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Interstellar Queen Departure by Colourbrand Interstellar Queen Departure by Colourbrand
An Interstellar Queen Starliner leaves Earth in the early hours of the day after the Alphan President’s meeting with the Terran Trade Authority. Escorting the ship are two Stingrays, Alpha’s most feared interceptors. Despite the commercial traffic going on, all are oblivious to the departure of the leader of Earth’s ally.

This ship is from again one of the most influential space operas of my childhood – the TTA. I liked the Interstellar Queen but the design was not that grand nor did it make sense; I modified it to give the feel of a proper space liner. The Interceptors were easy to do. The garish colours are staple fashions of the Alphan race who paint their ships in unusual patterns and taints.

My favourite part is the backdrop – saw a magnificent sunset or rise online, downloaded the colours and went from there. The lights were an experiment that went right, and the background ships are a real joy to me.

Please let me know what you think 

Enjoy!
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desertforest Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an attractive take on the concept, nice.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
I took a look at the classic version of this ship, and I can see what you meant about it lacking grandeur and a sensible design. I don't know much about TTA, but your rendition is definitely my favorite, giving the Interstellar Queen a beauty and grace befitting of a monarch, while still retaining her canon design. Much thanks and compliments sir! :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for such great and kind words :D

They mean a lot :D

As for the TTA, think World War Two in space but no force BS or Luke Skywalker.

I wanted to make the ship look elegant, better than the crate concept that was around at the time.

I am glad it made you feel this way :D!

Cheers my friend :)
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
No problem friend! I really like the stuff your doing, and I hope more's to come! Not many even recognize alot of these classic SciFi themes, so I feel glad you are carrying the legacy with your fantastic artworks. ;)

If I remember correctly, your rendition of the Interstellar Queen was the first object of interest that caught my attention right away, of the other ships in your gallery. After all, I'm very fond of beautiful starships. Plus, as a bird lover, this ship suited my taste perfectly, due to her resemblance of a swan in flight. :D

Once again, thanks for your helpful and informative replies to my questions as well, I've learned quite a bit!

A cheers back to you too, friend! :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm in that case...may have to do more ;)

Cheers for the great selfless support sir :D!
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Anytime friend!
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Very elegant.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
No problem!
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
What a beautiful update on a classic painting.  :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - one tries :D
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Wow! Now that's old school! I actually have one of the books somewhere at home. Now I have to dig it out... Again, nicely done!Clap
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I am old school!!

Thank you sir for these great words :D
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biomass Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love, another brought up with TTA Universe.. DO more :O)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See what I can do ;) Cheers :D
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CR99nut Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Since I brought this pic up on another thread (Prometheus Returns), I might as well comment here, where it's relevant.

I've been a fan of the TTA books for years, and the Interstellar Queen is still one of the ships I remember the most. This update of yours is spectacular! You've kept all the basic elements; but your design 'tweaks' give more function to the form, while still keeping the design very recognisable. In short, this ship now has a strong sense of gracefulness in its design, very befitting of a starliner. Gorgeous!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well sir = what powerful words!!

It is exactly what I wanted - I want to retain what makes the Queen the Queen - but at the same time give her elegance and a feel that it can work, can fly. The original maybe iconic in ways but she had grace that never was enhanced.

I have no qualms about modernising designs as long as they honour the tradition it follows and does not go in the wrong direction i.e. make it organic, or something completely different!!

Thank you very much for your great words sir :D
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cadwaladr Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I second CR99nuts comments. Thought I recognized this ship at first glance. Then remembered the ship was more boxy and clicked in to read the comments as I was curious. Glad my first eye didn't mistake the overall shape. To me thats the sign of a good update, something that at first glance instantly makes you think of its progenitor.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apologies for my lateness sir :)

I am glad you read the notes sir - I wanted it to feel feesable without losing its heritage - too many artists bastardise the established because they think that they are SO Clever!!

I wanted to honour this beauty - not ruin her :)

Thank you for your great words :) Have you seen the Astrolab I did as well sir?
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qzbk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
 I think I still have some of these books myself. Good memories my friend.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to evoke good thoughts sir :D

Cheers :)
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Cool stuff  :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has its moments - but cheers sir :D
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
You're welcome. :)
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dutch506 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Beautiful! Any chance of getting a wallpaper version? I'd want one!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are we talking screen or actual poster here?
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dutch506 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
screen wallpaper...I should have been clearer about that! 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sent a note.
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dutch506 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Did you get my e-mail?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do apologise - did get yer mail - will send - just busy at the mo - but watch your mail :)
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dutch506 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
No worries, brother. Just verifying!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Matey - will be sending very soon - let me know if it meets your requirements :D
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Ottosan-no-Conan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Nice remake of the TTA Interstellar Queen... Loved this ship as a kid.
Probably the most memorable for me after the Falcon... Millennium Falcon that is.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure my friend - glad it evoked such memories :D
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Keldren-Stormraven Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Writer
I grew up loving the TTA books. I really like this updated version of the poor Queen. I hope you do another showing what becomes the Lady.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here and...who knows ;)

Thank you very much for your kind words :D
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ejhawman Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Wow. Never thought I'd find anyone else who had even heard of these books, much less had the guts to do homage.

I'm still kicking myself, after all these years, for missing out on buying the first book; got the other two in hardbound. You seem to have captured some of the style well. Kudos!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what you mean!! I missed out too!

Well check out another I did - called Astrolab and Hornets :)

And thank you for your kind words sir :D
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Utterly stunning. You've brought her to life beautifully - I love the streamlining of the design, it really amplifies that swan-like look the original design(s) had. As you say, it now looks suitably grand and liner-like. Brilliant work!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir! I wanted to make her look more feeable - I am glad it made you happy sir - means a lot :D
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Librarian-bot Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
It makes me especially happy because I adored the TTA guide to spaceships when I was growing up and I always love to see people bringing those beautiful designs to life.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here - well I will see if I can do anymore :)

Thank you sir for your kind words and welcoming visit :D
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IanTP Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Memories indeed, I have it here, the original, mine is the 1979 paperback edition of 'Spacecraft 2000 to 2100AD' which cost me £1.99, and your re-imagining is beautiful. It's only a pity that we haven't got there yet!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lucky swine!!!

Ah yes....thanks to some F***ers in power I put it down to!

BTW checked out my Astrolab pic?
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IanTP Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes dude, very cool :)

Picked up a few books about that time, including Chris Foss, Peter Jones and Philip Wright.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good source material :)
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IanTP Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;)
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Akindio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful. The background is very nice, and the Interstellar Queen has a very sleek design.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to make her sleek and the background is fab - I think it a fave of mine too - cheers sir - appreciate the comments :D
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