Enterprise-G  Episode 2  The Innocent Routine  Page 18

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John Waltrip
Fri, 19th Apr 12:00 AM, 2019

Page 18!

The Space Hopper... again.

see... it's not so big.

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chris-tar
Fri, 19th Apr 1:39 AM, 2019

Wait. The hopper is huge in the side-by-side comparison to the Enterprise, so does that mean that the alien is like 30 feet tall or something?

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John Waltrip
Fri, 19th Apr 8:35 AM, 2019

I knew someone was going to ask that question, and curiously enough I think I knew that someone would be you, Chris, but the Space Hopper is not that big. It only looks big in comparison to the Enterprise because it is closer to us. It's all a matter of perspective... forced perspective.

And "no", the alien is not 30 feet tall, although it may be a whimsical idea to have an alien that appears small on the view screen, but turns out to be a giant; it wouldn't be much of a tour of the Enterprise if he couldn't leave the hangar bay.

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chris-tar
Fri, 19th Apr 9:08 AM, 2019

John. I think one thing that may have helped establish forced perspective, or the illusion of distance in that scene, would have been "atmospheric perspective" (imagine space dust for instance). You could have given the Enterprise less contrast both in color and detail and that would have made the hopper a more dominant visual element in my opinion. Another way of thinking about it, would be to illustrate the scene as if your eyes were purposely focusing on what is in the foreground, thereby, automatically making everything in the background a little blurry...

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John Waltrip
Fri, 19th Apr 1:04 PM, 2019

Chris-Tar. Thank you for that artistic advice, I'm always open to suggestions from readers and fellow artists. But keep in mind I'm reproducing the look of the Star Trek Animated Series, and they did not have any of the atmospheric blurring or less contrast that you describe, and I really wanted to keep both vessels sharp for better visibility. I put a lot of work into those drawings, I want to show them clearly!
Thanks again.

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Microraptor
Fri, 19th Apr 8:52 AM, 2019

Let's hope the Space Hopper has a docking port. Fitting it into the shuttle bay may be... difficult.
(Assuming that in the last panel the Hopper isn't much closer to the camera the the Enterprise.)

Edit: Oh, I see you just explained that issue! ^^

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Steev
Fri, 19th Apr 9:07 AM, 2019

Speaking of sizes...how does the G compare in size to the classic Enterprises?

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John Waltrip
Fri, 19th Apr 12:50 PM, 2019

A very good question, Steev, thank you for asking that.

The Enterprise-G is based on the classic Constitution Class Enterprise from the original series and the re-fitted version of The Motion Picture, but it is slightly larger.

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