THE PURPLE TWILIGHT
Tennyson's poem "Locksley Hall" evokes a future vision of the 'pilots of the purple twilight' filling the heavens with 'argosies of magic sails' - perfect to describe these otherwordly visions of science fiction and space art.
On an alien moon, orbiting a gas-giant parent planet, astronauts search for lost explorers.
This piece was inspired by a trip to Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.
Once Upon A Time...
A remembrance of the last Space Shuttle flights and of the brave crews that flew the first spaceplanes.
This piece was inspired by a series of photographs of a Shuttle night launch.
The names of all five Space Shuttles that flew are incised into the concrete surface of the launch pad, lower right.
The Earth as seen from high in orbit over the Moon. There's no place like home...
This is classic space art where actual lunar photographs from the Apollo Moon missions were referenced to get the surface details accurate.
Another classic space art piece of a fanciful landscape on an alien world and its bretheren orbiting their gas-giant parent planet.
The foreground landscape was based on some of the wind-sculpted rocks seen in the Utah-Arizona border country.
For the planet and its moons in the sky, I painted the art as flat surface texture maps and then wrapped that art around spheres in the Blender 3-D software.
It saves time when you're trying to get all the lighting and the phases matched up.
Flight of the Starbirds
Interstellar explorer ships cross the boundary of the Orion Arm of our Milky Way Galaxy - heading out to unknown space.
Even imagining some future technology allowing interstellar journeys to occur, safety demands the wisdom of sending more than one vessel.
Classic space art in the mode of Chesley Bonestell - a ringed world and moons seen in the sky of another moon that has an atmosphere and some obvious geologic history.
Ringed planets always look more dramatic and, in this case, the arch of the rings mirrored the rock arch inspired from another location near Moab, Utah.
Climbing Star Hill
Explorers approach a summit on a planet orbiting a sun at the outer edge of a galactic star cluster.
In the study of exoplanets, many worlds have been discovered that teeter on the edge of the 'habitability zone' of the star which they orbit.
Here we postulate a frozen, sub-arctic world which requires environmental suits for the human adventurers.
After the radio signals arrived from deep space to announce the approaching delegation from the stars, 'Watcher' vessels were posted in orbit to wait...
Based on an unpublished story concept which recounts the biography of Earth's first interstellar diplomat.
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VIEW FROM OTHER-WHEN
This is an imaginarium of the fantastic, presenting scenes from alternate worlds, times and spaces.
An original fantasy piece from a series of landscapes depicting environments wherein 'there be dragons.'
No surprise here that the landscape was inspired by Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.
A scenario from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings with four ringwraiths on their winged steeds.
The original piece was done many years ago, but I updated the look of the hood and cloak based upon the costuming for the film version of LOTR.
The skill and strength of the warrior as well as the grace and power of the Goddess are embodied here.
In the style of Mucha, a dragon-themed piece of fantasy, the original of which hung in Anne McCaffrey's home in Ireland.
The original was drawn with pen and ink. For this reproduction, a parchment background was created with digital paint tools and the ink sketch was overlaid.
Artists sometimes speak of the moment of intense inspiration. This is one of those pieces for me.
I was sitting in my vehicle at a traffic light staring due west into the Colorado foothills when the pale image of a young woman popped into my head.
It was all I could do to get home quickly and capture that vision. This is the quickest piece I've ever done - a little over three hours.
I wish I could get inspired like that more often...
Sort of a companion piece to the previous Gauthik.
The subtitle for this is Lasciel: The Fallen - and anyone familiar with the 'Dresden Files' stories by author Jim Butcher will know who that is...
A scene from Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.
I've combined imagery from the LOTR films (the character silhouettes) with an original take on what the famous mountain looks like at sunset.
Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 -1645) was a Japanese swordsman and rōnin. He became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, in which he brandished dual katanas
Founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū style of sword fighting, Musashi also authored The Book of Five Rings - a treatise on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.
A silhouette treatment against a rising Moon felt appropriate.
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CHARIOTS OF FIRE
From Buck Rogers to Star Trek, the 'spaceship' is the method by which we journey through the wondrous realms of imagination and adventure.
A redesign of the Federation starship, U.S.S. Enterprise, from J.J. Abrams new Star Trek.
The classic shape and outline is still there, but the redesign offers moderate changes in structure and bulk, suggesting a more sturdy construction.
She remains a beautiful lady...
New Adventures - Detail
The secret to selling a good 'hardware' piece is to represent the details in construction.
Actual depth is not often required so much as the 'suggestion' of panel detail, much of which can be accomplished by playing with lighting and textures, again, on many different layers.
The flagship of StarGate Command, the Daedalus.
