Archive for August, 2009



13
Aug
09

art of the valdore, “day two”

Welcome to Day Two of the Valdore and thanks for all the comments yesterday.  Today we’ll explore three drawings that were the first to finalize the color and the belly details of the ship.  These drawing represent a version where there were to be back up and secondary warp drive nacelles attatched to the under hull of the ship.  The design aesthetics were to further the understory that they were a special type of nacelles designed and used when the ship was to be cloaked,  so that it’s wake trail would not be traceable, very much like the caterpillar drive from the Red October.  As far as this detail went, I wasn’t happy with how these additions obscured the sweeping lines of the ship, and in the plan views there is a view of the ship with and without these nacelles.  On the “without” view, there is a bare section entitled “Engine Mount”.  This would be the future mounting point for the second wing.  From this point on, I scrapped the warp pods and started working in a subtle bi-wing that would further carry the design flow that Andy had come up with for TNG.  This will be the last post of the Valdore until next week due to I have to go home and dig out the rest of the big drawings to scan.  HAA!  So enjoy, and tomorrow will either be more Xindi ships or a pin up update with Jessica…or both!  Ok, have a great Thursday, fellow bloggers.

the color pass was the next drawing requested and here she is all green and Romulany

the color pass was the next drawing requested and here she is all green and Romulany

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12
Aug
09

art of the romulan warbird valdore, (day one)

Man, has it been busy at work…so much so, the blog has suffered.  Thanks for hanging in there through the quick throw in posts and the no posts at all.

As promised, here is day one of the Valdore concepts from Star trek “Nemesis” 2002.  Both Dave Negron Jr. and I were working on the same thing from different locations, and here are a little of both of our takes on this new vessel.  David came up with a very aggressive T tailed design that incorporated some of the lines from Andy Probert’s TNG Warbird.  He compacted the design, and I really liked the interpretation he came up with.  For the sketches I was working on, I ran to Andy’s ship for an architectural  lineage to use as the cornerstone for the renderings.  A single page of 3 or 4 ideas went over to the art meeting, and Herman Z came back with a circle around the bottom left drawing and said that they wanted to see more done with this one.  A rough sketch was next with some awful panel work, and then a 3rd sketch came out resembling a bird like panel breakdown.

From years of stories about Romulan and Klingon architecture in ships and the cross over of what race did what, I had to come up with an understory to use as a basis of how the designs would relate to both alien races.  In “Star trek III” I heard the warbird and the aliens were to be Romulans, due to budget they kept the ship but turned it into a Klingon vessel because Paramount had a surplus of Klingon costumes to use instead of putting up the cash for new outfits and make-up. Thus the Klingons were piloting a Bird of Prey!  So from there I started my idea that the Klingons stole or bought the warbird or it’s technology and made it their own…this would keep the overall look connected to the Romulans, from there the Romulan Warbird Valdore could easily fit into the design realm of what was seen before, only heavily modified.

Being that both the Remans and Romulans were related and in close proximity to one another, the Scimitar would also be able to share similarities in design.  I spent a lot of time trying to concoct a viable story and lineage to carry what was getting approved to fit in the understory as best as possible.  So with that all said and done, here are the drawings for Day One of the Mighty Valdore.

 

Dave Negron's first pass

Dave Negron's first pass

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11
Aug
09

pin-up update with Jessica Robinson

Here are some prints from this weekend’s pin up shoot with Miss Jess Robinson.  She’s a Texas girl on the road doing shoots across the South West, and I was fortunate to have caught up with her for a fabulous shoot out at Thompson’s Aviation yard in El Mirage California.  You’ve heard the saying, “everything is big in Texas,” well Jessica brought that legend with her to the high desert.  Standing at 5 foot 11, she had one impressive presence, and in heels she was 6 foot+ and elegantly striking.  Crystal Star and her buddy Kristen joined in on the shoot to do hair and make up, and their work shined with brilliance as they created a wild 40’s style-Rockabilly doo with one full head of thick Red hair to work with.  Jess provided some awesome and effortless pin up poses, adding her own unique style for one beautiful and sassy, splashy shoot.  Jess was a real trooper too; she had to climb all over sharp metal aircraft pieces, lay on hot jets baking in the summer sun and strike poses with a smile on her face while balancing precariously on the side of old beat up jet fuselages.  It was a fun time, and we took at least 600 pictures.  Good times and made some new friends, too.  Enjoy.

