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03 March 2005, 02:19 PM


Roberto Ortiz

You task today is to desing elements that could be used in a visualization of a trip from "FROM EARTH TO THE MOON".

These elements will be posted on the FXWARS Forum ( so
the VFX artists can use them as guidelines/inspiration.

You can go on of multiple routes with your desings

Realistic or Fantastic.
Historical Missions (American/ Russian), Prosoposed (Lunox) or Fantasy

We need:

Moon Lander
Space Shuttles
Moon Bases


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Here is some reference:

Future missions ( (

More plans (

Apollo (

Russian Manned Program ( (

03 March 2005, 03:49 PM
Cool topic!

Here's another link that could be useful for future concepts as well:

03 March 2005, 04:07 PM
Hehe, you said Desings four times in a row.

(Cool topic by the way)

03 March 2005, 05:10 PM
ah humm.. Well it took me 3 months to do GrandSpaceOpera entry and this is somewhat similar subject. VERY hard indeed, but here is a 40 minutes of work.

Cant really do battle with nasa engineers who have spend their lifetime on doing cool gadgets..
Hope it is vaguelly usefull for anyone.

*edit... Added second sketch! 30min one.. I like it more... But not much off a concept for ships.

White Rabbit
03 March 2005, 05:46 PM
I'm afraid I don't exactly get it... :shrug: So today's not a sketch, but kinduva essay board with ideas of designs of diverse separate elements for the topic From Earth to Moon that others might find inspiring ?
If so, cool :p
If not - geez, I feel lost :banghead:

03 March 2005, 06:21 PM

too futuristic?

too old fashioned?

screw it :P

03 March 2005, 06:45 PM
Thats the right attitude El-Rodente :thumbsup:

Just send more! Makes me think of that rocket spaceship from .. tintti.. what ever the name is in other languages... tin tin??
Guy with strange uplift hair in front of forehead.

Uh dunno . More more sketches people :)

03 March 2005, 07:24 PM
I dunno, this seems complex for a daily sketch...

Are you looking for pre-viz stuff? or orthographic stuff for each of the 4 catigories? I can see this being part of the month and a half contest, but not something I could put out in a couple of hours...

...but thats just my take on it.

03 March 2005, 08:21 PM
This is, as I like to say, totally sweet! Ah, it's too bad I'll be away from my computer until pretty late tonight; I love space stuff.

03 March 2005, 08:37 PM
Guys dont tell anybody, but you have until friday.


03 March 2005, 09:41 PM
ok - built by the chinese, sponsored by the americans and operated
by the russians and its ready to launch somewhere on the russian tundra
all you need now are some ants of the right stuff... :)

don't know if this is accepted but if friday is the deal I maybe do some other sketches.

PS, wacom about 1 hours

03 March 2005, 09:49 PM
Guys dont tell anybody, but you have until friday.Ah, all the sweeter. :D

03 March 2005, 10:20 PM

daw, thats a great pic!

03 March 2005, 10:36 PM
Pencil/Paper/Scanner/5 minutes

Edit: until friday eh. Hmmm, interesting.

White Rabbit
03 March 2005, 10:58 PM
Just send more! Makes me think of that rocket spaceship from .. tintti.. what ever the name is in other languages... tin tin??
Guy with strange uplift hair in front of forehead.

Uh dunno . More more sketches people :)

The name is Tintin ;) he flew to the moon in a red and white, banana-shaped rocket, too. On the right path El_Rodente :D

03 March 2005, 11:03 PM
dunno .. this one came up by accident :) .. a bit more than 1 hour, photoshop

03 March 2005, 11:39 PM
Great pictures everyone, I really like your perspective Daw, good work.
Mine could use a lot more work but this is speed painting, and I wanted to limit it to 3 hours. Anyway, I wanted to create a sketchy look. Especially a "Feng Zhu" look. Don’t ask me about that ugly triangular thigy at the top: I didn’t have time to change it.
3 hours, Photoshop. My first ever conecept painting.

03 March 2005, 01:04 AM
well, now herrkatt, that's very nice! I like the style a lot indeed. Mind if I ask you how you went about it?

The Vux
03 March 2005, 03:07 AM
this is my first thread ever. Used flash mx and ps cs / mouse, took me about 2h to come up with this and make it. hope u like it
and nice work everybody

03 March 2005, 03:09 AM
Everyone's pipe dream. An elevator to the moon...

About a half hour, 40 min or so. PS CS, tiny bit of Maya, Wacom Graphire tablet

03 March 2005, 04:00 AM
midazolam: There's something about that that reminds me of the ring teleporters from stargate... Nice idea.

03 March 2005, 05:02 AM
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself. :rolleyes: 15 minute pencil sketch + 1hr photoshop

03 March 2005, 06:02 AM
Ok here is mine before I head of to work....

A cross 2001 a Space Odyssey and Space 1999.....

And this one is 2001 and Thunderbirds...hehe Hope you like :)

03 March 2005, 06:28 AM
Now why didnt i think off that. Very nice work element5. How long did it take you to do those?
I have poor imagination. Your stuff looks very usable..:thumbsup: Mine just scribbling. Should have spend more time on my stuff.

03 March 2005, 06:52 AM
excellent, element5, almost exactly what I had in mind, hehe . really good work

03 March 2005, 07:59 AM
ps 5 min - (couldn't help myself) :shrug:

03 March 2005, 09:17 AM
daw: "the right ants": is that a discworld joke? :)
element5: the sign on your ships... is that a canguru? :scream:

03 March 2005, 09:34 AM
element5, that is sweet stuff!
Aussies on the moon... will the moon be turned into a penal colony then...
HerrKatt, that could well be a concept by Leonardo DaVinci
Soup, that doesn't look like our little Alice :D
Superv, cool sketch! Looks almost cute.

Good job guys!
It's good we have till friday.

03 March 2005, 09:51 AM
Moon Base: Animation Master and PS - 2.5 hrs

03 March 2005, 09:57 AM
ok - built by the chinese, sponsored by the americans and operated
by the russians and its ready to launch somewhere on the russian tundra
all you need now are some ants of the right stuff... :)

daw - good stuff - very funny - in fact hilarious! - I can almost believe it!

Supervlieg - nice sketch

HerrKatt - ya it does have the look of a daVinci - very nice work

Element5 - nice sequence

- Gord

03 March 2005, 10:46 AM
good work everyone!!!

jånnis, Herrkatt, gordonm thanks guys for the comments

HerrKatt thats a very cool ship - I agree with the DaVinci feel to it, good sketch.
midazolam - I had the same idea - damn.... :scream:
element5 - man you covered everything very good work!!!

coCoKNIght - its "the right stuff" and I was thinking about the classic movie...

Heres another one, wish I had time to clean her up...PS +wacom about 1 hours...

EDIT: just in case here is the docking station for the ship...
PS +wacom about 1 hours...

03 March 2005, 11:13 AM
@Falcor_ Thanxs... the storyboard took an hour and 30 minutes and I went and had a look at what the FXwars was about. The passenger shuttle took about 30 minutes. I hope I got it close to what they are looking for...

@Squibbit Thanx for the nice comment :)

@coCoKNIght Sure is a canguru....hehe.... its the QUANTAS flying Kangaroo.

@Art2 LOL .... :applause: of course that would solve the problem of overcrowded prisons....Thanx

@gordonm Thanx :)

@daw Thanx I thought a storyboard was the best solution

This forum is so much fun and gets me to draw lots of different things

Great work guys and gals :thumbsup:

03 March 2005, 12:25 PM
Are entries still open? Looks like there weren't that many for a sci-fi topic. I'd like to make one tonight. But it's quite late.

The Damned
03 March 2005, 12:33 PM
Just a colourful scribble. (Which I realise now doesnt work, seeing as the rear feet arent in the front shot, but you get the idea.)

50mins Photoshop

Great job Daw: very Flash Gordon goes to the Taj Mahal (sp?)

