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Interplanetary Explorer by SpireKat Interplanetary Explorer by SpireKat
I wanted to draw something that had vertical components in the design and this is what it ended up like. It looks like something between the Leonov from 2010 and the Agamemnon from Babylon 5.
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dcmstarships Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the detail work on this!
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wiledog Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
great work!!!
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SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is amazing! Amazing perspective & attention to detail.
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TheJugglingOctopus Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Exactly what I thought. The Leonov. This is beautifully done!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thank you!
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verticalcity Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this hard, comic book style, this is beautiful.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Thank you.
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MitMatt01 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Brill work! Wish I could draw starships like this.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thank you!
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Well no absurdly shaped centrifuge, but it still has the look.
I rather like it.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you.
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derbz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very impressive line work here mate, love the level of detail you achieve in this as well. Great stuff
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank you very much.
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GTDees Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I love the both the Agamemmon and the Leonov looks here!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Thank you.
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GTDees Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! :-)
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saucer-level-0 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Artist
:oops:nice art:oops:
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ephebox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Wooow!Amazing work!I know that isn't a new entry, but I think that I couldn't pass without comment it!The details and the modular design are fantastic; it reminds me old school spaceships!You have and interesting stuff!Keep going! :bye:
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Hi, thanks for commenting. I haven't had time to draw lately but thanks for the encouragement. It keeps me going. I hope I'll be able to put up some more artwork soon.
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ephebox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
It's a pleasure!I'm taking a look to your gallery and your style for sketching is fantastic!Sometimes is too difficult draw at the same time you do another jobs!I hope you submit new art soon!See ya my friend! :typerhappy:
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beltminer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
beautiful, reminds me of syd. this one produces them alpha waves in buckets.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Thank you.
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zajosvk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is cartoon ?
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Hi, the ship is just an idea I had. It's not from a show or anything.
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zajosvk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mas a very good idea and those working for some company?
Where are you from?
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Thanks. My job doesn't involve drawing so what you see here is something I do as a hobby. I'm in California.
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zajosvk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but nice hobby. You have the art school ...?
I have a waiter school: D and draw as an amateur because I enjoy it. I have to Slovakia in Central Europe. I have 26 years. And how old are you?
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I did take some art classes in the past. I was the person who was drawing spaceships and aliens while others were drawing more traditional subjects. I stopped drawing for a while but I'm not sure why. Now that I've uploaded some drawings here, I'm happy to be drawing again. My age? Hmmm....
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zajosvk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so that we have many similar: D j everything I have feelings too. I stopped six years ago. Now I put it here and I started to draw a new picture. The base jumped om drew same sci-fi;)
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Let's hope that we won't stop drawing this time. Good luck!
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GottaDoSomething Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Very nice drawing. I really like the way that you are able to capture very minute, and hard to draw, details within the exterior of the ship. Everything seems precisely designed, and is very well textured, on a three dimensional level.

If you don't mind, I do have one question. That is, would be, outside of the above two sources, do you have recommendations for seeking out source material for these kinds of designs? Not really sure if I want to begin myself (don't draw all that much (yet)), but am very curious of this subject (what was asked).
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I highly recommend the works of Syd Mead (Leonov), Ron Cobb and Joe Johnston. These guys have been around for a while but I still find them inspirational.

I know you said outside of the two sources but I suggest looking into the line drawings Syd Mead did for 2010 and even Aliens. I haven't seen any of his recent books so I don't know what they contain but I recommend some of his older books like Oblagon and the three Studio Image books if you can find them.

I don't know if there's a collection of Ron Cobb's artwork but his work is worth searching for. He worked on Star Wars, Alien, Aliens and others. His web site, roncobb.net, seems to be under construction a lot. I think it will be a great resource if it ever showcases his drawings.

Joe Johnston made a lot of sketches for the original Star Wars trilogy and I suggest purchasing the book of his artwork called The Star Wars Sketchbook. It's filled with B/W pen and ink drawings of spacecraft and it will make you want to draw right after putting the book down. There are also Sketchbooks for Empire and Return of the Jedi which I also recommend. These are long out of print but get them used if you have to.
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GottaDoSomething Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I see.

Thank you for informing me about these resources. Taking a very brief glance, they look quite promising.
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Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning, mate truely is...
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you.
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joulester Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool! Classic space design is something I truly appreciate. While having some semblance to the Alexei Leonov in Odyssey Two, I still feel your creation is something born totally anew. Also, your rendition of the picture is excellent - I can feel the vastness of this massive ship. Great work!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thanks for thinking that the design stands apart from the Leonov.
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3ihard Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   Digital Artist
very nice!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thank you!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Crazy greebles! Really love the classical, hard-edged, and just plain massive feel of this ship. Do you have a preferred blocking method during your initial layouts, or do you tend to work in an iterative fashion?
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thanks. I don't really have a preferred blocking method but I'll just put down some simple guidelines to get the basic shape of the ship and then start encrusting them with details. Most of the details are made up on the fly and aren't blocked out. It's not really a case where the blocking gets refined at each step.
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mikemars Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
looks like you had fun with this. refreshingly retro syd mead design. love it.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thank you. I actually had the chance of meeting him at a convention years ago. Amazing guy.
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mikemars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
the best are, just nice guys, ive found as well. cool!
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screenscan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   Interface Designer
excelent!

did you think this through, or did you just add all the details, because it probably would look like this?

plus i wished the white space was black too...

:)
cheers
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I drew it on the spot adding details along the way. The problem with this method is that I can't go back and change things.
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GenmaKragoth Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   General Artist
Very nice ship design, and yeah, you nailed the Babylon 5 feel. Love all the details.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thank you.
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Doomsday-Device Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the eye-wandering complexity of this, and especially that nothing is labelled. It lets the viewer try to determine for themselves what the different parts of this ship are contributing to the whole. I've have to keep telling myself not to ask about things like the power generation method(s) and propulsion, and crew compliment, and especially that damned enticing X-shaped structure near the stern (I keep on going back and forth on whether it's a solar array or a massive heat sink for a fusion generator, or maybe just a giant Connect Fourtm game). Anyhow, very good job, sir!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thanks. It's interesting that you pointed out the labeling thing because I thought it looked a bit bare without some kind of marking after I uploaded the image. I guess there's a merit for leaving them off. You guessed correctly, it's the Connect Fourtm game the crew uses when they get bored.
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