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Fat Trader in Port by Drell-7 Fat Trader in Port by Drell-7
Pencil on Bristol Board. This is the ubiquitous Subsidized Merchant starship from Traveller, slightly re-imagined by Dave Dietrick (in the Traveller Adventure) and myself. Originally I did this drawing for myself, just trying to work out what a starport pad might be like. It was later published in Starship Operators.
Thanks for taking a look!
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I like your icon, Porco Rosco.  I love this sketch.  Do you accept commissions for Traveller deckplans?
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BlackDonner Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember!!!
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Oh wow, so you're the guy who did some of the DGP illustrations.  Incredible work.

There's a sketch of a half submerged scout that came with the Mega Traveller's referee's screen.  It has some of the crew up topside feeding parrot dragons.  I'm assuming that one is your's too.

Is there any chance you could do a full render of that scout ship?  I thought it was really incredible.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep, that was mine! Its humbling that the image stuck with you all these years! That is actually a piece I've wanted to revisit for years. Stay tuned...
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Very cool :)  I will stay tuned.
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ickman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Nice drawing. I love the game, haven't been able to play in years though since moving to the middle of nowhere.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional
you do very nice work
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice drawing =D
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Oh the trouble you can get into piloting one of these.....<walks off whistling innocently>

One of the first Sci-fi games I ever played. and I have to admit one of my favorite commercial ships to this day.
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dcmstarships Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice Traveller design
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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riftroamer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tom, this is awsome. Well I actually complimented about that illo (from the Operators Manual) more than once.

I am so grateful that you put it up here, as the illo in my book has very light lines and even postworking on the scan never brought the details out correctly. Now I can start remodelling my clumsy Type R variant with proper reference art (something that's been on my to do list for ages). :)

You definitely branded THE Traveller Fat Trader design. I just love it.

The Image has been a favorite of mine since the times we were actively playing Traveller from the moment I held the Operator Manual in my hands. The book itself however looks a bit overused these days, I must regretfully admit.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I never was terribly happy with the reproduction in SSOM. By the time it was reduced to size, it lost a lot of detail. The original is 18 " long, so you can imagine the problems reproducing it with a half-tone screen. Actually finding the original and scanning it has made me go back and rework my own Lightwave model of the Fat Trader!
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Zoggman2000 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best illustration I've ever seen of that ship.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
*naustalgia*
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep!
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jonsan90040 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
that's why it seemed so familiar i have that book!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of my favorite projects. I was on the conceptual design team for that one.
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Rotter12 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Love the R-series 'Fat' Trader! Well done, Drell-7!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I will forever be a big Traveller geek, I guess...
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Bartlebooth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great drawing of a beautiful ship!
I'm impressed.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sir!
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Nice ship design! Well developed perspective and shading to this piece. Appears to be off-loading some personal transports? (I'd take the one with the spoiler, probably turbocharged).
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, that's my "Grav-Porche". I've actually modeled that one in Lightwave and used in several illos. The other is a standard Traveller air-raft. Probably much more market for that one!
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Oh, I'll have to look out for it here. I recognized the ship in a few other illos as well like [link] . Ha, the air-raft prob has better hover mileage.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I remember a design like this in a very old merrionette animation series called "Fireball XL5". Way earlier than Traveller or even The Thunderbirds' series.

Of course really it is a ubiquitous design, it even has some lines and planform from the recently retired NASA shuttles, but instead of rudder on the centerline, a set of winglets at the tips of the main wing.

The drawing is beautiful with the hatches open and the vehicle in a very detailed loading bay with lots of automation in use.

Would look cool if colored!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I was a big fan of Fireball XL-5!! I've never consciously thought of the resemblance to the Fat Trader, but you are absolutely correct!
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CaptainAvatar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet man thats sink.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wicked!!! Love this style of ship design. I will risk showing my age and say I remember playing the original game very fondly:)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Ben! Me, too! I actually met Marc Miller (the principle author and force behind Traveller) only a few months after it came out, and I was hooked! I was lucky enough to do a lot of illustrations for the game over the years.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lucky you, he was a pioneer into the brave new world of RPGs and the like. Bet that was pretty cool.
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