Roughly based on a short scene from the intro of Star Trek: Enterprise. It shows an X-33 shuttle (concept) departing from a future ISS (which I've decided to make part of a United Earth) in Earth orbit.
COMPOSITION: This is for the most part rendered in a single scene (in Lightwave) with very little post work in PS. The only postwork parts are some blending and color adjustments, as well as the shuttle exhaust and the residue from the severed umbilical. I've also decided to add some lights in post work, to illuminate the station's logos.
Everything else is setup in a single scene with about 10 different light sources (some negative values, to create darker shadows). I've modified some of the Earth textures and create a stronger bump mapping, I've also added the umbilical to the ISS model (just a spline with a rail extruded disc and a basic texture) and replaced the logos on the modules.
MESHES:Earth by Fabio Passaro (modified by me), ISS by Jason Webster (modified by me) & X-33 Shuttle by Kenny Mitchell.
Very nice art! Lovely "shape" to the flight vehicle. [Seemingly, has a lot of "gravity!" Meaning, a lot of punch, velocity, and speed designed for the craft!] The clouds are a nice addition, creating a photographic-look to the work! Very modernistic, too! Enormous impact and understating. And the colors soft and well blended to give a "complete look," in appearance! All of the work's "aspects" seem to fit well! Super techniques! ".. A story is in the telling" with this art! Waxes "quality!"
Congratulations overseer. Stupendous drawing ... one of my favorites, of your many many works [... achievements]!
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo). ¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!.
* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!.
It's a very nice model. Things don't have to take weeks to be great, that's one thing I'm learning every single time. And yeah, I had the idea with the lights after and it worked the way I hoped it would.
Because there are several emblems, one for the American continent, one for the European continent, the Africas, the Asian continent etc. A "United Earth" doesn't mean the individual cultures are ceasing to exist, nor should they; the unification is a political aspect to make global dealings easier. And we;;. since this is a NASA concept and NASA is a U.S. organization, I chose the logo depicting the American continent.
But fine, far be it from me to not be acommodating, so I changed it....
After the unification of Earth had been declared, everything on & in Earth is finally the property of Mankind. That means, Even the NASA is the U.S's organization, it's our now, along with the other organizations around the world. Every mission that take place by NASA, must get throught the High Council of Earth ( more powerful than United Nations High Council ), not only the U.S government.
"A "United Earth" doesn't mean the individual cultures are ceasing to exist, nor should they; the unification is a political aspect to make global dealings easier." <-----
I don't force the individual culture, the culture of every people around the world is unique. That makes us special, and makes us proud more about Humanity. "I comes from Earth, and I'm so proud of my home planet and my race."
But, in political, non single nation on Earth will not allow to make its individual decision for its country or its foreign affairs. Everything must get throught the High Council.
And one important thing. Every nation on Earth must help each other. Sharing their ideas with each other. Live, fight and die together. Having good fortune, sharing together. Having catastrophe, sharing together.
the idea about Earth Unification stills...new to us. But it's under development, we'll see in the future. Let's hope that is our best decision.
Well, thanks for all the info. It's certainly interesting.
By choice I'm not very interested in politics. I keep an eye on what's going on, but elections, governments etc. do not interest me, because I don't feel that anything is ever going to change. The rich (industry etc.) control politics, no matter where you go, in the U.S. more than elsewhere, granted, and elections in my eyes is merely 'playing politics'. It doesn't change a thing. Electing a different politician to lead a country or a party won't change the overall situation.
As long as we fight over power, resources and mining rights, nothing's going to change.
Either way, yes, another world war would certainly not be the right way to go, but we are also a long way from just simply working to better ourselves and to learn. Simply traveling on our little, unimportant planet (in the grand scheme of the universe) is such a drag these days with border controls, document requirements and whatever else is required, that all that's left for someone like me is to dream and hope for a future worthy of my undivided attention.
And don't even get me started on all those people that feel they have to force their view point on others based on some anchient interpretation of so called 'holy scriptures'. Lazy people who can't think for themselves.... sigh.
Either way, until we as a race do grow up, it's back to art I guess.
Thank you. I guess if you're working on a still image you can refine it much more than when you're a 3D artist trying to meet a deadline and keep a scene easily renderable for animation. Plus it's nearly 10 years later!
I wouldn't go that far at all. You scene setup is great and it's essentially showing a couple minutes after my picture.
I'm looking at some of your other stuff and you definitely have lighting down. I think that's the only thing I would improve. Lighting... given the fact that the sun is eight light minutes from Earth it's a little bright.
I usually work with a minimum of two light sources.
Well, I'm sure the lighting is correct as far as the picture is concerned (based on the background), but it always depends on the exposure of the photo when it was originally taken. It could be that due to a longer exposure or an F-stop setting it was a little brighter... but yeah I enjoy darkness/light contrasts.