Spacewreck 6: The Shuttle 'Britannia' released

Spacewreck 5 - mountain

OMG! Now it’s 3 images in a month! You can tell its Christmas vacation time! Also, this is my second post for an image created in Carrara; Bryce is definitely taking a back-seat!

As you can see, I’m well-and-truly back to Spacewrecks, and also I have been thinking about book covers - particularly the small size of the image, the amount of detail that is necessary and so on. I produced and rendered the image in Carrara, some mesh manipulation in Hexagon, and as ever image colour correction was done in Photoshop CS1. I’m really happy with the way this one turned out - colours are good, ship turned out well... I think the image looks very convincing.

Only disappointment is the amount of detail I put inside the shipwreck: only the engines are visible...

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context: “By the beginning of the 21st Century, it was already known that the majority of extrasolar planets were gas giants, like Jupiter and Saturn. It was also known that many of these gas giants were even larger than Jupiter and Saturn many times so. Our solar systems own gas giants have many moons because their enormous mass gives them a huge gravitational attraction, enabling them to easily capture passing objects. This holds true for the gas giants elsewhere in the galaxy too. Additionally, because of their size, and because some of them orbit closer to their star, some of these gas giants have moons that are really terrestrial planets like Mars and Earth.

The problem as discovered by early waves of settlers is gravity... When you have the enormous gravitational influence of a super-sized gas giant, plus the gravitational interaction of many other moons, it makes for a very unstable environment. All of the earth-like moons so far discovered have such unpredictable meteorology and violent tectonic activity that they have been classified as unsafe for settlement. The survey shuttle Britannia was lost surveying one such earth-like moon around the gas giant HD 62509 b, which orbits the star Beta Geminorum (Pollux). A sudden electrical storm caused a complete white out and knocked out the ships sensors, causing it to come down in a near-by mountain range.”

Rendered in Carrara, colour correction was done in Photoshop.