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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 

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What a beautiful update on a classic painting.  :)
Colourbrand Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - one tries :D
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
Colourbrand Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I am old school!!

Thank you sir for these great words :D
biomass Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love, another brought up with TTA Universe.. DO more :O)
Colourbrand Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See what I can do ;) Cheers :D
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!
Colourbrand 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
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.
Colourbrand 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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