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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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:iconkeiichi-k1:
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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:iconrob-caswell:
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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:iconrob-caswell:
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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:iconjizzyjiz:
jizzyjiz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one!!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!! :D
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:iconmonroville:
Monroville Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I love how you can see Bowman inside the pod. Great work!
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:iconrob-caswell:
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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:iconfredy3d:
Fredy3D Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Excellent! :clap: :clap:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man!!!!
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great! Good idea the inclusion of the image of astronaut Dave Bowman inside the capsule!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
McCall did have a visible astronaut in his original.
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:iconlordschtupp:
LordSchtupp Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool, Excellent tribute!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
It feels a bit like doing a paint-by-number ;)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oooooooh! Little people behind little windows! :)
okay,....one little guy behind one little window at least! :)
And I just L O V E how you made that (him) look behind that dark reddish glass!! Just great!
And iLike the lights - particular these searching-lights - a LOT too. And the depth given by that large ship.
Great great shot, again! :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL! "Little people behind windows". I know how to press your buttons!!! ;)
I really enjoyed doing this one.... to even TRY to approximate something by McCall is such a treat.
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Little did Bob know he was just painting a sketch for the finished 3D work ... ;)

Out-flippin'-standing interpretation - nice job integrating Keir in there, too. :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! Glad it tickles yer fancy! It was fun to try and walk in Bob's footsteps.
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PUFFINSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last time anyone will see Discovery until 2010...

Brilliant picture!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
The concept of "retro-SF" can certainly play with your brain ;)
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:iconpuffinstudios:
PUFFINSTUDIOS Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is a brilliant scene, it would of be harder in model form!
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OccamsRayzor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: Thank you!
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:iconpwesty:
Pwesty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Double points! Dam, your good!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!
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:iconlordtigeron:
LordTigeron Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
speechless
Its brilliant
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well.... it's sure "full of stars";)
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing homage!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad ya like! :)
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
< does a 'Chow Knives'...Wowwwwwwww...in awe of The Master Arcass... :worship:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL! Chow is awesome!!! :D
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:iconcelticarchie:
celticarchie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This is true! :)
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dkroth Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Spot-on - Great!
The details and layout are perfect. I like Your version of Jupiter far better too! I would say I'd be interested in seeing a version where more of the McCall yellow tone was increased? - Warm up the Discovery? Otherwise - top notch homage!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hm. Interesting idea. I may try that tweak tonight. If it seems to work better, I'll update the image. THANKS! :)
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Hmm, as you mention in your description, I consider myself a 2001 nut and I'd never seen the original painting. :ohnoes: Thanks for the link and more importantly, for your own awesome tribute to the work. You've made a great digital version that deserves plenty of love on its own.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
This one doesn't seem to have the same polish as McCall's other 2001 works, but it's still got lots of appeal - to both McCall fans AND 2001 fans. I think it's the only time that the pod's main thruster is shown being active?
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Hmm, I have to agree that this one (the original, not your sweet tribute, natch) does look a little "sketchy" next to his other paintings and is probably why it's not pasted all over like his others. :D Still, it's a neat shot...and I also agree that this is the only time I can think of seeing the pod's main thruster going. Not that I blame Dave or Frank...looks like Discovery is doing a good job of outrunning the pod here! :ohnoes:
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:iconnicelabs:
NICELabs Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A fantastic tribute to such an iconic piece. You've captured his vision beautifully and thank you for sharing his wonderful work as well!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's nice to really know that so many people still admire McCall's work. :)
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:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Is it okay to say that I like your work much better than his?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nope.
Heretic.


Sweet, cuddly heretic.
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RalfMaximus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always loved this image, and you do it justice here.

But one thing's always bothered me... Discovery's EVA pods carried limited fuel and weren't really designed for joyriding around the solar system. But somebody's boosting like crazy here on a non-sensical vector, away/above the ship's course.

In my mind I hear the pilot's diminishing cries of "woo hoo! woooooo hooooo!" and then the inevitable "aw damn, out of fuel" just before the mayday that can't be serviced because they're ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FREEKING SOLAR SYSTEM.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL! Yeah, opening it up like this for more than a few seconds is... well, a "limited thrill".
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautifully well-done, sir! Your match of the perspective and palette of McCall's original (probably the least reproduced of McCall's 4 paintings for 2001) is right on. The emotion and mood are wonderful.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Doing a McCall homage like touching the face of God ;)
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sicklilmonky Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
A true Classic :wow:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
This one used to bug me because of the pod thrust.... until I learned that the pod actually DOES have a big thruster on the bottom! ;)
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