03 March 2005, 01:17 PM
Are entries still open? Looks like there weren't that many for a sci-fi topic. I'd like to make one tonight. But it's quite late.
pssst you still have time....Until Friday at least


03 March 2005, 03:15 PM
great work people!

element5, great one! I love the cartoon with all the details and so
Herrkatt, nice style (although it doesn´t look "da vinci" to me)
the damned, cooooooooooooool! looks like a mix between an angel and an insect

I did a 10 minutes sketch yesterday but as we have until friday I´ll spend a couple of hours to make it a bit comprehensible.

03 March 2005, 03:26 PM
edit: -------sorry for 2 same message-----

03 March 2005, 03:30 PM
moon spaceport..
ps+wacom 1.5 hours
and finally, some cut out effect :)

03 March 2005, 06:31 PM
My startings on this... got this highly original :rolleyes: Trifel City , built around a magnetized
rail spacegun that shoots the shuttles into space. The shuttle design itself is pretty much the same as nowadays, the spacegun just makes their takeoff easier.
The shuttles start from the lower city so its a good mile and a half frictionless magnetized
rail catapult boost for them.

03 March 2005, 06:51 PM
The Damned - nice organic feel

sogan_renderer - nice sketch

Squibbit - very very cool!

- Gord

03 March 2005, 06:57 PM
thanks gordonm

another one..

year 3000.. after the cataclysm..
noah 1.. escape to the moon!.. :) ps+wacom 10 min.

nice scetch everyone.
and squibbit, its a perfect:thumbsup:

03 March 2005, 07:28 PM
I didnt have time to do one today but since its finals week I found something that I had lying around from a mspaint speed paint

03 March 2005, 07:56 PM

You have been working on that idea for a while now havent you?


03 March 2005, 08:29 PM
Squibbit - Really cool idea. I once drew upside down skyscrapers on a city-spaceship for a classmate of mine. He was writing a sci-fi story.

The Damned - :drool: My kind of machine!

03 March 2005, 08:36 PM
Squibbit, wouldn't it be more practical to do something that goes along the surface and is only slightly inclined? I realize that this is for something imaginary, but the energy cost could be kept waaaaay down by going on a low orbit trajectory launched from the surface at a nearly horizontal angle. If it was long enough you could even have it protrude from the Moon in a straight line kinda like sticking a skewer to a ball, then you wouldn't even have to go very fast to achieve a decent orbit. They used something like that in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress to launch rocks at Earth and later to launch shuttles to the Moon from Earth.

03 March 2005, 09:11 PM
Some more cool images :)

Mr Squibbit that is a reallt cool idea would like to see more of that concept :thumbsup:

03 March 2005, 09:20 PM
I dunno, swizzle stick ... they do launch em straight upwards even now, don't they?

I don't know too much about physics tho ... would be fun to delve deeper into the
subject sometime..

Ephesus , well i drew the sketch on the lunchbreak and did the rest after work and that's
pretty much it.. maybe two hours total i guess :)

thanks for comments people :thumbsup:

03 March 2005, 09:31 PM
Great entries so far...

But we need more Moonbases, and spaceships.
Keep in mind that FX animators should user your artwork as inspiration and reference.


03 March 2005, 09:48 PM
Did he just say the B and S words?:eek:


03 March 2005, 11:03 PM
passenger capacity:402+23 crew+2 runaway passenger :P
range: 384,403 km. :P
ps+wacom 30 min.. may be colorfull uptade later.

thanks llikesoup :)
color update..

03 March 2005, 01:01 AM
Maybe this work that i made some days ago could help you to yours ideas.
From Earth to the Moon (

03 March 2005, 04:56 AM

Um. . . for a battle of the bands? Sorry, I'll stop now. :blush:

sogan_renderer - Your shading makes the ship (2nd ship, 3rd image) look like liquid metal. Very impressive!

Squibbit - Wow! Lotsa thought there. Nice draftsmanship.

