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  1. Michael

    Michael Fankunstforumsmoderator Moderator

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    Table of Contents
    1. A Brief History of this Forum
    2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    3. Board Rules
    4. Monthly Art Challenge Guidelines
    4.1 Contest Rules and Requirements
    4.2 List of Past Contests​
    5. Information, Inspiration, Resources and References


    1. A Brief History of this Forum

    Only a year after the Trek BBS community was founded in early 1999, a sub-forum dedicated solely to Star Trek fan art was added in May 2000. Originally called “Trek Art”, the forum was retitled “Fan Art” ten years later in January of 2010, when the forum was grouped together with “Fan Fiction” and “Fan Productions”.

    The position of forum moderator has been filled by five people in the past: Necromancer (who was its first moderator), drbob, Santana, @Vektor and @Ptrope. Serving for the longest periods of time have been @Vektor (2002 – 2005) and @Ptrope (2005 – 2017).

    One of the oldest traditions of the forum is the monthly art challenge, first introduced in 2003, when @Vektor moderated the forum. As of this writing there have been more than 150 editions of the contest.


    2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


    Q: Am I allowed to post non-Trek artwork here?
    A:
    Well, this is the Fan Art forum on a bulletin board dedicated to Star Trek, but it’s not prohibited to post artwork unrelated to Trek. As a rule of thumb, new posters should probably start with something pertaining to Trek and keep the non-Trek stuff under half of what they post from then on.

    Q: Is it okay to ask people to make stuff for me, even if it’s for free?
    A:
    Depends on what you're asking for. A lot of people in here will gladly do up a Website banner, a blu-ray cover, put your head on a Starfleet uniform, etc. while asking nothing in return except proper credit. On the other hand, you should probably think twice about asking people to do something they would normally earn hundreds or thousands (or tens of thousands!) of dollars for doing professionally. You should have no expectation of people doing that kind of work purely out of the goodness of their hearts, and don't be surprised if some of them take offense at even being asked to do so. They don't like the implication that their talents and efforts are essentially valueless. In short, you can ask, but at least try to understand what you're asking for.

    Q: Why are so few people responding to my posts? I've got dozens of views but almost no responses.
    A:
    Before you assume people are sending you a message with their lack of response, stop and consider what you've given them to respond to. A lot of people will respond just to say they like what you're doing and want to see more, but many more people will respond if they feel they can be part of the process. That’s why threads involving works in progress (WIPs) tend to be so popular. You will also usually get direct responses to direct questions. And don't underestimate the significance of how many views you're getting, regardless of the number of responses. If people didn't like what they were seeing then they wouldn't keep coming back for more. On the other hand, if your work really isn't that good or just fails to strike a chord for whatever reason then you may not be getting many views or responses, in which case you may just have to live with it. Not everyone is a Picasso or Leonardo Da Vinci. Just understand that people aren't deliberately trying to be rude by not responding.

    Q: I want to build 3D starships, too! How do I get started?
    A:
    First, understand that 3D modeling and animation is not something you just decide to dive into one day on a lark. The learning curve to be able to produce anything more than boxes and spheres is quite steep and typically takes years to master. Second, most of the software for creating this stuff is spendy, upwards of two or three thousand dollars. There are, however, some very inexpensive or even free packages like Blender and Rhino that are very good, especially for someone who is just starting out, and can be downloaded right off the Internet. Third, there is a certain amount of talent and natural ability involved in creating computer-generated imagery (commonly called CGI or just CG); contrary to popular belief, the computer does very little of the actual creative work for you. If you're a good artist in more traditional mediums and have a pretty good sense of spatial perception then you probably have a shot at being a good CG artist. Then again, there are some awesome CG artists out there who can't draw a decent looking stick man so it really depends on the individual. If none of those issues present a problem for you then the best place to start is with one of the free or inexpensive packages, test the waters to see how you like it and how good you are at it, post some stuff here in Fan Art and let the feedback guide you from there.

    Q: Where can I get a copy of [insert name of costly software here]?
    A:
    Short answer: Not here. If you're looking for a bootleg copy then nobody here can help you. The Trek BBS is not to be used in any manner, shape or form for the distribution or procurement of illegal software. If you already have an illegal copy and you're using it to post your artwork, we don't want to know about it. Or more accurately, you don't want us or anyone else to know about it. The people here don't condone it and they will not look kindly upon it. You've been warned.

    Q: How do I keep people from stealing my work or using it without proper credit?
    A:
    The only foolproof way is not to post it at all, but there are less exclusive methods to help protect your intellectual property rights. The most common is to simply put your name, logo or some other identifying mark on everything you post. Such markings can be removed, but those who are inclined to steal your work in the first place are usually too lazy to bother. Some markings are harder to remove than others, full-frame watermarks, for example, that cover the actual image without obscuring it.

