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Prometheus a.k.a.Magellan by steve-burg Prometheus a.k.a.Magellan by steve-burg
I have posted a more detailed series of images showing some of the development of this spacecraft on my blog.

Please feel free to have a look: [link]


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sharknob Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work! 
giovanino Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Photographer
MASCH-ARTDesign Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic work and draw, a very good work and rendering:) (Smile)
ArthurRamsey Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
pgeorgiou Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your perspective, imagination, light,... marvelous. Behind every good movie lies a good artist.
BergOne Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
It so cool that you've had this gig. I am so happy for you. Loved the film.
ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! Your work is excellent.
Elemento11 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Digital Artist
So you are one of the genius behind prometheus, great ship after the Millenium Falcon....
Apollyon888 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lord Burg strikes again :)   I'm glad you got to work on Prometheus!
DigiEpic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
sent you a note.
etwoo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So great design! Please tell me... What do you consider the most important thing in creating? :)
TALONRIDDER Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Wow dude that rocks!
Killrave Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   General Artist
If you're one of the guys who was responsible for the visual effects, then I would
like to say this: Good job.
I watched the movie today and I must say, Prometheus had by far one of the best
visual effects I have ever seen in cinema history (at least when it comes to CGI and
overall set design). It was great to see a classic science fiction movie again with aliens,
space and a future setting and also explaining the origin story of the Alien mythology.
Also props on the guys responsible for the soundtrack. Really wonderful set of
orchestra which gave lots of depth towards the movie. Criticism however goes towards
the story, which could have gone more into details and the characters, which at times
seemed to be a rag tag band of stereotypes. Overall a good movie, not the best but
I enjoyed it.
Also the ship is absolutely amazing. Great job!
DigiVault Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
very nice
kumnonta Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wow! That's one of the best pics I've ever seen!
heyixin0122 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:onfire: ... excellent work!
Amazing Work :)
GundamStatus2205 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
You're the one that designed the Promtheus, freaking awesome man!!!! I love this ship so much, it reminds of the Serenity from Firefly, was that an influence by any chance?
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh man now I REALLY have to go watch this - I can't believe i haven't seen it yet :facepalm:

As always great pic - i like how the people can disembark via the big elevator thing :D
JohnnysDream Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
TAODAO Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
saphira98 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
very great
PINARCI Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I do like the ship , she is indeed sexy .
This is taken from Weyland Industries
( Dual FTL engines are driven by a 2.1 terrawatt RL fusion reactor. The ability to provide molecularly stable transport for ship components and human crew over light-years of space gives Weyland explorers, scientists and planetary engineers access to regions never before imagined. )
So there is nothing classified , I mean there is no other drive on her but , those, four Nuclear powered ION plasma engines .

I am having a little hard time to jolt , the ship , into FTL . 2.1 terrawatt , a spring day medium lightning kind of power and successful controlled fusion ... PUSH FORCE :) is BAAM FTL . I would have love to hear things like Quantum sequencer , like Sendercorps ACU unit ATOM CHILL unit , when heat reaches billion plus happy KELVINS , magnetic force would not suffer .

Okay NEVER THE LESS . I am honored ,just to be able to write ,to someone , who did some fine work that will be a GrandMARK in history .
LinoGrandi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Awesome it's saying nothing. Love it.
arthurdentrgv Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
As a kid, I used to draw spacecraft. When I got older I tried to make them as real world as possible: And compared to yours, they are nothing but scrawls on paper... The movie wasn't as hot as it was hoped to be, but I hope somebody markets the ship from the movie... Even if it was only six inches long it would still be impressive.
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! I've always liked spaceship designs that have not only an interesting shape, but a level of functional logic to give meaning to that shape. Not everyone would agree with me, but for my money I've always liked designs that at least give the appearance that they could maybe somehow work :D
TheJediClone Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Your design of the shipis one of my favorites!!!
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I am glad you like it :)
TheJediClone Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
How it was to work for a movie with Ridley Scott?
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It was tremendous - Ridley Scott has been my hero since I saw "Alien" many years ago :)
bigmagnet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
I was wondering whose brain this design had come out of. That's so cool it was you. Beautiful shapes, gorgeous ship, and it plugs into the Ron Cobb shapes of the first one really nicely.
Lance66 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work, excellent detailing, and so clean.I will check out your link too. Very cool.Congrats.
Saab-FAN Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
How long did it take you to build the raw 3D-Concept you mention on your blog? I am trying to learn 3D-Modelling and texturing to create the CGI-Scenes for my own little film, but progress is slow...
Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant. I love Ridley Scott and it's wonderful to hear how he oversees and inspires the design, bringing the best on board. Very envious. :-)
Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome design! I just saw the film yesterday and was quite blown away. I like your version better though, because in the film it was lit up like Times square at some point which I thought was a bit much. I've read some of the thread below and I'm curious to know why it will be unstable with four engines instead of two? Is there some unsurmountable never changing law of physics that dictate this?
Also you and your work is a huge inspiration to me, thank you for posting here on DA.
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Actually, a VTOL using vectored thrust (as opposed to propellers) is unstable with anything less than 3 lift points. 4 lift points is quite stable.

A helicopter has a single lift point, but it is above the entire craft, so the fuselage "hangs" beneath the point of lift. With jet or rocket propulsion, however, the mass of the craft must be balanced above the point at which the thrust is generated. The easiest way to think of this is as though it is a chair, like a bar stool. Imagine sitting on a 2 legged stool, and you can see that a VTOL aircraft with only 2 lift points will need to constantly adjust itself in order not to go off-axis and crash.

Regardless of the number of lift points, a VTOL craft that transitions to vertical flight from forward flight is somewhat unstable while it is making the transition. That's why the V-22 Osprey and other aircraft that change to a VTOL mode are vulnerable to crashes while they're in the midst of reconfiguring their engines. I hope this helps!

I also worked on the HK designs for Terminator 2, and the flying HK has 2 engines. This always bothered me a bit, because I've always been a fan of real-world air and space vehicles. And then of course many other science fiction vehicles have adopted the 2 engines configuration. So I just wanted to propose a more realistic solution! :D
Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, my mistake! I misread the earlier thread entirely and thought 4 engines would be less stable than two though couldn't for the life of me figure out why, he he...
The Terminator hunter killer is a really serious piece of kit, as is the Starfury that you are famous for designing. Thank you for answering my questions, I'm a bit blown away here as you are one of my all time favourite designers.
Your worh is a huge inspiration to me, and I've used the Starfury as a benchmark of real world plausibility when I've been working on my own stuff. That is, I try to make it look as real as yours do, though I have a long way to go yet. Again thank you very very much for answering my questions, this means a lot.
I find this to be a really profound moment, as it turns out I've inadvertently followed your career for a large part of my adult life,and time and again drawn on your work for inspiration. It is the stuff that dreams are made of. Thank you.
Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just incredible work! Holy cow! The details are simply amazing Steve! Outstanding work. I took a peek at your blog and even your concept speed paintings look awesome! Yay! :iconvathfeelsfluffyplz:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome Steve! Really incredible work! yay! :iconsquee-loveplz:
MackSztaba Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional
Awesome work Steve.
AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012

Superlative image.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It doesn't at all surprise me that it was you who designed the titular 'ship; and knowing it now, I see a lot of your style in the finished thing. I was glad some nice lingering shots of the 'ship made the final cut, and the design features (rotating engine pods and elevator-type garage) are really deserving of praise.

When you designed her, did you personally work out where everything would be inside, or was that the job of someone else? =p
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for your compliment!

I did not get as far as figuring out where the interiors fit into the ship, except at those points where they are clearly visible from outside - namely the cockpit and the "garage", which was more of a large elevator in the early stages.

The ship went through several stages in its development, separated by many months. I took it to this point (as seen) and then Ben Procter did the revisions and details that developed later in the production (the project had a bumpy ride while in the early phase, and was start & stop for quite a while. When it finally got going - the proverbial "green light" - I was committed to another job.)
3DFreak3D Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the concept paintings on your block are awesome!!! And the model is perfectly done! :)
HeauTou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Ho! Wonderfull spaceship & landing scene ! A :+fav:...
Love the details & huge proportions.
Dwayne-L Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do like what this ship eventually morphed into but I must say this is impressive and I can only dream of what Prometheus would have been like if it were more gritty and looked much more similar to Alien apart from a set here and there. I wish we had a direct prequel instead but Prometheus wasn't terrible. I think I will appreciate it more in an extended cut. The visuals went by too quickly to appreciate anything. Poor editing. It just rushed by and didn't linger on anything. The beauty of Alien is that we had time to take things in.
3ihard Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thx for working on project, you did a great job!
Monroville Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I think I like this a bit better than the film version. I know Ridley was a bit sick of the "used future" look, but I like how this one seems a bit less complicated and more akin to the basic design of the Nostromo (which was one of my major issues with the film: a lot of details were there, but for a movie supposedly taking place "before" ALIEN, it was more akin to ALIEN: THE NEXT GENERATION, and suffered from the same issues with the show ENTERPRISE, a show that took place before the original series but looked every bit like THE NEXT GENERATION).
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