Ships of the Line 2010 Calendar

In the fall of 2008, I was contacted by a man, Doug Drexler, and asked if I would be interested in submitting an image for the 2010 Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendar. He had seen a couple of my Star Trek images online and thus expressed interest. At first I was skeptical, but after I researched a little, I realized the opportunity was legit! This guy was Doug Drexler, a man who has been creating or contributing to Star Trek productions and publications since the 1970s!

The Ships of the Line calendar has had a place on my wall since I was a teenager. Every year I would look forward to a new and dazzling array of eye-candy that would light the fuse of my imagination. And to get a chance to create an image for that very calendar! Boy, what an honor and a thrill!

As I began to think about my image, I immediately knew my subject vessel. My all-time favorite Star Trek ship is the USS Defiant, and she’d been under-represented in the recent calendar years. So I envisioned the Defiant doing what she does best…kickin’ some butt!

Ships of the Line Wireframe Image

Working with 3D models by some awesome artists (Skye Dodds, Flat Eric, Rick Snider, Ebolii), I set out to depict a skirmish on the front lines of the Dominion War. And with Doug’s words of encouragement – “knock ‘em dead” – I was off and running.

Ships of the Line Rough Draft

I started with a rough layout to get a feel for the composition, then a quick render with rough effects and lighting for approval of the image. Doug had some suggestions, which I gladly took to heart!

Then the fun part began; lighting, effects, and lots of refining! The image was created with a mix of Lightwave 3D and Photoshop.

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Ships of the Line Final Image