    Q: I want to use part of someone else’s work in some of my own. How do I give them proper credit?
    A:
    This is a case where cluttering up the image is not a matter of choice. Proper credit should appear on the image for elements that you yourself did not create. If you like to render 3D fleet battles containing dozens of starship meshes by other authors then every single one of them must be credited. If you don't know who created the element you want to use then at least acknowledge that its creator is unknown so there’s no confusion that you might be claiming it as your own. The format is fairly typical: “Enterprise mesh by Dennis Bailey” or “Photomanipulation by Captain Robert April.” This also applies to image elements from sources outside of the Trek BBS, such as the NASA website or sites with astronomical images.

    One exception to on-image credit would be stock images, objects and characters purchased for use in images and art, such as 3D content to be used in programs like 3DS, Maya, Vue, Poser, etc. — most of these contain licenses that allow their uncredited use in other works, but one should read the EULAs carefully and abide by them; if the EULA requires credit to be given, or does not allow public use at all, that is the guideline to follow.

    Q: Is there a limit to how large posted images can be?
    A:
    Not necessarily. Especially in the Fan Art forum picture-heavy threads and large images come with the territory. No matter how big the image is, the board software will automatically scale the image down to fit the width of the page. Clicking on the image will enlarge it to its original size. However, please don't forget that large images mean longer loading times for visitors of your thread. So it's wise to keep the number of super-sized images on one page down to a reasonable amount wherever possible.

    Q: Where can I host images online so I can post them in my threads?
    A:
    The most reliable place is in your own bought-and-paid-for webspace. You can either buy some or use one of the numerous free hosting services, such as imgur.com, tinypic.com, flickr.com or postimage.org.

    Q: The image I wanted to post actually belongs to someone else so I just linked right to their Webspace. Is that okay?
    A:
    No, it's not. That practice is called “leeching” or “hotlinking” and is frowned upon on the internet. Hotlinked images will be removed by the moderator.

    Q: How far can I go with screen caps, video and audio clips of Trek episodes and other copyrighted material?
    A:
    This is a very good question with a very complicated answer. In general, the limit has always been that you can't post anything that is likely to infringe on any copyright holder’s profit potential. For example, you can probably get away with adding a few seconds of captured video from the TOS episode “Balance of Terror” to your CG recreation of the F/X shots, but you would be in big trouble if you tried to post a copy of the entire episode. The former is not going to remove the necessity of anyone going out and buying the series if they want to see it, whereas the latter very well might.

    Another example might be screen captures; there are very few scenarios in which posting a screen cap is going to deprive Paramount or anyone else of due compensation. One more example worth noting would be printed materials from books or magazines: If you scan something like that and post it at an equal or even comparable quality and resolution to the original then you're infringing on the profitability of that publication and Trek BBS cannot be a party to it.

    Q: What are the limits on nudity and other adult themes in posted materials?
    A:
    Explicit sexuality has never been a really big issue here in Fan Art. Every once in a while someone will post a fairly suggestive character sketch, but "adult themes" just don't tend to play much of a part in Trek related artwork. As stated in the Trek BBS board rules, adult content like nudity, near nudity or anything like that is not allowed. The boards sponsors comes down hard on that.

    Q: How do I update my works in progress without it being considered spamming?
    A:
    Most of the definitions of “spamming” from the Trek BBS rules apply equally here as with anywhere else on the board (i.e. don't post the same thing multiple times, don't make posts with no real content or relevance, don't post more than two or three threads in a forum within a reasonable length of time). However, there is one variation which may, at times, be unavoidable: It is possible you may need to post more than twice in a row in your own thread because a.) you have created new images, b.) the time to allow editing of your posts has elapsed, and c.) no one else has posted anything in your thread since your own previous post(s). If this is the case, don't feel that you can't post because you will risk a warning. However, bumping a thread with irrelevant posts, posting multiple times within the feasible editing window instead of editing the existing post, and other such avoidable behavior will still be assessed according to the existing board rules.

    Q: I want to change the title of my thread or correct a mistake in my poll; can I contact the moderator?
    A:
    Yes, no problem. Just ask in the thread or feel free to send the moderator a private message if you need help editing your thread.
     
  2. Michael

    Michael Fankunstforumsmoderator Moderator

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    3. Board Rules
    The current version of the board rules is located here. For your convenience they are reproduced below:

    No Spamming

    You can't post the same thing multiple times on the board, or post the same thing over and over in a certain thread or forum, or continuously make posts that have no real content or relevance to what is being discussed. Spamming can even just be posting too much – as a general rule, don't post more than two or three threads in a forum within a reasonable length of time. Just posting stuff like "Okay, " or "I agree!" could be spamming. Contribute to a discussion; don't just build post count.

