This is one of my favorite Star Trek webseries– the premise is “Ships of the Line Online”, or a comprehensive guide to all of the ships and tech seen both on and off-screen. Captain Foley, Commander Cockings and their guests, who range from NX-01 designer Doug Drexler to Josh Spencer of FASA, discuss the in-universe statistics of each ship (such as maximum warp speed and the location of the bowling alley/saunas) as well as the real-world considerations that went into each design project (Gene Roddenberry signed off on an upside-down Reliant concept drawing that came across his desk, thus altering the course of history). As part of their first anniversary celebration, I was invited to provide some music for a series of “what-if…?” animation shorts to promote the show. Here they are:
Enterprise D and Botany Bay:
Titan and Vor’cha:
Defiant Calls in Reinforcements:
Enterprise A and Excelsior:
We have been working together to produce more shorts, and as they are released, I will link to them here on Last Age.
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Based on a pencil sketch on graph paper, I ran this through a Photoshop Actions template I created (to remove the lines, increase the contrast and create symmetry). I used Procreate to paint the texture on my iPad.
Modeling, material and rendering were done in Blender3D. I plan to use either Illustrator or Autodesk Graphic to clean up the lines, create some greebles and a normal map, and better define the technical aspects of the ship.
I was experimenting in Sverchok (a procedural content generation plugin for Blender3D) to develop a method for creating internal decks for a ship. I was fairly successful, but the process as I’ve worked it out so far is a bit tedious and not 100% satisfactory. I’ll be refining it in the future and perhaps creating some convincing cutaways with what I’ve learned.
Link to Sverchok: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Nodes/Sverchok
This fellow is another addition to my “Creatures” series… Snapped a few pics of some crabs and lobsters for sale at 99 Ranch, whipped up a mesh on the ol’ iPad and the rest is history. Oh, btw, if you’re looking for 360 degree panoramas to use as backgrounds in your visualizations, search Flickr for “equirectangular” for some awesome and very usable results.