 

jess 1

jess 1

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10
Aug
09

25th Anniversary of Buckaroo banzai

No time to write more than this today!!!!!  Happy 25th Buckaroo!  Aug. 10th, 1984

 

the poster

the poster

07
Aug
09

John hughes passes away at 59

I heard this on the radio last night and am very sad to hear that the man responsible for so many wonderful movies that were such a big part of my 20’s has passed away of a heart attack at only 59 years old.   John Hughes was one talented individual, and his films, music, and influence helped define the 80’s and youth on every level from hair styles, pop and punk music, what was in, funny, popular, and desirable.  He made stars of so many young actors and actresses such as Molly Wringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Alley Sheedy and so many others.  John loved working with another great Man, Mr. John Candy, and worked with him ’till his untimely passing in the early 90’s.  This is truly a sad day, and John will be so sadly missed.  Here are some posters from some of my favorite Hughs films. 

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20296605,00.html

 

1984/85

1984/85

1986/87

1986/87

1985/86

1985/86

 

1987/88

1987/88

1989/90

1989/90

1984

1984

 

1983

1983

06
Aug
09

10th anniversary of “the Iron Giant’, and the ‘Sixth Sense”

Holy cow!!  It has been ten years since these two favorites came out and both on the same day!!!  August 6th, 1999 was one awesome day!  My wife and I had only been married a month and thank goodness for that because if these two movies would have come out before she said “I do”, she might have said “I don’t”  to the geek fanboy that emerged while watching these two awesome flicks!!!  Haaaaa!  We saw Iron Giant first, and it was one of the last good old hand drawn animated films to come out before the world dove in headfirst into all CG animated films.  Of coarse there is a lot of CG mixed in to be sure, but it only added to that great animated look.

It’s a wonderful story about a boy and his giant robot friend from space, set in the late 50’s early 60’s when nuclear war was a daily threat.  A robot falls from space and lands in the ocean and soon is saved by a young boy named Hogarth.  The two become fast friends, and together they hide and run from the secret service who feels the Giant is a weapon from Russia.  The film is funny, emotional, beautiful, and if you’re a softy, it will make your eyes well up in a big way.

Brad Bird wrote and directed this beautiful story, and it is a brilliant heartfelt masterpiece that is a gem!!  The film was scored by the late Michael Kamen, and his score is a beautiful, emotional piece that carries you through the story without the use of an overly recognizable theme!  Mr. Bird  went on to write and direct two other of my Favorites,  “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”.  Iron Giant is another one you’ll want to own, and there are a lot of extras on the DVD to see.  Happy Anniversary Brad & the Iron Giant!  

Next came a ghost story like no other.  M. Night Shyamalan’s ” the Sixth Sense” was a movie that I was not prepared to see; having young daughters in the house had taken me far away from scary dramas and put me in the world of Barney, so my mind was soft to what Mr. Shyamalan had in store. This one is a genuine, suspensful masterpiece and will always be remembered and looked at as a classic.  It is a story that pulls you in emotionally from the get go and shakes and rips you apart on every level of fear and  human emotion.  In case you have not seen this one, I will say nothing more but to go and buy it immediately because you’ll want to watch it over end over again.  Full of twists and great imagination, Mr. Shamalyn shines as a brilliant director and story teller and has made many other favorites such as “Unbreakable”, “The Village” and “Signs”.  James Newton Howard scores all of M. nights films, and his themes and compositions are so intricately woven into the stories that they are truly the tone of all the underlying emotions!  So with that, Happy 10th to you M. Night and keep em coming. 

Also for you Iron giant fans, visit Dave’s “ultimate Giant” site linked below!!!  He has really put together a great collection of just about everything about the Iron Giant.

http://ultimateirongiant.com/model/model.php

http://www.craigerscinemacorner.com/Reviews/iron_giant_the.htm

 

iron giant poster

iron giant poster

 

sixth sense poster

sixth sense poster

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05
Aug
09

Azati Prime Episode #70

Here are some more Xindi ships for those that love Star Trek.  It’s lunch time and am posting these fast for your viewing pleasure!!!!  In this set, the script called for an aquatic vessel that is basically a giant flying aquarium.  The ship itself is full of water and the sea faring Xindi operate this vessel just like Shamu does tricks at Sea World.  One of the main designing points that had to be drawn were the use of multiple windows for VFX shots of the Xindi swimming by and, when the ship gets hit hard, hull ruptures would expel liquid and Xindi out into space.  So with that here is the sketch process that came together and the final drawing was the one that got the gold star!!!  WOOOO HOOOO!  Sorry it is low res and  a bit  grainy!!!

