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Blow The Hatch by steve-burg Blow The Hatch by steve-burg
Another homage to a favorite sci-fi movie - "Planet of the Apes".

I liked the "planet" as much as the "apes" - and the opening scenes of the spaceship crashing and sinking, stranding the astronauts on a (so they thought) distant and inhospitable planet left a very strong and lasting impression.

This is a 3D scene created in Lightwave. I did some manipulation in Photoshop, and painted the splashes and smoke trailing from the escape hatch cover. The burned hull ship texture was also painted in Photoshop during the modeling phase.

The content is of course property of 20th Century Fox :)
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
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Litterboy Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!!!
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darkomiku Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Too realistic :O I thought that it was a picture, when i first saw it!
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful image! Really photographic :).

BTW, there's a plastic model available of a conceptual "complete" Icarus: [link]
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :)

Also, thanks for the link. I never imagined the back of the ship looking like that! It's always been kind of a mystery to me, since it wasn't shown in the film. (My CG model just continues back and more or less just ends in a flat plane)
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gousman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Artist
gorgeous!
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DaintyDinah Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Always thought the spacecraft looked cool but don't think you ever saw the whole thing (must have been much bigger at launch) ?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
They never showed the whole ship - but considering it was on an interstellar flight, it must have been much larger than the portion seen above the water :nod:
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Chobittsu-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, Classic!
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Big-Ogre Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Very nice ;)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! i'd love to see a beauty shot of it even if its not finished
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure how much "beauty" would be in such a shot :lol: !

But maybe I'll dress it up a little and have one crashed on land - one day :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Whatever you call it :D i'm just curious to see the rest of it. On land could be a great shot too
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm pretty sure something like that may appear - stay tuned :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Alright! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
;)
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minieffects Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
I love this ship as well. I was fortunate to witness the restoration of the original shooting miniature several years back.

I assume you have seen this..... [link]
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I haven't seen that before - thanks for the link :D

I looked through some of the art section - I think I like Dave Barkovitz' design for the overall ship. Some of the others are interesting, but take it out of the period by adding design conventions that developed much more recently.

Quite a while ago, I worked with an illustrator who had done some production art on the original movie (he's now retired). Of course I asked him about the ship! He said its overall shape was a continuation of the lines in the part you can see. They only built the capsule, since it was only to be seen sinking. But I guess in whatever artwork they generated, it was a big delta shaped craft with a single vertical stabilizer. So I made something like that, but kept it under the water :lol: It's one of the most difficult things, to design something as though it was a design they would have come up with then - before all the stuff you see nowadays came along :)
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minieffects Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
There was another site that had tons of photos of the ship durning and after shooting. Sadly it seems the site is down or gone. I spoke with Bill Creaber about the ship sometime ago and he offered similar information about the design. I think Jim Keys drawings of the ship are the most accurate so far.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I do remember that site - and sorry to hear it's gone down :(
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minieffects Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
this has some of the pics from that site but not all

1968'#Lake_Powell.2FPage.2C_Arizona_-_May.2FJune_1967
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Wow, that's pretty cool. I remember those images from the other site.

On my ship, I just winged it (no pun intended). I wish I'd had more reference.

I might have a go at conceptualizing the entire craft. Actually, the one you see does hav a back end, with engines, vertical fin, etc. - but nothing great. That's why it's safely hidden under the water :lol: !
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minieffects Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Its interesting seeing everyones idea of what the rest of the ship looked like. When I asked Bill Creber about it he said they never designed more than what was seen in the film. When you think about it ,it makes sense. Why spend time and money designing something that will never be seen, at least that was the mentality back then. These days they design an entire space ship, build three walls and shoot one wall. Still I like seeing the different ideas although I think the ones who use todays aerospace ideas on a ship designed with the foresight of a 60's designer miss the mark. The ship was based on the Dyno-soar project so I think maintaining the design sensibility of of that program is a better fit. But then again Im a purist.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I agree with you. It is a product of the time it was created in. It's very rooted in the 1969s advanced aerospace concepts of the day - which incidentally I love! Grafting stuff from today onto a classic design doesn't really do much service to either. But on the other hand, I guess people enjoy the exploration. "What does the rest of it look like" is one of the great enigmas of the classic sci-fi movies :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
HA! It's funny, but a piece you did this week evoked a crashed PotA ship to me. I forget which it was... but I'm guess from this homage that it was a visual lurking about in your aft-brain :) Yup - this sequence burned its impression on my young brain,a s well. I really liked what I could see of the ship's design. It reminded me of a LEM crossed with a lifting body, somehow. Anyway, cool homage - goes right into my FAVES :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
There's no way to express just how strongly this movie affected me. And while I like the movie in its entirety, I was especially inspired by the 1st Act. The whole "stranded in a barren wasteland on an alien world" burned itself into my brain. To this day - no one has done it so well.

And I loved the spaceship. It was one of the things I would draw again and again. It's really kind of a timeless design - it would take very little to update it - just a bit of detail here and there. It's a great ship :)!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yup. I'm with ya on all counts. I think the only thing that came close, back then, to delivering that "stranded in the wasteland" feel was Robinson Crusoe on Mars, but that did have an awesome Jerry Goldsmith score backing it and making you tingle to your core.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Robinson Crusoe on Mars was definitely liked - haven't seen it in a long time. I might have to try and find a copy...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Criterion put out a great disc of it, just a couple of years back.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think I have it - in a box. It's got to be here somewhere :D
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I like it from a simple shapes you have an awsome scene
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - It was an awesome scene in the movie too, I thought. But I made a very simple composition (mostly because all I had was the water :lol: !
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is different to other jobs yours.
(Also one of my favorite movies).
Was this a job for the movie or just a personal picture of yours?.

I feel my language. I hope you understand.
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Te as adelantado! ¬¬ Y eso que tengo el DA notifier XD
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Something weird going on with the comments here. I'm not sure if they're showing up correctly on the page :confused: ?
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
WTF?¿ So cooments are Fuck*d? I must write a lot then to solve it ! :typerhappy:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, some strange things are happening with the functionality on the site...
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No entiendo que paso... Acaso respondi a una respuesta hacia ti???
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
A mi solo de dijiste :) ( weno la cabezita era naranja pero no se qe simbolo es ese)
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Algo raro paso con la pagina....
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
No lo entiendo yo no veo nada raro :S
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mejor!
pero ayer me llegaron respuestas de otro y yo respondi a preguntas que no eran para mi....
algo raro paso. Serķa que tenia el dia tonto... esto del "nuevo entorno" de DA. Es un poco cagada.
No problem....
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Roy2059 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
jeje ok! ^^ Si la verdad el nuevo DA no me convence mucho
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Something strange happening to the comments on this page... :confused:
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've noticed. not that happens. My answer to another person, I come to you.
the other person, I wrote, it would appear to answer an answer from you, on ....
I do not understand. I never had happened.
you saw my last message? or send him to another?

:crash:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
DA recently changed some things with the site - maybe it's some strange bug ?
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Did not you see in my gallery?? is an invasion ...


no joking now. lately I have spent some things a bit rare.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
We are under alien attack :shocked:
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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