Here is the cover I did this past weekend for the Drabblecast, Episode 299: The Revelation of Morgan Stern, by Christie Yant. The story is told as a letter, written by the hand of a woman who has survived an apocalypse of biblical proportions and is crossing the country in search of an old lover. The artwork is my interpretation of events just preceding the time of the story and in researching imagery for the piece I rediscovered The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Pieter Bruegel which is amazing (!), and had an obvious influence.
This is pen and ink and colored digitally. And if you are interested here is the art pre-cover design elements, in a higher resolution.
Pen and Ink, Digital color.
Spent the last couple of weeks working on this piece in little spurts of manic creativity. It’s a concept design for a garage that appears in Junker. I haven’t had a lot of time lately with other projects going in full swing and deadlines fast approaching. I squeezed this in where I could and I really just wanted to start creating the visual texture of the book, and work on the line quality that I want the whole project to have. It’s unlikely that the final printed book will be in color, but when I know the output of a thing (like this concept art) is going to be the web it’s hard not to add a splash, or three.
This Week: The Campolina
Like to cruise in style? Consider nabbing yourself a Campolina. These mid-sized two or four seated whirlies boast a number of features. Patten leather bench seats, wood-panel interior, AM/FM/CB four speaker stereo radio, wood paneled interior, cruise control, air-conditioning, carpeted floor mats.
This Week: The Dragon
Few copters are as beautiful to behold soaring through the sky as the Dragon. Equipped with one very powerful rotar in it’s hind section and a forward rotar for stability this copter is capable of high flying acrobatics. It’s flexible body design adds extra maneuverability which comes in useful when navigating urban areas and busy airways.
This Week: The Bumblecopter
This sturdy mid-sized copter bot is not an uncommon sight in the airways above metropolitan areas. The Bumblecopter is quite flexible and it’s autonomous programable behavior lends it to be used across a spectrum of functions. This whirlygig is often used for pleasure cruising (without the hassle of learning how to fly or hire a pilot) as an airborne patrol system, delivery bot, or even as every kiddies favorite pram. While not particularly fast, it is very stable and reliable, outfitted with four landing legs which allow it land on extremely small perches, and it can be equipped with a variety of top loaded utilities, including cabs, cargo holds, scientific equipment, and a whole lot more.
This week: The Pocket-Copter
While you couldn’t actually fit a pocket copter in your pocket it’s hard to imagine a whirly-bird smaller than this little guy. Pocket-copters are outfitted with a single prop, a movable viewing sensor, and a fin that doubles as landing gear. Typically these copters are sold as toys, but they have been known to be used for surveillance purposes. Though they can’t fly particularly high, they can fit in tight spaces, like through open windows and into your bedroom. They have the added benefit of being very cheap to build as they don’t often last very long, especially considering what happens to pocket-copters when they enter ones home uninvited.
And in case you were wondering I’m still having a sale at my Etsy shop. EVERYTHING is 25% off. Just enter the code: WHIRLY HOLIDAY when you check out.
Continuing the Whirly Robots Series: The Mechacopter
Plagued by aliens running amok in your neighborhood? Are horrible mutant creatures ravaging the country side? Is an evil warlord bent on world domination? Look no further than the Mechacopter. A massive helicopter robot with a penchant for action. Sometimes piloted by aces or teenage boys, sometimes completely autonomous, the Mechacopter is there when you need to punch a bad-guy in the nose.
Who doesn’t like gadgets in this holiday season? What better to pick up your spirits as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder than with a clever little doodad or geegaw. From now until the end of the year I’ll be featuring the robotic copters from the world of Whirlies. Starting things off, I give you….
This bot-copter is a finder of lost pets. It’s small, barely bigger than a person, and agile, it can fit through most doorways, and does well zipping down alleyways. If your pet gets lost, all you need do is call up a Pongibotcopter. These whirlies come equipped with a powerful loudspeaker, specially designed to sound appealing to most animals. They are also outfitted with Gentletouch technology grasping arms which ensure that your pet is never harmed when found by a Pongibotcopter.
Footnote: A few cases have been known of rogue Pongibotcopters who have broken their code and no longer search for pets. The strange thing about these cases is that in nearly all of them, the rogue Pongis roam the earth searching for lonely people in need of a hug, and then hugging them.
And on another note, everything in my etsy store is still on sale!!!! Enter code: WHIRLY HOLIDAY and save 25%!