When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Spaceships roaring across depthless vistas, weapons flaring into the vacuum. Can any visions really live up to our mental images of the glory of space opera? Hell yes, and here's the concept art to prove it.

We decided to cure our Monday blues by seeking out some of the coolest space-opera concept art on the Web, including the entries from two concept-art challenges and some matte paintings and CG illustrations by some of our favorite artists. Follow the links after each image to find way more awesomeness. If you want to view this in non-gallery format, click here.

Top image: Translight jump by Francis Tsai. More art at the link!

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Space opera art by Alan Chan, from the Art Institute Online & Alienware concept art competition.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Spaceship art from Alexander Preuss aka Vampeta, winner of the CG Society's Grand Space Opera challenge. [via Concept Ships]

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Destruction by John Wu. Way more art at the link!

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Starship by Francis Tsai. More art at the link!

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Proposed Battlestar Galactica revamp concept art by Eric Chu. (More at Cinemaspy!)

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

CCP Games concept art by B. Börkur Eiríksson, more art at the link!

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

CCP Games concept art by B. Börkur Eiríksson, more art at the link!

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Lusiatania by Andree Wallin, more art at the link. A tribute to Orson Scott Card's Xenocide.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

January Dancer by Sparth, more awesome art at the link.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Flight Response by Philip Straub, more art at the link.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Entry in the CG Society's Grand Space Opera challenge by Tamas Jarolics.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Entry in the CG Society's Grand Space Opera challenge by Mike McGregor.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Entry in the CG Society's Grand Space Opera challenge by Sidharth Chaturvedi.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Entry in the CG Society's Grand Space Opera challenge by Pawel Lewandorski

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Tony Bela's entry in the CG Society's Grand Space Opera challenge.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Herve (Nuro) Grossin's entry in the CG Society Grand Space Opera challenge.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Strength book cover by Stephan Martiniere. More at the link.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Lady Of Mazes book cover by Stephan Martiniere. More at the link.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Space book cover by Stephan Martiniere. More at the link.

When Space Opera Becomes ArtS

Space opera concept art from Epistemonike Phantasia