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John Byrne
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Posted: 19 June 2009 at 7:44am | IP Logged | 1  

I don't have the model any more, but now that you mention it, I think the
chairs might have come from there. When I was modeling my version I built
a library of "bridge parts" that I reassembled for this updated version.

Irony here -- lots of work into this, but I can't imagine where I'm likely to
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it again after this latest Romulan mini.
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John Mietus
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Well, I hope you don't mind me saying that I hope that's not the case,
because I really, really like seeing you draw scenes on a Constitution
class bridge.
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Guh!   Droooooooooool

Guh!


(translation: I love seeing the bridge!)


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Using the model of course takes us back to why I started playing around with models in the comics in the first place. Some of you may recall the first time I used a model (as here, tracing the printouts) was in OMAC, with the time machine "set". I wanted the set to be fairly complex, but I also wanted all the elements to stay in position relative to each other when the "camera" moved.

Same thing here. You can see a good example, too, in the second and third images posted above. Almost the same camera angle, but a slight shift and things move as they would, relative to each other.

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This program seem like a lot of work.  I appreciate the dedication.
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It's an investment of time and energy up front that saves time and energy later on. With the models to trace, I not longer have to draw perspective grids and figure out proportions and placement. I have only to figure out my shot, move my "camera" into position, snap the shot, and then trace it. The tracing is then inked, and that part, of course, takes just as long as it would if the layouts had been done the "old fashioned way".
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Way cool to see the process used to make such authentic-looking bridge art! That set is truly iconic, and it's great to see it done justice in comics.

In the past, many artists have just done the broad strokes, and then fudged the rest of the set's details. JB's bridge shots look perfect, thanks to his use of the computer model (and screencap reference).

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I really appreciate the energy and attention to detail you are bringing to Trek, JB!  I was thinking about it and trying to recall when JB might have first drawn a treklike "bridge" and thought of the Shiar ship bridge from X-men, but then I realized that there is a much earlier approximation or homage to the Enterprise bridge... I will try to get a scan later (or maybe someone will find it)... In Space:1999 #5 I believe JB has Koenig and Carter (or some other tech) jury rig an alien ship which they then fly.  Even as a 10 year old I recall reading this comic off the stands, seeing the alien bridge panels and thinking "how cool is this... he's subtly combining my (then) two favorite scifi shows ever... Space:1999 and Star Trek!"

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"This program seem like a lot of work.  I appreciate the dedication."

What do you expect?  JB has a work ethic.

BTW, I appreciate the dedication as well.

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Brad Krawchuk
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JB said -

Irony here -- lots of work into this, but I can't imagine where I'm likely to use it again after this latest Romulan mini.

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Hmmmm... Maybe... the answer lies in doing more Trek work! Yes, I think that would be a novel solution to the problem! Then there will be more stuff for all of us to buy, and I dunno about anyone else, but I'm always looking at ways to burn a hole in my wallet!

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LOTS more TREK work, I hope, Brad. But how much on Constitution Class
ships?
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YES! I hope you do get lost more Trek work JB! I buy all your Trek work and I recommend it to friends.
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