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Aries 1B: Showroom by steve-burg Aries 1B: Showroom by steve-burg
Is this "fan art"? well, yes, I suppose it is...

However "2001:a Space Odyssey" is probably my greatest inspiration - so this was kind of a hobby project and a labor of love.

The design & the imagery are copyrighted to (I believe) MGM
(I have to put that in there :)...)
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Sunsanvil Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Fantastic work.  I think you really captured it.

I'm thinking of tackling a scratch built scale model of the 1B.  Would you consider sharing some of your 3D work with me for purposes of getting some of the more complex/curved peices 3D printed?  Please PM me if interested.
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Norski Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing wrong with "fan art." "2001: a Space Odyssey" was, and is, a remarkable film.
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Richard-Daborn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this design from the film, elegant and functional. 2001 has some great model effects and design.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
For my money - it's some of the very best design work done before or since I love all the various craft seen in that film! :)
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AntiSpiral99 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what program for this sweet design, looks amazing!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Most of my 3D is created with Lightwave - although I use other software on occasion :)
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rogue-freighter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Nice detail
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - it was a challenge to add anything approaching the level of fine detail as the original model had :)
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garybak Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
brilliant piece of work
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I saw this before .... How strange!
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a real life miniature model...Perfect details, light and shades! It looks so realistic!!
and yes gotta love Space Odyssey :heart:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! The realism is from using global illumination. It makes 3D models look very convincing - and kind of "miniature" like they are sitting on a table top :)

Space Odyssey continues to inspire me :D!
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, you did a great job :)!
yeah the book and the movie are of the classic ones!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The book and movie both, yes. Incredible huge concepts - true classics :)
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed! Arthur Clarke was a genius!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes, he came up with some tremendous ideas. I always thought "Rendezvous With Rama" would make an incredible film :)
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
too bad they abandoned the project :(, I agree with you it would be incredible!
I read once that Clarke proposed the idea of using Jupiter as the gravity assist for the spacecraft increase velocity (or am I wrong?) and then Nasa used it in one of their space missions. What a brilliant mind he was :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
He sure was. He originated the concept of using small satellites to relay communication- published it in an engineering journal in the 1940s. It has changed the world :)
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InvaderTarren13 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, 2001: A Space Odyssey was an amazing book and movie! :heart:
You did a brilliant job!! Especially with the details ^^ Keep it up!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I agree - "2001" is awesome (book and movie both):)!
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Perfect model. Perfect movie. I love the elegance of this design - all the 2001 designs.

I'm a former LW user myself - used it for years, and then switched to Maya, and then Modo, then no modelling at all for years. Getting back into it now with Modo (which is the offspring of LW as I understand it). I'd love to know how you do your nurnies and geebles, of if you know a good tutorial on the subject?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Modo actually was developed by the original team responsible for Lightwave, so there is a family resemblance.

The greebles are fairly simple shapes, just extremely tiny! For the tubing, I would make a spline from the sphere shape, then extrude a small disk along it. The appearance of complexity is really just the result of jamming a bunch of small parts tightly together.

This is probably one of the most challenging models I've made, and one of the most detailed. It was a killer, actually :D! But I wanted it to be as accurate as possible.
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
I tried using a pre-packaged geeble collection (I didn't have your restraint of needing to be faithful to an original design), and they looked good, but the time spent integrating them with the curvy geometry of the ship's hull, plus time spent fixing render errors in the geebles themselves, had me wondering if it was the best solution. [BTW, 4 months part-time on the aforementioned ship, then I lost it in a computer crash. Turns out using a stripped volume is a really bad idea - no two HD controllers are alike in that regard, and not backing up, of course.] I'm also a fan of the Space 1999 TV series, which is the closest TV came to the 2001 in terms of design.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I have investigated some pre-made nurnies. But I found the polygon count was very high, and rendering errors and having to fix things... Aaaarrrrggghhh!

Sorry to hear about your computer crash - I've lost drives and these days I back things up on removable drives (which can also fail, but I try to have more than one). Digital storage is scary :)
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StTheo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
killer stuff mate. love it
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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fmacmanus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Freaking lovely!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Glad you like it :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Y'know, even if Kubrick did kill the radiators on Discovery, this film still set the gold standard for SF concept art for decades. The Aries is such a simple but lovely design. It'd be interesting to see you try a totally original shot with it. Y'know, something like a frame from a fictional "deleted scene" :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
In relative "before vs. after" terms, I think "2001" has yet to be surpassed. Maybe it won't be - after all, the atomic bomb was only invented once :)!

It's really the watershed of science fiction design. There's been a lot of really great work since, but nothing that is so clearly a fundamental breakthrough. Maybe the first "Alien" movie in terms of the alien aesthetic comes closest.

I may try a shot like you suggest. Time (as always) is the #1 enemy :D!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
*shakes angry fist at Time*
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:)
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minieffects Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Modo?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Actually, it is made in Lightwave. Although I also use Modo, I am not as fluent in the software.
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minieffects Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Im a Rhino guy myself but Ive been learning Modo and Im really impressed with it.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Modo is pretty fantastic. Rhino is also quite a good program, although I have never done too much Nurbs modeling.

I have used Lightwave for a long time, so I tend to stick with it because I am familiar with the ins and outs of the software. I find I can get a nice render very quickly, which is good since I usually take the result into Photoshop to add other things to it.
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minieffects Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
I like Modo a lot and I cant really compare it to LW since Ive never used LW, but LW has always gotten high marks from anyone Ive known to use it. I love Rhino but thats where I cut my teeth in 3d modeling so to speak. I will say that if you are use to working in polys you will be very frustrated working in nurbs. Its a much different work flow.

My process right now is to model in Rhino and bring the model into Modo for lighting and rendering. Since so much of what I model gets fabricated or Rapid prototyped its better for me to start with nurbs. Having said that I am learning Modo for purely illustration purposes.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Modo is a good modeling software - but it's also very good for rendering. So far, I have used it mainly for baking texture images. It's very good for making various image maps. I want to learn it more, but there is only so much time in the day :)!

I think in 3D a lot of it is what software you have learned to use. If you know how to achieve the result you want, that is the main thing :) It is like Painter or Photoshop. I use Photoshop because it's what I learned how to use. Then the focus is on making the art, rather than struggling with learning a different tool.
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minieffects Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Agreed.
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