Comic Strip and Space Art Update

With Fall now fully on us here in 2014 I felt overdue for an update on my own art projects. Balancing my work as a professional artist with the practical needs of providing a solid income as a user experience designer has been challenging in many ways, and far more rewarding than I ever expected. I’ve recently taken on a full time role at a reputable online travel company, which has impacted my daily output as expected. Weekends and evenings are now the only time I can reasonably devote to my various projects.

Breaking Fitts’s Law – My New Comic Strip

Space Art has helped me kick down a few creative doors within my brain, and one of the pleasant side effects over the last couple of years was my re-discovery of the joy of drawing cartoons. Funny pictures have always found their way into the sidelines of my scribbles in notebooks, and occasionally they’ve made their way into design presentations. I even went so far as to produce a comic strip years ago, during college, which racked up a respectable stack of rejection letters from all the major syndicates of the day.

Report From The Universe – A Springbok Puzzle I Once Had

I’m three years into my space art exploration, and I often find myself wondering where this fascination began in my past. It’s not an unusual stretch of imagination for those that know me personally, as I’ve always been a space and science fiction fan going back as far as I can remember. I came into this world just in time to witness the first moon landing. Space TV shows were all over the few channels any of us could access through the air.

Under the Influence of artists Chris Foss and John Harris

Recently I purchased The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss, and Beyond The Horizon – The Art of John Harris. Both are amazing collections of science fiction imagery by masters of the art. Their work has been seen on many books, influenced movies (Chris Foss had a direct hand in ALIEN, Jodorowsky’s DUNE, among many others). Like John Berkey, their images left an indelible impression on my mind.

More Sketches from The Expanse

For the record, I am not affiliated in any way with SyFy Channel’s production of The Expanse series. These are merely my own sketches which I made while reading James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series. Beginning with Leviathan Wakes, I was impressed with the depth of thought that went into building out their vision of the solar system. I kept my sketchbook nearby while I was reading these books, and previously I posted one that I finished off with Photoshop of the Rocinante.