Doug Drexler has posted a gallery on Facebook, full of artwork from the development of the new Deep Space 9, made for it's debut on covers in The Fall novel series this year. Doug has posted concept art from Andy Probert, who created the design based on David R. George III's description from the novels. There are also lots of renderings from Douglas Graves, who built the computer model, and alternate cover designs from Mr Drexler himself.
Here are a couple of test renderings of the final model, which give us a great overview of the design:
I've picked out some of my favourite images from the gallery, and those that reveal some interesting details, to take a tour through the design process below. But you'll find loads more on Facebook, so be sure to check it out.
Building on David R. George III's description in Raise the Dawn, the process started with Andy Probert pondering possible interpretations, which eventually settled into the design we now becoming familiar with, finally approved with a test CG model:
Much more after the jump, starting with a look at one of DS9's massive hangers, which houses one of Andy Probert's newly designed salvage tugs, which are set to appear in the 2015 Ships of the Line calendar:
Probert's concept art went into a lot of detail, including some of the interior layouts, revealing some of locations for key events in Revelation and Dust:
Once Douglas Graves started building to CG model Probert was still feeding in detailing, seen here overlaid on the early model:
Which ultimately lead to the final model. Here are a couple more test renders:
And here covers that could have been for The Fall. Hopefully new DS9 will continue to grace many future book covers!