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Vicinity of Saturn by steve-burg Vicinity of Saturn 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.

The large shield at the rear serves as both a radiation shield and a heat radiator - since this type of propulsion would produce quite a bit of both :)

This is one of several views in this "series"...
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ralfmaeder Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great details.
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Kevemperor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Nice!

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ET8000 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I am glad you like it :)
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JTGuilber Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Gorgeous! A very reality linked design, yet innovative.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! While I am an artist, I nevertheless have an enthusiasm for real science and engineering. So I rolled up my sleeves and made every attempt to incorporate a level of realism into the spacecraft design.

In my formative years, perhaps my biggest influence was "2001: a Space Odyssey" - which was realistic but also resonated on many other levels. I wanted to hit that same "zone-of intersection" where realism intersects with (for want of a better word) "coolness.

My motivation at the time was reading a comment somewhere online that asserted "realistic spaceships are boring". I took exception to that, and this was the result. After all - what is the purpose of science fiction if not to inspire us to reach for such things in reality?

BTW I don't know if you've seen them, but there are actually 4 illustrations of this ship - here are links to the other 3:
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nonculture Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I am thoroughly enjoying viewing your gallery, especially since you are kind enough to make the pieces large enough for computer screen wallpapers.  I just saw your comment here and wanted to add that I noticed the 2001: A Space Odyssey influence right away, but in a good way.  It is original but represents its influences just enough.  Great piece!
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gamingexpx12 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Artist
Space things are just so awesome!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it!
:)
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Rokis17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice design ... :thumbsup:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much!
:)
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relic1317 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
o......m........g...fantastic pic. wow, its great, good job. 10/10
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! :)
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cyde- Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
that looks amazing, nice concept!
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It definitely looks conceivable. Nice:)
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I'm making a similar type of ship (a Bussard Ramjet, actually) which will have a similar design. But... wow! I don't think I can top this!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you like it! One of these days I hope to try an interstellar ship in this more "practical" style. But this little thing's just a "puddle jumper" :lol:

A Bussard Ramjet is a cool concept. My sense is that a ship for interstellar flight would be pretty huge. My ship here is (I think) about 1 km long. A true starship would probably need to be much larger - not necessarily in length, but in terms of being substantial enough to carry a sizable payload safely across such a distance. The ship I've done - I have a hard time imagining it would make it to another star - it would be like crossing the Atlantic in a canoe :lol: !

I look forward to seeing your ship - let me know when you post it :)
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do! ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Cool - and good luck with you starship :D
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
;)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
This has been featured [link]
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Cool - thanks for the heads-up :)!
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
NP :)
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Flytch Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
How did you create this?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The spaceship was modeled in 3D using Lightwave. The Saturn is a fairly geometry (I have modeled most of the solar system in 1/1000th scale) with very large image maps applied to it.

The Saturn textures were originally from (I believe) the Celestia website but I modified them significantly with procedural textures to add a considerable amount of storminess and detail. The procedurals were baked out, and then the planet texture was assembled in Photoshop layers. The rings underwent a similar process and a number of iterations were needed to achieve a good alpha mask. Ultimately I rendered the rings as a separate element.

I was not going for a completely accurate Saturn, since I had in my mind a story involving some unusual events at Saturn. BTW there is another image posted here on DA showing a view of that - and the Saturn is actually the same model, with a local subdivision at the southern pole to achieve a cyclone using a displacement texture.

Aside from a lot of tests to light the ship, it was a very simple setup :)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Omg it's pretty realistic :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I was trying to get Saturn quite close to the Cassini–Huygens probe images (which are unbelievably great). I'm not sure if my texture on the rings is correct - they appear different colors depending on the angle to the sun.

The ship was lit trying to get something similar to "2001: a Space Odyssey" lighting...
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Well you did great job! I just can't belive the lightning too it's realistic :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ah, it took a bit of tweaking, but I've always had good results with the Lightwave renderer. It's very forgiving :)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
That's nice :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
AWWW MY, it's gorgeous !!! All the details are mind-blowing !!! I wish I could be on board !
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It would be the experience of a lifetime to see Saturn close up, wouldn't it :)?

As much detail as there is, I really wanted to do much more - but time was running out so I went with the model as you see it...
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is good enough this way !! I think this would be a unique experience !!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I hope one day we humans can put aside our differences and reach out into the universe. Maybe art can help in some small way to plant the seed of the idea. It is very positive how with the internet people from all parts of the world can communicate - it can only help :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
People can also share they hatred easily...But you're right ; internet will have an important role !!
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CreepyTrucky Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Dave? Dave? What are you doing Dave?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Without your space helmet, Dave, I'm afraid you're going to find that a bit difficult :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
So Steve, is this the same ship that's pictured in your Saturn polar enigma piece?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Uhm, that's classified information and uhm...

Yes it is :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cooooool! :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Of course, there's still the question of what happens AFTER they discover the giant alien things :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes? Yes?! Do tell!!??!! :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Well, I don't know... But I imagine there might be some trouble. I don't think the aliens want anyone snooping around their little project there :)
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!!!! I love it!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!

:)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
'Course ya had to post these after my mini-rant on realism, huh?!!? :D Well as I said, it's where my own work gravitates so I can appreciate a job well done there. This camera angle is great - both dramatic and, with the cockpit so close, intimate. What's the function of the labeled "units" at the midsection of the hab module? The thing that almost looks like a tank tread?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The "units" are a magnetic shield array to deflect nasty particles from the crew module (and also to add some sort of detail :)!)

re: realism and detail: I like all levels of rendering, from a scribble to a full blown 3D extravaganza! But it's tough to not let detail overpower the composition (actually in 2D as well as 3D).

Even excessive detail can be quite cool. I guess it all depends - there are many recipes that can make for a good meal :)!
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