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