    No flaming
    You can't call someone an ass or even use a tame term. If it's getting personal, step away from the computer.

    No trolling
    This means don't post stuff that you know will enrage someone in hopes of getting them to flame you back. This does NOT mean a contrary opinion.

    No slurs
    The N----- word, the F-- word, etc. (Slurs, not profanity) If it's borderline, just don't do it. This covers race, sexuality, ethnicity and religion or lack of religion. Just don't insult others.

    No sales
    While I'll wink at something in your signature line, we frown on posting strictly to sell your stuff. Sorry, but we don't want to take responsibility if the transaction goes south. This includes fundraising efforts unless it's something I approved personally for you, ebay, and the like.

    Post no more than twice in a row
    This is so you don't dominate a discussion/thread. Use the quote function if you need to answer multiple posts aimed at you.

    Don't hotlink
    If you're posting a picture, host it on your own site/Photobucket, whatever. DON'T just link to another site. They hate that.

    Picture size
    I'll add more on this shortly. Short guide: The smaller, the better. If it stretches the page, you've messed up. Also - if you're quoting someone who used pictures in their post, no need to repeat that picture in your thread.

    Personal Stuff
    No posting personal stuff of other people taken from other sites, including FB, Twitter, LJ pages or whatever, UNLESS they have given you permission. I don't care if it's publicly listed elsewhere. No doxxing.

    Piracy, Adblockers
    No promoting piracy, or promoting adblockers. The last one especially will get you tossed from the board.

    No duals
    If I catch you with a dual, I will shut the dual, and either warn you or toss you off of the board, depending upon the circumstances. A dual means having more than one account.

    Resurrecting dead threads
    If you find a thread that has not had a post in it in over a year, don't post in it. Start a new thread instead. You can, if necessary, link back to the old thread if something crucial is in the thread.

    Adult content
    No nudity, near nudity or anything like that. Our sponsor comes down hard on that. If we ask you to remove something, that's why.

    Avatars
    No cussing, provocative photos or trolling via the avatar.

    Signature line
    No graphics whatsoever (use the avatar for that). Text only. Keep it short. If not, I will contact you. Four lines max is all that is allowed INCLUDING spacer lines.

    Penalities
    At the discretion of the moderator, you may be warned for breaking the rules. A certain amount of warnings trips a day, week or month ban. If I feel that you are here only to cause trouble, or if I feel you don't care about the warnings and will keep making trouble, I can and I will eject you from the board. You don't know what that number of warnings may be, so don't try it.

    Appeals
    If you feel your warning is in error, contact the mod privately. Give him/her time to respond (like a day or so at the least). Only if you still feel that you don't have resolution, post in Moderator Actions. I will then review the action. My decision is final.
     
  3. Michael

    Michael Fankunstforumsmoderator Moderator

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    4. Monthly Art Challenge Guidelines

    4.1 Contest Rules and Requirements

    The monthly Fan Art challenge is not an ‘official’ function of the forum, but is informally agreed upon and continued by the members for over a decade now. It is held in the spirit of fun and should not be taken too seriously. Everyone is welcome to enter the contest.

    In general, the requirements of the monthly challenge are determined by the winner of the previous month's challenge, but the common expectations are that a) the artwork you submit is created during the month of the challenge, rather than using artwork or compositions that already exist and happen to fit the theme and rules of the challenge, and b) you are allowed only one final image to submit, although it may contain multiple views. The contest's theme should be chosen in a way that involves the majority of posters, no matter their artistic orientation. Here are some suggestions for new contest themes.

    To cut down on confusion and logistical problems, the entrants need to post their final entries in the new contest thread started by last month's winner, usually until the last day of the month. Last month's winner will then post the poll in a timely fashion, usually on the first day of the month with a voting period of about three days.


