From The Planet Of The Apes And The Mephisto Waltz (1971) Executive Decision (1996) Explorers (1985) Extreme Prejudice (1987) Fierce Creatures (1995) Film Music Of Jerry Goldsmith (The) (SACD/DSD compilation) (2001) Final Conflict (The) (1981) First Blood (1982) First Knight (1997) Flim Flam Man (The)/A Girl Named Sooner (1967/1975) Forever Young (1992) Freud (1962) Frontiers (compilation) (1997) Soundtracks G to H Ghost And The Darkness (The) (1996) Great Train Robbery (The) (1979) Gremlins (1984) Gremlins 2 The New Batch (1990) Goldsmith Conducts Goldsmith (compilation) (2002) Haunting (The) (1999) Hawkins On Murder/Winter Kill/Babe (1973/74/75) High Velocity (1974) Hollow Man (2000) Hoosiers (aka Best Shot) (1986) Hour Of The Gun (1967) Soundtracks I to J Illustrated Man (The) (1969) Inchon (1982) In Harm’s Way (1965) Innerspace (1987) Islands In The Stream (re-recording) (1977) Jericho etc (1966) Jerry’s Recall (compilation) (1993) Jerry Goldsmith The Early Years Volume One (1960s) Jerry Goldsmith At 20th Century Fox (compilation) (2004) Jerry Goldsmith 40 Years Of Film Music (compilation) (2005) Justine (original & re-recording) (1969) Soundtracks K to L King Solomon’s Mines (1985) L.A. Confidential (1997) Last Castle (The) (2001) Last Run (The)/Crosscurrent (aka Cable Car Murders (The) (1971) Legend (1985) Leviathan (1989) Lilies Of The Field (1963) Link (1986) Lionheart The Epic Symphonic Score (1987) List Of Adrian Messenger/Challenge (The) (1963/1982) Logan’s Run (1976) Lonely Are The Brave (1962) Lonely Guy (1984) Looney Tunes Back In Action (2003) Love Field (1991) Soundtracks M to N MacArthur (1977) Magic (1978) Malice (1993) Man From U.N.C.L.E. (The) Volumes 1 to 3 (1964) Masada (re-recording) (1980) Matinee (1994) Medicine Man (1992) Mephisto Waltz And The Other (1972) Mom And Dad Save The World (1991) Morituri (1967) Mr Baseball (1992) Mulan (Oscar Promo) (1998) Mulan (1998) Mummy (The) (1999) Music Of Jerry Goldsmith (The) (compilation) (2001) Night Crossing (1981) Not Without My Daughter (1991) Soundtracks O to P Omen (The) (1976) One Little Indian (1973) 100 Rifles (1969) Our Man Flint And In Like Flint (1966/67) Outland (1981) Outland And Capricorn One (re-recording) (1981/1978) Papillon (1974) Patch Of Blue (A) (1965) Patton (1970) Patton And Tora! Tora! Tora! (re-recording) (1970) Prize (The) (1962) Planet Of The Apes (Expanded) /Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (suite) (1968/71) Police Story/Medical Story (1973) Poltergeist (1982) Poltergeist II The Other Side (1986) Powder (1995) Psycho II (1983) Soundtracks Q to R QBVII (1974) Red Pony (The) (1973) Raggedy Man (1981) Rambo First Blood Part II (1985) Rambo III (1988) Ransom (1975) Reincarnation Of Peter Proud (The) (1975) Rent-A-Cop (1988) Rio Conchos (1965) Rio Conchos And The Agony And The Ecstasy Prologue (re-recording) (1989) Rio Lobo (1973) River Wild (The) (1994) Rudy (1993) Runaway (1985) Russia House (The) (1990) Soundtracks S to T Sand Pebbles (The) (1965) Satan Bug (The) 1965 Sebastian (1968) Secret Of Nimh (The) (1982) Shadow (The) (1994) Six Degrees Of Separation (1993) Sleeping With The Enemy (1991) Small Soldiers (1998) Spiral Road (The) (1962) Stagecoach And The Loner (1966) Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979) Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989) Star Trek First Contact (1996) Star Trek Insurrection (1998) Star Trek Nemesis (2002) Star Trek Voyager (1995) Stripper (The)/Nick Quarry (1963/1968) Suites And Themes (compilation) (1987) Sum Of All Fears (The) (2002) Supergirl (1984) Studs Lonigan (1962) Swarm (The) (1978) Take A Hard Ride (1975) 13th Warrior (1999) Timeline (2003) Tribute To Jerry Goldsmith (A) (compilation) (SPFM) (1993) Tora, Tora, Tora (1970) Total Recall (1990) Travelling Executioner (The) (1970) Trouble With Angels (The) And Stagecoach (re-recording) (1966) Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977) Twilight Zone The Movie (1983) Twilight Zone TV Series (box set) (1963) Two Days In The Valley (1996) Soundtracks U to Z Under Fire (1983) U.S. Marshals (1997) Vanishing (The) (1993) Von Ryan’s Express And Our Man Flint/In Like Flint (re-recordings) (1964) Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea – Jonah And The Whale (1965) Warlock (1989) Wild Rovers (1971) Wind And The Lion (The) (1975)
Today starts the first of many entries regarding the artist Ron Cobb. Why back in the seventies, before Star Wars had come out there was a magazine called Starlog (this is where I was first intruduced to my Hero Ron Cobb) that was all about Science fiction films, monsters & Alien motion pictures, Space oriented Television series, space artists, behind the scenes VFX guys, and everything else related. I read this mag as soon as it came out on the stands and back then the topics were far and few between, mostly because Sci fi back then was old stuff from the 50′s and sixties mixed with a scattering of now and then 70′s films. One issue came out that talked about a student film by a new director named John Carpenter. The movie was called Dark Star and was written by John C. and Dan O’Bannon. Along with John, Dan had his hands full of on this film being co-writer, the FX guy, one of the stars and many other duties including finding the talent. Dan had seen Ron Cobb’s album cover for Jefferson Starships album, Deep Space/ Virgin Sky featuring a beautiful spacecraft flying towards an unknown planet. Dan tracked Ron Down and Ron drew a rough on a napkin at a restaurant in Westood CA. The sketch later turned into some more precise drawings, that later became the model project of the Legendary Greg Jein. The Dark Star drawing and model showed up in Starlog and it was the first spaceship that I next to the Trek ships that really caught my fancy. I read all about Cobb, that was only a sentence or two, and when Alien came out a few years later the book of Alien came out with so many unbelievable drawings by Ron. I looked at those illustrations by the hours, examining every detail and angle. I would try and draw my space craft pictures using Ron’s work as my guide. His books were my art school, followed by the styles of Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie after Star Wars came out But I owe it all to Ron. There were many fine and talented people that inspired my paths to Hollywood but Ron Cobb was the one that was the most inspirational to me. With that, here’s some of Ron’s early works and also Greg Jein’s model of the Dark Star. More to come Tomorrow!
All illustrations are from Ron’s book Colorvision
for more on Cobb go to Darens blog at
If you have never been to this page your missing a world of fun!!! We ironically both did posts about Ron today … How fun!
Here are some pictures of a model I made of the Vulcan Lander to help with my illustrations, The compound curves and flowing shapes were to complex for my tiny brain and lack of drawing abilities so I had to make a little guide model to help out with the tough views.