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Second Chance by Shimmering-Sword Second Chance by Shimmering-Sword
Commissioned by :iconmihoshik: *MihoshiK
Exploration ship the Second Chance approaches a mysterious system enclosed in a veil of dark energy.

Haven't really done retro style ship design before so this was something new in that regard. Took about 12 hours to complete, most of that spent on the ship. I always enjoy doing these big pieces.
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Whoa awesome!
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AleksanderK-47 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woo! Pandora's Star! This is certainly awesome.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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ArmySGT Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
A really great piece. I love these retro designs that high light Hard science and orient decks to thrust. Have you seen the designs in the 1980's comic book "Albedo"?
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have not.
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:iconrurounijones:
RurouniJones Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This is from Pandora's star and Judas Unchained novels by Peter F. Hamilton for those that do not know about it. Fantastic Sci-fi books
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like the spaceship design- have you ever noticed that retro ship designs are the most realistic? When we build our first interstellar craft, they will probably be "retro-futuristic" styled by modern SF standards. Big rockets are considered retro, tail-sitting rockets are retro, winged rockets are retro, rotating centrifugal sections for realistic artificial gravity are retro, spacecraft that don't have their decks laid out like an airbus are retro, in fact anything remotely possible is probably considered retro now. Personally, retro style craft are my favorite. :)

Does this ship have some method of FTL travel? I remember Arthur C. Clarke launching into an exploration of hypothetical FTL travel in the book 2001: A Space Odyssey- Astronaut Bowman daydreamed of lines that are straighter than straight as he approached Saturn. The sequence where he travels to meet the monolith aliens is supposed to be a journey through a stargate that leads to the Milky Way's galactic subway system!! He even sees two extraterrestrial craft- one a massive crashed starship, another a sleek gold craft that has no rocket jet. I guess even the biggest adherent to "hard" science still dreams of a dive through a wormhole or a space warp that could carry us across the galaxy...
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, a realistic stellar ship would look very little like our modern scifi that's for sure.
This ship does have FTL, all the equipment for it located in the front I believe.
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Jinshin Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to see your version of the Dyson Sphere Prime aliens!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd probably have to read the whole book at that point to get a better feel for it :D
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The-Hero-Complex Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of 2001: a Space Odyssey
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
All part of the retro hard scifi books from back in those days.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hohoho!!

What a jem!!!

I like this! Its so wierd! That black perfect circle and the fabulous detail of the ship!!

Fantastic!!!!

You look like you had fun here!
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NoodleArt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
YES!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconjak88s:
jak88s Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
it looks like a jump ship
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is.
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:iconkaarvannam:
kaarvannam Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I am planning on making a film in Tamil language(Tamil is a regional language of the state of Tamilnadu in India) I want to convince my producer with some visuals. Can you help me?
my email id
niwradpj@yahoo.co.in
p.s. the subject has nothing to do with futuristic space travel but i likes your detailing. if interested mail me.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It would have to be paid work per my usual commission system, which is also backed up a ways with a wait list.
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zero98204 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A very well done rendering. I really enjoyed "Pandora's Star", just wish "Judas Unchained" was less boring. Very well done. While the scale is hard to show, you do an impressive job nonetheless. It's obvious that whatever that big black thing is, it's huge.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yea it's kind of tricky to get the idea of an entire sealed system across to the viewer without words, though I probably should have put more dust between the Second Chance and the system.
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Weaponised Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome piece. Faved.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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icekatze Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
hi hi

I like how everything looks like it should be symmetrical at first glance, but once you start looking at the details, it is actually not very symmetrical at all. I mean, it still looks like it is balanced, but the details on all sides are unique.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Symmetry is extra work, so I avoided it :D
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:iconfmenegati:
fmenegati Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
very nice
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So cool
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GDSWorld Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice work shimmy, have you used/ heard of Greeble plugin before?

I just started using it and I think it'll help you in the future to do these
kind of designs in 3d. ;)

Keep up the awesome work! :highfive:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beh, I'm not a huge fan of procedural greeble, it's too easy to spot as not being hand made. Not spending a whole lot in 3D I don't think I'd get much use of it either.
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:icongdsworld:
GDSWorld Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Cool, I just thought you'll like it.
I just love the fact that it can do random buildings so quickly.
You're better off without it then. ;)
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Radu-B Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, look at that! Some people are still reading Hamilton, after all this time... Good job
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't read it myself, but yea, some are.
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thandav Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
xlnt
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011   General Artist
Really nice ship. Digging the retro design, and the background.
That planet is *seriously* flat.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Reading fail, entire solar system.
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:iconmilitant-jester:
Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   General Artist
What? *reads*
...so it is. Missed that part.
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me9a7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa noice! i like the ship design. great work on the space too, greenish and dusty nebula
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Space dust EVERYWHERE!
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longgi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice place.
Captain, I would rather not go in there. :-)

Some thoughts:
1. how about some distortion effect near the edge of dark sphere
2. I always thought the lightening effect in space would be super sharp and in high contrast. The shading in the picture is good, but do not make me feel that the ship is in space.
3. the middle section of the ship feels a little bit too bright.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're right, if anything I would have done differently, it's to make the lighting starker to represent space.
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SkipperLee Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
...scary.
For a moment there I thought the ships are headed for a black hole o.O
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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XEN3 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
look fantastic
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man.
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Prowler117 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Love your ships! Can't get enough.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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FinalAbhaya Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome job, as usual =]
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