When Star Cruises wanted someone to create a cutaway view of their cruise ships in 1998, they could not find anyone in Malaysia with similar work experience under their belt.
Their in-house Art Director Patricia Ng, an ex-colleague from PTM Thompson, felt I could tackle the job due to my wide range of experience with technical subjects which included drawing cars, houses, etc. At the time, I was known more for my airbrush work. With a looming dateline, airbrushing would be out of the question for a complex project like this. I had just started using Lightwave 3D which was ideal for realizing this project. We had to model the ship based on plans provided -- and these do not look much different from plans for buildings except that we deal with a lot more curves.
We had to "explode" the different levels to zero in on what should or should not be shown.
Perks on this project included a 5-day cruise on each ship, not that we had a lot of time to enjoy it as we were taking photos of the amenities (some 75 different facilities on 13 levels) that came with the cruise. These were used for reference as well as texture maps.
We managed to do Virgo and Leo, with plans to fly to the US to work on some new ships acquisitions, but 9/11 happened and things changed. This was a great project added under my belt.