Archive for May, 2011


the Enterprise-e shuttle bay from the sotl calendar

Howdy and good morning everyone, this is the piece that was created for the Ships of the Line calendar, and here is the process of how it came to be… Doug Drexler called and asked if I wanted to submit another piece for the 2011 calendar, and I was so happy to be able too.  From a personal challenging point of view, I wanted to see if I could do the whole thing in Photoshop and thus I bit off more than I could chew because I had never taken on such a big task in Photoshop before…..  It took a very long time to make everything work this way but I was very happy with the end result.  What Doug needs to get the calendar going is a few ideas and then some sketches to pitch the concepts to Pocket books in New York.  A big nod has to go to the USS Midway CV-41  for the inspiration from which the idea came. My friend, Nelson, and I had just had our first tour of the Carrier in San Diego after a week at Comicon and once we were below the flight deck, we were in the aircraft storage area of the ship.  The bay was almost the entire length of the flight deck above and one incredible site to behold.  I was imagining the E bays looking like this in my head but didn’t really think about rendering the concept until the calendar art was in the works.

The bay pictured in the drawing is the one situated at the back of the saucer.  The first sketch shows a rough view of the angle and what the surroundings will be like.  I drew the first pass in the wrong format so I had to add more length to the left side before I got the go ahead from Drexler. Once all was ago, I started the piece off with a very clean pencil drawing, did a scan and then began to texture and paint away.  It was way hard to find grid and metal screen textures that were usable, and I spent more time researching than drawing at times, HAAA!  I’m sure this is a big issue with those of you who live in CG and 3D land that you build more than you need.  I did the same with putting a large amount of under the grates equipment below the floor line and once I put the shuttles on top of grates the details were all hidden.  Lost a couple of days with that idea LOL.  From there it was a lot of fun to find tons of LCAR screens to use, and I even found some deck crew from the carrier Enterprise CV-65 and dropped them in the background.  After the piece was nearing completion and I was passed my due date, I started to drop the heavy shuttles on the opposite side of the bay and at the last minute left them out so the wall details could be seen.  I went back and forth with this layer and in the end, I’m glad I left it turned off.  The hanging shuttles were a fun way to fill space and add another layer of detail.  The ships were designed to be the fighter group that were added to the ship’s arsenal after the Nemesis refit.

I have mentioned this loosely in past posts, but if the chance arises I name the shuttles after people that I highly admire.  There are never enough shuttles to do this idea any justice so the names rotate as the drawings for the Trek films are being drawn.  In every drawing I do, though, there is ALWAYS a shuttle named for  the great “Siouxsie Sue” my all time favorite singer.  Siouxsie has the most beautiful voice and many a drawing have been done with her music as the backdrop.  In the mid 70’s one of her first band’s was named “Siouxsie and the Banshees”.  Years after the fact I found out she had an alternate band called the “Creatures”, and at the present time  Siouxsie has gone solo and she only gets better with time!!!  Love ya, Sioux.  Next is the Yeager named after  the great Chuck Yeager.  Remember “the Right Stuff”????   Yeager is the test pilot who broke the sound Barrier in October of 1947 and is still flying today.  The next shuttle was named after pilot Glen Edwards, Glen was one of the pilots that was killed in a test flight of the Northrup YB-49 (The Flying Wing).  Muroc AFB was renamed Edwards Air Force Base in his honor in 1950.  The 4th Shuttle was named after William J. Fox, another USAF General that has a small airport named after him in Lancaster, CA.  A few days after the drawing was out of my hands, news came that my friend Robert McCall had passing away.  This terrible news hit me hard!!!  If this name is unfamiliar to you, Bob is the space artist from Arizona who is best known for his works on 2001 a Space Odyssey and his massive murals at the Smithsonian depicting NASA and the quest for space.  I made a quick call to Doug and he let me replace the Fox shuttle with the McCall shuttle in Bob’s Honor.  On an interesting note, except for Siouxsie all of the above men listed knew each other.  Bob’s passing was a sad time, but it was so nice to be able to honor him in such a memorable way. So with that all said, Thanks go to Doug and a few of my heroes that got to be a part of the drawing.  Enjoy, and more from the world of Trek to come.

