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Starfury by steve-burg Starfury by steve-burg
Wow! This really is "Ancient History" :lol: !!!

These are some concept sketches that I did for a television series - "Babylon 5" - in the early 1990s. I worked very closely with my friend Ron Thornton, who crafted the final version of the ship in 3D.

They show some of the development process for a featured "space fighter" design. The top drawing shows an early version, while the final approved sketch is shown at the bottom.

These drawings were done with Prismacolor pencil on a pad of 9" x 12" drafting vellum.

At that time, traditional drawings like this were really the only means available for doing concept art. I continue to make daily use of those skills, although now it is more for my own design process and is not usually presented to clients.

Some people have expressed an interest in seeing some of this work, so here it is ;)

If you would like a very in-depth account of the making of this show, follow this link: [link]

***Check out the Facebook page with lots of artwork from this series, from a number of contributing artists: [link] Stop by and give it a "Like" :thumbsup:
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:iconmidnightdash2137:
MidnightDash2137 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That had to be my favorite ship before the white star fleet. This is awesome!
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exmagicstorm Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
StarFury ? !.... omg this is nostalgic.My most favourite starship next to x-wing.  
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:iconmalletmann:
MalletMann Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I am so following you. Favorite fighter design of all time, right here.
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wickedsteve Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What an iconic ship! I wish I still had my plastic model. I am a long time B5 fan and I never saw your concept work before. I don't know which version I like better. Your work is inspiring. 
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KitaraSoftpaw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I...wow. I absolutely LOVE thi series. It was and is my favorite tv show series ever hands down.

I love this.
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:iconcrazymagritte:
Crazymagritte Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
You created the Starfury? That's awesome!
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:iconbartoleum:
Bartoleum Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I love seeing pencil sketches.
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:iconcaptezri:
captezri Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was reading the Starfury entry on Wiki and saw your name mentioned, they didn't seem to have a page for you so I googled and found you had a page here. This awesome stuff!!!
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TOMCF Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Oh, I'm going to go to hell for this. ; )
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:icontomcf:
TOMCF Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Oh, I'm going to go to hell for this. ; )
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:iconbrotherostavia:
BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
One of the most iconic starfighters i've seen.
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:iconacxtreme:
ACXtreme Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
respect
ty for the in-depth link about the show :o
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:iconspirekat:
SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Thanks for for showing one of your older designs. This is excellent.
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:icontimkaiseronline:
timkaiserOnline Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Dude, you are the coolest man on the planet. I loved this design, and the series, and everything about it. Nice job.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! It's very gratifying that people liked (and remember) this little fighter ship :)
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:icontimkaiseronline:
timkaiserOnline Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. It's a classic. Such a good show - and such an iconic design.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well thank you very much! :)
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:iconpatronzero:
PatronZero Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Nicely executed. kudos !
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconpsconcepts:
PSconcepts Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Photographer
Excellent work!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconrichard-daborn:
Richard-Daborn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a model kit of Ivanovas Soviet Star Fury! I so love the design!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it! :)
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
waah, super legit
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:iconkeyser94:
Keyser94 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is really good early concept sketches.
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:icontorinzece:
TorinZece Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Kinda like the first design most! the one above.
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Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You designed the Starfury!!?? Oh wow... It is one of, if not THE all time best fighter design for space combat. The vectoring thrusters, and the X shape with main engines placed far apart and cockpit in the center shows some serious thinking with regards to what space combat is all about. You dared to brake the mould set by the Xwing, and Vipers who copied traditional aircraft. The design is very very cool, but it doesn't appear cool for the sake of cool. It appears functional, believable and rational. You have to pardon me for comparing you to other people as your work clearly stands by itself, but you are up there with such people as Ron Cobb, Ralph McQuarrie and John Berkley. Thank you for being such an inspiration. I'm very happy to write this as it's not often I get to thank one of my heroes. The appeared realism of the Starfury continues to be a source of inspiration for me in my designs and I hope to reach your level one day. Thank you.
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Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Hmm, SA-26 Aurora Starfury.
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:iconqpsychosis:
QPsychosis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never much cared for the Starfury myself, but it is thrilling to see part of the process that led up to its final design. Impressive work!
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darkness404 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, Babylon 5! :eager: I always loved the Starfury design. Great job! =)
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EdXCal Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
So I'm going threw all your artwork, truely enjoying all the sci-fi you've done and then found this! I can't believe your the one who made the Starfury! O.O Beautiful work! Likely the single most realistic spacecraft on any sci-fi show EVER! I bow down before you! lol
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No need to bow! :lol I'm glad you like the design!
I guess it just goes to show you... every once in a while - against all the odds - an idea actually survives and makes it to the screen! :)
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EdXCal Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Indeed! It's iconic too! If you get a chance, in my DA gallery look at my "Luna" fighter. The concept started with the 8 point engines, but with aerodynamic surfaces. :) I'm curious what your opinion of it would be.
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Drunken-Monk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Just to continue the Fanboy love-in happening on this image.

Personally feel the Starfury is the one of, if not the greatest Starship design of all time for its realism much like most of the earth alliance ships. Plus I always loved the fact that it was a human ship in any sci-fi that actually stood a chance, too often in sci-fi Humans are always playing catchup whereas the fury made in some cases Aliens jealous.

and I have to say would have been awesome if the Prelim had made it into the show somehow its likes a Fury on Steroids, truly great piece of design work
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much for your comments here - I very much appreciate it! :)
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TOMCF Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is very likely a bad thing to do on here, but I figured some folk *might* be interested. The site Steve linked to above is no longer being updated.
It will eventually go off-line so before the inevitable happens, I’ve made the whole thing available as a download, as some of the information it contains can’t be found anywhere else.

[link]

There’s no catch or strings attached. ; )

btw, if you know of any B5 fans who may be interested and are unlikely to read this, if you can let them know about the download that would be cool.

Cheers
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Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Whoa, hold the phone. You are the one responsible for the design of the SA23? The things you find when surfing dA...

I tip my hat to you, as this ship and this series were my childhood.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - that's a very gratifying thing to hear! :)
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:iconjrl3001:
jrl3001 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
Always loved the Starfury from Babylon 5. One of the great scifi ships from one of the great scifi shows :D Thanks for sharing the awesome concept art!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I'm glad you appreciate the artwork!
:)
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KumoriWind Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I loved that show, even though I was a kid! If I remember correctly, this is the "Aurora" Class Starfury.

I also loved how the Earth Alliance ships were more realistic in design than most other series, and actually took physics into account.
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Fastmax Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
GREAT DRAWING!! Love it.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconthought-horizon:
thought-horizon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Ahhh, the memories! Awesome work - then, and now (your work I mean). :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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:icondee-virus:
dee-virus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I wish there was more emphasis on this type of concept work. I love this draftsmanship!
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:iconvyle-art:
vyle-art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
hahahaha I did not even know you designed that ship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
A quick weekend freelance job, a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away ;)
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:iconvyle-art:
vyle-art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
LOOOOVE IT!
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JINYIWEI Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
you are a god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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