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Old November 12 2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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My Starship Development:

Well I've been messing around with a few ideas of a Starship over the last couple of weeks, starting with this:



But felt that starting right off in Illustrator threw off my organic feel of how the ship will be designed..... so I went back a step and started to actually draw out each part by hand first, then work on each part in Illustrator, then when each part is completed in Illustrator as far as it can go (top/side/front/back profiles) I'll bring it into Maya to make it a bit more realisitic.

So far today with my restarting of things, I have come up with the following:



^ Mind you not all that accurate, but helps get the overall feel in place. I imagine this will change several times before there's a finished 3D product.

More to come.

Added:

I also have no name in place yet, let alone any paticular era, although with the new warp style, chances are if it remains to the current style, it'll fit into the Enterprise C/D era.
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Old November 12 2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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Update: (Vector Art / Trace)



As you can see, I squared it up a bit.
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Old November 12 2009, 11:54 PM   #3
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Re: My Starship Development:

So it's along the same line as a Nebula Class? The nacelles have a very post-TNG feel, while the overall ship looks pre-TNG.

What era are you shooting for here? I like the overall design, I think those nacelles are just throwing me off.
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Old November 13 2009, 12:44 AM   #4
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Re: My Starship Development:

Nice work. Wish I could freedraw. The top image in this one looks like a starfleet issue lightsabre. Love it.

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Old November 13 2009, 01:48 PM   #5
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Re: My Starship Development:

Thanks, I've been drawing to one degree or another since the age of 4..... although it's been a little rusty since the paticular graphic design I do now a days takes up most of my time and afterwards, I'm all creative'd out.

The Era..... well I don't know yet. Not too sure until about 3/4 of the way through. I may adjust colors and layout halfway through because I thought of something else I'd like that I feel is better then the last.

Eventually if I'm lucky, it'll look pretty damn sweet in the end if I do say so myself (so long as I can finish it)

I do have other samples of things I have done, and with any luck, it'll look better then my Miata I did a few years back:



The Starships I did in the past were done for animations, which I have yet to put online anywhere cuz they're a little big..... and crappy cuz they were some of my first models in 3D Studio Max, which I found more limiting then Maya when it came to freedom of design.
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Old November 13 2009, 08:05 PM   #6
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Ok Change up on the Saucer section:



I'll be adding windows and all that stuff once I figure out exactly how big I plan this to be.

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Old November 13 2009, 08:07 PM   #7
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Nice work. Wish I could freedraw. The top image in this one looks like a starfleet issue lightsabre. Love it.
Actually that's what my supervisor first thought it was.... I guess it's a good thing I squared it up a bit.
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Old November 13 2009, 08:27 PM   #8
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Nice work. Wish I could freedraw. The top image in this one looks like a starfleet issue lightsabre. Love it.
Actually that's what my supervisor first thought it was.... I guess it's a good thing I squared it up a bit.
No worries. The association comes more from seeing it out of context. Attached to a ship it would look fine.

conversely, I have seen some lightsabres that would make for nice warp nacelles.
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Old November 13 2009, 08:53 PM   #9
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No worries. The association comes more from seeing it out of context. Attached to a ship it would look fine.

conversely, I have seen some lightsabres that would make for nice warp nacelles.
Yeah it's odd how those things can look like all sorts of things.

Here's another update of where everything is being placed so far. As of now I'm starting to like what I see, personally speaking of course. (The side profile is going to be tweaked a bit more to match the top profile's style, as I like the boxy look a bit more then the Enterprise D style.



As you can see I have swayed off the path of a Nebula style starship.
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Old November 15 2009, 10:45 PM   #10
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As you can see I have swayed off the path of a Nebula style starship.
Not bad....didn't early sketches of Voyager have a triangular main section as opposed to the huge spoon that it ended up as?
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Old November 16 2009, 02:12 PM   #11
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Not bad....didn't early sketches of Voyager have a triangular main section as opposed to the huge spoon that it ended up as?
Not too sure, but in my ST:TNG technical manual, near the back they had 4 or so concept ideas of what the next Enterprise or Star Trek Starship was going to look like..... didn't look anything like what they ended up with in DS9 and Voyager.
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Old November 16 2009, 03:05 PM   #12
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very nice, i'm liking the evolution!
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Old November 18 2009, 02:22 AM   #13
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I've made some nice looking ones. But now, I have to ask, what's the easier way to make ones that aren't a perfect circle.
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Old November 24 2009, 03:11 PM   #14
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I've made some nice looking ones. But now, I have to ask, what's the easier way to make ones that aren't a perfect circle.
All I've been doing for the most part right now is freestyling the design.... the best way is to create a circle in the rough layout of what you're looking for, then delete half of it and focus on getting one side the way you like.... once you have a nice look that you're pleased with, mirror it over and see what you get. To say the least for mine, it didn't look anything what I was expecting when I mirrored it.... in fact it looked better.

Speaking of which, it's been a while since I updated this, so here you go:



You may notice there's a shuttle bay in the top rear saucer and another (Main Shuttle Bay) in the front back and below the dual torpedo bays. I've sorta twisted this starship into an offensive battle cruiser with besides it's additional firepower that I'll be adding, it's main feature will be the ability to launch a large fleet of battle shuttles which will be something else I work on after I get this beast down. I'm going for an old fashion style of vessel like an aircraft carrier, but faster and better gunned. Sorta a cross now between a Galaxy Starship and Intrepid.
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Old November 24 2009, 04:04 PM   #15
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ooo! that front view of your primary hull has a very aggressive feel to it, me likes!
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