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I wanted to do a close up of a ship (ended up with two) and a huge planet in the background. Took altogether about 36 hours of work (on and off), the lighting being the most tricky part of the entire piece.

I wanted it to have the "Star Trek" feeling, so in the end I also applied a slight blue tinge to the picture.

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PS, LW, Wacom Volito2

Sentinel Mesh by Jonathan Wasik
Defiant Mesh by Skye Dodds & M. Christou

Background, Planet, Nebulae, Sun by me & 100% PS. Premodification planet texture thanks to NASA.

I've also enhanced the glow effects on the starships in PS postwork (e.g. nacelle/bussard/deflector glows etc.).

Original size: 2115x1150
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Comments and criticism welcome as usual and I recommend full view.
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TheBleachDoctor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone remember when we used to be explorers?
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Kal-el4 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
awesome pic! interesting choice for the secondary hull though; looks almost like the refit excelsior class hull, but smoother and more streamlined
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you. I had almost forgotten about this one. It's a non-canon design called Sentinel class. I think I put in the description who made it. And yes, it has a little of the Excelsior I guess, but also a combination of Intrepid and Sovereign classes.
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Kal-el4 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
yeah
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I see the reg. # on the big ship, but what's the lady's name?
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overseer Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   Digital Artist
It is called U.S.S. Sentinel. It's a non-cannon ship a guy called Kataar built, however, it's very nice. Something between a Sovereign and Intrepid. You can find more about it here: [link]
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I also design my own Star Trek ships! I have a new one called the USS Olathe, named after a city here in Kansas. She has an Excelsior-class saucer, a pair of wings sweeping up and back off the engine module, and a pair of Sovereign-class nacelles. Can you contact Kataar and have him build her for me? The reg. # is NCC-66061. THX!
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overseer Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Well, no, I can't. I don't know him personally and foundation3d.com is a website where modelers upload their finished public domain models if they wish to release them.

I don't create 3D models myself, I use the free ones that is available. If you would like to ask someone to build one for you (and I honestly doubt you will find someone, unless maybe it's a challenge) maybe register on foundation3d.com and post in their forums or ask around here on DA.

However, because I'm not interested in modeling, I'm not your man, nor do I know anyone who would. Sorry.
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Dang! THX anyway, though; I would've liked to see a 3D model of her...:(
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overseer Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Well, like I said. Ask around. There are people on DA who model, maybe someone would be willing. Maybe try ~thefirstfleet or so...
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DalekOfBorg Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I put together a story, if you like literature. This one's a riveting Star Trek story set in the alternate timeline created by JJ Abrams. Here's the link; hit it and drop me a comment.
[link]
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overseer Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Done.
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djomally Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
im not really much on Star Trek so forgive me if this sounds stupid.

is the larger vessel a Voyager class?
great work btw
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks.

No worries. No, it's not Voyager class (if you mean the Voyager from the TV show, she was Intrepid class by the way ;)). The ship is called "Sentinel" and it's a fan based design that was never shown in an official show on TV. I just liked it and used it. :)
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x64600 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Every Federation ship should have 1 or 2 Defiant class escorts!
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009   Digital Artist
Safe, but impractical. ;)
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michaeljtr Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Just for the record: this image is what I see every time I spin my Linux Cube. Or in other words, I really like it.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Digital Artist
:w00t: :faint: ;)
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Lifeaura2 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
tis an awesome picture ^^
really nice job
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you. :)

It's one of the few I was actually pleased with myself which is admittedly rare. Thanks for your kind comment! :)
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Lifeaura2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
welcome ^^

You should be, this could easly be the next Trek series (the blue tint does make it look like it is canon) :D
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Digital Artist
That's why I thought about applying it. ;)
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AcidFluxxBass Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
well the larger ships windows are massive compared to the defiant..
tis good though dnt get me wrong
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008   Digital Artist
<excuse>The Defiant is further away</excuse> ;) Naa, I can see your point. ;)
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AcidFluxxBass Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
10/10
only gripe is the ships arent to scale
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks. :)

Although I thought I quite got the size right given the perspective. There is not really a reference (I am aware of) to specify the size of the non-canon Sentinel-class. The Defiant only has 4 decks after all.
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ninereeds-DA Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Very cool!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you. ;)
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ninereeds-DA Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
My pleasure :)
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Tiggers Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
They should bring up a new Star Trek series using this ship! It looks like an updated Voyager ship.. I love Voyager. >_<
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! Yeah, it's a nice design. It would have also made a better looking Enterprise-E. I like Voyager, too. All started with TNG > DS9 > VOY. Voyager is a very sarcastic series, I especially like the Doctor. I have had a few good belly laughs during the course of the show! :D
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Tiggers Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Fo shizzy! Voyager is my #1 fav out of ALL the Star Treks. Captain Janeway is the best. :3
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   Digital Artist
Well, I certainly agree with her... "...coffee, the best organic suspension ever devised..." ;)
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musashidj Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Realy nice work mam!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007   Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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reo184 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, looks like a pro at this. i am just learning how to 3d model.
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overseer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   Digital Artist
Thank you, but I am not a modeler, I'm a designer. :) I enjoy doing scenes and putting together something that people will look at an say "hey, I recognize that, I've seen that". I need to get an instant feedback from work I do, I like to see exactly what I do and what it looks like. My modeling abilities are restricted to simple shapes and boolean objects, but thanks! :)
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reo184 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds interesting, I am going into game design at ITT Tech for concept art, my modeling skills are limited too.
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Damon1984 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
36 hours? Wow, that's a lot, but the image is just perfect. The lightning, the blue... it looks very professional. I'm not sure, but i think i know the Sentinel class from an fanfiction series called "Star Trek: Dragon"
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overseer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah it is a lot, but some of that is also render time. Rendering incl. lighting etc. took about 10-15 minutes each time and I have dual core CPU... oO I had to redo the lighting many times and add and shuffle light sources to get it just right.

And yes, spot on there! That's the ship. A couple of years ago now I was looking for a mesh of a Star Trek vessel that is not so canon, because creating pictures with canon starships means you have to always measure up to the original and there is always something that isn't quite right. Eventually I found the Sentinel, something remotely resembling the Sovereign class and I have to say I fell in love with it a little ;) I've used it a few times before. For example in "Briar Patch".
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