Archive for the 'Star Trek (2009)' Category



16
Dec
09

shuttle concepts

Howdy all.  Here is a small collection of “USS IOWA”, later to be named the “USS KELVIN”, high wing shuttle concepts!!  These were a lot of fun, and it was nice to reconfigure the nacelles atop of the shuttles instead of below the main fuselage!!!  For the final film, you get a couple versions of these high engines as well as some traditional looking shuttle arrangements!!  These drawings led to what was chosen as the new shape for the film, and I’ll post the progression here in a day or so.   Enjoy and good luck with all your Christmas shopping.

high wings +4

29
Nov
09

Kobayashi Maru

Hi all, and Happy Sunday!!!  Here is a fun little post for a windy day!!  Well, at least it’s horrible windy at my house, so I am on the computer for a few moments.  For J.J.’s Star trek, the story was going to visit the legendary story of young Kirk cheating the no-win scenario called the Kobayshi Maru.  For this project I was given the book and some drawings of the Kobayashi to use as reference to come up with a new starship based loosely on these drawings.  I came up with two roughs and then my end day came and I was done working on the movie before anything further happened.  Alex Jeager took over from here and best I can tell, he used the version from the book and cinamatized it for the playback sequence!!!  I so wish you could have seen what he did a little better and a for a little bit longer on screen!!  As always, getting to work on classic Trek lore in the  form  of an illustration makes for an awesome assignment, weather or not it gets used.  So with that, here are the pics from the book and the roughs to help determine the ship’s new movie look!

from the paperback novel

more details from an unknown sorce

concept 1

concept 2

the opportunity arose to submit this old beauty for playback so it had yet another chance to be rejected!!! HAAA!

21
Nov
09

OK, Ok!! here is the real size of the Enterprise in comparison with the U.S.

fun from the art department

Man!!!!  Yesterday’s post fired up a lot of heat, so hopefully this in-office joke will cool down all of the fire and make you chuckle a little instead.  The ship was going through a lot of size changes in the middle of production, and at one time it was close to a mile long, so for a quick laugh in the art department, this little drawing was created.

20
Nov
09

the new Enterprise has a scale

I told you all it was big!!!!  But no one would believe me!!!  Well, here is the proof right off of the new DVD and out the KING, Alex Jeager’s, mouth…2379.75.  So all the arguing can now stop, and all you garage kit modelers can get to work!

Blue Ray and my Mac don't get along so here is a pic from the TV screen

19
Nov
09

table tops and flying police, the art of trek

WOW!!  If you picked up the new Star Trek DVD or the art of book, you have really got some amazing and incredible images, concepts & grand imagination laid out in print, The movie versions on DVD and Blue Ray are incredible and are presented  in spectacular clarity with some awesome behind the scenes segments. Amazing that all those years of work can be held in practically the palm of your hand.  I have all ready watched the movie, and the behind the production stuff is incredible and the book is just as impressive!!

Great fun recollecting those early days of applying to work on the show. I had talked to the art directors on the show several times and after about a month of this it looked fairly certain I was going to have to let this one go,,, Then one day months later I got a call from Christine who was one of the art department Assistants and asked if would like to interview with the Production designer Scott Chambliss???  Why of coarse I would, I had to put a quick book of work together for him to see, so I used rejected images from past films and shows, as well as some of the Perpetual spacecraft designs instead of recognizable Star Trek concepts.  I thought if I showed Trek work that was a little off the beaten path, it might help get me a job on a show that openly banned  folks that had worked on the prior films and shows!!!  It worked, and I am very thankful That Scott Chambliss broke the rules and brought me on!!!  One of the first things he asked me was: Will you be influenced by what you’ve done before or can you move on into a new direction???  I could tell it was a big gamble for him to bring me on and he put me on a two week trial basis. fortunately I passed the test and stayed on for about 5 months. It was one awesome adventure, and I got to work with an incredible crew, many of which I had great admiration for.  Scott had me put a lot of those portfolio drawings on the wall as a sort of basis or stepping off point for where we were heading in terms of aesthetics and new architecture. once we started drawing though those images looked more out of place as the new look of the film was developing. When we sent our discs of art over to Titan to be used for the art book, there was little to no explanation except by the headings attached to the drawings so it was quite fun to see the illustrations that least belonged to anything printed in the art of!!!  HAAA! They were more finished pieces and in color while my illustrations for the job was more in lines of concept only and not finished production art.

I was brought on the film several months after the art department had started, and the amount of work already conceived by James Clyne and Ryan Church was staggering!!  For a short while, Nathan Schroeder was on board, and  for a short time you had three of the greatest motion picture artists together on one show!!!  The talent was incredible and everywhere.  Scott had assembled the finest art department I had ever seen…such an awesome privilege to be a part of such a fun ride.

Scott approached things very differently than most of the designers I had worked with before.  Usually when  your boss asks you to design a future tank, he’ll give you old tank references to build from.  When scott asked me to start working on the med-evac shuttles, he gave me pictures of stylized furniture……  One very creative mind, he has, and he spoke his ideas very clearly with the unusual reference material and in the end made for some very unique and right on the mark concepts.

Below is the shuttle sketch based on the table image and the first drawing I did for the show.  Scott would have me working on several projects at the same time, always keeping my busy, and one of the cross over projects was an Iowa police cruiser. Below are the first passes of those flying squad cars, and in time this would turn into the flying motorcycle.

the table top shuttle craft

hover cars

18
Nov
09

Star trek the art of film by mark cotta vaz

Well, I have to say that is one fine book and produced at high warp speed.  This whole project only started about 3 and a half 4 months ago when everyone that had worked on the movie got a call to put all their art work together on a disc and have it ready to pick up the next day!!!  Neville Page was the gathering man of all these discs and probably a lot more…I love to see things come together under impossible odds, and Titan publishing shines at doing what others would be unable to do!!!  Great work displaying all the images in a very nice collage style format which really shows a nice progression, in many cases, from sketch to finished production art.

