Big Things in a Small Space

While I was looking around for more info on the Kepler survey I came across this…

I’m such a sucker for anything that involves cutting stuff out and glueing πŸ™‚ and it’s available as a pdf from here. I’ve stuck the two wheels together so it’s reversible.

It does really drive home what a small area the Kepler survey is looking out, and they’re only looking as far away as 3000lys. If, in this small area, over a 1000 possible planet candidates have been found so far imagine how many there must be in the entire sky.

Two Pictures in Progress

I’ve been working on these two pictures over the weekend and at least one of them is now close to completion. first is the volcanic landscape for Kepler 10b…

It needs some work done in adding textures to the stalactites and the lave needs a little t.l.c, otherwise it is well on the way to completion.

The second pic is for KOI 377 this is one of the Kepler survey objects and is a system with two gas giants, Neptune size, approx and a possible smaller, rockier planet.Β  I thought that this would be an interesting oppurtunity toΒ  produce a landscape for a planet with possibly no real solid surface. Now I look at I’m sure I’ve seen an image like this before some where.

…and finally some space art!

I’ve been working at getting some digital skills together using the GIMP. I’m not comfortable with making everything highly realistic so I’ve been trying to develop a way ofΒ  accurately depicting my alien landscapes that’s stylised as a starting point. As I increase my knowledge of the software than I can add to this starting point andmake it increasingly sophisitcated.

These are the results so far…

…these are both for Kepler10b, top one is a work in progress as the lava field needs a little more attention and I want to add some texture to the rocks. The bottom was a sort of test for tha lava field and how I could go about making it…

…it sort of works πŸ™‚

This one is for another of the exoplanets I’ve been looking at. It’s a gas giant/possible brown dwarf in the habitable zone of its parent star. I’ve decided to depict it from a completely hypothetical moon…

….the rock things are actually from a photograph of stromatelites that I found, I thought I might be able to get away with adding suggestions of primitive life. I’ve got to find a better way of adding in textures though.

Life Drawing – Week 5 and the last one :-(

For the very last week of life drawing we had a really thin male model which was nice as it was much easier to see his underlying bone structre and muscles. In fact I reckon Egon Schiele would have liked to have drawn this guy.

Since it was the last session I used as many different media as I could…

…compressed charcoal…

…marker pens, the one on the left, we swapped pictures and let somebody else work on our drawing which was interesting. I was really worried about wrecking the picture of the guy I swapped with…

…fountain pen…

…marker pen and washes of water. The pen marks go green when wet but dry blue. And this is the last image that I did…

A Little Gym Accident

I had a little argument with a 5kg plate at the gym the other day. Dropped it on my foot from chest hight edge on, so a day later I now have the sun setting in my toe πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

Life Drawing – Week 4

Well this week was a bit of a disaster 😦 aparently I’m not as good at drawing blokes as I am women, either that or I was shattered.As you can see …yuk 😦

I didn’t really get going till the afternoon…

…the model admitted that he did yoga so he talked in to doing some of the positions for our enjoyment πŸ™‚