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Sparrow Class Spaceship by SpireKat Sparrow Class Spaceship by SpireKat
I originally drew this because I wanted to have a profile sketch of a spaceship to display in my room. In the end though, it just got filed away.


Update (3/29/15): This ship will be making an appearance as the Olitau in the book Sword of Blue. The book, written by David Kristoph, is Book 3 of the Tales of a Dying Star series and will feature the Olitau as the flagship for the Exodus Fleet which leaves its solar system to settle around a new star.

More information can be found here:
www.davidkristoph.com/sword-of…


Update (3/25/15): I've posted a higher resolution image for download. It is now 6924x2228 instead of 2200x708. Thanks for all the positive comments.
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danowgo Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
vomit ship.!
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Atheose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
This is too good to just be "filed away". I sent you a message, but I want to purchase the rights to this sketch to include in my Tales of a Dying Star book series. Let me know if you're interested!

www.amazon.com/Siege-Praetar-T…
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Thank you. I don't know if you checked but I sent a reply to your message.
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:icondaanvantulder:
Hi SpireKat, would it be possible to use the spaceship for a poster for a single underground dance event in Amsterdam? We love it :)
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Hi Daan, thanks for asking. You're welcome to use the artwork for the Sparrow Class Spaceship as long as the event is kept decent and the artwork itself is not used for commercial purposes.

Thank you.
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daanvantulder Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
That's great, we will just use it for a online and offline flyer/poster. I can send you the design if you like. It's a very decent event so, no worries there ;)

Many thanks!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
You're welcome. If it's not too much trouble, I'd be interested in seeing it. I'm curious how it turns out. Thanks.
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ljubanz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Nice. Where can i buy few of these for my armada? It looks very warlike!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thanks!
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mgbass78 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
reminds me of the Sulaco from Aliens, very good would fit into that movie perfectly pity they moved away from that style.
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mivpus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
The Marlow? Looks a bit like it, with the gun on top. Anyway, I love it. It might even help me out with describing a dreadnought in my fanfic :)
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Diaboy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Really great. I'm interested in how you manage to come up with so much detail? I notice you mentioned previously that you often find generating the detail goes relatively quickly but the general shape takes more time, and I find I am almost entirely the opposite and find detail really hard. What is your process on working on things like this?

Also, cheeky question, do you happen to use a drawing board?

Again, fantastic stuff. Gonna have a look through the rest of your gallery!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Hi, thanks for the questions. For mechanical drawings like this one, I try to draw the details as if I'm carving, etching or sculpting something in 3D with a pen. I might draw some basic guidelines and start adding details such as bevels here and there. When drawing lines, I sometimes make an offset with another line right next to it with the gap between them barely visible. The offset usually includes gaps and dips for some subtle detail. Perpendicular lines are then drawn at some of the gaps and dips along with another offset with gaps and dips. By doing this repeatedly, I start to see shapes forming and try to make them stand out by enhancing those areas with more detail and maybe even adding some perspective. I hope this makes some sense. It's easier to show than describe.

I also advise not becoming lazy with the details and start faking things after a long session. If you become burned out, put the drawing away and return to it later when you have more energy to continue.

I do have a drawing board (26"x20") and I think I used it for this drawing along with a T-square and some triangles. The board is pretty old and worn out now though. I had kept in the garage after a move and the wood is starting to separate.
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ThrowYouAway Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work and especially detail work on this. Its also a good reference for maybe upcoming future projects.
You have a really nice gallery, too.
Looking forward to see more from you! :)
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thank you.
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harrycgpearce1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
i think i can draw that for abit :L
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harrycgpearce1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
look amazing :) :clap:
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thanks!
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harrycgpearce1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
no problem man/girl? :L
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TutorVeritatis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Do you have other profiles; the engines, bow, and overview? this is an interesting piece and I am searching ideas for a fiction in the works - just a fan made thing, not something serious.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I wish I had other views but this is all I have of this ship.
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TutorVeritatis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Pity. I am trying to find a ship that has the look of the Fallout franchise - old but scientifically advanced. A sequel features a ship, an airship that has a similar look to the one you have: hard edges, rough and militaristic. Know of any that might fill that bill?
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I don't know much about the design aspect of Fallout other than the few screenshots I've seen so it's difficult for me to suggest something similar.

Maybe you've seen them already but you can take a look at the other ships I've drawn.

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TutorVeritatis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Gratia for the links. The sequel I mentioned is my own interpretation of what occurs after the events of the main game of Fallout New Vegas - nice game by the way, you should give it a try if your into first-person shooter, survival, moral choice type games.

The main character is the new ruler setting out to establish a new nation from the 200 year old ruins of a nuclear apocalypse and the more recent occupation and war between two factions, all taking place in the Mojave desert over one location: Hoover Dam. The sequel will feature a retribution and final conflict, in which my character is forced to resurrect old world technologies - weapons, vehicles, and a potential power that can shift an entire civilization. One of those technologies is a vessel, the Battleborn (named after the Nevada state motto)

Thanks again for the links.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
You're welcome and thanks for sharing the setup of your story. Good luck!
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TutorVeritatis Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
And that is just a microfragment of the whole, AND it is just the sequel - which I imagine will be shorter than the first.

My first is on fanfiction.net, if you're curious, under the name 'From the Night'. Something I try to work into the story is information that even a person who has not experienced the Fallout series may enjoy the story without directly knowing the game itself.
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saucer-level-0 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Artist
excellent, well done, nice art
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Thank you!
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dcmstarships Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful sketch!
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Armed scout/explorer ship. Military style.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks kind of like the 'Forward Unto Dawn' from halo 3
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I think the U.S.S. Sulaco from Aliens has been a major influence on many artists so it's not too surprising to see similar designs and variants like mine and Forward Unto Dawn. I think we owe a lot to Syd Mead and James Cameron.
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WordBearer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Wow this is awesome
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thanks!
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LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
OK, watch!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thanks for the watch.
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LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
A real pleasure! :)
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AlexKende Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lovely detail, thanks for sharing.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks for taking a look at it.
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deadborderbob Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Big ship is big. Nice stuff.
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks.
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canadian-weapon338 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW THAT IS EPIC MAN I LOVE IT
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks, man!
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canadian-weapon338 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome please do more PLEASE!!!!!!!
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WOWandWAS Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweeeeeeet
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks.
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ShadowHyperreal Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
This is excellent!
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SpireKat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thank you.
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ShadowHyperreal Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
:D
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