Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

Pin up update with Penny Von luck

Last week Penny, her buddy Michael, and I got to do a new pin up shoot out at Thompson’s aviation yard and had a lot of fun shooting amoungst the wreckage and with a few wardrobe changes, too.  Penny has a lot of fans here from our shoot at Century Circle, and there have been a lot of very nice compliments sent her way!!!  Thanks for the kind words and, as lovely as her pictures were with blond hair, she captures the era again beautifully with her new brunette doo!  Just finished working on the first of many of her prints and wanted to share the first one finished!!!  Enjoy!

Penny!!! the blond bombshell

Penny!!! the blond bombshell

Penny the brunette bombshell

Penny the brunette bombshell

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30
Sep
09

the sarajevo and the burning vessel of #54

Thanks for the reminder about the Sarajevo!!!  This one was hard to find in the files because it had two lives on the tube.  First as the little dark vessel in “Storm Front”, then revamped to save CGI $$$ as the Elite Observation Vessel in “Home”.  It was a quick draw and not a lot of description was written about this one, so a stack of horseshoes on my desk was the visual inspiration behind the design.  Always fun to come up with new space craft, and the burning ship from #54 was a real treat as well. I don’t recall if it made to the episode or not but here are the remains of the attacked and burning vessel!

sarajevo

sarajevo

ob vessel

ob vessel

all burned out

all burned out

29
Sep
09

Klingon shuttles volume 2

To finish off yesterday’s post, here are two more ideas for the Klingon shuttle from “Broken Bow”.  The producers saw these concepts and, with some notes added, chose the bottom right concept.  When all was said and done, I don’t recall seeing anything on the screen except maybe a blur of the ship crashing.  The sequence was a bit more elaborate in the script with the ship pile driving across the corn field in a very Superman-esque type of crash.  I believe all of this was eliminated due to time or costs, and a less complicated idea took to the screen instead.

For Episode #51 (the Bounty), the script called for another Klingon ship of different architecture from the big winged ships and had to be a cheap build.  We pitched a redress, revamp, and rescale of the Broken Bow ship because the CG model existed already; so was born this new adaptation of it’s prior concept.  It made for a fun redraw and it looked really nice on the screen!!  Thanks to the Masters at EDEN VFX!!!

pass 4 & 5, 5 being the one that was chosen

pass 3 & 4, 4 being the one that was chosen

the detailed color pass

the detailed color pass

some very quick, very inaccurate orthos

some very quick, very inaccurate orthos

and the revamped version seen in Bounty

and the revamped version seen in Bounty

28
Sep
09

klingon mish mash

Welcome to Klingon Mish Mash day!!! Had a busy one today but wanted to post a few things!!!  So with that, here are two variations of Klingon ships designed for TV’s Enterprise!!!  The first drawing is of two ideas for the Klingon shuttle from the pilot episode, “Broken Bow”.  The ship had to be a small one manned vessel, and these were the first ideas put down on paper.  The bottom right was my fav, but this one went into the archives and another concept was chosen….stay tuned for the next mish mash to see the selected pass of this one!

Next was the first major Klingon ship we had to design for the series, and it was described as the Raptor in the script.  The attack vessel was of a medium size ship with some fairly heavy armaments. The bridge module shows port and starboard torpedo launchers and simple cabling is seen and would be a prominent feature in all of the rest of the Klingon designs for the rest of the series.  The cabling was a detail that was to bring the Klingon architecture back in time a bit as to fit in the retro-ed look of everything else!!!  Just went over to Doug baby’s blog and found the CG models of the Raptor and without hesitation I stole or borrowed these fine pics to go with the sketch!!!!  THANKS DREX… you nutty li’l monkey butt you!!!

shuttles 1 & 2

shuttles 1 & 2

the raptor

the raptor

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25
Sep
09

valdore-o-rama

OK!!!  Finally, here are some of those CG model shots from the Fabulous Digital Domain of the Romulan Battleship Valdore!!!!!  This one is one of my all time favs, and the modeling work is beyond incredible!!!  Also in this set of pics is the bridge of the Valdore which is actually a redress of what was left of the Enterprise – E bridge before it was sadly scraped into the trash bin!!!  Lots of fun times on this one and hard to believe it was so long ago!!!  Enjoy the images and more to come!!!

the concept art

the concept art

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25
Sep
09

the Valdore cometh!

Scanning the big valdore stuff as we speak, and getting all the CG stuff in order!!!

24
Sep
09

new posts coming today

Howdy friends and bloggers!!!  Well, the last month has been rough and chaotic and the blog has been on the light side for quite some time with mish mashes and a lot of unfinished part ones….  This afternoon looks like a normal day and if all goes smoothly, I’ll do a real live genuine post and hopefully finish a bunch of stories that I have started…. Ok, thanks for hanging in there with me and be chatting with you all later.

Happy Thursday.

John




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