Mark and Titan really cover a little bit of everything, the concept art, CG work, ILM’s stuff, all the costume and make up work and some nice writing – full of little tidbits of info and a lot of how things came together – make a for one nice art of book.  Mark could easily do a part 2, and 3 with all the art that couldn’t be squeezed into those 160 beautiful pages.  The breakdown pages of the Enterprise, the Nirada, and the Kelvin are some awesome pages, as well as J.J. Abrams’ very nice and humorous forward.  It is a very complimentary book to all those behind the scenes and the art work of Ryan Church and James Clyne, along with Alex Jeager, Paul Ozzimo, Neville Page, and all the rest is breathtaking!!!  Even some of my scribbles made it in which was a thrill to see, HAAAA! 

What a great showcase for some awesome and very stylized art work!!!  Scott Chambliss (The film’s Production Designer) adds a lot of info, insight, and some very kind compliments to his crew throughout, and it was a fun read and makes a great companion along with the DVD release.  OH yes!!  The burning question of what is the Enterprise’s dimensions are are finally revealed in the book so now all the fighting can stop!!!  HAAA!  Thanks to everyone that put this book together so fast, and I so love adding it to my book collection!!  Enjoy

the cover for the art of film

17
Nov
09

star trek the dvd and the art of trek come out tomorrow

WOOOOOOO-WEEEEEEEE can you believe it!!!!  Feels like the movie only just came out in theaters yesterday and now today, November the 17th, both the DVD and the art of book come out simultaneously!!!  MAN_O_MAN how the time flies!!!  I can’t wait to run out and get my copy of both!!!  What an awesome day, I saw some of the pages being put together and holy cow, my work is prehistoric in comparison to what Ryan, James, and Paul put out!!!!  I’m going back to work at A J Bayless  grocery stores in Arizona!!!  HAAAA!  Unbelievable talents these guys are and can’t wait to see all the cool stuff they did.  On the eve of the release, here is a special couple of pin ups to stir the mood and excitement of tomorrows long awaited DVD and art book.  Miss Penny Von Luck did some fabulous Trek shots a few weeks back, and here she is in the rocky mountains of Lake Los Angeles!!!  From Blonde, to brunette, to super hero black your hair color always looks awesome and you’re one of the rare exceptions that can pull it off!!!  Beautiful work, Penny, and thanks for another great day of shooting.

available tomorrow

the bewitching Penny Von Luck

on the hunt

set phasers to stun

the art of film cover

24
Jun
09

The Art of Ryan Church

Many of you know of Ryan Church from his recent work on Star Trek which seems to be the bulk of the interests of the folks that come to the blog here, but Ryan’s work covers a broad range of organic as well as industrial designs. His skills and talents are incredibly displayed in his images created using primarily Painter and Photoshop.

I met Ryan about 10 years ago on an ILM animation project called “XO”. It had a brief but awesome run and some incredible art work was generated in the short time it was up and running. Everyone in the art department were still using pen and ink and other traditional media to render out their ideas and concepts. Ryan had a keen eye for the industrial side of things and was working on some pretty gnarly robot characters in the vane giant mechanical armor wrapped around soldier.  Mr. Church had some pretty awesome pencil skills that reminded me a lot of the tech version of (Crash McCreery) who is the king of graphite in the creature world!!! The show only lasted 9 more days after I got there and most of us went back to LA while Ryan stayed on to work on a possible CG version of Frankenstein. That one didn’t happen, but Star Wars did and somewhere along the way he lost his pencils and picked up a stylus and a new creative force was born. I am a big fan of so many of the illustrators and designers I work with and Ryan is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy the sneak peak of some of his awesome work and be sure to visit his page regularly because there is always something new to see.!!!

Enjoy

http://www.ryanchurch.com/index.htm

War Of the Worlds

War Of the Worlds

Something cool from Star wars!!!

Something cool from Star wars!!!

 

Star wars the factory, WOOO feels pretty hot in there!

Star wars the factory, WOOO feels pretty hot in there!

THESE were the coolest things ever!!!!

THESE were the coolest things ever!!!!

12
May
09

Ryan’s Enterprise goes collectable

 

view 1

view 1

one proud bird

one proud bird

view 2

view 2

here is the set up crew to give her some scale

here is the set up crew to give her some scale

 

 WOW it is a new Star Trek all around, Great to finally have a big beautiful kit/display model come out along with the release of the film,,, For the model collector who likes models of the Enterprise it usually is a long wait to get anything and even then end results are not that great…. the best models always come from the garage kit world and That must be where the boys at Quantum have their roots. Their site listed above really displays some awesome replicas and beautiful collectable pieces. I for one am very glad they got the Star Trek license because they now how to do a model right. I saw this piece on display and took about 80 pictures of it,, It was in a case during the day and the reflections were maddening but with a little photoshop they’ll be able to post. Ok be sure to visit the QMX page and see all the other goods they put out,,, If only I was rich!!!!!!

11
May
09

wow!!! what a weekend

 

the big "E" under construction

the big "E" under construction

Well the weekend was long and just got back on line!!! Thanks Deanne for filling in for me and there are a lot of comments and great reviews here!!! I skimmed them briefly and I was glad to see few negative reviews of the film,,, I was thinking that if there weren’t any than the brainwashing formulas added to the drinking water would have been truly working. Lots to talk about but no time today,,, I’ll try and get to everything as the time will allow!!! Have a great Monday!!!




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