Concept Design Sketches
These concept design sketches are a sampling from a large collection. Haven't included sketches for the more mundane stuff, but contact us if your interested in seeing them too. Many have been done on A4 or A3 sized paper and rendered in fine felt tip pens and cool gray dry markers. Others are just pencil or pen.
The Letraset dry markers have 3 different sized tips in the one pen. These and other brands ( such as COPIC and NOUVEL ) can all be found in Art or Architectural design suppliers. These design dry markers come in many colors , but for the Industrial Design sketch look typical of Syd Mead's work, Cool Gray numbers 0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9 are most useful. Also used are the alcohol based big black felt tip Magic Marker pens. Templates for circles, ellipses and French curves are also used in addition to set squares.
In 2011 we started using COPIC Warm Gray markers, as the Letraset aren't available. So we now use W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, W10 and the big Artline black markers, but more often than not, we now scan a sketch into photoshop and colour it there.
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Last Updated: Jan 27 2023
Avatar looks like it has brought sci-fi back to the cinema in a big way, and it has very cool creatures. So here is an Alien Serpent sketch in Copic Warm Gray markers and black micron pen.
Awards Stage Quick Sketch
A one point perspective, very quick sketch in dry marker for an awards ceremony stage concept with large over hanging screens and stage dressing.
Bertone Stratos 1970
The Bertone Stratos was a show car around the time of the Lamborghini Countach.
Formal plans and concept drawings for a G.E.V. ( Ground Effect Vehicle, or Hovercraft ). Done on the back of A3 graph paper in black pen and cool gray Dry Markers, but reduced to 8 bit gray scale here.
Formal plans and concept drawings for starbase. Done in black pen and cool gray Dry Markers.
Gothic Starship with Details
Design Sketch of Gothic Starship. Showing detail of alien Bridge and Engine technology. Done in black pen, white pencil and Dry Markers.
A Tracked Transporter with an attitude. The silhouetted figure is used to indicate scale. Dry Marker and pen on paper.
This is the original sketch for a powered suit we were asked to conceptualize. Dry Maker on Paper.
These were rough sketches for some Military SF uniforms. Pencil colored in Photoshop.
Retro Prop Bomber
Formal plans and concept sketch for a retro SF Prop driven Bomber Aircraft. Done in black pen and Dry Markers.
Orbital Cargo Shuttle
For transporting equipment from orbiting mother ship to planet side camp. Plans done on A3 paper in black pen and drymarkers.
Luxury Space Cruiser
The design of a luxury Space Cruiser. Full plans and a 3/4 view. Dry Markers and pen.
A fairly formal drawing of the Endeavor Carrier. Fighters are housed in the U shaped front section.
Light Cruiser Design Sketches
A very large inter Galactic Cruiser. Design sketches may be elaborately detailed, or as here, just indicate the basic silhouette required. The blacked out areas in the sketch indicate that final detailing will be determined during miniature construction, but a busy complicated textured finish is required, resulting a craft more of the Star Wars Universe than the sleekness of the Star Trek Universe.
High Voltage Power line service vehicle.
Low Gravity Bus
A quick sketch withy pen and dry marker or a bus sized low gravity transporter.
A helmet thats only interesting features are the side mounted lights .
Looks a lot like the Space Shuttle Back Packs for getting around in space.
A Breather consisting of a face and mask and neck tanks.
Space Station Sketch
This is a semi-formal thumbnail sketch of a rotating space station, done in fine tipped felt pen. It is shaped after communications satellites, but of course , much larger
ARES Rough Sketches
Around 18 craft designs were provided for the last 2 levels of a real-time spacewar game for the Mac developed by Nathan Lamont, ARES . Shown here are some of the first rough design sketches. Some were changed dramatically and some where developed into a series of craft. Of the final designs, one was provided as a DXF file, the rest on paper, done with standard technical drawing tools, board, felt pens and dry marker. How they ended up in the final game was up to Nathan's CG modeling skills and time available to render and animate them. The ones I'm most pleased with are not shown here.
Altech Girl Costume Sketch
Sexy, female characters have always had a place in pulp science fiction, having young men as the target readership. Simply,... sex sells. Some newpaper corporations made their fortune from putting bare breasted ladies on the front page. Not quite in the same category is the costume for an Alien Technology Inc.Girl. The platform shoes wouldn't be very practical, but that isn't the point.. The poses are lifted from a how to draw comics book, and the style a combination of everything from Suzy Quattros's (remember her?) leather one piece, the cloud base girls from UFO and things you have seen a million times...
A quick sketch of a costume and setting. What game?
What are those tubes? What is pumped into, or taken out
of, the suite during the game? Gases, liquids or
Repair under stress
A quick pen sketch of some poor maintenance technician having to repair something under poor conditions.
A quick pen and marker sketch of a Gyroh. A one man Helijet craft.
Story Board Sample
Quick pen and marker Science Fiction story board panel.
ReferencesSome very good books, on designing drawing. Creative Marker Techniques is the best.