Acrylic painting on 250 gsm art paper
I created this artwork for Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon. The concept was a science fictional angle on travelling to the CCD, while shamelessly indulging my love of spaceships.
I came up with two rough layouts, one from a lower angle showing the horizon, which would have allowed for larger spaceships like the Discovery from 2001 or the Liberator from Blake’s 7.
The second was a more top down view which allowed the CCD to take more of centre stage. That was the one I went with. (This did mean that the Liberator – surely a contender for best spaceship design of all time – got ousted. To atone I later did a Blake’s 7 painting.)
Between the spaceships and the buildings this was quite a time consuming piece. I made various adjustments in the final painting. The city blocks are all broadly accurate. The Samuel Beckett Bridge didn’t quite fit, but I was able to include several of my favourite spaceships, including another contender for Best Spaceship: the movie refit of the USS Enterprise, here christened the USS Dublin for obvious reasons. Someone did helpfully later look up the NCC-2019 registry and told me that it belongs to the USS Dallas. Not in this timeline.
The final version was used in various adverts as well as the pocket guide for the convention.
The real question is – how many of the ships can you identify?
Original artwork © Iain Clark 2019.
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