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Santorini Space Probe by Shimmering-Sword Santorini Space Probe by Shimmering-Sword
Commissioned by :icondimsdale00: *Dimsdale00. A painting to go with his kitbash model of the same design.

I was looking forward to working on this piece. While it's not much like my personal design style I've always been interested in retro ships that have the modular feel of our modern space stations.

My process for this piece started with a 3D base model on the ships (as I do with most vehicles) and 2 photos of mars for the planet, tons of paintover and sore fingers following :)
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Ah i thought of one other thing. I wont pretend i work at NASA but i am a certified aircraft structures tech. generally on this sort of craft (especially if its within the next 90 years or so) a ship of this kind would most likely have a slightly larger more dedicated fuel and thruster module. All this being said who knows what might happen in the next 50 to 100 years. That's the best part about science fiction! as for the artwork it is fabulous as always. although i may be bias seeing as you are one of my favorite deviants. if your looking to better your art i have a friend at the University of Victoria that would suggest dabbling a bit with smaller pieces with extreme detail and see what you can do. its so hard to rate this piece for originality because the concept is everywhere but you did make it your own. keep up the good work! =D
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Chiletrek Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
 This is a great design, clearly a homage for Space1999 (at least, I think so :D ).

 I like how you used sections from both the Eagles and hawks and adapted those to this ship... but I specially love those little shuttles.

 Awesome work!
PloofWooWoo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Very nice. One point - and this feels like nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking, because you're clearly choosing a slightly cartooney look - is that the lighting looks a little too soft. With both the sun and the planet somewhere off to the top-left, it's not clear where the fill-in lighting on the underside is coming from. In a realistic rendering I'd have expected the shadows to be starker.
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Soft lighting in space is definitely a style choice, realistic lighting isn't that exciting.
AirsoftCommissar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I soooooo want to build this in Kerbal Space Program :) Great work
eamongrey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
All of a sudden I'm hearing the opening strains of 'Space:1999', and I remember the show when it was first on. Yeah, I want to see her on her way to Meta.
Taranis69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job.. I love the look
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Santorini, Greece :D
ssolo99 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
i'm probably older than the average person here, but this so reminds me of Space 1999 and one of the deep probe Eagles from that show.  all that is irrelevant though.  great work.  i like it alot!
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Quite relevant. It's original model was kitbashed from Space 1999 and various other toy lines. Glad you like it.
morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Has a "Space 1999" look to it. Nice work!
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