I started this maps literally weeks ago, got sidetracked with work, Old School Hack Week! (yes, the exclamation is mandatory), and reading a few books. Seeing as X-Plorers release is immanent I figured I better get off my ass and finish this one too.
I started this with an idea for a spaceship that looked sort of like a ship, like a plain old normal water going ship and how they are set up. Levels of storage with a small crew area on the top level. So I pulled out my iPad and went to work for a concept drawing, something I could then work from to get to a final design.
Looking at the image below, I started with the idea of a basic ship like you might see today. I went for something akin to a massive cargo freighter that sails the high seas, or one of those giant oil tankers. I tossed a few ideas down the left, then in the right bottom, i sort of hit on something. Something clicked for me. As you come up the page on the right side, you can see as I try a few ideas, refine them and arrive at a final concept. A sort of fat, non-aerodynamic boat looking thing. A little odd, but hey, I liked it.
So using that tiny little image in the top right, I went to work. I would estimate about four hours later (spread over the course of maybe four weeks) I finished up the image. Kudos go out to my buddies on Google Buzz who helped me with the name.
Without further delay, I give you the Mastadon!