Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

Sketch to Final

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Here’s a rough for a book illustration and the final art. This is a spot illustration for “Max Gravity Goes to the Moon . . . and brings his little sister.” The rough is in pencil with a quick overlay of some color. The final is a mix of pencil and Dr. Martin’s watercolor dyes.

Pencil rough

Finished illustration. Click for a larger view.



Monday, July 12th, 2010

Well, it’s finally happening. The Jetsons are almost a reality show. I still remember the telephone exhibition at the 1964 World’s Fair. You could stand in one booth and see the person you were talking to on a screen. Of course, you could also see them if you looked across to the other booth. It’s taken a long time but you can now do it on mobile devices such as the latest iPhone. Now, if only the flying car were here. Then again, perhaps not, people have enough trouble when they can’t see the lines in the road during a storm. It wouldn’t be hard to image the devastation of people trying to fly to work.

Is that what's for dinner? Perhaps I'll stop in at the fly-thru on the way home!

Dr. Who’s Fedex

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Largely off topic but it seems Dr. Who has been assisting Fedex in Ohio. Along with the bike parts I ordered came the tracking number for the package. FedEx is good but this is incredible:

Gone before it's arrived!

Back to the moon

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

NASA’s plan to return to the moon has had a bumpy ride. With the current financial atmosphere, there would be even more of an outcry over the expenditure. Often forgotten are the many innovations grand projects such as this bring to civilization and the opportunities for employment that ripple through multiple industries.

The new push is for independent, commercial organizations to take up the challenge under the auspices of NASA. For my part, here’s a peek at a new project under development:

It's Max Gravity and things are not as they should be.

Pencils in Space . . .

Monday, March 1st, 2010

In the early days of the space program, the need arose for a ballpoint pen that could work in zero-gravity. There’s a rumor that NASA spent millions developing the pen while the Russians used a pencil. The Fisher Pen Company developed the pen independently and asked NASA to try it. It was also adopted by the Russians. You can still buy the pens and refills which can be used in most common refillable pens.

Yes, it writes upside down but what do we do with all the shavings?

Home, Sweet Asteroid

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

One day, we’ll be living on other planets. When that happens I’m sure there’ll be pets along with us. Of course,┬áit will bring a whole new dimension to the words, pooper-scooper.

I know, I know, I should have thought of it before we left.

Christmas in Space

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

I’m sure it’s a bit lonely being on the International Space Station and away from your family on Christmas but you certainly get the best view of Santa’s route around the planet. If the Artic keeps melting at it’s present rate, Santa will need to take up residence on the ISS. Might be a tight fit with all the elves and reindeer.

It's not easy to eat a candy cane in a space helmet.

Dress code

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Dress down Friday seems to have taken over the entire work week. On the odd occasion when I have to visit a client’s office, I now find that I’m overdressed in a sports jacket. A far cry from the Sixties! I remember going to work with my mom at the Pan Am building in New York, the men in suits and ties and the women in skirts and high-heels (and wigs . . . easier than having to have your hair done everyday). I’m not calling for a return to the strict dress code of days past, but sleeveless undershirts and torn blue jeans might be pushing it.

Watch Apollo 13 and you'll see lots of guys running around with . . . their ties loosened. Desperate situations call for drastic action.

Watch "Apollo 13" and you'll see lots of guys running around with . . . their ties loosened. Only a desperate situation could call for such a drastic action.

Space Cat

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

This is a more finished image with pen and ink and watercolor. It was used for the National Cartoonists Society’s New York City Holiday Party last year. I had started a space theme with the invitation and added in a few astronauts, both human and feline/canine on smaller cards.

Just like life.

Just like life.


Saturday, October 24th, 2009

I wasn’t in a bad mood but I was on a rush hour train, not the off-peak I first planned. How much is the upgrade?

Bad day on the moon.

Bad day on the moon.

Could this be one of my students?

Could this be one of my students?