    4.2 List of Past Contests

    2003
    Aug 2003 | Classic Car Spaceship | Enter

    2004
    001 | 01 | Jan 2004 | Alien Worlds | Winner: Ptrope
    002 | 02 | Feb2004 | Enterprise Movie Poster | Winner: dukesman | Ptrope.com
    003 | 03 | Mar 2004 | Trek episode book covers | Winner: porthos4captain | Ptrope.com
    004 | 04 | Apr 2004 | Insignia | Winner: The Axeman | Ptrope.com
    005 | 05 | May 2004 | Redesign a Trek Prop | Winner: vulan2k3
    006 | 06 | Jun 2004 | Personal Shuttle | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com
    007 | 07 | Jul 2004 | Starship Nose Art | Winner: Kirkunit | Ptrope.com
    008 | 08 | Aug 2004 | Starship Enterprise by Other Designers | Winner: The Axeman
    009 | 09 | Sept 2004 | Trek Wheeled Vehicles | Winner: The Axeman
    010 | 10 | Oct 2004 | Matte Painting | Winner: Vektor
    011 | 11 | Nov 2004 | A Startling Discovery | Winner: Ivymae
    012 | 12 | Dec 2004 | Trek Crossover With Another Series | Winner: Kail

    2005

    013 | 01 | Jan 2005 | New Trek Animated Series | Winner: Focus Abbey
    014 | 02 | Feb 2005 | New Trek Series | Winner: Adam Ihle
    015 | 03 | Mar 2005 | Trek Aliens | Winner: HortaVorta
    016 | 04 | Apr 2005 | Trek Advertisements | Winner: LonegunGirl | Ptrope.com
    017 | 05 | May 2005 | Trek Valentine | Winner: Ptrope
    018 | 06 | Jun 2005 | Steam Trek | Winner: Ushaan | Ptrope.com
    019 | 07 | Jul 2005 | Computer Interface
    020 | 08 | Aug 2005 | Propulsion | Winner: vulcan2k3 | Ptrope.com
    021 | 09 | Sept 2005 | Moonbases | Winner: Ushaan | Ptrope.com
    022 | 10 | Oct 2005 | Cops & Robbers! | Winner: biotech
    023 | 11 | Nov 2005 | Down & Dirty! | Winner: ThomasModels | Ptrope.com
    024 | 12 | Dec 2005 | Trek Christmas Ornament | Winner: Connon

    2006

    025 | 01 | Jan 2006 | Fast Food in Trek | Winner: Masao | Ptrope.com
    026 | 02 | Feb 2006 | The Sporting Life! | Winner: Temis the Vorta
    027 | 03 | Mar 2006 | Other Sci-Fi in a Trek Context | Winner: Adam Ihle
    028 | 04 | Apr 2006 | Happy Anniversary, Trek | Winner: B.J.
    029 | 05 | May 2006 | Speed! | Winner: Flux Capacitor
    030 | 06 | Jun 2006 | So We Meet Again! | Winner: Starscape
    031 | 07 | Jul 2006 | Trek in Other Artists' Styles | Winner: Masao | Ptrope.com
    032 | 08 | Aug 2006 | Failed Trek Revivals, Spin-offs and Merchandise | Winner: Adam Ihle | Ptrope.com
    033 | 09 | Sept 2006 | Mixed Media Trek | Winner: Kail | Ptrope.com
    034 | 10 | Oct 2006 | The Animated Series! | Winner: Redfern | Ptrope.com
    035 | 11 | Nov 2006 | Home for the Holidays | Winner: johnhazard | Ptrope.com
    036 | 12 | Dec 2006 | Assignment: Earth! | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com

    2007
    037 | 01 | Jan 2007 | Mirror, Mirror | Winner: smalltalk66 | Ptrope.com
    038 | 02 | Feb 2007 | Express Yo'self | Winner: Admiral2 | Ptrope.com
    039 | 03 | Mar 2007 | The Pike Chronicles | Winner: Focus Abbey | Ptrope.com
    040 | 04 | Apr 2007 | Reimagining TOS | Winner: Kail | Ptrope.com
    041 | 05 | May 2007 | Trek Character Endorsements / Promote This, Sir! | Winner: Flux Capacitor | Ptrope.com
    042 | 06 | Jun 2007 | Sport Trek! | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com
    043 | 07 | Jul 2007 | Personal Trek Tech! | Winner: Adam Ihle | Ptrope.com
    044 | 08 | Aug 2007 | Domo Arigato, Star Trek Roboto | Winner: aridas sofia | Ptrope.com
    045 | 09 | Sept 2007 | von Braun's Ultimate Space Program | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    046 | 10 | Oct 2007 | Great Moments in Trek History | Winner: Starscape | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    047 | 11 | Nov 2007 | The Beauty of Trek | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    048 | 12 | Dec 2007 | The Perfect Gift | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote

    2008
    049 | 01 | Jan 2008 | Assimilate This! / We Are the Borg! | Winner: Admiral2 | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    050 | 02 | Feb 2008 | Tomorrow is Yesterday | Winner: biotech | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    051 | 03 | Mar 2008 | It's a Small Trek After All | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    052 | 04 | Apr 2008 | A Trek Odyssey | Winner: Flux Capacitor | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    053 | 05 | May 2008 | Speed Trek! | Winner: Starscape | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    054 | 06 | Jun 2008 | It's All About Time! | Winner: Ihlecreations | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    055 | 07 | Jul 2008 | Amalgamated! | Winner: Flux Capacitor | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    056 | 08 | Aug 2008 | Back to School | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    057 | 09 | Sept 2008 | Take Me to Your Leader! | Winner: Starscape | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    058 | 10 | Oct 2008 | To Quote, Perchance to Trek | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    059 | 11 | Nov 2008 | Dirty Jobs | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    060 | 12 | Dec 2008 | Holidays Across the Galaxy | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote

    2009
    061 | 01 | Jan 2009 | Upgrades | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    062 | 02 | Feb 2009 | Look! Up in the Sky! | Winner: Albertese | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote | Runoff
    063 | 03 | Mar 2009 | Pre-Production | Winner: Admiral2 | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    064 | 04 | Apr 2009 | Hydrospace | Winner: Vektor | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    065 | 05 | May 2009 | Inspiration | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote | Runoff
    066 | 06 | Jun 2009 | Good and Evil | Winner: Flux Capacitor | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    067 | 07 | Jul 2009 | Trek on the Track! | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    068 | 08 | Aug 2009 | Lock & Load! | Winner: B.J. | | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    069 | 09 | Sept 2009 | The Challenge Coin | Winner: Shaw | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    070 | 10 | Oct 2009 | Myths and Legends | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    071 | 11 | Nov 2009 | The Thin Red Line | Winner: The Lensman | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    072 | 12 | Dec 2009 | 2nd Chance for 1-Shot Wonders | Winner: Mr. Cellophane | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote

    2010
    073 | 01 | Jan 2010 | Metamorphosis | Winner: BK613 | Enter | Vote
    074 | 02 | Feb 2010 | Trek in Winter | Winner: Flux Capacitor | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    075 | 03 | Mar 2010 | The Future of Refreshment | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    076 | 04 | Apr 2010 | B-Movie Poster | Winner: ITL | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    077 | 05 | May 2010 | Cheese Factor Eleven! | Winner: Tosk | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    078 | 06 | Jun 2010 | Animal Kingdom | Winner: Starscape | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    079 | 07 | Jul 2010 | Health & Safety | Winner: BK613 | Enter | Vote
    080 | 08 | Aug 2010 | Star Trek Rocks | Winner: Ihlecreations | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    081 | 09 | Sept 2010 | Where No "Mad Men" Have Gone Before | Winner: Starscape | Enter | Vote
    082 | 10 | Oct 2010 | Another Time or Place | Winner: neoworx | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    083 | 11 | Nov 2010 | The Captain's New Duds | Winner: KNH | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote | Runoff
    084 | 12 | Dec 2010 | Locutus's Legacy | Winner: Dac | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote | Runoff
     
  4. Michael

    Michael Fankunstforumsmoderator Moderator

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    2011
    085 | 01 | Jan 2011 | Multiverse Madness | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    086 | 02 | Feb 2011 | Gerry Anderson's Star Trek | Winner: Ptrope | Enter | Vote
    087 | 03 | Mar 2011 | Kirk, James Kirk / Spy Trek! | Winner: Ensign Ro- | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    088 | 04 | Apr 2011 | Bridging Your Home | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote | Runoff
    089 | 05 | May 2011 | Freedom | Winner: Vektor | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    090 | 06 | Jun 2011 | Shore Leave | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    091 | 07 | Jul 2011 | Enterprise Support Craft | Winner: Winston Smith | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    092 | 08 | Aug 2011 | Known Unknowns | Winner: Morpheus 02 | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    093 | 09 | Sept 2011 | There's An App For That! | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    094 | 10 | Oct 2011 | Scare Trek | Winner: Solarbaby | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    095 | 11 | Nov 2011 | Is That One of Our Ships? | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    096 | 12 | Dec 2011 | Sweet Zombie Jesus! It's HUGE! | Winner: BK613 | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote

    2012
    097 | 01 | Jan 2012 | Channeling Dr. Cooper | Winner: Albertese | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    098 | 02 | Feb 2012 | The Good Ol' 21st Century | Winner: BK613 & Shawnster | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    099 | 03 | Mar 2012 | That's Not Her Style | Winner: Klaus | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    100 | 04 | Apr 2012 | A New Beginning | Winner: 137th Gebirg | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    101 | 05 | May 2012 | Arms & Sigils | Winner: Winston Smith | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    102 | 06 | Jun 2012 | Costume and Uniform | Winner: Venardhi | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    103 | 07 | Jul 2012 | Civilian Life | Winner: Albertese | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    104 | 08 | Aug 2012 | Mars! | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    105 | 09 | Sept 2012 | A Great Fall! | Winner: The Lensman | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    106 | 10 | Oct 2012 | The Horror of It | Winner: The Lensman | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    107 | 11 | Nov 2012 | Just Suppose … Juxtapose | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    108 | 12 | Dec 2012 | Conference Room Inspiration | Winner: Ensign Ro- | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote

