Largest moon of Mars making a transit over the planet
The diminutive moon Phobos illustrated in transit over Mars. Phobos is so small that it lacks the gravity to give it a spherical shape. At 16 miles by 13 miles by 11 miles this tiny moon orbits close to Mars at mere 3,700 miles from the surface. It takes Phobos over 7.5 hours to make a single orbit around Mars
This illustration was created on the Apple iPad using the Apple Pencil and the Sketchbook Pro App. Below is a timelapse video of the artwork.
Phobos Over Mars from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.
Matte Painting Challenge Entry
ArtStation is a great place for inspiration, tutorials, and opportunities to challenge your skillset. Their latest group of art challenged were geared the video game and movie industries. The theme of the challenges was Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found. I chose to enter the matte painting challenge. The challenge was to create two views that could be used in a movie. This was a project that was a bit out of my comfort zone. But still fun and great practice. Many countries were represented in this international competition. You can view my entry here to see my inspiration and work in progress.
Zunum Aero is a Washington-based Startup with an interesting business model that goes beyond creating new airplanes. I have been working with them for sometime now, but only recently have they gone public. Their name derives from the Mayan word for hummingbird. I created the logo and have been helping them with product illustrations. This is one of my favorite logos that I’ve designed. I think we will hear some great things from this company. You can visit their site here.
NASA’s Juno probe has just completed it fifth orbit of Jupiter. Returning more stunning images. Juno’s mission to scan deep into the Jupiter’s atmosphere and study it’s magnetosphere didn’t originally include a visible wavelength camera. But I think these images have captured the imagination of the world. Above is my depiction of the Juno probe over Jupiter’s southern pole. The background image is an enhanced JunoCam image, with added details painted in to create a clearer view. The Juno probe I built and rendered in Lightwave. For more images from Juno check out their site.
Below is an animation of the same scene.
Jupiter's Polar Clouds from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.
The Soviet Verera 14 Probe on Venus
Thirty five years ago today the Soviet Venera 14 probe landed on Venus. Subjected to temperatures in excess of 800 degrees, pressure equal to some of the deepest ocean dives and an atmosphere that has sulphuric acid in it. Perhaps I shouldn’t have pictured the probe so optimistly. The Russians tend to over-engineer these missions, so I think the mostly titanium probe is still intact after all these years. I would like to see more missions to Venus. As inhospitable it is, it takes half as long to get there than Mars, it has similar gravity, protection from radiation, and the upper atmosphere has an air pressure that wouldn’t be too hard to deal with.
Sarus Crane Preening – Time Lapse Video from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.
The Sarus Crane is the tallest of the flying birds. Found in India, Southeast Asia, and even Australia. This particular bird I photographed at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. I made this painting using the photograph as a guide. This is the first time I recorded a timelapse of my traditional artwork. I will definitely do more. If you like this painting it can be purchased here.
Last month I was asked to exhibit at the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. While I was there I took some pictures of the various space artifacts that were on display. On loan from NASA, was a full scale mock-up of the Huygens probe that landed on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. I decided to try to use the photos to illustrate the probe on the surface of Titan. Above is the result. This gave me the chance to experiment with soft-body dynamics to make the parachute drape over the surface I had created. Below are the photos I took at the Space Discovery Center.