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Sinister by Enterprise-E Sinister by Enterprise-E
It's about time i worked on my original universe more. So here it is. As a result of me experimenting with creating better 'space art'-ish backgrounds.

Hope you like it!
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Coreastos Aug 20, 2010   Artist
Ur right...its very sinister @_@
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zmade Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interesting work, nice ships ;) well done.
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SuperSmurgger Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Totaly beautiful and exciting !!!
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:iconkbmxpxfan:
Cool. They remind me of the enemy on "Garden of Kadesh" in the first Homeworld game.
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tekfactory Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well for a more menacing look you can put them in a formation, we've been conditioned to think well ordered formations are menacing.

Also you could let your background do it for you, if they're the spacesp equivalent of black riders travelling through the night during a storm, people will pick up on it.

Maybe a debris field, after they've seen some action.
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DeepChrome Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, nice job on the environment.

I remember those ships a while back - weren't those guys kinda the Borg of your universe? The unstoppable juggernauts nobody could beat, right? I remember them being very unconventional, and working the menace quite well.

However, in this environment they look more pretty than sinister....just something to think about. You might want to find another way for them to stand out as something creepy against an otherwise pretty tranquil setting.
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Exactly, you remember them well. Any thoughts on how make them look more 'creepy' on an image where there is no weapons fired, or even other ships to threaten? In most established universes, this is mostly handled by the backstory of the ships, which the viewer automatically associates with it. Examples for me are Borg Cube and Executor images. You perceive them as menacing even is they are alone, because you 'know them'. No one 'knows' my original stuff yet.

Actually, the image was a result of experimentation with some techniques, and the long ongoing urge to do more original universe stuff, but story wise they would be quite harmless on planet images, becasue they do not attack planets.
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DeepChrome Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the biggest problem with them is that they seem curved, almost a little too flowing, a little too gentle in their shapes. It's like someone trying to stick Starfleet curves onto a Borg Cube.

I think if you really want to do an "evil" ship or at least a "baddie" ship, you might want to consider the use of sharp angles in its construction and appearance. For example: Note the Imperial Taiidani Heavy Cruiser, the Borg Cube, and the Executor. There's some round shapes floating around in there (engine nozzles, guns, etc) but most of the angles on them are sharp, and very visually powerful. They all use a sense of solidness, of bulk, of blockiness that implies a juggernaut that will plow through anything you can throw at them. Your Triangulators have this going, but taking the subtle curves may really bring that vibe to the forefront here, and make it stick in people's heads that these are not a good thing to have approaching your planet.

Mmm there's an idea - Why not make the Triangulators more...triangular? If angularity really defines a ship's evilness in sci-fi, you might like trying a more obvious double tetrahedron shape, with the tetrahedrons attached to one another along one face. Like this <|> I'm not talking a drastic redesign. I'm just suggesting tweaking the angles and the existing shapes you've got now to play with some of these ideas.

Also, some details and greebles might be useful here too - some plating, some kind of detailing like the Cube or the Taiidani HC might help in the vibe too. They seem a little too smooth for my liking here, which just adds to your curvature issue that I mentioned above.

I know that was a lot to put in there, but I hope some part of this helps you with the design and the picture there.
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