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10 October 2004, 06:29 PM
Richard Hagen has entered the Grand Space Opera 3D.

10 October 2004, 06:41 PM (

A concept sketch to kick off my entry into this contest. A quick sketch and hastily colored in Photoshop, this is meant as a guide for me to ponder on the eventual course this image will take.

I am aiming for the more standard sci-fi images I have seen from such 1970's icons as Angus McKie and Ralph McQuarrie, but with my own quirky sensibility mixed in.

What you see here is one of Verinsonia's colossal "Tree Cities", a hub of commerce, habitation and energy. Being evolved from birds, the creatures known as Verins have adapted an aesthetic from what they evolved from. A love of trees, insects, natural forms. Yet, being evolved, and through interaction with other Sapien-type species, their overall aesthetic has also evolved over the centuries into what you see before you.

My desire for this image is to convey a sense of immense scale. I hope to be able to include vast amounts of details and make it somewhat more colorful and "realistic" than what you see here.

10 October 2004, 09:28 PM
looks interesting.....hehe are they turtle people?

10 October 2004, 10:20 PM
alright man lets see more, the idea could be verry cool. i think i can imagine what you are trying to get at and it could be alot of fun, i dont see that from the concept that much tough, besides the tree. anyway i dont like comenting much when the concept is just developing cuz you probably know everything im telling you and whats wrong with it, so i'll check back later, keep up the work man.

10 October 2004, 10:49 PM
Hi Richard,
Definitely looking a huge scale tree.
Building the Verinsonia's "Tree Cities" with proper detais it will lok very nice.
take care with the background. Maybe more ships, planets?
Keeping one eye fixed on your thread.
Good luck!!

10 October 2004, 11:49 PM
Totally agree with the scale... I think it's crucial for this challenge, so you have your point. I like the giant tree sketch.


10 October 2004, 05:00 PM
thank you all for the positive and uplifting replies! I am going to post some revisions and new ideas soon, but right now I've been waylaid with sudden urgencies in other areas, and which are slowing down the rate at which I want to complete this project.

Having looked at some old books of mine such as "Spaceships 2100AD", "Tour Of the Universe", and other sundry titles, I see that the one thing these sorts of pictures have going for them is the sense of size, mystery, and futuristic weirdness that we all expect from "pictures of the future". Since I'm aiming to do this in 3D, I will be able to duplicate the one city (once complete) and try for a sense of a lot of these massive structures. And yes, something in the sky - a planet or a moon or three.

I truly appreciate your comments, I hope I can live up to them :-)

10 October 2004, 11:46 PM (

A quick modeling test. I suppose this could be called a Concept Sketch too, at this stage. A quick, textureless radiosity render to serve as a further proof of concept, is all this really is.

It's rather easy to give up seeing the masterworks on display here, but I shall not get discouraged! Thanks everyone for the positive words!

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