As I’ve mentioned before, there are many aspects of new take on Star Trek introduced in the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek film that I found very appealing. The opening scene of the film depicting the birth of James T. Kirk, the sacrifice made by his father and the destruction of the U.S.S. Kelvin is still my favorite scene of the entire film. I like the design of the Kelvin, interior and exterior. I was also pleased with the overall design of the Starfleet Uniforms of this era. So, as usual, I decided to make my own pass at it. So here we have my sketch of the Standard Male Duty Uniform, both the line art and the missing Red color scheme. This was completed months ago. I thought it would make a good start to my return to updating this blog.
As some of you may have seen in a previous post, I redesigned my Pioneer Class starship so that it would fit into the new timeline created in 2009s Star Trek. Well, here we have another attempt to embrace the new design philosophy. Anyone who has played the video-game Star Trek D-A-C should recognize the design as the Support Vessel. We made a slight addition in that I felt it needed a deflector dish. Since its overall design was similar enough, we named this the Akula Class after the ship class that has appeared in the PC game Starfleet Command.
Next up, we will be trying a simple re-imagining of the Saladin class.
Having always been a fan of the old Deadulus Class starship, I was pleasantly surprised to see a return to the spherical pimary hull in the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation – “All Good Things…”. The U.S.S. Pasteur was an elegantly simple design. And of cours, I was inspired to try my hand at incorporating the spherical primary hull into my own designs. What you see here is not the first attempt. There were two that came before, but this is my favorite…the Pathfinder Class Exploration Cruiser.
So, I have to admit, I am a member of Star Trek Online, and I love the game. I’ve never played an online MMORPG until STO. But I understand the draw of this type of gming experience. Such a simple pleasure it is to design you’re own Captain, and then one-by-one your crew. And to customize and name your own starship, awesome. One the funnest parts is to design your uniform. here are all kinds of presets, and add-ons you can purchase like the uniforms from The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. They have recently posted information on the upcoming Season 3 in which they plan to add uniforms from The Motion Picture, and Enterprise.
Now to the reason for this post. I recently finished a couple of drawings of STO characters while trying to emulate the artistic style of comic book artist Ed McGuinness. For the male character, I used my favorite iteration of the the uniform styles available on STO with my own personal color scheme. When drawing the female, just for fun I decided to draw her as an Andorian (My first drawing of an alien, ever) and with a bit of the Mirror Universe flair.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Star Trek: Enterprise was and is my favorite of the Star Trek television series. One afternoon, as I was looking over my various Star Trek collection items, I took a good look at my Art Asylum Phase Pistol and began to wonder what it might look like if we tweaked the design a little so that it would resemble more of a Phaser. The drawing came together a bit faster than I thought it might. So, here we have my take on what the Starfleet Mk I Phaser would look like. I envision this being issued during the 5th Season missions we never got to see, along with the NX-01 Refit (which is displayed wonderfully in the Star Trek: Ships of the Line 2011 calendar we recently received).
(this is a repost from my other blog Hero Worship @ www.collinization.wordpress.com)
This concept came up during a whirlwind setching phase where we had numerous Starfleet uniform ideas floating around. The idea behind this is that, for those hardcore Starfleet officers who want to show their affiliation while off duty, they can wear this Off-Duty uniform variation. Its more relaxed, comfortable. Still displays their departmental colors and bears the Comm-Badge. The female version would have a long sleeve shirt available, and slacks. The male version would also have a short-sleeve variant. I have yet to sketch either of those. Look for them in a future post.
(This is a repost from my other blog Hero Worship @ www.collinization.wordpress.com with an addition)
This Starfleet uniform would most obviously fall in the timeline after Star Trek: First Contact. The overall design is very similar, but I wanted to allow more of the department color to be evident. The colors are one of those minor elements that I always thought made Starfleet uniforms stand out from the types of uniforms we see in a lot of science fiction film and television. It was after this that we started looking into designs that allowed the department colors to really stand out…
This was a project that was long delayed. But let me start with this…I think that Ryan Church is a fantastic artist. However, I have the feeling that when he designed the new U.S.S. Enterprise, for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, he did not approach it the same way as previous Star Trek starship designers/concept artists did. There doesnt seem to be enough of the “Form Follows Function” philosophy. It took me a while, but I slowly began to like the new design. I get what they were trying to do with it. Once I reached that point, I had to design my own. I thought what better way to do that than to use my previous Pioneer Class starship. I have long had a desire to refit the Pioneer, and had tried some sketches using Excelsior Class, Ambassador Class, and even Galaxy Class components, but they never really gelled into a cohesive design. So, recently we started playing with the components of Ryan Church’s Enterprise. Using the film, and a few Fan-Based schematics we found online as reference, and a few months of trial and error, we finally completed this drawing. I liked it so much I had to make a copy and added a little color to it, something I never did with the original.
Once this is complete, we hope to re-create a finely detailed rendering with our trusty old version of Photoshop, and hope to finish the other views and an internal diagram as well.
(This a repost from my other blog: Hero Worship @ http://collinization.wordpress.com)
Before I discovered all of the various, and rather cool, designs of the Starfleet uniforms created for the MMO Star Trek Online (yes, I am a member) I began sketching out some Starfleet uniforms of my own. These were completed a few months ago. This design was inspired by the Time Travel uniform worn by Crewman Daniels from Star Trek: Enterprise, my favorite of all of the television series. You may notice the color variation of the 3rd uniform. I always felt there should be a separation of the Medical and Science divisions. Keeping the standard blue for science, it seemd appropriate to give medical the mint green color, in keeping with the old-fashioned green scrubs. These are meant to be similar to the jumpsuits worn in the Next Generation era.
These last couple of images are ship system displays for our Pioneer Class starship. Again, these were heavily influenced by the artwork that appears in Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise.