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28
Oct
09

vulcan

It’s hot and covered with big statues!!!! HAAA! pretty tough place to live when your trying not to be emotional!!vulcan

 

  Ed. note:  Screen Caps courtesy of  Jörg, of course!   These are from Eps #79, “Home”, as John’s artwork states.

Vulcan surface, Home (1)

Vulcan surface, Home (2)

08
Oct
09

vulcan architecture

Well, had a bit of a lapse in getting to my next post, but here it is.  Next to all the fun spacecraft we got to design on Enterprise, we also got to come up with some very fun alien, and in this case Vulcan, architecture.  Episode #83 (the Forge) called for a Vulcan High Command building and the United Earth Embassy, both to be located in the same city.

The main idea for what a Vulcan skyline was going to look like came from inspiration drawn from two favorite movies, Conan and Brazil.  I had just watched both films and thought that Vulcan skyscrapers could be based on heavy Swords standing on end.  I loved the ornate blades that Ron Cobb had drawn for Conan and really liked the idea of mixing his sword concepts with cathedral style long windows, domes, and passenger train cars connecting the blades.  Watching Brazil, there is a sequence of folks riding in these little box type trolly cars through the city, and those images stuck as an interesting building idea.  After all was drawn and approved, Eden did their magic and really came up with some awesome VFX shots.

For the Earth Embassy, it really had to stand out so it went into a bright white surface color with a lot of cool architectural lighting to punch it out from the sea of red and purple that made up the Vulcan palette.  Hard faceted  and angular lines would also make for a good contrast against the very curvy organic lines all around the Embassy.  This was a very fun episode to work on and sorry, but there were no new ships in this one to show, HAAA!

earth embassy

earth embassy

vulcan high command

vulcan high command

02
Oct
09

Where’s Waldo!!! [UPDATED]

Here is a VFX rendering from Enterprise episode #56 “Enemy Advances” (later renamed “Rajiin”) in which the crew shuttles down to a town and trading port constructed from sea barges.  This one was loads of fun to draw, and once Deanne makes it clickable (ed. it’s ready!), you’ll find space craft and airplanes from a variety of my fav movies and shows parked all around the platforms.  Lots of fun to try to find all the stuff hidden away with your kids.  Keep an eye out for the Red Baron’s tri-plane, The C-82 Packet from Flight of the Phoenix, an Eagle from Space 1999, a War of the Worlds war machine, The X-15 and many more to make you sick and dizzy trying to locate them all!!  Enjoy and happy weekend…back Monday with more fun stuff!

the barge spaceport

the barge city spaceport

rajiin_seaport

Final version on the screen

01
Oct
09

the rest from Dawn #39

Here were the alternate concepts for the Alien ship and also a little craft that was built and used time and time again throughout the later Trek series and had to be revamped for Dawn.  Here it is with some side mounted guns and some new engines and then in it’s crashed position for the set up on stage 9.  I really liked both of the alternate concepts and would have been happy with any of these getting the producer’s seal of approval!  My yearning to work on Star Wars shows without hesitation in version B, and I didn’t hold back on throwing in a lot of Joe Johnston-esque lines and elements!!

concept b

concept b

concept c

concept c

the many times a-revamp set piece,,, the Dawn 39 version

the many times a-revamp set piece...the Dawn 39 version

01
Oct
09

the battleship from Dawn #39

Here was a very fun alien ship that was drawn for the “Enterprise” episode called Dawn #39.  Enterprise was great at creating new Alien races…almost weekly, and that made for a great time in the Art Department, coming up with new ships.  This was the second ship from the Enterprise series that was loosely based on a camping shovel.  What was fun about this one was that the nose was horizontally based while the engine mass was vertical; this added a very unique profile when seen in the VFX shots and made it stand out amongst all the ships that had come previously. Orthos for Eden FX were becoming less in demand due to the awesome set of modelers working on the show!!  I really liked only giving a view or two and letting the next guy have a go at designing the next phase of the ship!!!

the approved sketch,,, 1 of three choices

the approved sketch...1 of three choices - concept a (b and c in next post)

rough views

rough views

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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18
Sep
09

starship mish mash from the series, Enterprise!!!

It’s been a while since I have gotten anything Star Trek up, so here is a high res of the Xindi cargo ship that later turns into Degra’s ship.  A low res was posted a while back, and with this one you get a better view of all the little details.  Next are a variety of Xindi probes, and just like grade school, the chosen version would get a star and happy face drawn next to it, HAAAA!  It’s followed by a little ship from episode #37 “Precious Cargo”; I loved when we would get the opportunity to come up with ships out of the ordinary, and this one was a fav to work on!!!  A real frumpy ship with a real gritty slice of external piping and details.  Finally comes the variations of what would be the new Andorian battle ship.  The 4 versions covered a broad gammut of styles, and in the end the upper left idea was chosen and nicknamed the Andorlactica because of it’s Battlestar Galactica (1970’s) front end resemblance!!!  So with that, thanks for the fun week and all the fine comments about all the fun pin up stuff!!!  Have a great Weekend and catch up with things promised to post on Monday!

xindi cargo/Degra's ship

Xindi cargo/Degra's ship

xindi probes from episode #59

Xindi probes from episode #59

the crazy little cargo ship from episode #37

the crazy little cargo ship from episode #37

andoria-prime

andoria-prime

14
Aug
09

Xindi friday!

Well, busy as predicted so here is a quick post featuring a couple of Xindi ships.  The first shot is of the massive Xindi crash site from “Hatchery”, episode #69 from Star Trek Enterprise.  This was used as a CG reference shot for the Eden VFX boys to have fun modeling.  Next are some Xindi Fighter concepts, also from episode #69, and in conclusion, two variations for the insectoid ship that later would be Degra’s Shuttle.  The version with the angry facetted dorsal blade was the first pass and later modified for the final with a bizarre articulated nodule for space flight.  This ship had to also take advantage of use of the PHX nose piece from ST First Contact, and that is where the design basis had to start from.  OK on the run, so enjoy the spectacular Xindi Friday!

 

the big crash, note the little shuttle craft in the forground

the big crash, note the little shuttlepod in the foreground

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