This image was inspired by a challenge presented by CGSphere.com. Given a simple template of a sphere and a background grid, the task they presented to 3D artists was to create a captivating and visually appealing scene. The planets were a natural fit to their challenge.
When the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, saw this image they asked me to create a mural for their new space exhibit.
A print of Planets was selected for exhibition in Redmond's first Digital Arts Festival in October 2008. It was among 27 juried works selected out of a total of 60 submissions. Following the festival, Planets was displayed for a month at the City Hall in Redmond, Washington.
Voyages of Discovery a finalist in NASA/Etsy Space Craft contest
Voyages of Discovery was chosen as a finalist in the Space Craft contest sponsored by NASA and Etsy, November 2010. Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items, and original artwork.
Voyages of Discovery commemorates the historic flights of the Space Shuttle Program as well as NASA's pioneering mission of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.
Public voting was November 12 through 19, 2010. Winners were announced on Etsy's blog.
Voting was for best entry in each of three categories: 2D Original Art, 2D Art Reproduction, 3D Art. Voyages of Discovery is in the 2D Art Reproduction category.