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Monday, December 31, 2007

Final Fantasy: The spirits within

It is the first all cg film to go where most producers and artist just simply will not go. Hyper realistic character and futuristic tech design.

This genre of film obviously lacks the return profit that goofy dancing cg animals or cartoony characters do as it isolates only a small population of viewer, probably a techy male from ages 12 on up.

Spirits within has been criticized for its "weak" story line and the ever so popular and overly used term "uncanny valley syndrome" but I think everyone will agree that the only thing uncanny is the technical achievement by Square and all of the artists involved on the project.

Final Fantasy: The spirits within has been airing lately in High definition on and is still my favorite all cg movie to date. Kudos to Square for taking a chance and pushing the medium beyond anything we've ever seen.

It's difficult to find a whole lot of information on artists who have worked on the film and even the bonus disc doesn't disclose a whole lot of information on the subject. Though there is a commentary version on the bonus DVD, it's geared more towards the creation of the cg characters as opposed to the technical elements of the film.

There is a making of Final fantasy: The spirits within book.
Stay tuned for number nine of the most influential concept ship design in film countdown here on conceptships.blogspot.


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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Concept ships renders from Sparth

You know December is hard hittaz month here on concept ships... Right?! Everyone has seen some piece of work from Sparth somewhere... And if you haven't... You're about to... Right now. His loose concept ship render style is balanced out with great execution of composition and color. Check out some more concept art work from Sparth RIGHT HERE!

Keywords: concept ships art by nicolas bouvier concept spaceship renders by sparth construct

Friday, December 28, 2007

Czech tech concept ship mech

I knocked out one more concept ship with the 07 mark before 2008 hits. I've gained some pretty good control over the last year or so with my tablet... I hope to continue at this pace into 2008. Happy new year!

Keywords: Czech tech robot ship mech robotech cel anime animation vinyl opaque colors concept ships czechoslovakian stealth plane ship concept

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ion cannon

Okay...okay... This is not a concept ship. It is the ion cannon from The empire strikes back to shoot them down. Conceptcannons.blogspot? This is a taste of what direction my multimedia blog/zine is headed in. I've got some great stuff in store for conceptships.blogspot in 2008.

Starting January 1st 2008, conceptships is going to highlight the best sci-fi movies of our time who have produced the world's most influential concept ship art and designs.

It's going to be a retro look back at the best sci-fi ships that have paved the way for todays filmers and concept design artists compiled of rare photos and multimedia film loops along with a little commentary from me here at conceptships.blogspot.

I've put a lot of thought and effort into my compilation so please join conceptships starting January 1st highlighting the most influential spaceship design in movies/film and television.

Keywords: conceptships multimedia blog with sound star wars loops film clips archive top most influential concept ship designers media zine magazine flash loops sci-fi film loops

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Concorde style concept plane ship

Not sure who did this or what it's from. Has a Concorde supersonic transport feel to it with a hint of anime.

Any info on this piece of art would be appreciated.

Keywords: supersonic transport concept ship art anime robotech fighter ship concorde art

Saturday, December 15, 2007

New and Improved Antimatter Spaceship for Mars Missions and the x-43A & x-43B

A little dose of reality today...

Most self-respecting starships in science fiction stories use antimatter as fuel for a good reason – it’s the most potent fuel known. While tons of chemical fuel are needed to propel a human mission to Mars, just tens of milligrams of antimatter will do (a milligram is about one-thousandth the weight of a piece of the original M&M candy).

However, in reality this power comes with a price. Some antimatter reactions produce blasts of high energy gamma rays. Gamma rays are like X-rays on steroids. They penetrate matter and break apart molecules in cells, so they are not healthy to be around. High-energy gamma rays can also make the engines radioactive by fragmenting atoms of the engine material. Read the rest of the article RIGHT HERE!

NASA x-43A Hypersonic Experimental Vehicle concept

NASA x-43B concept

Friday, December 14, 2007

AFF fleet roster by strangelet

Insane amount of concept ships on strangelet's Deviant art pages... Check 'em. Actually most all the them are renders. Not concepts. The models have been put together by different people not just stranj. Yet Stranj touched every ship at some point in its creation. Check out Angels Fall First Universe... Our teams site.

This artist has a colab video game dev site RIGHT HERE!

Keywords: War in Heaven concepts ships designs armada of spaceships strangelet 23rd heavy support group aff fleet roster

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Andrew Lee concept ships

These two concept ship images come from a great Chinese concept artist by the name of Andrew Lee. There is more concept art on his website RIGHT HERE!

Andrew has a big digital sketchbook on

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Practical model concept ship Minerva

This is a model of the Minerva, the protagonists' ship from the "Crusher Joe" anime movie series. Love the blue paint job on the front... Very Boeing concept looking.

Keywords: practical model concept ship spaceship William Faulkner minerva crusher joe anime series concept ship

Monday, December 10, 2007

Carrier assault

Concept ships illustration by Mike McCain A.K.A. moljnir.
You can see more of this artist's work RIGHT OVER HERE!

Keywords: digital concept ships design sketch wars battle fight over city small ships assault large big heavy damaged carrier ships smoking on fire over planet lit city atmosphere streaking light through small openings dark ominous clouds

Friday, December 7, 2007

A Gaudi tribunal spaceship by Crankbot

This gritty organic concept ship is by Crankbot. There is more work by this artist on this site RIGHT OVER HERE!

Keywords: atmospheric moody colorful organic digital traditional concept ship conceptship spaceship painted paint painter crankbot

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Stormhead skyships

Concept ship design by Ruben Devela... There is more concept design work from this artist RIGHT HERE!

Keywords: robotech digital concept design spaceship concept ship art illustration thunderhead clouds lightning thunder gray sci-fi scene blue ships rubendevela

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

concept ship art from Francis Tsai

Here are two stylized concept ship drawings from Francis Tsai. You can see more work from this artist RIGHT HERE!

Keywords: fleet concept ships conceptships spaceships art design illustration digital painting by francis tsai deep space moon planet nebula asteroid

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Vector concept ship with sonic boom mitigator

This is one of my first attempts to draft a concept spaceship design with CorelDRAW. It was made around the end of 2004. I've always liked the long tube at the front of the ship to balance out the design but never thought of any other use besides maybe a gun, light or receiver of some kind and wondered what kind of effect it would have on a high speed traveling vessel.

I recently came across this nasa photograph of a F-15B testbed aircraft with a Gulfstream Quiet Spike sonic boom mitigator attached.


Keywords: CorelDRAW corel draw vector 3 view animated concept ship spaceship design illustration sonic boom suppressor mitigator concept vector art

Monday, December 3, 2007

Concept ships from Daniel Simon

Another super hard hitta in the technical concept design field... Daniel Simon works with the Massive Black crew. Super fine line style... Almost vector like. You can see some more amazing concept art design work from Daniel RIGHT OVER HERE! CGChannel just interviewed Daniel OVER HERE.

Keywords: precision technical concept art illustration Massive Black Daniel Simon

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Khang Le concept ship

Let's start the month of December off on a good note. This concept ship vessel is done by Khang Le... One of my favorite concept artists out there. Super versatile and super tech. Khang just updated his site RIGHT OVER HERE!... Check it out and hang on! Or is that Khang on!

Keywords: Khang Le concept ship design sketches portfolio technical tech concept art conceptart

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Prototype D216 by omi-kun

Concept ship digital art by Omi Nanasuko A.K.A. omi-kun. You can see more of Omi's work right over here!

Keywords: digital concept ship design sketch by omi-kun omi nanasuko prototype d216

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

OUTSIDER A full-color web-based science fiction comic by Arioch.

