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Digital McCall: An Homage by Rob-Caswell Digital McCall: An Homage by Rob-Caswell
This is an homage to one of Robert McCall's outstanding pieces of 2001 art, many of which have become as iconic as the film itself. This is probably the least reproduced of all the paintings he did for that project. You can see the original here: [link] I count McCall among my primary art influences.

This images was rendered in DAZ Studio and postworked in Photoshop. The Pod model is by Alvatar via ShareCG.com, the Discovery is the model available at Vanishing Point. The Exhaust brush is by Hameed and the background starfield is a composite of elements by FrostBo. Planet maps based on NASA/JPL photography.
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Sorry to nitpick, but I don't believe the thrust came from underneath the pod, rather the round quads on either side.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
As designed, the main thruster is underneath. The quads are just for attitude control. But the only place we actually saw it in action was in McCall's painting.
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Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hmm... well, I could be mistaken.  I just couldn't really imagine these pods designed for more than simple thrust and attitude control for workbee-like actions outside the spacecraft.  And even then... why on the underside?  And where are the fuel pods?  *shrugs* maybe I'm over-thinking, but 2001 had often been considered the more logical look at space travel, so I think I am well justified to question design logic :P
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I won't disagree with you. I was surprised to discover that myself. None the less it is part of the original design. The main thruster was only to be used in extraordinary circumstances... but that wold have included going after Frank's body and going to the monolith. For operations just around Discovery's hull they would have relied just on the verniers.

We never get a good look at the underside in the movie, but if you look at any accurate model you'll find that thrust nozzle underneath. Bob McCall was plugged into 2001's production and had a dedication to hardware accuracy, so his image was driven by the designed hardware functionality. On first view I thought he'd gone off his rails, but in studying the design more I found that his vision was accurate to the vehicle spec.
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Groovy! That actually looks like Dave inside the pod. Not my cousin Dave, obviously ...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well... if it DID look like your cousin Dave, that'd be downright FREAKY! ;)
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jizzyjiz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one!!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!! :D
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Monroville Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I love how you can see Bowman inside the pod. Great work!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Again, just copying the dance steps choreographed by McCall.
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