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Sister Ship by steve-burg Sister Ship by steve-burg
This was an attempt to design a fairly believable spaceship.

This craft makes use of antimatter/fusion hybrid propulsion, and the crew compartment is heavily shielded and includes a spinning section to allow for simulated gravity during prolonged flight.

If we could afford to build one... why not amortize the cost and build two :)?

This is one of several views in this "series"...
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William-Black Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You've succeeded brilliantly, this is top notch work, informed and literate - a pleasure to see.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We would have to build something that could make getting to space cheaper first before we can do this.
My thought is, (And from what I've read that NASA has suggested) is that we build an elavator to space first
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That's true! The biggest obstacle to space travel is just getting off the earth. If we had an elevator system, large ships could be built in orbit at a fraction of the cost since we wouldn't have to lift all the materials with rockets $$$
:D
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Ardail Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup Yup, and rockets are like trying to compare the efficiency of someone trying to throw something strait up as apposed to lifting with a pully
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MarkusVogt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there!:)

just wanted to inform you that this wonderful image has been featured in my latest journal. Feel free to take a look at:

[link]

thanks
Markus
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Loreic Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
If you lean back and squint a little, it looks like a monster.
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hello! :wave:

I am writing you to let you know that you have been featured in my newest dAily Feature Article!

If you have a chance to let some others know about this series that would be great as well.

Best wishes,

:heart: =TimberClipse
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, it's nice to see a genuinely realistic spaceship once in a while. :meow:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I agree completely! I started this little project after reading on some forum somewhere that "realistic spaceships are boring".

I just couldn't let that one go :)!!!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Peh, I can see why you wouldn't let that go. It's my opinion that people only think that because they don't understand how realistic things work, or something like that. . .
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think the coolest designs are realistic things that don't yet exist - and showing how they could work :)

True - that is not always reflected in my quick doodles here - but that's mainly because I'm focusing on the purely pictorial as opposed to the design content.

The best design has a startling shape, that when you see it work - makes you think "Oh, but of course!" It's difficult to achieve that - but worth the effort I think :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with this, although it's a shame so many people who try to do this sometimes have little knowledge of what they're illustrating which compromises the art. D:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It is true. Whenever possible, I like to research the subject matter - whether it's space travel, historical period or architectural style - whatever it is. That way, hopefully, at least I have some clue :D!
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Wow, wow, wow. Absolutely fantastic. The hull plate details (the raised bits), are they done with geometry or displacement or bump maps?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks you!

The hull plates are geometry. I made a smooth-shifted (slightly larger) version of the basic shape, and then sliced it up and extruded the plates back inward (so they would terminate inside the underlying hull shape). Some fixing was necessary to clean up troublesome areas. The plates on the Aries model were made in much the same way.
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Thanks! The KISS principle at work.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT'S GORGEOUS !!!! I love the concept !! And the ship's details are marvelous !!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much - I mad that as an exercise to sharpen up my modeling skills. Usually I do 3D stuff in a great rush, and then patch things together in 2D - but I wanted to do a more refined design fully in 3D and I had a small window of time (this was over a year ago)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Welcome ! Yes, indeed, it's hard not to want to do everything quickly. That's what I tried no to do when I made my "Future Soldier" pic !
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It always takes patience :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutly !!
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Adobewan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great angle. Reminds me of the Alien's head!!
Stop being so great ya bastich!!!!

Peace Bro,
Brian
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I rendered various views, and kind of settled in on this one. The nose of the ship is definitely a focal point, but as you can see it's very small when compared with the overall length. It's tricky to find a good angle on something that elongated, I think that's why I decided on finishing multiple views :)
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D!!!!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Delicious detail. A very Orion III cockpit and very Discoveryesque RCS thrusters.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
"2001: a Space Odyssey" is a major inspiration for me. The only thing scarier than how well that movie holds up is how far behind schedule our reality is :D!
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Grubish360 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Very nice!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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