There is some amazing concept design work on this site. I believe the creator's name is Jim Francis. Support this site... Nothing better than a free anime style comic book with kick ass concept ship designs.

Humanity is caught in the crossfire of a galactic war, and it's up to the members of Earth's Scout Corps to forge an alliance that will ensure Earth's survival. But which side to choose: the oppressive, insectoid Umiak or the ruthless, elflike Loroi? Outsider is self-rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, related images, and brief language.

Keywords: anime style free online comic book concept spaceships ship ships designs sequential concept comic pages

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stranded on Phobos

This was one of my first attempts at modeling a spacecraft in a 3D application (Lightwave).

It's supposed to be a crane ship that's been stranded on one of the Mars' moons... Phobos. The middle section is not finished... Maybe I'll finish it one day.

Keywords: stranded astronaut cosmonaut on Mars moon Phobos Deimos crane ship craneship realistic 3D render composite lit light Lightwave conceptship concept ship spaceship spacecraft model

Monday, November 26, 2007

Capital of Korah

Concept ship digital painting by Daniel Graffenberger A.K.A talros.
You can see some more of Daniel's digital concept design art paintings RIGHT OVER HERE.

Keywords: two stealth concept ships over futuristic city landscape digital design drawing painting illustration ominous clouds daniel graffenberger german concept artist

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Swordfish concept ship illustration

This is a concept spaceship vehicle painting from Hector Ortiz... You can check out more digital concept art work from this artist RIGHT OVER HERE!

Keywords: red swiss speeder swordfish spaceship ship vehicle concept illustration design comp comped composed photoshop composite painter painted docked in port refueling refuel space hector ortiz

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Ramjet fighter concept ship

This sick little concept design ship sketch is from Grant Regan.
You can see more of Grant's digital concept illustration work over at

Keywords: concept spaceship vehicle sketch design by Grant Regan BX 150 class ramjet fighter small class passenger concept ship drawing precision color concept draft

Monday, November 12, 2007

Piranha fighter concept

This concept ship is from Mike Doscher A.K.A Malaveldt. Pretty tight!

you can see more concept spaceship and vehicle design from Mike right here!

Keywords: retro fighter concept design sketch line work piranha spaceship drawing art design marker light sepia watercolor concept drawing style

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Futuristic plane ship

This is a vector illustration design concept done a while back in CorelDRAW 12. It's a prop plane at earth gravity but has a booster rocket for short distance space travel. It folds when stationary for horizontal space saving.

Keywords: vector concept ship plane illustration 2 view 3 light wing fold space save technical draft grid

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hover Racer

This little amazing concept ship is from Alex Iglesias... AKA Flyingdebris.

You can see more work from Alex right over here.

Keywords: realistic rendered futuristic concept ship design

Monday, September 17, 2007

speed runners

Another little dynamic Z-brush concept from Joel Carlo... A.K.A. Mechahatechimp.

Keywords: zbrush spaceship concept art model z brush dynamic vehicle concept ship

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

concept ships from matt elder

Here are a few nice spaceship concepts from

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Homeworld and Homeworld 2 concept ship art

Here is some homeworld 2 concept spaceship art. Click on concept artwork on the left hand side to see the homeworld ship concepts. This is a pretty big collection of concept ship art. Nice!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Spinning concept space shuttle as a 24fps Flash animation

This is a shuttle that I modified into a sort of "realistic" near future concept ship. I purchased the shuttle model right here and then remodeled the back end with some thinner and longer wings. I then added some booster rockets directly to the ship. I also added lens flares in Lightwave to correspond to the angle of the camera. Here is a 24 frame per second turntable animation.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Painted ship sketch to vector concept draft

Here is a recent concept ship sketch done in Photoshop.

Here is the same concept elaborated upon in CorelDRAW X3 as vector art. A total of 2,650 shapes and around 200 hours.

You can see a high resolution version of this concept vector spaceship right over here!

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