the e exterior

sketch of the E bay

view of the E bay from the ILM miniature

the USS Midway, CV 41

the first sketch

the reformatted sketch

the full placement rendering

in the works

more penciling

the background painting and I found that cigarette smoke makes for a great galaxy detail

the bay minus the graphics and shuttles

even more pencilings

and the final piece

little details 1

little details 2

little details 3

little details 4

Siouxsie from the early 90’s

Siouxsie from today

Capt. Glen W. Edwards

Edwards Yb-49

Chuck Yeager and the X-1

Yeager in the cockpit of the NF-104

Robert McCall

McCalls art from 2001



Hi all, while I ‘m working on the Enterprise E Shuttle Bay post, here is a teaser for an upcoming pinup update….. This is Kendell and she is striking quite an elegant pose here in the cockpit doorway of a C-130 Hercules.  Kendell and I did this shoot about two months ago and we’re getting ready to shoot her take on the Star Trek red dress series any day now.  She is fairly new to modeling, and with that said, she has a firm grasp on becoming legendary.  Enjoy and more to come….


Kendell 2




Hi friends, The world is spinning in crazy directions and this weekend it almost fell off it’s axis, HAAA!   At home, my daughters had their last high school rodeo and are getting ready to go to college.  It was a very happy and sad day all at the same time, and the girls left the district 9 team with Olivia going to the state finals in three events and Alicia getting some very high titles on her new horse that all of you here on the blog helped her to get.  The girls will be going to Wyoming to go school, and the college has a rodeo team that they are so excited to be a part of.  I am working again and am so glad to be on “OZ” and then the new “Star Trek” in June.  My wife Tara’s 2011 year of teaching is almost over and her long awaited summer vacation is almost here. Fun times ahead, and we look forward to our last summer of all the girls being home before they move off to adulthood.

In the world, big news on Obama’s birth certificate coming out which has raised some eyebrows about it’s authenticity, included is a link that adobe illustrators will find interesting.  It appears that the certificate downloaded off the US government website in Illustrator reveals it is in multiple layers and it comes off as being highly doctored. Very bizarre the scandal and controversy around this topic, and it really makes you wonder if any government party is trustworthy.  Osama Bin Ladin is finally taken down and the world celebrates the end of a dark chapter in American history.  And finally Superman denounces his US citizenship.

I saw this and said HE WHAT?!!!!!  There are many theories behind this one and probably many are the reason.  For one, all the comic companies have joined on with a major studio.  DC and Warner Bros are a team, and Marvel and Disney are together.  Since these big mergers have taken place, a shift in the comics’ directions has been evident and both revolve around politics and money… The studios are very, VERY democratic from a political stand point, and you can see this in a variety of ways.  Captain America see’s the Tea Party movement and it’s people as the bad guys, Spiderman was for Barak Obama in the elections, and now Superman can no longer be an American hero, he has to be a global hero.  All of these interesting points are based on a left sided point of view and another major point is the cash flow… Superman’s wallet is fairly empty when your talking international revenue so from a marketing POV,  if he is a world wide hero, the dollars will flow better… Lots to ponder with all of these headlines.

From my point of view, I think it’s a better choice to leave the politics out which only causes a big divide culturally and makes the characters sellable to a one sided market.  Instead go back to the fantasy and high adventure that their creators had intended for them.  Usually when personal politics get involved with something I love, I quickly loose all interest.  Current events have always been a way to reflect the times in Television shows and films, but done in a broad overview is far more interesting than a  political point of view being shoved down your throat.  And so ends my heavy post for the day.  Looking forward to all the feedback on this stuff!!!  OK have a good Tuesday everyone and for tomorrow’s post, Then Enterprise E shuttle bay.  Stay tuned.

May 2011