03 March 2005, 07:16 AM
A Mix of this and that, the threads just keep calling me...



03 March 2005, 12:30 PM
@JVaughan ...Nice image :thumbsup:

Here is a moonbase concept RobertoOrtiz

03 March 2005, 04:25 PM
I dunno, swizzle stick ... they do launch em straight upwards even now, don't they?

I don't know too much about physics tho ... would be fun to delve deeper into the
subject sometime..Well, right now they have to launch everything vertically because nobody (well, nobody with the resources) is interested in doing anything like building a several-kilometer-long space launcher thing. If we ever build bases on the moon, then it would be very wise to spend that extra few billion and build a giant railgun that points towards Earth or some good point in orbit of the moon.

Anyways, here's my stab at doing a horizontal version of Squibbit's launching device. I think the vertical version looks much cooler than mine, though. I spent about two hours playing with the design, and I'm still not very happy. Maybe I'll post something better tonight. ~2 hours, Photoshop, Graphire3 (I love my new toy!).

03 March 2005, 05:21 PM
Ok this is my firts posting here. I was really stunned by the work of some people here and I think this is a really really great forum. So I decided to post some artwork by myself. By the way the first time I've ever published something.

Long story short, here it comes:

Please have mercy :)

The Damned
03 March 2005, 05:52 PM
Some wicked work here.

Squibbitt: Awesome idea. I think the fact it's a living city makes it good. Would love to see a more detail drawing with the water falls and thangs. Really inspired by that. Ok, I'll stop...

Swizzle stick: I like this idea too. I picture something like a modern Minas Tirith. with the track running above it.

element5: Love the style, reminds me of film screenshots, maybe Pitch Black.

sogan_renderer: Great strokes...very fluid. Really like it, good job!

JVaughan: Great image as usual, even though it might just be a scribble to you.

Ilikesoup: trust you, lol.

03 March 2005, 10:28 PM
thanks for comment The Damned..
my last image this thread..
moonbase.. about 1.5 hours ps+wacom

03 March 2005, 12:36 AM
Nice work guys!
Element5, that's one cool moonbase.

I should be sleeping, 'cos I'm very tired and suffer from lack of sleep... snorrrrr... ah, oh, what?...
but I tried to sketch instead... hope it's useful in some way.
I don't like em very much :shrug:

03 March 2005, 07:20 AM
@swizzle stick ...nice idea :thumbsup:

@weltraumaffe .... welcome and congrats on your first posted image.

@The Damned ... Thanx, is there a site with Pitch Black artwork( would love to see some ):)

@sogan_renderer ... great sketch has a Flash Gordon fell to it.

@Art2 ... Love the style and the practicality of you designs.

I love this Topic... :)

Here is another I used an image of the moon off the net and added the base into the crater. It has landing pads and launching ramps. Also has mining on the outskirts and the mined ore is shipped of by rocket to earths refinery in orbit around our planet. Well thats my story....hehe

03 March 2005, 02:15 PM
I´m impressed by all the good work in this thread. Good job!

first:10 minutes with an edding
second: photoshop 20 min

I finally didn´t have time to make a nice perspective. so...

I find first one more natural and better, second one looks too over made (is that english?)

03 March 2005, 02:52 PM
Great artwork in this thread. I particularly like Element5's designs, but there are so many good entries!

Photoshop/Wacom/3 hrs

03 March 2005, 07:56 PM
Allright, still nothing original really... just depicting this scenario ... Humans have built a
huge spacestation that can build spaceships in space. The station also serves as a waypoint to most Earth/Moon/Solar system traffic and houses transport shuttles,
cargo containers belonging to all sorts of companies,people and organizations.

Our shuttle passes the station as it doesn't on this trip have to visit there.

On the left is the magnificient Thingamajik, first human spaceship built in space.
This ship cannot enter Earths atmosphere , it's a space only ship , built around
the most powerful engine created by man.

It is the sole guardian entity of the whole solar system.

03 March 2005, 08:21 PM
element5, sogan , swizzle, art2 , jasel, vaughan, everybody, good work dudes...
... got more ? :D (sorry , in a hurry, typing quick reply)

03 March 2005, 09:41 AM
squibbit: both your 2 image are excellent.. i like your idea and drawing style.. congrulations:thumbsup:

element5: i saw your other some job in CGtalk forums.. there are very technical, beatiful and appetizing (meanly job):) :thumbsup:

daw: your spaceship and spacestation are very oriental and beatiful. :thumbsup:

jasel: good contrast and very good style.. very nice.:thumbsup:

and everybody, good job guys.
i like this forum and daily sketch.. and i like this little circle man.. :buttrock: hahahaha.. cool..

