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And the "remastered adaptation" series continues, with #5 depicting the recovery of the stolen starbase shuttlecraft from the teaser of "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."

Enterprise model by Aggi, Shuttle by XCalPro, background by Freelancah [link] . DAZ Studio render w/ Photoshop assist.
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:iconstarsatyr:
starsatyr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
If I recall correctly, the original cover had the Enterprise hovering just over an airless planet, with figures in spacesuits "beaming down" right under the secondary hull. In that pic, the Enterprise looked to be about the size of the Archer class(?!!) Talk about artistic license...Cool pic, until you realze she's supposed to be closer to CVN-65 in length, not a World War One four-piper destroyer. Oh, well. As far as that goes, the cover for the first volume had flaming exhaust coming from the warp nacelles and shuttlebay. Today's artists (and art directors) tend to be much greater sticklers for accurately portraying the book's contents, thank goodness! Ditto for you, Arcas!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really liked those original covers. They were less representational and more.... just capturing a feel of SF mystery. I look back on 'em fondly! But i like mine too ;)
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason this scene never really occured to me. But you made it work really well. Brilliant - that's the word I'm looking for. I need more Red Bull...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
MORE Red Bull????


*runs for the hills*
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:iconptrope:
Ptrope Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmm ... I'm having a really hard time with this one, and I'm not sure why. I like the idea, and I like the image POV, but adding the cover info to it throws it off for me, esp. the pink text, even though I realize it picks up color from the image. Also the way the text overlays the shuttle, and everything appears squeezed into the space defined by the vertical lines - it just doesn't seem to be balanced, or maybe it's too balanced - I'm not sure which.

I know I'd dig this image as a stand-alone (I love the palette in the art itself, and I might like to see it cropped a bit differently), but this cover, for some reason, doesn't 'sing', to me, like the previous ones.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Y'know, I tweaked the colors this morning, but some some reason DA won't let me upload and replace. So I figured I'd try again when I got home from work.

That ST# masthead graphic can be tricky to work around. It's so large that it becomes an integral part of the composition. So... as I'd expect, some of these will work better than others. All I can do is hope that I haven't peaked ;p
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:iconptrope:
Ptrope Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Preachin' to the choir, son! :D

I'd look at maybe bringing the shuttle closer and breaking the frame with it, maybe even on the right and bottom, to really emphasize its distance from Enterprise; bringing the camera in a bit would also put some space between the two vehicles without actually repositioning them, and then a bit of DOF on the shuttle would further involve the viewer. Did they use a tractor beam on the shuttle (I don't recall the specifics)?

Just thinking aloud ... ;) YMMV, and it may be pure shite :D.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well I think I'll just move on and try to be a better lad in the future... though I may take your suggestion on "frame busting". Stay tuned. We'll see if DA lets me update it tonight????
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice work . your work is getting me back into TOS.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL! I do NOT apologize for that influence ;)
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No need ....... I am working on a Lightwave tutorial on how to build the USS ENTERPRISE from scratch aimed at new modellers using the most basic tools, so far I am on chapter 10.. the Secondary Hull.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really??? Cool! :) Is it going to be posted on your site?
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:icontaranis69:
Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :)..... it will be in PDF format ...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool! I'll be sure to point Drell-7 to it when you're done, as he's a LW modeler.
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great........ but I won´t be back to it for about 3 weeks .... going to visit the family in Ireland.

so take care ... looking forward to the Trek updates
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:iconcelticarchie:
celticarchie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Floaty shuttlecraft, must rescue, although I think that is a really baaad idea. :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's a black and white decision.

*buh-dum-PAH!*
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:iconcelticarchie:
celticarchie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
And can you believe the Stand-Up Comedians Association let this boy go? ;P

You read my stories yet? :poke:
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Stories?
Stories?

You have stories?!?!?

;p
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:iconcelticarchie:
celticarchie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Yeah, rumour has it! :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
I actually DID open then up at the end of the day.... only to discover I wasn't really in a reading mood ;p

But I've not forgotten!
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:iconcelticarchie:
celticarchie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Just giving ya a friendly :poke: they aren't going anywhere. :)
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:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Writer
There is a special place in hell reserved for you after that comment.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
YAY!!! The spiked chair is mine, all mine!!! Now get that flame going beneath it - PRONTO!
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:iconmdbruffy:
mdbruffy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Another one for my collection. :-) Looking forward to the rest.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks - I'll keep aiming for the goal line :)
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:iconkaranua:
karanua Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beats the rather austere covers that are on my set of the series paperbacks. Yep I'll take your interpretaions anyday.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man! I only wish I could offer them with pages attached :D
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:iconnight-forager:
Night-Forager Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   General Artist
Nice work! It definitely conveys the helplessness of the shuttle as it drifts through space and the Enterprise being so far off in the distance offers little comfort. This would definitely hook readers.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's great to hear! I mean that really is the point of a book cover. It's a sales tool :)
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I love how you consider the episodes each collection contains, and design the art accordingly. The original art on these was always generic, and frequently embarrassingly off model. But they still had their style and charm.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I agree. There was a certain charm to the originals, even if they were generic and often inaccurate. I just loved the abstract and painterly treatments. I'd like to be able to evoke at least a tiny portion of that.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I think they had a lot of charm! I liked the Lou Feck cover the best. Very moody colors. They made me wnat to buy the books. They just don't do book cover art like that any more.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nope.... though it does seem the looser, more painterly style is making a comeback. Perhaps in reaction to hard-edged CG?
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
well, I guess I haven't seen much of it as of yet. It seems to be getting more hard edged in my opinion.
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Venomater Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to see a shuttle in one. . . .
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yup - it was fun to mix it up a bit... and for all Trekkies, the shuttlecraft is almost as iconic as The Big E.
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WilliamRumley Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice color here! And I like how the shuttlecraft isn't oriented "normally" to the viewer :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I wanted to reinforce that sense of being helpless and out of control with the shuttle. Nice to know it worked!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The 'fumes' issuing from the rear vents add to the effect -- as if the fuel tanks have run dry...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks.
That's actually supposed to be atmosphere leaking out, but whatever it is it conveys the same thing: mechanical distress :)
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lokai (was that his name?) discovered he was way too far away for 'Roadside Assist' to respond... That's what you get when you steal shuttlecraft. Good thing he didn't try it with a Klingon outpost!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Indeed. The Klingon's would have taken his white and black halves and squished 'em to gray ;p
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And laughed while they were doing it. Then -- to add insult to injury, when Commissioner Bele showed up, they would hand over a big bucket of grey goo... "He's all yours, here you go!"
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