Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 Spaceship Designs

About a year ago, I was contacted to design spaceships for a YA sci-fi novel. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and it was a thrill to come up with these ships. I’m pleased to say the book has been released this week and it was a blast to read! It’s the first in a trilogy, and I highly recommend it if you like a fast-paced and unique space adventure. It’s also an amazingly well-designed book, told through transcripts, archived files, text messages, blueprints… and at 600 pages, it’s a surprisingly fast read. This book is going to be a big hit. Thanks to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the brilliant authors, and Heather Kelly, designer at Penguin Random House for this cool opportunity.

Here are my designs for the main ships that appear in the story, and in the book.

This ship is huge - 3.25km long, and 1.3km high.

This ship is huge – 3.25km long, and 1.3km high.

A LOT of desk on this ship.

A LOT of decks on this ship.

A more sleek, less military design.

A more sleek, less military design.


3 thoughts on “Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 Spaceship Designs

  1. Just finished the book and the moment I turned the page of the prints, I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with these ships!! Honestly a bit sad that there wasn’t a full design of the Lincoln, but oh my god, these are glorious! YOU. ARE. AMAZING!

    Thanks for having these in HD, I can use it as reference when I’m playing around 3D modelling these babies. So lucky to find this site!

    • Thanks so much! If you do model these in 3D, I would love to see them. I was going to paint some of these in perspective just for fun. Odd that after reading the book, I wanted to do fan art based on a book I did artwork for 🙂 So many compelling visual ideas from the story. I didn’t get commissioned to design the Lincoln, and it’s an intriguing thought. There was no real description of it, so it remains a bit of an enigma.



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