It’s getting hard to contain my excitement for the Great American Solar Eclipse. The first total eclipse visible from coast to coast in over a century. I’ve been fascinated by some images showing the eclipse from a high altitude. I’ve seen several mocked up images, that don’t seem to correctly show the event. Above is my illustration based a few reference photos. I have also placed the planets that may also be visible during the brief moment of totality. Below is a time lapse video of the drawing. I may update this illustration after the eclipse on August 21.
A Neutron star the size of an asteroid is shrouded by a disk of gas, dust and charged particles bound to it’s intense magnetic field. Powerful jets of energy are emitted revealing the immense power of these stellar remains. Painted using the Sketchbook Pro App for iPad.
In the forests of Ecuador a curious Pacific Parrotlet comes closer to investigate. The second smallest species of parrots in the world. Actually this is a painting of our eleven year old parrotlet “Beaker”. I wanted to imagine him in a more wild setting. This artwork was created on the iPad using the Sketchbook Pro app. If you like this piece, prints are available for purchase by clicking here. You can watch me paint this piece in the time-lapse video below.
This is the second year that the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona has hosted the Art of Planetary Science show. There were over two hundred artworks from ninety artists and scientists. Art created from scientific knowledge and art created by scientists using scientific data were on display. Art inspiring science and science inspiring art was evident at this show. This weekend show attracted about a thousand visitors. I exhibited my Curiosity Rover iPad illustration and a digital alien cloudscape. I am honored to exhibit with many well renowned artists and scientists. I would to thank the Art of Planetary Science team for being so gracious and helpful with some of my logistical challenges.
Ten One Design is one of the first companies to produce a capacitive stylus for the iPad. Pogo is their line of stylus products. As a way of promoting their product, Ten One annually sponsors an art contest. This international competition is open to all artists using their stylus to create art on mobile devices. There were 147 entries in this year’s competition. I am honored to be one of the winners chosen this year. I was selected in the Current Events category for my artwork “First Year on Mars” commemorating the Curiosity rover’s first Martian year. More about this artwork can be found here. View the other winners and the submissions for this year here. I am proud to be among this select group of artists. This is actually my second prize-winning artwork where the subject is Mars.
The morning silence is broken by the whirling and roaring of burners and propellers as a flotilla of airships rides the winds over the mountains. This strange caravan contains crafts of varying design and size. Some the size of office buildings and others with a handful of occupants and crew. This piece is drawn/painted on the iPad using the Sketchbook Pro App. See the time-lapse video of this work below.