toosurreal - our affilliate site. Dave Bennett's digital art / web / tech blog, including digital art galleries. ** Updated August 2009 **
This is Rocket Science - Adrian Mann Design. Excellent scenes reproduced from the TTA books. Adrians aim is to digitally reproduce the scenes from the TTA handbooks.
Mods for the RTS game 'Homeworld' using ships found in the TTA handbooks by Andrew Danieli.
Terran Trade Authority Books
Philip R. Banks TTA background and information, other sightings of artwork from the books and links. Very useful! ** Site updated - interview with Stewart Cowley and more background on the Galactic Encounters series (May 2005) **
Jean Vouillon - Pixels Manipulator
Jean has produced a similar background and scenes to the TTA books with the 'Encyclopedia Galactica'. Highly recommended.
Ground Zero - Fred Gambino. Fred was one of the artists to feature artwork in the TTA books, and has now recently released his own book 'Ground Zero' including some of his latest works.
Chris Moore Illustration - Chris was another artist to have artwork included in the TTA books, and also has a book published by Paper Tiger available to purchase.
Star Wars Origins - sources of material from a variety of films, TV and books for the background to the Star Wars Films.
POV-Ray - home of the (IMHO!) worlds best raytracing software. Copyrighted freeware, POV-Ray has been updated over the years and is available for a number of operating systems. Home to a large community and collection of resources, povray.org is an excellent place to start in the world of digital art.
The POV-Ray Include Files Page - Chris Colefax. Chris has created many wonderful include files for POV-Ray, many of which I use myself and are the basis for most of my images. A must-visit!
Silvertome - Charles Fusner. A long-time visitor to Digital Waterfalls, Charles has a number of areas covering tutorials, graphics features and links with using POV-Ray.
Space Graphics - a highly recommended site containing various 2D and 3D computer generated graphics resources related to Earth and Mars planets.
The Antic Cyber Graphics Software - and the prehistory of Autodesk 3D Studio and Discreet 3ds Max. Before 3D Studio, there was the Cyber series of 3D modelling packages on the Atari ST. This site details the history (and some nostalgia!) of Cyber Studio. Facinating stuff, even if you're not an Atari fan.
Solstation - a fantastic site detailling the solar system, near stars, exoplanets, nebulae and stars within 100 light-years and animated maps. Find out what Proxima Centauri is really like and the chances of life there!
Spacebattles.com - a site dedicated to spacecraft, battles, animations and features with ships from famous series and films including Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Star Wars. Ever wanted to know who would win if the Enterprise took on a Vorlon cruiser? Take a look...
Angus McKie Illustrations - Angus was another artist that contributed to the TTA books and has discovered the joys of pixel manipulation - see his latest and greatest works here. *** LINK BROKEN *** No longer active. Alternative link to some of his work can be found at:- Angus McKie Galleries
Planet Magazine - a free 'net-based magazine for upcoming writers and artists containing sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Palm Plucker software-friendly too!
Spacejetters - a full-featured website and gallery containing tutorials in Bryce, 3D models and sci-fi stuff to purchase. Excellent site.
Jim Burns - Jim is a legend in the sci-fi and fantasy art world whose work has been exhibited in major exhibitions in Europe and North America. Another of the original TTA contributing artists, you can also read an interview with Jim here, or a little background article on this site.
Roger Dean is an internationally recognised artist whose work has been featured on posters, books and album covers worldwide. A comprehensive site and kept regulary upto date with news of exhibitions, Rogers site is inspiring and informative.
Renderings of Mars - made with the digital elevation models of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA).
These are visualizations of Mars in ancient, today's and future settings. Made with DEM15.6 and Terragen.
Chris Foss Tribute Page - this website contains mainly scans of as much artwork the author has been able to find of Chris's work. Also featuring a small piece about Chris, this is a useful site for inspiring spacecraft design and scenes.
MyAtari.net - (also available at www.myatari.org. An on-line magazine dedicated to Atari computers, nostalgia, new developments, ST scene and 8-bit. Three years old and still going strong!
Atari Magazines and the Classic Computer Archive - formally the Digital Antic Project, here you'll find electronic versions of the Antic and STart magazines plus a number of other classic computer magazines that are being digitised. Downloads of the cover disks plus a comprehensive index form an excellent site to visit.
Orions Arm - a huge colaborative effort by several people to produce a sci-fi background with people contributing artwork, fiction and background material. A massive site with high quality material throughout.
Chaoscope - a 3D fractal generator piece of software I am personally starting out with, some truly beautiful results can be achieved with this new and interesting art package.
Terrainmap - a huge digital elevation modelling resource that has links to USGS DEM data, Mars MOLA models, conversion programs, utilities and much more! Essential!
The official Chris Foss website - recently opened, full of scenes and images plus a forum with which to discuss Chris's artwork. Loads of inspiring material!
Not an official Peter Elson website (Peter passed away in 1999) but a lot of scanned artwork from Peter's contributions to the TTA books and uploaded to this website. There are also examples of art from Chris Foss, Angus McKie and Syd Mead, amongst others.
David A. Hardy's AsrtoArt - David Hardy is an internationally-acclaimed space artist who has been producing space-related artwork since the 1950's. His work which is of an extremely high-quality, graces a number of books produced by a number of people including Patrick Moore and material is available to buy on-site.
Colin Hay - Chameleon Arts. Colin produced Science Fiction book illustrations from 1970 to 1980 along with contributions to the TTA books, these are amongst his favourites.
Crystal Nebulae specializes in producing three-dimensional sculptures of astronomical objects. The sculptures are generated by firing an ultra-precision YAG laser into 6cm cubes of optical quality crystal glass. The resulting high-resolution three-dimensional sculptures beautifully reproduce both the intricacy of these objects and their ethereal appearance.
Inivis AC3D is one of the longest established 3D design software programs available today. In development from 1994 and commercially available since 1996, AC3D has grown to become a highly regarded and popular program. Extremely easy to use and supporting a wide range of import and export formats, AC3D is an excellent modelling program that won't break the bank.