Archive for July 16th, 2009

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Jul
09

As You Remember It: The Lift-Off of APOLLO 11

In July of 1969, America sent the first humans to the moon. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins were aboard the mission named Apollo 11.
The launch vehicle they rode, the Saturn 5 rocket, is still the most powerful machine ever built. It generated almost 8 million pounds of thrust and even after nearly 40 years, it is the only vehicle that has carried men beyond earth’s gravity.
Watch it now, as you would have seen it on July 16, 1969, at 9:26 AM EDT. T-minus 00:5:59 and counting.

16
Jul
09

splashdown 2009, 40th of Apollo 11 celebration

Wow i have got to get to San Francisco for this event, check out the link below and if your anywhere near the Frisco bay be sure and head over to the USS Hornet for an awesome anniversary event.

WOW What a show this will be!!!

WOW What a show this will be!!!

 http://www.uss-hornet.org/posters/splashdown/index.shtml

16
Jul
09

day two of the Scimitar

Well, the overall design had been approved, so the next step was to get into the details and work out how the ship would open up into a spider.  David Negron Jr was on the show and had worked on Voyager prior to Nemesis.  I was always a fan of David’s work, and I so loved his ability to whip out some awesome ideas in beautiful quick color sketches.  Below are some variations on ideas to get the Scimitar to open up.  There were a lot of ideas that he penciled out and some of which had some wicked hinging of the wings.  The two of us would work off of each other’s concepts, and it was a lot of fun to work with Dave, even though we were in different buildings.  Dave’s work on the Scim was short, and we both did the same with the next ship, the Romulan Valdore.  We worked back and forth to get the big V’s look and details down on paper.  Both of us had big palettes of things to do, and while Dave was working on ship sketches, he was also busy working on the Reman mining complex.  I was doing both Enterprise and Nemesis, as well as Doug Drexler and the rest of the E art depot, so it was one very busy Art department.  Below are a lot of drawings that started to define the intricacies of a very complex  battleship, so sit on back in yer easy chair and enjoy Day 2 of the Reman Scimitar!

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16
Jul
09

40th anniversary of Apollo 11

This is one of the biggest days in history, and it is a time I think of often.  I was 7 years old in 1969 and lived in a little trailer off of the side of the freeway in Black Canyon City, Arizona.  My dad was a Highway Patrolman, and this was one of two trailers and two homes that housed the patrolmen and their families.  Even though the houses are gone my trailer is still there to this day.  As a kid, this was a really big event for me.  I didn’t leave the TV for a good two weeks, I watched every minute as Walter Cronkite would talk us through the entire process of the launch and landing with some awesome models and incredible art work.  WOW MODELS AND SPACE ART!!!!  I guess my future was pegged and laid out for me in just a couple of weeks’ time.  I haven’t researched who built the models nor have I confirmed the art, but I would swear it was all Ralph McQuarrie and Robert McCall.  Anyway, I would just watch with amazement as ol’ Walter would talk away in complete professional fandom.  He would walk you through the mission and tell you all there was to know about the astronauts who were household names in our house, and we knew every inch of the Saturn V rocket right down to all it’s tiniest of specifications.  I started drawing pictures majorly during this time and compiled the whole mission in little scribbles.  Once the Apollo lifted off,  it was unbelievable to watch that beautiful rocket soar by a wide angle camera mounted on the side of the launch tower.  Another camera recorded the aft view as the rocket went into orbit, and it was so awesome  to see the stages and coupler rings disengage and tumble slowly back to Earth.  It was an anxious wait for the ships to get to the moon; a couple of days to a kid was like 6 weeks. I don’t think I ever went to bed, and I am sure  all the rest of the guys and gals from the Star Trek art department were doing the same.  I would have loved to have known Doug, Mike and Denise, Jim Van Over, Rick, Andy, Anthony and the rest of the gang back then!!!  Can you imagine Doug in his little Jammies running around the house screaming as a kid back then…I might have to draw some of these scenarios just for the heck of it, HAAA!  The landing took place perfectly, Neil Armstrong was the first man down the ladder and his words will echo on forever, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Neil and Buzz started walking around on the moon setting up equipment and  placing an American flag on the surface, while Mike Collins orbited the moon waiting to pick up the moon walkers after the mission was over.  All the footage on the moon had these little faint crosses on the screen, some type of registration I guess but I had to put those marks on everything I was drawing for years to come.  The lift off from the moon through that exterior camera was breathtaking,  and all the little pieces of golden debris flying all over the screen inspired the entire VFX community for sure.  The reentry and splashdown brought the mission back into full color, and I was so sad that it was over.  Even as a youth, you felt like you were a part of the mission, as I am certain everyone that saw this amazing adventure was, too.  It was a different time, and nothing was hurried to the point of becoming a blur; the public’s minds were not exposed to the rapid MTV style of needing 4000 edits every three minutes to tell a story.  The whole event from the news end to the NASA side of things was so beautifully merged with great talent and exquisite professionalism.  This was an unbelievable time, and I’m so glad I had a few moments to relive and share it with you today.   Happy 40th, Apollo 11.  Below is a quick photo album to relive some of those awesome moments and images from long ago.  Enjoy.

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