The above image is one that I uploaded for my patrons at my Patreon page back in April of this year. It is one that I created decades ago and, although it is primitive by my current works, it is still full of the inventiveness and imagination I still carry today. The reason I post it here is that it relates to this reward. This week’s reward is a jpeg version of a new take on the spider craft in this picture. The write up is:
“Here is an early version of a design for a planetary probe painting I want to do based on the idea from my pencil drawing “Jumpers”. I really liked the idea of a mechanical spider like the machines I drew decades ago, but I wanted to make a more modern version. This project is waiting in the wings because I just needed more time working in gimp to achieve what I wanted. Working on the Nebula and Termanicz projects are steps in the right direction for learning the blending techniques necessary.
In addition, each project I do pushes the boundaries of my abilities and opens new possibilities. Hopefully, I will be able to come back to this image and do it justice. The black and red color scheme was chosen because when I thought about Antares, especially relating to the space race, those are the colors that came to mind. I am hoping to create a finish reminiscent of the sixties take on those colors.”