In my interview with Johnathan Soul, he went as far as to ask if nightmares had inspired the ship design? You’ll need to listen to the interview to discover the answer.
I decided to write this article to give a glimpse into the thought-process and the mechanics of how I went about designing that ship. There’s a video tutorial at the end of this article that illustrates step-by-step how I used DAZ Studio and some pre-made .obj files to achieve this.
Comic & cartoon inspiration
The inspiration for my ship design came from two places.
Both of these are from the 80’s (I’m a child of the 80’s, so that’s where a lot of my inspiration comes from).
There was a saga of the Robotech series named “The Robotech Masters." In that series, the aliens traveled in these massively huge spaceships that had a unique design. They looked kind of like strange giant mechanical bugs. As a child, I had never seen anything like it, and I was completely amazed.
Grey was a comic book series that a science-fiction English classmate of mine introduced me to during my last year of high school. The storyline was not as elaborate as Robotech’s, but it was very entertaining. I highly recommend it.
Down to business
I was able to find some packages of .obj files on Renderosity that were created by a vendor named Poisen. He or she creates 3d object packs that have a very nightmarish quality to them. They were exactly what I needed.
The process for creating the ship is relatively easy. It consists of 4 basic steps.
- Importing pre-made .obj files into DAZ Studio
- Adjusting their size, scale, and position
- Parenting the objects to one another
- Exporting a final 3d model
NOTE: I would describe this method as a workaround or a hack as I’m not creating everything from scratch. Take a look at the video below to see how this was done step-by-step.
These are the .obj packs that I used to create the alien mothership.
I hope you found this article useful (I cover everything in the video tutorial below). If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below.