Spaceship Concept Art (The Franklin)
This sci-fi illustration of a spaceship was produced using a render of a 3D model done in Blender. As well as being used as a basis for my illustrations, I have released the model under a creative commons license and it has already been used to my knowledge in a cameo in a Zero Punctuation video.
Talking about the spaceship itself, the FK7 This is a simple shuttle-type spaceship, although at TL 11 it is technologically complex. It is also well appointed and well defended, as it is often employed by the diplomatic arm of the Tarazet Deep Void Navy. It does not have landing gear. Any stays on planet are intended to be short and so the gravitic drive is simply left on. It does have emergency landing struts in case the drive fails or it must be on planet for longer than expected, but these are rudimentary and only good for a solid level surface like a spaceport.
There are two crew, a captain who sits in a high-visibility bubble up front and a co-pilot who's station is accessible from the VIP compartment. Keeping the passengers happy is almost as big a part of their job as their flight duties. The VIP compartment is usually designed as one large comfortable suite, but it can be converted to seating if required.
The spaceship's high-tech features include a cloaking device. With high-value resources (bigwigs) as passengers it is important to be able to run fast and hide well at any sign of danger. There are reasonable sized armaments distributed around the spaceship, but they are only intended to keep an attacker at bay until an escape can be made.
Related Portfolios of My Art
Role-Playing Game Art
Role-playing games set a unique range of artistic challenges. The most important thing about game art is that it should be believably realistic, but at the same time totally fantastic. Depending on the sort of game in question, images including cutaways of spaceships, concept paintings of monsters or digital paintings of characters might all be required. And these elements are often set against the most fantastic of backgrounds – fantasy worlds of volcanoes rising from ice bound seas, sunsets over deserted asteroids, or primordial jungles stuffed with the most dangerous creatures that can be generated with the game mechanics at hand. Worlds of wonder, in other words.
Vector Art Portfolio
I originally started producing vector art as a source of images and logos to decorate my blogs and sites. Vector art has nice sharp lines, looks real neat online and can be scaled up and down without any loss of detail or too much pixelation. These particular images are a mixture of subjects, but tend toward being more light hearted - perhaps even childlike pictures for children's books. A complete children's book created from vector art can't be far away.
Sci-Fi Digital Painting Portfolio
You can find illustrations of all kinds of science fiction subjects here at Starbright. The sort of images used in designing and promoting things like role-playing games, films, animations and movies. This game spaceship concept art is an image created using three open-source digital painting and art applications, Blender, GIMP and MyPaint. The basic 3D model used to create the image was produced in Blender and then more detail was added using MyPaint. The final low-data web image was produced using GIMP.
There are lots of different types even of sci-fi art from golden-age rocket ships and giant monsters to gritty cyberpunk, and I love ‘em all. I enjoy the different challenges of producing images for each type of sci-fi background.
Illustration Friday Art Challenge Images Portfolio
This is a gallery of various different images, and the only thing they have in common are that they were all produced for the Illustration Friday art challenge site. The way the site works is that a different word is posted every Friday, and then artists from all over the world produce images inspired by that word and link to them on the site. It's a lot of fun and I have produced a great many illustrations in response to these art challenges over the years. You can see some of the best of them in this gallery.
I hope you enjoy journeying through these worlds of the imagination as much as I have enjoyed making them. You can read the stuff I've written about my images, just look at the pictures or even download a 3D blend file to play around with or use these ideas in your own fantasy role-playing games.
And you can also email me to get my artistic talents on your project, or read my blog where I talk about the exciting challenges of producing these images.