Spacecraft concept art captures the adventure and exploration inherent to interstellar travel or maneuverability amidst celestial obstacles, inspiring wonderment at their immense designs. Here, artists bring these breathtaking visions to life!
Senior Concept Artist Joe Gloria will take us through his three-dimensional design process with tools like 3D-Coat and ZBrush; however, these concepts can easily be applied to other design software packages.
How do you create a spaceship?
Step one of creating spaceships involves sketching out an initial shape or skeleton. From there, details like guns and rocket launchers can be added; these elements will sit atop this basic form and may vary between ship designs.
As with anything creative, a good way to design a spaceship is by studying real-life examples for inspiration. From futuristic fighter jets to city-sized battleships, you have plenty of great examples from which to draw. Additionally, keeping a visual library of sci-fi ships will help improve concept art; you can do this by collecting images on websites or apps providing resource libraries – this may include popular digital painting software such as Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo as well as 3D modeling applications like ZBrush.
How do you draw a spaceship?
To draw a spaceship, it’s best to start by creating the basic shape. Next, add details such as cockpit and thrusters. Finally, finish it off by giving your spaceship color and texture!
As this step can be more than a bit challenging, be sure to take your time and refer back to the reference image frequently for guidance. When satisfied with your design, proceed with step 2.
Choose colors that coordinate with the overall aesthetic of your spaceship, such as this sleek and creative model designed with bright, vivid hues. Or you could create an understated appearance using darker or neutral tones instead.
How do you create a space station?
Space stations are large craft that orbit Earth permanently, used for research, refueling, and accommodation of Kerbanauts. Their construction requires careful planning and an enormous amount of power; as soon as they’re in space they require even more resources and power for operation.
Space stations are composed of many individual parts which are launched separately and docked together later. Many components contain thrusters which can be adjusted to point in different directions.
Children work together in pairs to design a space station. Using any or all of the available parts, they must ensure their designs match up. This activity promotes clear communication and teamwork while giving children insight into how a real space station is constructed.
How do you create a space landscape?
Spaceship concept art should evoke feelings of adventure and freedom. From interstellar voyagers capable of traversing entire galaxies to diminutive vessels designed for intricate maneuvering around celestial obstacles, these extraordinary renderings result from close cooperation between artists and scientists.
Artists have been helping NASA dream big ever since its manned space program started, creating early proposals for satellites in orbit and how astronauts would reach them. One early design dating back to 1961 depicts cramped confines inside an Apollo capsule (click for larger version).
Long before NASA was created in 1962, creative minds like Norman Rockwell were already exploring what space travel might entail through art and science.
How do you add color to your spaceship?
As you construct your spaceship in Ship Builder, there is an option at the bottom that enables you to select and change any part’s color. By clicking any part, a color window will pop-up showing all available hues from a predefined palette.
Spaceships come in any color imaginable, though typically white or silver to reflect heat back into space and camouflage and confuse radar systems or sonar. They may even be black to obscure themselves from radar systems and sonar.
This spaceship coloring page showcases an attractive spacecraft ready to blast off into outer space. Children should use bold colors when coloring it and add a galaxy background for added fun! This printable can help youngsters begin coloring as well as developing fine motor skills.