Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

It’s Not Really Fan Art When You’re a Professional

by Daniel Abraham

I present the fine work of concept designer & illustrator Jeff Zugale of

First the SMBC panel.  Now this.  I’ll tell you, it’s been a good week.


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  1. Very pretty! It needs much bigger fuel tanks, though.

  2. Awesome. Reminds me of the Corellian corvette from Star Wars, turned on it’s side.

  3. Shiny!

    Finally got to starting Caliban’s War, apropos nothing. 🙂

  4. He put PDC’s on it, two tubes, and even the crew airlock in the right spot.

    This guy is good.

  5. So how close is this to how you imagined the ship when you wrote it? Now I can finally stop picturing the Normandy from Mass Effect (sorry hah) when reading Caliban’s War.

    • Yeah, the Normandy is awesome, but it has gravity plating, so it doesn’t use our “office building” style design.

      This is fairly close to what I pictured. I had the tubes on the sides instead of coming out the front, but after I see this, I actually like it better.

  6. Funny, I always imagined the Roc to be squatter and more bulbous (especially when the tanks are welded on…)

    The shorter span would make more sense (to me anyway), lending better mass distribution for manoeuvring, both in compact and around crowded docks.

    Still looks great tho.

  7. Thought of these books other night when I was painting and listening to Rush… namely Cygnus X-1, and heard the lyrics:

    On my ship, the ‘Rocinante’
    Wheeling through the galaxies,
    Headed for the heart of Cygnus
    Headlong into mystery

    So awesome. I’ve got to re-read them again.