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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Random Art Two


3 Comments:

The Flying Trilobite said...

Love it! Fantastic, Lim.

It looks like the inside of the fine art building at York University, minus the brick walls. All built with a 'modern industrial' feel.

That's the crazy thing about space. No wind resistance, so build ships' features in whatever direction you need.

When I zoom in, is that your face and a metal bikini-clad copilot in there? Whatever happened to your furry companion?
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Lim Leng Hiong said...

Thanks Glendon!

I just "kit-bashed" a number of aesthetic features into the artwork, without much technological considerations.

Well it sort of looks like a Bussard Ramjet.

My inspiration for spaceship designs come from John Berkey (some samples - http://members.fortunecity.com/lioncourt77/berkey.html) who did some early work for Star Wars, though not as much as Ralph McQuarrie.

He conveys a sense of immense size and realism to his vehicles that is hard to beat. He also likes adding a mass of antennae and other sharp features to his ships.

So how's your Dawkins portrait coming along? Is it emerging from the "ugly" phase? Oooh the anticipation!

The Flying Trilobite said...

Thanks for remembering about the Dawkins portrait Lim! I'm working on a banner for a science blogger that I will probably trumpet about if it comes to fruition, so that's taken up some time.

The Ugly Phase may need to go back to the start. I'm not happy with it.

Berkey is a genius. Almost abstract, and very different from the cg heavy stuff we see so much of.

Please make more ships Lim!