EXOWORLDS – A Visual Exploration

EXOWORLDS a Visual Exploration from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.

Inspiration for this series comes from NASA imagery of Jupiter and its moons. In particular an image from Voyager 1 of Europa passing near Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, casting a shadow on the surface. The moon dwarfed by Jupiter’s clouds, shows the immense scale of the planet. Additionally the amazing images being sent my the Juno probe currently orbiting Jupiter have provided a new source of inspiration.

These images were created with practical photography of ink and paints suspended in water. The photos were stitched together to create the atmospheres of these exoplanets. 3-D software was used to create and animate the moons. Music and sound design provided by Mark Mosher. You can hear his wondeful work at modulateThis.com.

The recent discovery of abundant planets indicates to us that out in the universe there may well be an analog to even the most outlandish ideas we artists dream up.

If you like what you see, prints can be order here.

Keel-billed Toucan – Digital Illustration

I saw a small photo of the Keel-billed Toucan while thumbing through a magazine. This amazing looking creature made for a great subject for an iPad drawing. My photo reference was about the size of a postage stamp, enough to get me started but it would require a few more views to finish this Illustration. I created this piece using the Procreate App and the Apple Pencil. If you like what you see here, you can order prints at this link.

Space Art After Dark-Space Foundation

Last night I displayed my space art at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. It’s okay, I was invited. This was at their Space Art After Dark, Art and Ale event. It was nice to hang out with space enthusiasts and exhibit artwork of this genre. This is the second year I have this event and I look forward to visiting the Discovery Center. There are also many great displays and artifacts from various space programs to check out. You can learn more about the Space Foundation at https://www.discoverspace.org/.

ArtStation Keyframe Challenge – Europa

Boring into the icy surface of Europa

In an effort to improve my visual storytelling I entered Artstation’s Keyframe Challenge. The theme for this competition is “Beneath the Waves”. I used this as a chance to visually explore what a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa might look like. The challenge is to come up with four cinematic keyframes or moments of a story. Also a chance to reacquaint myself with volumetric lighting in my 3-D scenes. You can view my entry and see my ideation and supporting illustrations here. Be sure to check out the many other amazing entries as well.

Two autonomous subs are released into Europa’s ocean.

AEAC SunFlyer – Product Visualization

SunFlyer 4seat Visualization from Raymond Cassel on Vimeo.

I have been assisting Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation (AEAC) with illustrations of their all electric aircraft. While work continues on their two-seat aircraft. They wanted me to illustrate the next version, a four-seat aircraft. Above is an animation of the four-seat version in flight. The animation is designed to loop for their website and for tradeshow displays. You can learn more about the SunFlyer here. You can view some of my previous work for them here.

SunFlyer Illustrations

Great American Eclipse – Digital Illustrations

I was fortunate to get to see and experience the total eclipse today. There is nothing like actually seeing it in person. You could actually see the red solar prominences coming off the sun with the unaided eye. It didn’t get as dark as I thought it would, but it got much cooler then I expected. And the rooster in the distance was a nice touch. I manages six photos during totality using a 200mm lens and a 1/50th shutter setting. The illustration above was created using my photos as reference. I have updated the illustration I created yesterday to match what I saw.

My photos of the 2017 eclipse taken from Ontario, OR.