    2013
    109 | 01 | Jan 2013 | Brewgineering! | Winner: Winston Smith | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    110 | 02 | Feb 2013 | Cities! / The City | Winner: BK613 | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    111 | 03 | Mar 2013 | March Madness | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    112 | 04 | Apr 2013 | Beauty and the Beast | Winner: Solarbaby | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote | Runoff
    113 | 05 | May 2013 | Into Darkness | Winner: Dac | Enter | Vote
    114 | 06 | Jun 2013 | Turn Off the Dark … ness | Winner: Solarbaby | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    115 | 07 | Jul 2013 | The Unthinkable! | Winner: Flux Capacitor | Enter | Vote | Runoff
    116 | 08 | Aug 2013 | R&R | Winner: Klaus | Enter
    117 | 09 | Sept/Oct 2013 | The Alternative Factor | Winner: The Lensman | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    118 | 10 | Nov 2013 | The Spin-Off! | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    119 | 11 | Dec 2013 | A Blue Christmas | Winner: Starscape | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote

    2014
    120 | 01 | Jan 2014 | The Shape of Things to Come | Winner: smalltalk66 | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    121 | 02 | Feb 2014 | Second Chances | Winner: DFScott | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    122 | 03 | Mar 2014 | Memorabilia Magic | Winner: Albertese | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    123 | 04 | Apr 2014 | Ancient Legacies | Winner: Klaus | Enter | Vote
    124 | 05 | May/Jun 2014 | New and/or Improved | Winner: Klaus | Enter | Vote
    125 | 06 | 3rd Quarter 2014 | Sports and Recreation | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    126 | 07 | Oct 2014 | Monster Mash | Winner: B.J. | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    127 | 08 | Nov 2014 | Alternative Liveries | Winner: Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    128 | 09 | Dec 2014 | Off the Rack | Winner: Ptrope | Enter | Vote

    2015
    129 | 01 | Jan 2015 | In Soviet Russia, Star Trek Watches YOU! | Winner: The Lensman | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    130 | 02 | Feb 2015 | Spin-Offs – or What the Future Held! | Winner: Starscape | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    131 | 03 | Mar 2015 | A Tribute to … | Winner: B.J. & Ptrope | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    132 | 04 | Apr 2015 | Disney Trek | Winner: Solarbaby | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    133 | 05 | May 2015 | Election Fever | Winner: Solarbaby | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
    134 | 06 | Jun 2015 | Get your Crayons Out | Winner: The Lensman | Ptrope.com | Enter | Vote
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    5. Information, Inspiration, Resources and References
    (Note: This section has been sourced from this thread including new and updated information. The users originally suggesting each item are noted at the end respectively.)

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    Tools, Links & Resources
    • Set Blueprints Exchange: a thread collecting set blueprints
    • Star Trek Blueprints: a thread collection starship blueprints
    • Star Trek Blueprints Database: 4,500+ Star Trek blueprint sheets
    • Trekcore.com: an extensive database of episode screenshots, sounds, promotional art and rare photos for all the Trek series and movies.
    • Ex Astris Scientia: maintained by German long-time Star Trek fan Bernd Schneider, EAS focuses on the starships and future technology that appeared in the various TV series and movies, as well as on the discussion of artistic, political, social and philosophical aspects of Star Trek. It features a Starship Database, Starship Articles, Fleet Charts and a Treknology Encyclopedia.
    • Star Trek Starship Handbooks: PDF ebooks containing data and schematics on various vessels from the Star Trek series and movies, culled and collated from around the web.
    • Starship Schematics Database: A site archiving every single starship design ever conceived in Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, and Space Battleship Yamato, both official and unofficial, interesting and mediocre. (suggested by @K'riq Sa)
    • TrekMeshes.ch: free Star Trek 3D ship meshes. (suggested by @K'riq Sa)
    • FabioFeminoFantaScience.org: Italian site with hundreds of pages of artwork by Robert McCall, Chesley Bonestell, and Frank R. Paul about retrofuturism (spaceships, megastructures, flying cars) and Mars. Lots of scans of old sci-fi magazines. (suggested by @Masao)
    • Starship Dimensions: a site with just about every sci-fi universe's ships scaled relative to each other. (suggested by @backstept)
    • Free stock photos: Pexels, Unsplash, FreeImages, StockSnap, Pixabay
    • Escher Girls: very informative blog that showcases the prevalence of certain ways women are depicted in illustrated pop media (i.e. impossible and ridiculous female poses).
    • Project Rho: Winchell Chung's site has two major attractions: in-depth analysis of building a “real” old school intrasystem “rocketship” and lots of background material and related information on the 1960s Jefferies-design Leif Ericson spaceship model, which is a nice inspiration for Jefferies-style (TOS-)work. (suggested by @Harry)
    • “The Tough Guide to the Known Galaxy”: a sobering review of common sci-fi elements. Nice to read if you want to bring in some realism into your sci-fi designs/fanfiction. (suggested by @Harry)
    • Paleofuture: A blog on retrofuturism. (suggested by @Harry)
    • Concept Ships: concept spaceship “blogazine” with cool designs and techniques. (suggested by @Ptrope)

