As per suggestion by ~puffinrailsociety, here now the U.S.S. CONSTELLATION • NCC-1017, but as she would likely appear in the JJ Trek universe. So, here she is amongst an asteroid field. You never know where a Planetkiller might be lurking...
Call it my interpretation of the ship; I'm also not a huge fan of JJ Abrams' Star Trek reinvention in connection with the rest of Star Trek, but I think it's not bad in its own right; IF you keep them separate.
COMPOSITION: Starfield was rendered and then composited with the nebula painting I made from scratch in Photoshop. The star at the bottom was also painted in. The remaining elements were rendered in Lightwave with post work in Photoshop.
MESHES:JJ Constitution class by Aaron Smith (with texture modifications by me), Sun & asteroids 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.
One of the first things that caught my eye was the use of Indirect lighting comming from the lights on the ship. The light that is illuminating the NCC-1017 inscription on the underside of the hull is a notable example. Also, I noticed that the pannel lines on the underneath of the ship's hull are all circular in their curves which adds another level of visual authenticity. The two suns illuminating the bottom right and top left of the ship is another thing that I enjoy about this image as the light is just bright enough to keep parts of the ship in the dark and not overly washing it out. In a way, it adds a bit of mystery. Another visual detail are the two large asteroids on the bottom sides of the image where you can see the rough texture being affected by the light from the two starts.
Overall, this is an excellent piece and even though I've seen similar works here on dA there's not that many out there that display this level of professionalism.