03 March 2005, 01:34 PM
@Squibbit ...That is outstanding the ideas. I really like the first ship built in space :applause:

I do have more ideas but I have filled my photobucket host site up.... I need more space....hehe

@sogan_renderer ... Thanx for the kind words :)

03 March 2005, 01:53 PM
well there's alot more space oout there so I hope u get more
and get to post new stuff soon, your earlier designs were great,
I really liked the moonbase with all the little modules, hangar, the
rover and everything

and vaughan, that pic of yours had great atmospheric feel :thumbsup:

03 March 2005, 02:09 PM
Thank you very much Sogan and Squibbit :) Oh, and on the subject of shooting straight up vertically or along a slanted railway: If you shoot slanted, you still have to exert the same amount of work against the gravitational pull as if you shoot vertically, but the losses due to atmospheric friction would be higher due to the prolongued flight time. You want to abandon the atmosphere as soon as possible, and that's why it's better to shoot straight upwards (of course, you have to change the inclination after a couple of minutes of flight if you want to achieve a low earth orbit, for example). Anyway, your sketches are great, Squibbit. Is Thingamajik some kind of finnish word? Or is it a word game?
And Sogan, I really like your ship design, it's very loose and dynamic, though I find it a little "alien"... was that your intention?

@element5: Don't deprive us of more of your sketches just because you host is full! That would be so unfair! There's always Imageshack, it works very good. Take a look at my signature for the URL.

@Is-boset: Very nice images, we can see you've put a lot of work into them. A big hello to my landspeople!

03 March 2005, 02:30 PM
hey jasel , one scottish girl i know when she encounters something
she doesn't quite understand often calls such stuff thingamajik or
something of the like. thing-of-magic , thingamajik, u know, heh.
so i had some trouble coming up with a proper name for the ship
and decided just to call it that :)

03 March 2005, 02:34 PM
Nice images.
Stupid question: How do you get an image in your reply

03 March 2005, 02:54 PM
Squibbit: very nice, how much time did it take?

Wernerr: did you try hitting

03 March 2005, 03:13 PM
jånnis, I started both sketches during a lunch break, one on thursday
and on on friday. I finished the pics after work and I guess it took about
2- 2.5 hours per pic

03 March 2005, 10:21 PM
Posted this on the effects forum, but decided it would probably do no harm to
post it here too. I've got the whole story done to the
landing , but haven't yet sketched it out.

It takes place in imagined future where space flights are more commonplace. A minor
shipping company is handling an operation where prisoners are sent to moon to serve
life sentence. The company uses extremely cheap materials and recycles everything.
The pod where the prisoners travel in becomes their home in the moon , where it is attached
to a larger prison complex.

03 March 2005, 09:55 AM
And Sogan, I really like your ship design, it's very loose and dynamic, though I find it a little "alien"... was that your intention?

hi jasel.
my intention?.. hımmm... my english very bad.. im searching dictionary..
simple answer :nothing! :)

03 March 2005, 10:59 AM
Bwahahah, Squibbit, that's excellent :D very funny.

03 March 2005, 11:16 AM
@Squibbit ...funny stuff and the moon does end up being a penal I shall have more images as soon as I get my imageshack up and running....

@Enayla ...Howz the hand??

@Jasel thanx for the link to imageshack :thumbsup:

03 March 2005, 06:35 PM
You're welcome, mate. Now show us some more of those concepts!

03 March 2005, 12:22 PM
Hiya guys and gals here is another moonbase concept :)

03 March 2005, 05:22 PM
nice, cool space feeling

03 March 2005, 03:35 AM
last one for tonite did 4 this one took 12 min. enay welcome back, u seem to be the queen of this forum so i try to be nice to u ;) i was shocked by that haning pic was that song about hanging? just remember hanging is as smoking just for loozers.

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