    Artists

    • Kia Asamiya: Japanese manga artist whose work spans multiple genres and appeals to diverse audiences. Worked on projects with Image Comics, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics, as well as developing a manga adaptation of the film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. (suggested by @Blamo)
    • Harald Belker: designer for movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, Minority Report, Batman and Robin, Serenity and others. His site has 2D rendering tutorials (based around automotive concept art, but applicable to any futuristic/sci-fi art), and galleries of some of his film work. (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • John Berkey: prolific and popular science fiction and science illustrator, whose art has been on hundreds of book covers, as well as frequent appearances illustrating articles in magazines like Popular Science. His art is characterized by brash, seemingly-freeform strokes that, looked at closely, don't seem to even try to achieve any kind of realism, but the impressions of his complete paintings are of extensive detail and realism. One of the true kings of spaceship paintings! (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • Scott Chambliss: production designer with credits for Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. His site features a lot of nice production drawings and concepts.
    • Doug Chiang: a designer for the Star Wars Prequels and War of the Worlds. Unfortunately, the site seems to be largely defunct now, though. (suggested by @Masao)
    • Ryan Church: concept artist for numerous genre films like Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Thor: The Dark World and Tron (2010). His site has a lot of concept art for inspiration.
    • Vincent Di Fate: an old school Fantasy Artist who's done promotional pieces for NASA, movie posters (including Jaws), and sci-fi and fantasy novel covers. (suggested by @2takesfrakes)
    • Daren Dochterman: concept artist for genre movies like Independence day 2, Batman v. Superman, X-Men: The Last Stand and Star Trek Beyond. He also contributed to the Director's Cut of the first Star Trek motion picture. His site features many nice concept renderings.
    • Doug Drexler: designer for all the modern Star Trek shows and the Next Generation movies. His popular blog “The Drex Files” featured a ton of Star Trek concept art but infamously shut down in 2013. Much of the content can now only be found via archived sites.
    • Pierre Drolet: digital artist and compositor involved with the visual effects for Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Star Trek Nemesis. His site features many of his renderings. Plus: Pierre Drolet on ArtStation.
    • John Eaves: prolific concept illustrator and designer who contributed countless designs to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise and eight Star Trek films. He is now working on Star Trek: Discovery. He designed the USS Enterprise-E and the USS Discovery. His site and his blog “Eavesdropping” are sprinkled with lots of concept designs.
    • Harrison Ellenshaw: filmmaker and visual effects artist whose work can be seen in such films as Star Wars, Tron, The Empire Strikes Back, Superman IV and many others. See some of his work on this site. (suggested by @2takesfrakes)
    • Sean Hargreaves: concept and production designer for Star Trek Beyond and movies like
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Fifth Element and The Fountain. His site features some of his work for Star Trek and Independence Day 2.
    • Burne Hogarth: cartoonist and illustrator whose book “Dynamic Figure Drawing” is an important learning tool, and he has a whole series of books. (suggested by @Admiral2)
    • Alex Jeager: concept artist for movies such as Star Trek: First Contact, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Pacific Rim, Star Wars – Episode II and the Marvel movies. Designed the fan-favorite Akira-class ship for First Contact. His blog features some of his art.
    • Jim Martin: production illustrator on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek Generations. He designed the Defiant. His blog and his site are chock-full of inspiring concept art.
    • Robert McCall: conceptual artist on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. His site features a lot of nice space art. (suggested by @FatherRob)
    • Ralph McQuarrie: legendary conceptual designer and illustrator, who worked on Star Trek and the original Star Wars trilogy. He also designed for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. His site seems to be under construction, though.
    • Syd Mead: the legendary designer behind the look of the movie Blade Runner, as well as the design of “Johnny 5” from Short Circuit (not to mention the inspiration behind the AT-AT walkers in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!) (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • Neville Page: creature and concept designer for such movies like Watchmen, Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, Avatar, Tron (2010) and Prometheus. His site features a plethora of concept sketches and renderings.
    • Victoria Passariello: 3D artist working on Star Trek: Discovery, who created the models for the USS Kerala and some Klingon ships.
    • Andrew Probert: production designer famous for designing the Enterprise refit for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the Enterprise-D for The Next Generation. He also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica, Airwolf and Back to the Future. Unfortunately, his site seems to be under construction. He sometimes posts here under the name @Probert.
    • Alex Ross: comic book artist known primarily for his painted interiors, covers, and design work. His site shows off a lot of his inspiring artwork. (suggested by @USS Jack Riley)
    • Masamune Shirow: Japanese manga artist best known for the mangas Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. The site showcases his work. (suggested by @Admiral2)
    • Rick Sternbach: production designer and art director for all The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Star Trek: Nemesis and Solaris (2002). One of his major designs is the USS Voyager. His site hasn't been updated in over a decade, but features some nice concept drawings for Star Trek props and ships. He occasionally posts on the Trek BBS as @Rick Sternbach.
    • Lee Sullivan: British comic artist working on titles such as Doctor Who, Transformers and Judge Dredd. (suggested by @Blamo)
    • Doug Wildey: designer and creator of Jonny Quest. His site features a lot of art from that series. (suggested by @Admiral2)
    • Wally Wood: comic book artist best known for his work on EC Comics's Mad and Marvel's Daredevil. (suggested by @Admiral2)
    • M Yang: story artist and animator showcasing his artistry on his blog (with some Trek artwork here and there). (suggested by @down to earth)
    • Feng Zhu: prolific concept artists who worked on Transformers, Star Wars III – Revenge of the Sith and games like Dead Space and Wing Commander. Here's his design blog, too. (suggested by @backstept)

