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Ascending outward

"Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot live in the cradle forever"
-K.E. Tsiolkovsky

Jason Tinsley's Helios model, and Fabio Passaro's Earth from Foundation 3D.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, another brilliant piece of art - love them ships - well designed, modest, and sensible!!!

Look like these babies are being ordered to give their engines the beans!! :D
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korborak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Wow! An other great image!! :)
I am the original designer of this ship that I have created back in 2002 using Rhino3D. It was called Explorer class. You can see it in my gallerie... ;)
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! It may be very futuristic beyond the zone of predictability, but those spaceships do have an extremely realistic feel to them! :)
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Bolo42 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool and highly realistic at the same time!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Niiiiiiiicee. Juicy image! :) Thanks for bigness.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic scene and great looking ships! I love the non-streamlined, non-atmospheric look of ships like this. Looks like they were designed for space, not flying through atmosphere. Best of all it engages one's imagination which is the very best kind of artwork. The fusion drive is awesome and it makes me think of another aspect of the vessel. The immediate thought is a colony ship, but some other ship-turned permanent structure variant might work too... a mining ship, a communication relay station etc... In any event, while they're not for atmospheric flight I can see them making planetfall coming down tail first, but when they land the fusion drive burrows into the surface and the ship settles down into the molten cavity with the ring being at ground level. Now the ship is a tower and ready to begin it's purpose and mission on the new world. That's my mind filling in the blanks of course, but regardless it's an awesome scene! :salute:
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Writer
The phrase "bad ass bitchin' cool sci-fi art" gets tossed around a lot these days...and with good reason.
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transistor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
awesome. the helios look great. great composition and render.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
How come you're making your images so small? This looks great, but I find myself wanting to look at it twice this size to drink in the fine details.

I love this. If one can call a hardware based SF image "delicate", I'd apply it here. Not like my stuff, which drags out the baseball bat.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sorry, I'm pretty pressed for time at the moment, and I've just been doing these small renders as I get a few minutes. I think I will address this again, with a bigger, more elaborate image.
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karanua Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But have you noticed that the habitat section on Jason Tinsley's Helios are just stacked passenger pods from space 1999 eagle transporters? (The ring being the fusion torus for main power)
Nice engine effects, really suits the fusion blowtorch thats the ships main thruster.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I had noticed a certain similarity--I wonder if the Helios was supposed to be sort of unofficially part of the Space:1999 universe? Thanks for the comment about the engines. They really should be more violet-blue, befitting hot hydrogen, but the yellow and orange just FEELS hotter...
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karanua Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who says he's using hydrogen as a propellant? it could be a fusion powered ion type thruster using a metal such as caesium as a reactant. The engines do make the picture though, in my eyes it reminds me of a 1970s scifi cover, darned if I can remember the book title but there was much the same composition as you have here but it was the engine flares that caught the eye.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, karanua! If its a fusion drive, I suppose it could be using any kind of reactant! The drive had to be warm and vibrant to make the concept work.

I wasn't consciously trying to imitate any book covers ( though I've certainly stared at enough of them!) If you think of the one it reminds you of, let me know.
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent use of Jason's mesh :) Lovely render.
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Kjasi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
No offense to Fabio, but my Earth is better.

Love the engine blast though!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, its probably my lighting and rotation, more than Fabio's work, that's lacking. I'm glad you like the engines!
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Kjasi Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Maybe... The city lights aren't bright enough and there's no atmopsheric coloring where the sun fades away, both of which happen in my Earth model.

Ah, the power of Nodes... ^_^

You're welcome!
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