After another talk with Alan, we have decided that I need to take a step back and take the design down to its core. We looked at the ingredients to the design from my research and found a way to gather a shape.
To do this, I'm going to use silhouettes to find the basic shape of the design, to see how they would fit together logically.
Here are the silhouettes that I have made to use for this excersise.
Acorn - (Container):
I'll be using these sillouetes to create a unified shape. Another aspect I need to cover is the use of practical science. As it's basically a tree in space, it still needs to follow certain rules as well as the fictional side of things.
A key aspect of the ship that will influence it is the 'spiritual' side of it. The Life/Death side of it plays a key role in the narrative so it should reflect this in the design of the ship itself.
I have also rented out 'Silent Runnings' as it lends itself directly to my project.
Next I will be shaping the parts together like a puzzle to find a form that suits the ship. Then I'll seperate the parts into Natural and Mechanical for further research into the symbiosis of the tree.