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A rework of an older piece I created back in 2011. Been working on the update since before Christmas; finally got around to complete it.

It is my interpretation of a scene from one of the first TITAN novels showing Capt. Riker on approach to his ship, still in dry dock. Nearby the Enterprise-E is waiting, to accompany the U.S.S. Titan out of dock, before parting ways to new adventures.

COMPOSITION: Planet textures created by me in Photoshop. Planet mesh created by me, and composed into 3D models in Lightwave. Texture and atmospheric settings also my work, including all background elements. Lighting rig, composite for all models, as well as some re-texturing, and/or texture additions (e.g. registry details) done by me. Scene entirely rendered in Lightwave, with post-work in Photoshop.

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On Approach by overseer

MESHES: Luna-class by ulimann644 (original design by stourangeau), Nemesis Drydock by Jason Tinsley, Type-11 Shuttlecraft by J. Mous, Danube-class Runabout by Thomas Slanitz, Nova-class & Starbase 42 by Raul Mamoru, Sovereign-class by Ralph Schoberth, Spacedock Shuttle by Jennifer DeSalle-Boucher, Workbee by H Gibbens & Mars by me.

My artworks are not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc. or the "Star Trek" franchise. The Star Trek trademarks, logos, and related names are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used under "fair use" guidelines.

Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you to my wife TreeClimber :heart: :hug: for the usual great comments and suggestions during the creation process, and for the original request!

        More of my works:       


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anno78 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017
I would love to see my ship done by you, especially in a drydock scene like this!
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Auctor-Lucan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the eye-candy! Top class. :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you kindly!
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anno78 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Very nice.

One question (this has been bugging me for a while now), what is that section that comes down from the top of the dry dock and connects with the ship?  I've seen it a few times on screen, and loads of times in people's artwork, but so far no-one has explained what it is, or what it does.
Does it transfer people and equipment (which is strange considering transporters and shuttles), or does it transfer power (Again strange seeing as the ships have their own internal reserves, and a Warp Core)?
Any ideas?
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overseer Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you.

Well, you probably haven't had anyone say it clearly yet, because frankly, that's a grey area that hasn't really been defined. That being said, yes, it could have a lot of functions, all of which are likely true and applicable.

Most Starfleet ships have an airlock at the back of the bridge module (we've seen it used in 'The Motion Picture' when Spock's warp-sled shuttle docked), and several more all over the hull, so it could, in some cases, be used to transfer personnel. It will likely have the function of providing external power and other services, probably connections to refuel the deuterium and anti-matter storage tanks via conduits, provide light, and engineering based provisions (e.g. tool bins, airlocks, power), and, of course, light. Especially when a badly damaged ship is being repaired, it may not be able to sustain its own power.

Transporters and shuttles may not always be viable for large personnel transfers. If you consider maybe 10 personnel (non-freight) transporter rooms with 6 pads each, you could maximum beam 60 people in at the same time. If you look at the Galaxy-class with over 1,000 people on board, that's not feasible. I believe there were a total of 20 transporter rooms, but at least half of them were evacuation transporters, and not used as main facilities. Either way having crew transfer via an direct connection through an airlock makes much more sense. Shuttle bays may also not be operable based on damage, or may not yet be in service if it's a new ship. I'm sure space/dry docks have all options available.
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anno78 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Thanks for the reply and the info.
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016   Digital Artist
Sure thing.
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hardriff Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
epic
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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ulimann644 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool to see my baby in this great composition. I like it. :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SanderR098 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is amazing!



Also the dock makes this look a lot more like something humanity might see in the future.
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016   Digital Artist
Dahnk yuh vel! And yes, I'm sure that we eventually get to a stage similar to this. Given the Trek timeline we have about 300 years to get there. Given the progress made in the last 20 years alone, I have no doubt that it'll happen. Maybe not in this exact form, but somewhere similar.
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Athane Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I had two monitors right now. I dont want to change the background I just set up but I also want to see this magnificent shot every time I close my windows.
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! If you have a newer version of Windows (i.e. Windows 7 or newer), you can select more than one image and have it cycle through a set of pictures at a specified time interval. You can specify anywhere from a few seconds to one day. This might've already been available in Vista, but I don't have a computer/virutal machine available to check right now.
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jricht Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
This is a very nice piece. My only big criticism is that it's hard to make out the profile of the ship in the dry-dock from this angle.
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you. That's a fair comment; maybe I'll do a follow up with the Titan leaving the dry dock. . . :)
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