Drawing is both an artist expression and a way to understand and study the subject of the art. In this case, using some photos I took at some various zoos, I did studies of two species of rhinoceros. The head studies of the black rhino really helped me get proportions and details correct with each attempt. I usually do these sketches in pencil or pen, but here I use washes of Indian ink on paper. This is a slower process, but the result was very satisfying. Colored versions of the Greater One-horned rhino and baby can be purchased here. And the Black rhino head study can be purchased here.
The Ornate hawk-eagle is one of my favorite birds of prey. They can be found in southern Mexico and into central and south America. This particular bird has been on my list to paint for some time. I took some reference photos of the Ornate hawk-eagle at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise ID. I used India ink, acrylic washes and some metallic acrylic paint on paper to create this illustration. This will not be my last illustration of this subject.
It has been a while since I’ve pulled out the paints and brushes. It takes a bit of time to get the feeling of the brush and control of ink and paint. Which is why you see two versions of this painting. The goal was to create an artwork to celebrate a volunteer who has been with HawkQuest Inc. for twenty years. This piece was also a chance to memorialize one of their animal ambassadors who passed away this year. A very sweet little Barred owl named Shakespear. You can learn more about HawkQuest here.
These are some of my first wildlife work to use some metallic paints. This provides some nice highlights and luster to the originals that can’t be easily reproduced in prints.
My depiction of the Philae comet lander in it’s final position after it had bounced twice in it’s landing attempt. This illustration is based on the images capturing the lander resting on it’s side in a chasm on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You can view the lander in it’s final resting place here. This illustration shows the Rosetta orbiter in the background.
Industrial Light and Magic, the innovative special effects company created by George Lucas, teamed up with Wacom and Art Station to invite artists around the world to participate in the Art Department Challenge. A chance to experience work as a concept artist. Also a chance to work on an iconic franchise, Star Wars. The challenge opened with 3888 participants from 101 countries. The challenge was broken into three parts. My entries above are keyframes for the Moment portion of the challenge. The first entry is of the reptilian bounty hunter Bossk arriving at the cloud city only to find he has arrived late. My second entry is of another lesser-known character. Lobot the assistant to Lando, Lobot uses his cybernetic connection the cloud city central computer to evade all the Imperial forces. I was one of 1011 to complete this portion of the challenge. Unfortunate I did not advance to the next level. This was great experience and I was able to create a new efficient workflow to combine 3d elements and 2-d drawing techniques. We were required to post our work in progress, I created two videos below showing the sketches, 3-d models and timelapse of some of the work. Check out the winners, there are some excellent artwork in this challenge.
On July 4th the Juno spacecraft will transition from space flight to orbit. After five years in space and approaching Jupiter at a mind boggling speed of 165,000 mph. The spacecraft will fire it’s thrusters, putting it in a wide polar orbit. The first two orbits will take over a hundred days to complete. Juno also has the distinction of being the farthest spacecraft to use solar power. The polar orbit will keep the spacecraft oriented to the sun. Juno’s suite of instruments will provide a wealth of information about Jupiter’s magnetic field, auroras, composition and atmosphere.
The Juno model was built and rendered in Lightwave 3D. The thermal blankets (foil) was modeled in Sculprtis. Image enhancements in Photoshop. Prints and merchandise can be purchased here.
This painting of a quirky cat is a donation to Devine Feline for their silent auction. You can learn more about Devine Feline here. I hope it fetches a nice donation for the organization. This piece is painted on handmade paper with Indian ink and diluted acrylic washed.