    Books and Magazines

    • The Art of Star Trek: a study of the artistic development of the television series from the first design concepts through to Voyager. Features a lot of concept sketches and prop close-ups. Authors: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • The Art of Star Wars books: highly informative, not to mention just plain entertaining, with extensive artwork and concepts from the most insignificant props to the most lavish sets and scenes, as well as an exhaustive collection of costume designs. (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • Creative Illustration: book by Andrew Loomis aimed primarily at the professional-level illustrator. Divided into seven sections: Line, Tone, Color, Telling the Story, Creating Ideas, Fields of Illustration, and Experimenting and Studies, this book is filled with instructions, tips, insider experiences, and incredible illustrations. (suggested by @BJensen)
    • Illustration: a quarterly magazine devoted to the history of American illustration art. Folks like Norman Rockwell to Frank Frazetta to Robert Peak (who did the poster for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Rollerball, among many others); art from comics to pulp magazines to advertising to model car boxes. (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • ImagineFX: Large-format magazine devoted to sci-fi and fantasy digital art, with lots of tutorials, along with a CD containing the support files for those tutorials, often with demos of the software used. Numerous galleries of digital artists, working in Photoshop and Painter, along with various 3D programs to create complete paintings and compositions. (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: features an in-depth look at the conception of DS9 and is filled with concept sketches and set plans. Authors: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    • Spectrum – The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art: an annual collection of fantasy and science fiction art from a vast selection of (mostly American) publications, as well as a great deal of unpublished art. Illustrations, book covers, comic artwork, sculpture – it's all here and it's all fantastic. Even some of our own members have appeared in several of these coffee-table volumes. (suggested by @Ptrope)
    • Star Trek: Designing Starships: is a hardback reference book from Eaglemoss Collections compiling the starship design articles from issues of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection magazine. Three volumes are available at this point.
    • Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series: is a reference book by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens which gives a detailed analysis of the development and early days of the abortive spin-off, Star Trek: Phase II, featuring lots of concept art and set photos.
    • The Star Trek Sketchbook – The Original Series: awesome art book by The Original Series producer Herbert F. Solow and his wife Yvonne that showcases conceptual artwork by Walter Matthew Jefferies, William Ware Theiss, Fred Phillips and Wah Chang, the four production staffers who were most responsible for the visual look of TOS.

    Forums

    • CGSociety: a place for CG artists. (suggested by @Arrqh)
    • ConceptArt: a great site/forum that has a lot of amazing 2D concept art from some amazing artists (suggested by @Arrqh)
    • PencilJack: art forum for 2D art, mainly comic books and so forth. (suggested by @Mr. Cellophane)
    • SciFi-Meshes: mainly a 3D site with great forums, a huge gallery and many great artists (suggested by @backstept)

    Tips & Tutorials


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