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Before the Falcon... by Arcas-Art Before the Falcon... by Arcas-Art
This is another piece I did circa 1990(ish) for West End Games' Star Wars RPG. The assignment was to show what a freighter like the Millennium Falcon looked like in it's stock form. The main things I did to the design was to:

a) Replace the upper turret with avionics systems.
b) Close up all the open hull plating that we saw on the Falcon.
c) To add strap-on cargo pods to the upper surfaces to expand the ship's carrying capacity.

This image also reproduces the pencil doodles for the art and design department that lightly accompanied the finished art. Personally I do like this later interpretation better, as it shows a great departure from the lines we recognize as The Falcon: [link]
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Colourbrand Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh GOD yes!!!

I did not realise you had so much influence in my youth man!! I saw this along with the Heavy Cruisers and the Torpedo Spheres!!

Again, brilliant work and love the wookie :D

I personally like this because it shows the standard before the modification :)
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Arcas-Art Dec 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! I had no idea that I had corrupted you years earlier, either!?! :D  It's certainly novel - and gratifying - to find out that my art made an enduring impact on people. Back in the re-internet days it was so hard to get feedback from people. You just did the job, sent it out into the void, and hoped that someone would like it enough to buy the product.
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Colourbrand Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, and that is a shame; I thought the designs back then were utter quality - and yes sir you corrupted me damn good!!!! And I like it :D:D:D!

Trust me sir, your art has made a phenomenal impact not just on me but a lot of people :D

I cannot think of anything more impressive than that :D
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I see no art on the linked page.  I'd really like to see the later interpretation...
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jonbluestone Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually if truth be known YOU were one of the people who inspired a lot of my early work back in the nineties. I had been drawing spacecraft for about fifteen years at that point, but it was your clean presentation style that influenced a lot of my later work - nice to finally know who you are. And yes, I still have those early West End Games manuals.
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Arcas-Art Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, I'm flattered.. and happy to pay the influence forward! I think my clean style came from people like Geoff Mandel (www.geoffreymandel.com/), Franz Joseph (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Jo…, and Terry Austin (www.comicartfans.com/comic-art….
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jonbluestone Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. But then we have communicated before. If you recall I also commented on your Star Trek stuff, as presented in the very first ST:TNG manual, which was prepared before that show had finished the first season. As I indicated at the time, I also have a copy of that manual - published by FASA if memory serves.
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Arcas-Art Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep - it was FASA. And I DON'T own a copy.
Still..... :(
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jonbluestone Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is still available, but now obviously as a used or pre-owned item. Simply nip on over to Amazon and enter: Star Trek The Next Generation Officer's Manual (FASA Corporation). Published 1988 it numbered 144 pages. The ISBN was 1-55560-079-4 FASA 1500 I paid around fifteen pounds for a good copy and six for one which had been written on extensively with pencil, but after carefully ungluing all of the pages in the damaged one and then scanning them into a computer, was able to clean up the damage and even re-build some of the images before reprinting the pages out and putting the book back together again - remastered it may be argued. The good copy remained in one piece it should be noted.
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Arcas-Art Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
*sigh* I just wish I'd never given away my ONE free copy. I was supposed to get more and FASA never came through.
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