Red Planet by Kixum ()
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Just another Enterprise render. I know that my stuff is very repetitive but I really wanted to try something which looks a little more interesting.
The backdrop is mostly procedural (everything except for the planet rings which were painted in paint shop pro).
The Original Series Enterprise is not very impressive in terms of lighting. The movie Enterprise has a lot more self surface lighting which of course looks really great in the darker areas. The classic version is also not particularly impressive in terms of surface details.
The model rendered here is reasonably true to the original TV show. It just doesn't come out as impressive as other models.
Anyway, this render came out cool enough to post.
Image Comments (10)
Being this is the 1st time viewing your work and will eventually look through your gallery when time permits I wanted to say I'm a Trekkie and enjoy anything Star Trek related.When done with class like you did here makes viewing much more enjoyable.Excellent Tribute Art!
The physical form of the Enterprise from the original Start Trek is a work of absolute genius - unsurpassed to this day by anything else that has been created for visual Science Fiction; the most unlikely, almost impossible, combination of solid forms, and yet somehow, amazingly harmonious and evocative. I was 8 years old when I first saw it, and I was immediately hooked - I have spent more than 40 years trying to understand its magic, its poetry. I am no closer to understanding it now than I was then, but I my enjoyment and appreciation of it has not diminished. It is the best imagining of a space ship - ever. Even if it is entirely impractical, unlikely, and never-to-be: It embodies a poetic message, one that we cannot understand with our reason, only with our hearts and our imagination. I will never tire of your beautiful renditions of this evocative form, no matter how 'repetitive': There is something there, something ineffable, but precious, something that needs to be seen from every angle, in every light, something we will never quite 'get', but must keep trying... None of the movie Enterprises were in any way improvements on the original, only minor 'de-provements'. The Next Generation version was an abomination, along with 'voyager. But Star Trek: Enterprise was good, true to the spirit of the Original, and I would very much like to see your rendition of it, if you feel inspired someday. The Klingon Battle Cruiser from the original ST is, in my warped opinion, the second-best space ship ever envisioned, and if you ever do a rendition of it, I hope you will dedicate it to me: That's how I discovered Star Trek in the first place. Here's the story: I was 7 or 8 years old, tagging along with my mother who was shopping. I saw a plastic model kit for the 'Star Trek: Klingon Battle Cruiser" and fell instantly in love. I didn't know what 'Star Track" was, or 'Klingons', as we didn't have a TV, but I wanted to build that... whatever it was. The curves! The shape! The form! The shadows it would make! And soooo Alien: such a weird and unexpected combination of disparate elements - and yet, they somehow all worked, together. "Mom," I asked, as was assembling the model, "What's Star Track?" "A TV show" she answered. "Can I watch it?" "You know we don't watch TV" she said, "we have better things to do." "Well, I want to watch Star Track, and see what this thing I'm building is. And I happen to remember that when I was 5 grandma gave you a little TV for Christmas, and you hid it on the top shelf of the closet in the hallway." So my mother got the little 7" B&W TV down out of the closet, and said "OK, but ONLY Star Trek, only ONE hour a day, no more!" Of course, I cheated, and used the little TV to see what else was on TV, but it was all shit. Star Trek (As I soon figured out it was called) was the only thing on it worth paying attention to. 40 years have passed, and my opinion hasn't changed. Not even when I finally got my hands on a color TV. So keep on rendering my friend, and don't worry about being 'repetitive' - Has a Catholic artist ever apologized for creating, yet again, another depiction of the Virgin Mary? No, & Never! We Trekies don't need to apologize, either, and YOU will be remembered as one of the great iconographers of Trek. (Whatever that is - it may be, in some weird way, spiritual, but it is NOT religious.) So, keep on Trekking, please!