How can we explain the need for a Spaceport after having seen how spaceships easily land and take off in Volume 1, which takes place only two year after the current events?
For one, the majority of the ships depicted in Captain Wayne and the Unexplained Dimension are fairly new and equipped with the latest photon drive technology. Secondly, the InterStarliners that operate on P57-Exodus are, as Yok pointed out in last Thursday’s comic, close to being retired. They were engineered in a time when no large transports could reach thermospheric altitudes without a launch pad. These vessels are capable of offering top class, comfortable interstellar journeys, hence their name. As someone once put it: “an elegant ship for a more civilised age”.
The idea for the spaceport and the ship came to me a while ago when I made a piece for some very good friends as they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. It depicts them as a young couple, on an interstellar honeymoon. Looking for adventure, they decided to come to P57-Exodus and go on a road trip. I ended up getting it printed the largest size my local printer’s digital plotter could handle. They loved it so much that they got it mounted on a wooden board and it’s hanging in their house! The said couple will also be making an appearance very soon in our ongoing story. As you can see, a lot of my characters are inspired by real life people!
In this week’s concept art gallery you can see how I quickly sketched up the design before moving on to the look of the spaceport itself. Not much time for elaborate renderings, as I still manage to create settings and situations that require designing everything from scratch. You’d think I’m complaining but complaining takes too much time and energy. I’d rather get on with it and have fun, haha!
Finally, here’s a process video of the spaceport sketch I made on the iPad. I know at least of one process freak that will enjoy it, I hope you will too!