Syfy’s ambitious miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End served up some beautiful spaceship visuals. Including the alien mothership, which looks striking and angelic. Concept artist Ben Mauro shared with us some of his beautiful Childhood’s End spaceship designs.

First off, Mauro went through an “early design exploration” phase, which was “quick, dirty and experimental to explore a range of ideas before things get locked down and refined”:

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

The producers of the show wanted more of a “wing” shape so Mauro focused on that:

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

And here’s an animated gif showing the final render for the mothership:

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

And more looks at the final version as Mauro tweaked it and refined it:

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

The Childhood's End Miniseries Has Given Us Some Utterly Superb Spaceship Art

Check out more of Mauro’s work over at his website, Art of Ben.


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