An interesting design that, while most definitely is a spacecraft, also maintains the tradition of past combat craft with a little of both Navy and Air Force suggested.
One of 12 Battlestars, Galactica serves as the flagship for the Colonial fleet.
This was one of the last pieces I did with standard tools - illustration board, acrylic paints, brushes and airbrush.
A Firefly Class transport under the command of Captain Mal Reynolds.
Panel detail was important here to give her a worn and used look with, no doubt, many replacement parts.
Last, Best Hope...
The Babylon 5 station, an imaginative adaptation of the old 'O'Neill Space Colony' design.
This piece, commissioned by a friend, was the final straw in my decision to migrate over completely to digital paint tools.
It's not that one could not reach the level of detail necessary for a pleasing result, just that it took way too long with illustration board, acrylic paints and brushes.
If I redid this piece today I could achieve twice the level of detail in a quarter of the time. And the older one gets, the more important that becomes...
Leaving the Nest
A Sovereign Class starship on her maiden flight from the Utopia Planitia shipyards at Mars.
I originally did the art to represent the USS Enterprise-E but changed the name and registry number to reflect the starship 'Endurance' for one of the Star Trek fan club groups.
The Intrepid Class starship Voyager on her way back home to Earth.
The ship was easy compared to getting a uniform texture and detail on the planetary rings in the background.
I referenced many of the images that the US Cassini spaceprobe returned from Saturn.
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'Scientifiction' was John W. Campbell's original term for short stories and novels that blended hard science with a rousing good story. Today it is universally called 'science fiction.' The diminutive - 'sci-fi' - is generally only used as a perjorative.
A 'class portrait' of some iconic robots from cinema and TV.
The term 'toaster' hails from the Golden Age pulp science fiction stories of robots and mechanical men.
The most recent incarnation is, of course, from the rebooted Battlestar Galactica series - with the older Cylons being referred to as 'toasters.'
Toasters - Detail
A large part of getting this piece right was nailing the 'metallic' surfaces of the various 'bots - and so this work has over 100 separate layers just for reflections and highlights.
My capability to draw bezier curves with the pen tool and of using the digital airbrush was also exponentially increased.
A humorous aspect to the piece is being held by C3PO. I could just hear that voice in my head saying "...but I was told to bring a toaster...!"
A companion piece to Toasters.
While searching for robots, I ran across a whole bunch of iconic androids and cyborgs from cinema and TV.
So it seemed natural to gather them together for another 'calss portrait.'
Arguments always ensue as to whether 'comics' or 'graphic novels' are properly associated with science fiction.
Why not..? The Iron Man story takes place in the present day world and uses advanced technology and scientific application allowing an otherwise normal human to achieve great things.
Sounds like SF to me...
The deep space exploration vessel Discovery skimming over the moon Europa as it enters Jupiter space.
This piece was done for a convention art show in 2001 celebrating the actual year of the fictional Clarke-Kubrick motion picture and novel.
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Portraits of genre media celebrities - some who have attended our local Denver STARFEST conventions and some we wish would.
When I finally got around to doing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, I wanted to tred the fine line of aging him gracefully (see next image for detail...)
Each portrait presents its own problems, but in this case the whole feeling hinged on that famous grin and the slightly squinted eyes.
Field Trip - Detail
In addition to some gray around the temples, I added some facial wrinkles to mirror those in his leather jacket.
And since he's 'in the field' a stubble of beard helped provide the proper - what's the word - 'scruffiness'...
A popular cast member of fan favorite shows from Firefly to Stargate to V.
Presented with a copy at the Con, she said that I made her "...look much prettier..." than she was.
A nice comment but not true...
Daniel Craig as the famous British agent.
I wanted to do a montage of the new and the old Spock.
Zachary Quinto got a copy and autographed one for me, happy to own his first piece of 'Spock' art.
This was done before any publicity images for the Star Trek reboot were released so I had to interpret the look.
One of Quinto's entourage expressed surprise at how accurate the representation was, wondering how it could be done. Another of his party slapped the guy's shoulder and said: "Dude! Artist..!?!"
On The Edge
Sweeny Todd - one of Johnny Depp's more underappreciated roles - in all his 'gothic' glory.
I did this almost in monochrome, the only real color being the pale flesh tones of the face - all of this to, of course, highlight the bright splash of red on the edge of the razor.
I always liked the makeup pattern that Ray Park wore while portraying Darth Maul.
Master of the Macabre
One of my all-time favorites is Vincent Price and I had to do this one in black and white because it just seemed appropriate.
I gave a copy of this to a friend for her birthday - she had to keep rehanging it until finding a place where that stare wouldn't "creep her out" too much.
I love it when art works like that...
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