 

the first pass was of a filler ship used as a background vessel for the underwater bomb platform

the first pass was of a filler ship used as a background vessel for the underwater bomb platform

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04
Aug
09

by request the F-86 Sabre jet

 

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04
Aug
09

pin up calender with Penny Von Luck

Thanks for all your comments and requests for Penny’s pin up shoot last week, and by popular demand the Penny Von Luck calender is in the works.  We have a hopeful shoot again this Sunday, as well as many others planned in the near future.  We hope to add a lot of themes and locations for each month, and because of the Calender, I’ll be holding back on the updates with Penny except for an occasional teaser image of what’s to come.  

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04
Aug
09

55th anniversary of rear Window

Howdy all, another busy weekend and week and didn’t get this post up on the actual anniversary, so here it is a few days late!  August 1st 1954, Paramount Pictures released one of my all time favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”, starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, Thelma Ritter, and Wendell Corey.  Surprisingly, the score is by Franz Waxman instead of Hitch’s usual Bernard Herrmann.  The production and sets were built & filmed on Stage 18, the same set used for Deep Space 9 and also the home of the bridge, shuttlebays and corridors for ST Enterprise.  18 is really not that big of a set, and looking at what they had to do to fit in an entire apartment complex in this space is quite remarkable.

From the film’s point of view, you have Jimmy Stewart’s apartment set which looks across a courtyard to a 4 sided multi level apartment setting with an alleyway that crosses a street with yet a resturaunt set beyond that.  A massive amount of depth and forced perspectives were used to create as much of a controlled but natural looking location as possible.  To add depth to the set, Henry Bumsted ( the Art Director) had the brilliant idea to pull the floor from the stage and use the basement below the floor as the courtyard.,  So Stewart’s second level apartment was actually at floor level and the open basement made it appear to be on the second floor..  A masterful use of space and some awesome craftsmanship went into detailing all the individual apartments and basically every inch of the set to make the environment as believable as possible.  The film starts out with the camera looking out of Stewart’s apartment to give you the lay of the land.  The camera returns to show Stewart asleep in a wheelchair with a full length leg cast.  The camera continues to travel around the room, and through the artifacts in his room you discover that he is a photographer that got a broken leg by taking a picture of two crashed race cars flying his way.  Trapped in his room, he becomes familiar with what all of the neighbors are up to, and by chance he believes he is a witness to a murder and has to prove his hunch.  One by one, those he has contact with fall for his claims, and they all have their own ideas and theories of what and why a man would kill his wife…and then find a way to get rid of the body.  The only one not convinced is Stewart’s close  and thorough detective friend.  Not to give anything away, you’re in for a ride full of suspense and twists as only Hitch can do.  This one is a must see!  Hitchcock only leaves the confines of the apartment briefly for a few shots, as the film is primarily shot from one set.

I saw this one when I was about 16, and I was glued to the TV set for the whole film.  Still young at heart, my  biggest crush at the time was for the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio…that was until I saw Grace Kelly and then everything was different.  Grace is probably one of the most beautiful women that has ever graced the silver screen and she appeared in Hitchcock’s next film, “To Catch a Thief”.  Jimmy Stewart is also an all time favorite, and together they are magical on screen.  A lot of under stories take place and you get to know all of Stewart’s neighbors as the main story builds, all of which is wrapped around a single musical composition that is being written by the piano playing neighbor next door.  Rear Window is yet another  brilliant masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock.  This one is a must see and a keeper as well!  I went out and bought it on VHS when I got my first  job, then got it on  laser disc, and then a couple of copies on DVD…Paramount is still making money off of me for this one.  HAAA!

the poster

the poster

opening credits and the first view out of Jimmy Stewart's window

opening credits and the first view out of Jimmy Stewart's window

main view of the courtyard

main view of the courtyard

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