Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spaced Out

I'm going to tip my hand here and tell you that I was once a nerd.

Shocking for an illustrator to admit, I know.  But once upon a time, I was a pudgy 6th grader whose only friends could be found in the pages of fantasy novels and on the show "Star Trek: The Next Generation".  Those days are but a distant memory, of course.  Now I couldn't even find the time to watch some nerdy TV show, what with all the F1 racing and supermodel dating I do.

But once in a while, a super cool guy like myself feels nostalgic about the bygone days of youth and decides to take a commission involving space and science fiction elements and what have you.  This particular throwback was commissioned by Dr. Simon Kattenhorn, a geologist, planetary scientist, expert on Europa, and friend.

I was asked to draw Dr. Kattenhorn and two of his fellow planetary scientists walking in space above Europa, which is one of Jupiter's moons.  I was also asked to include features on Europa's surface called cycloids.  You can read more about them here.

Here's the sketch:

Ok, truth be told, this assignment was totally, completely, un-quantifiably rad.  It scratched just about every nerd itch I have (these are metaphorical itches, of course.  Literal nerd itches can usually only be scratched by a pharmacist).

Here's the final:

This one couldn't have been any more fun if I'd been drawing it while racing an F1 car on a date with a supermodel.


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