Apply form over function
Like most of my art, I start off with small value thumbnails to figure out my main structure first. Working from a list of descriptive words, I play around with shapes against a black background (because we already know it’s going to be in space) , and when something captures the story I’m going for and has that Star Warsiness, I know I can move on. Now it’s time to figure out your instruments. We’ll need a large monitor for the main radar, a screen for the targeting computers, and some kind of control device. Other than that, it’s really form over function. Things like an ejection pull- chord help convey that this is a real ship, but when it comes to gauges it’s just a case of what feels right for the narrative. Now that everything is in place, it’s time to turn on (and off) some lights. Anything that’s illuminated becomes a focal point for your viewer, and heavily influences the rhythm of your piece. Focus on avoiding boring areas where all the lights are all turned on, and keep things balanced enough to not draw attention where it isn’t wanted.