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2010 Ignition by Drell-7 2010 Ignition by Drell-7
Another in Rob Caswell's and my series of images based on the novel 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke.
One last time, Discovery's plasma drive comes to life among the moons of Jupiter.  The now combined Discovery and Leonov begin their complex departure from Jupiter's increasingly enigmatic space. From the novel: "Strange, thought Floyd, how terminology often survives long after the technology that gave it birth. Only chemical rockets were capable of ignition; even if the hydrogen in a plasma drive did come in contact with oxygen, it would be far too hot to burn"

Done in Lightwave 10 and Photoshop CS6.

Thanks for taking a look!
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Monroville Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I think you messed up on the design of the Leonov.   The BABYLON 5 "gravity wings" (for lack of a better description.. and yes, I know B5 took those bits of the Agamemnon from 2010) are missing.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Our design is based on the book 2010. In the book there was no centrifugal gravity on the Leonov, to save weight, and,also, I think, to emphasis the no frills nature of Soviet spacecraft design. The big centrifuge on the movie Leonov was put there by the filmmakers to make the ship look like it was "doing something" during long shots in Jupiter orbit, and so they wouldn't have to shoot a lot of wire-work with the actors.
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Fantastic view!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant angle for this image!:squee: Am I the only one who thinks that the command module of Discovery, backlit as it is here, looks a lot like HAL-9000's camera 'eyeball'...?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
That was the intention, with the composition and lighting, to get the viewer to think about the intellegence actually controlling Discovery. Glad it worked for you!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I didn't much go for the movie Leonov, as I've told Rob Caswell, with its inflatable-bouncy-cushion heat shield (:wtf:), the countdown sequence worked well for me... As the humans are starting to freak out about Jupiter being consumed, HAL's utterly calm, reasonable voice came across like a nightmare. "I think we should stay. Ignition in two minutes. Dr. Chandra, should I cancel the burn?"
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Of course, this is totally awesome...and it seems to have a Yamato feel to it...for BONUS awesomeness!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Y'know, I hadn't thought about the Yamato similarity at all...but your right!
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Writer
It happens on rare occasions.
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Love the work you do, makes me feel as if I'm actually there.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! That is the intent--I'm glad it worked!
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Eihort Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
"Three, two, one... ignition... full thrust."

Okay, so that's the movie. Sue me.
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:icondrell-7:
Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, and the book, too, pretty much.
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
I gotta reread this book (after I find it.  Went looking and only found 2001, 2062, Red Mars and Coyote; that's almost my entire dead tree collection).

I don't quite remember how it went down in the book, but I do remember the lead up to the burn was a tense moment in the movie.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
It was as intense as Clarke gets, I think. There was a certain dire uncertainty.
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MorituriMax Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This reminds me a LOT of Captain Future's spaceship.  An old german animation series.

www.christianjaehnel.de/wp-con…
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hmm, it appears that the visual design of Captain Future dates from the late 70's, so, actually, The Comet looks a LOT like the Discovery, the design of which dates from 1966-68, not visa versa. Both designs share the prevailing wisdom of the time, that the crew module would have to be separated by some distance from the drive module, which housed very lightly shielded nuclear reactors. What may be further confusing the issue is that, in this illustration, Discovery has been docked with the Soviet spacecraft Alexi Leonov, as I interpret it from the pages of Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2010. You can get a better look at what Leonov looks like on her own in many of the other images in my series.
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William-Black Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

You’ve captured the dramatic impact of the scene with subtlety and skill, an absolutely spectacular composition. Great job guys!

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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir, sometimes these things just fall together really well! I'm glad you like it!
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
WHAH
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takes my breath away
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
COOL! Glad you like it!
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eddievhfan1984 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Tres excellent, dude.

I thought the EVA hatch of Leonov was supposed to be connected to the Discovery's emergency airlock with a pressurized tube, even when they were strapped together...

Not digging on the image, mind. Just a little confused.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are a detailed and observant reader! I just couldn't figure out any way to make it work. The tube would have to be REALLY long and ungainly--and susceptible to vibration problems during thrust. Instead, I assumed a set of lines connecting the Emergency airlock on Discovery to Leonpv's EVA lock.
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eddievhfan1984 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Yeah, I can't really see them here, though. :P

Another question: would the effects of thrusting be enough to shake off some of the accumulated sulfur on the Discovery? Just something I've wondered.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've wondered that myself. Clarke says the acceleration is about 1/20th of a gee. Some of the sulfur was still hanging on to the Command Module when Discovery was windmilling at what looked like considerably more than that. But I'd think the acceleration would knock SOME of the stuff loose.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well consider with the thrust there's probably gonna be some degree of lateral shimmy that would loosen things, unlike the more stable (but higher gee) pinwheel.
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Javajunkie1976 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Anyone consider asking the folks at NASA about that? I would figure they'd know.
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Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great image, nice to see a different version of the Leonov too.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. As nearly as Rob and I could figure out, this is more what Clarke was describing in the novel.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent!  Love the angle and lighting!!!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Had a lot of fun lighting this one. Thanks!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive: :) 
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AthdaraSeleyaRiddle Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really fantasitc work!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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AthdaraSeleyaRiddle Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I really dig the lighting on this, and the perspective and composition give it an epic feel.

And at a glance, it looks a little like Serenity ... ;).
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Ptrope! I hadn't thought about the Serenity similarity at all, but you're right!
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, if this were square (and it's so close!) it would make a dynamite album cover, too! 2010: Odyssey Two by Ignition would be on my record shelf, for sure!
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Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe would that be Serenity sporting the naked chicken look?
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