kalidraws: SHORT VERSION: My piece for Mike Mitchell’s SPACE!…


My piece for Mike Mitchell’s SPACE!...

Having good perspective reference is invaluable. I made a simple mockup of my space habitat in Google Sketchup & took a screenshot to use in PS. It’s a fiddly program…but ultimately useful for this!

After taking the screenshot, I deleted everything except the lines in Photoshop, and then colored them white. I drew my rough color sketch underneath so I could figure out what goes where!

Once the rough color sketch was in place, I started working out the colors and details more. (using adjustments/adjustment layers to fiddle with color)

Once I got the color figured, I added in even more rough details. After this, it’s just a matter of polishing up the lines and shapes and adding some bits of texture on top!


My piece for Mike Mitchell’s SPACE! The Gallery Show! I’ve included some of my preliminary process—check the image captions to read about my steps!

I’m a lifelong sci-fi fan, and when I was deciding what to contribute to the SPACE! show I thought of my more memorable sci-fi experiences. Watching Silent Running with my dad as a kid both fascinated and terrified me, and I’ve been interested in how nature fits into a space travel ever since. What are the logistics of putting something so beautiful and complicated into a very fragile & isolated location?

In the 1970’s, NASA, with the help of Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, studied a variety of plans for space colony designs. I think it’s notable that there was a lot of awesome original art created for these plans to inspire people and generate interest in space travel. It’s amazing that these same designs have also informed so many modern day depictions of space stations in books, tv and movies!

In the spirit of those NASA illustrations (and after doing a silly amount of additional research) I made a travel poster for a new ecological space habitat of my own design!

Shoutout to Sam for inspiring me to use Google Sketchup….I’ve been watching him use it very effectively to make simple environment/perspective reference and decided to take the plunge myself. No way in hell I’d be patient enough to draw an inverted curved perspective otherwise!

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rebeccamock: The Walrus: Summer Reading 2013 I had an absolute…


The Walrus: Summer Reading 2013
I had an absolute...


The Walrus: Summer Reading 2013

I had an absolute blast working on the cover for The Walrus Summer Reading issue this year. The concept was to feature two ways to enjoy a lazy summer read—good old books vs. digitally published periodicals! I was keen to illustrate the lush green beauty of summer, something I remember fondly from childhood summers and my parents’ enchanted-forest-like backyard. But my favorite bit of this image is the tuna sandwich!

I painted this image with a lot of extra room on the top and bottom, for the Iphone 5 version of the digital magazine! I recommend you pick the issue up in whatever form you prefer, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Many thanks to AD Brian Morgan 🙂

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emmelinedraws: Jonathan Burton’s gorgeously illustrated Life of…


Jonathan Burton’s gorgeously illustrated Life of...


Jonathan Burton’s gorgeously illustrated Life of Pi and Argo covers for the new BAFTA programmes.  These are the two I’m especially in love with, but there are other great covers of his here – http://bit.ly/Yfkkve. 

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