NEW ART - EXPLORE MARS
It's that time of the year again, when we're gearing up for our fall/winter cons and I'm producing more artwork than I have all year. YAY!
Today's new piece is kind of a love letter to science, NASA and the entire idea of Space exploration. Like a lot of people, I was glued to the NASA website on August 6 when Curiosity lit on the surface of Mars. My brain lit up; "I should do some art about this. What, though?" Then a couple of weeks passed. The Mars idea had kind of receded to the back of my mind and my friends, thedoubleclicks, released their beautiful tribute to Curiosity. That song caused some of the Mars seeds in my brain to actually germinate and I started seeing how this piece could come out. But, I still hadn't landed on the correct format, so back to the back burner it went to grow a little more. Meanwhile, I made more art, went to more shows. I figured out how to produce loooong 12"x36" giclée prints. My first one was a Jurassic Park themed print for a gallery in Seattle. Then a Mass Effect themed one for a traveling gallery show in Kansas City. I started really liking this new format. But the idea, the all-important spark, had kind of stalled in the back of my head. Then, I was at Denver Comicon last June, and a gentleman who identified himself as an engineer on the next Mars lander came up to my booth and asked, "why don't you have any Mars-related pieces?" That did it. I was off to the races. I knew it needed to happen. So, during the middle run of my 2014 convention season, I sketched layouts, wrote and scrapped taglines, and pondered "should my Mars piece include Curiosity? What about Opportunity?"
And then it hit me. I was talking to ashliehammond about it, just throwing out taglines (rarely does an image come to me without a tagline first) and we landed on "Satisfy Your Curiosity." We had it. This was IT! Within a week, I had a workable sketch and I got started in Illustrator. As I was putting it together, I realized "satisfy your curiosity" wasn't enough. I could add "Explore Mars", but still - missing something. Then I remembered Opportunity, our other live rover (RIP, Spirit). It clicked. It FIT. I was home.
So there. The journey from an idea to finished piece. Sorry about the length of this post. I know I don't write this much usually, but I'm really happy with how this piece came out. I hope you guys like it as much.
If you would like to see the actual final print, (and maybe buy one) come find us at rosecitycomiccon Sept. 20-21. This will make it's real life debut there at our booth (1212).
12x36 Giclee print on watercolor paper.
Signed and Numbered edition of 40
Price $65 unframed
Created in adobe illustrator cs5 with the pen tool and eraser.
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