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Hero class Trader fires! by Drell-7 Hero class Trader fires! by Drell-7
A Freetrader returns fire against pirates. This is one of the pen and ink drawings I did for the Traveller RPG in the 80's. In a fit of nostalgia I've been going through some of my old stuff, and decided to post a few of what I think are the best.

Pen and ink on Strathmore Bristol Board (gasp!)

Thanks for having a look!
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colongraphics Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorite illustrations of one of my favorite ships. Thank you for sharing it.
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TSofian Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
This is amazing! I loved the look of the Traveller Universe then and still do. The black and white drawings were far more evocative than a lot of the more colorful gaming art that has come afterwards.

Terry
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onimoroboshi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Terrific!  I love this kinda stuff; done a lot of it myself (your style here is very similar to my own), mostly on Strathmore Bristol Board, using Koh-I-Noor Rapidographs.
I've not been drawing of late--well, haven't done anything for several months, in fact--but this piece makes me want to get back to the ole drawing board, so thanks for the inspiration.
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somercet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
So classic! Thanks for sharing!
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TSofian Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I always loved the pen and ink that went with Traveller. It was clean and evocative. The lines were simple and elegant and told the story of the Traveller Universe clearly and simply.

Terry
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dm3da Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! That is a particular compliment from you. I've been a big fan of your work for a long time.
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dm3da Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
The last thing the space pirate will ever want to see...
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Patpahootie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Wonderful! - Damme, I remember this illustration.

The RPG world is all the richer for you having been a part of it.
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chirurgeon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loving all the old Traveller art....it was a game that sorely lacked visuals, but you made a huge impact. So many times I've heard from my players..."oh so THAT's what it looks like!"

Superb work, and glad to be able to find you here and thank you!
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Sabakakrazny Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i remeber seeing this in the day - as good now as it was then. Love the composition, and the action in this pic.
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Complete and total classic, and always nice to see traditional, hand-drawn illustrations in this age of digital. :)

I still have my 1982 hardcover copy of Traveller from GDW, and amazingly it's still in near-mint condition. Yup, I'm that old, too ;)
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Veruliyam Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
"Chew on this, you leech."

Awesome pen and ink!

My MegaTraveller stuff is strewn across a card table behind me. Been bashing together early space tech ships for my own vision of Traveller's history and future.
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etholmberg Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
This is Classic Traveller at its best. Please place more of your pen and ink work in your folders. What memories this brings...Mayday, Mayday....This is the Freetrader, Beowolf.....(spark,pop,sputter)....
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maikarant Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You worked on Traveller in the 80's... <faints>
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the kind of picture that have made me dream about space adventures while reading some of the rules of rpg books ^^
Congratulations and thank you !
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Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It almost brings tears to my eyes. I grew up with images like this. Thank you for posting.
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a nice touch, having the nose RCS system firing to keep her in trim as the missle launches!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, its those little touches of story that I love to put in, when I have the time. In this case, between the missile firing, and the obvious damage the ship's all ready taken, I figured there would probably be so instability still getting trimmed out.Glad you appreciate the touch. :D
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Losing main cabin pressure... This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone..."

It's been a long time since I first saw that box cover blurb, but it's what sold me on Traveller.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This is very much aligned with my own sensibilities on what a spaceship is. It's a nice drawing, and a nice design! :+fav: fave :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Steve! That's a great compliment, coming from someone whose design sensibilities I admire so much!
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Tiberius47 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks awesome!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your work really took ships like the Free Trader and Type S and brought them to a level of functional definition that really set them apart. It helped elevate Traveller from mindless space opera to respectable SF. You should consider revisiting this image in CG!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow. Kind of you to say, Arcass. It would be fun to do this in Lightwave--if only I can figure out that flare at the back of the scoops! It was easy to draw--much harder to model...
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy days!! Probably the BEST sci-fi universe I even encountered :D

And a sign of a great artist!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
YAY! I gotta agree with you there--somethin' about the 3rd Imperium setting really appealed to me.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know - still have the source book...and it never tires.

No one is a clear winner, no one has a clear advantage, all have a chance - the possibilities for stories are thus endless!

Superb or what? :D
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
looks great. there is some thing about pen and ink that you don`t get whive computer graphics.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it. Yeah, its awfully easy to lose spontaneity when rendering, and even when painting in something like Photoshop.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Writer
WATCH OUT! That's full of SAND!

Love it. Old Traveller = Great Traveller.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the missiles were always a little underwhelming in Traveller...

Thanks, Kon!
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Guns, however, were serious business. If someone pulled a gun on you in Traveller, you took him seriously.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, ya got that right! And the flak jacket wasn't much help AT ALL!
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep going through that old stuff!
To me its not that much as far as nostalgia goes as I'm still involved with a small group playing using the megatraveller ruleset that you illustrated :D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are a few more on the way. Its great to know folks are still getting some use out of Mega!
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some of us still use the non-illustrated original black books too :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah! The last campaign I ran, long after Mega, I went back to the oldschool LBB's. It ended up being one of my better efforts.
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SpareFace Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
My favorite drawing style :woohoo:
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool! I don't do much pen and ink any more. It can allow you to put a lot of motion and energy into a piece.
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
What he said.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic :) One of my favorite hulls was the classic free trader workhorse. Such a great pic of a great ship!
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D She's one of my favs, too. Actually, my very first professional Traveller illo was a Hero class. Arcass and I kind of updated and standardized the design that Bill Keith originally did.
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah I remember seeing the transition of the design creeping up in the publications. Old and new, such a great ship :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep, I agree. I've got a definite soft spot for Bill Keith's ink and brush original drawings of all the vehicles.
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Taka67 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Cool!

Hey, did you ever do the Traveller's scout ship? I always loved that ship and the class. :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I don't think any of us who did Traveller illos back then could AVOID doing at least a few scouts! I'll see if I can dig out a few.
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