Sunday, December 10, 2017

Megastructures 9 Gas Giant Refinery


A gas giant refinery is a series of structures that would be suspended in the atmosphere of any gas giant such as Jupiter or Saturn, their purpose would be to harvest large amount of hydrogen / helium or other gases from the planet to prepare the raw elements for transportation elsewhere.

The refineries would be Aerostats held afloat by a lifting gas, and continually process atmospheric gases to collect the useful isotopes. Orbital vehicles would perform round trip visits to the refinery aerostats to pick up and then deliver the final product gases to orbit or any other destinations like nearby moons. The refineries themselves could range from 20 to 100 stories tall, depending on materials used, lifting gas and planetary wind speed.

The collected gases would be used in three ways, as the lifting gases to keep the aerostats floating, to power the refinery process, and as the final product for transport.

This scheme would work better in gas giants with relatively gentle winds, as harsh winds and storms could potentially destabilize the structures. Floating higher in the atmospheres could reduce the wind turbulence, but also limits the amount and types of gas that could be collected.

The Aerostats would likely be unmanned, but could also have a small crew for repairing the ships and helping interface with the Orbital vehicles, or have a small contingent of robots to achieve the same tasks.




Friday, December 1, 2017

Premium Edition Prints And Shipping Update

First the good news, the premium edition prints are printed and ready to ship (see picture below). Rather than them coming physically with the premium edition book, they'll be shipped separately in sturdy corrugated cardboard boxes to ensure no damage, so expect them to start arriving in the coming week.

Now the bad news, we have been informed by our printer that the books will not arrive before Christmas. We had hoped for a Christmas release, but always in the back of our mind knew it may not work out due to the high volume of shipped goods that happens during the holiday time. And sure enough, we have been informed that the shipping company to move 1000 books from Asia to the US is running behind schedule, and the port that receives and processes the books before they are put on a truck for transport to the US warehouse are showing massive delays. Turns out a lot of people want their stuff shipped at the holiday time, and so the system is jammed. Anyways, we've been given an expected date of end of January, first week of February.

Sorry to anyone who wanted to give the book as a Christmas gift, and we hope you understand. Any questions, feel free to send them our way, but otherwise, thank you for your patience, you are still gonna get a high quality book in the really near future. Thanks again for all the support, can't wait to share the final book with you all!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Proof #2 Is Approved

Great News! Proof #2 of the Inc book has arrived, it looks fantastic, and we've given the printer permission to start the printing process. So we're in the cue to have all 1000 books printed! Will update you when the printing is done and the books are ready to ship to our warehouse. In the meantime, for our American followers, have a great thanksgiving. Attached are 3 photos, a wedge test from proof 2, a test print of the premium edition gold foil cover, and the bumper boxes all of the books will ship in to protect them on your journey to you.




Saturday, November 18, 2017

Incredibles 2 Teaser out

Here's a taste of what I've been working on for the last year and a half

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJDMWVZta3M

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Futuristic Car

Another rough painting based on an Inktober 2017 pen sketch, this is my take on a futuristic car. These cars certainly aren't for offroad, but instead would be part of a large future city traffic system, piloted by automated ai's, driving on low friction surfaces to allow for low energy usage and high speed.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All Print Packages Have Shipped

All Print Packages have been shipped to their kickstarter backers. Premium Edition Prints are next!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Swirling Sands Fine Arts Prints Have Shipped

All Swirling Sands fine arts prints have been shipped to their kickstarter backers. We have a few extra, so if you're interested in purchasing one via paypal, let me know!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Hornet

This year was my first Inktober, and decided to mostly focus on vehicles. This was my most popular drawing, so I did a rough painting of the ship. Included are a couple of different variations, regular, model sheet, and comic book.

Rough Painting
Art Pen And Prismacolor Marker on Copy Paper
Model Sheet

3D Sketch

Rough Painting punched up a bit to give it more of a comic book feel

Monday, November 6, 2017

Digital Art Live Interview

Digital Art Live Online Magazine was nice enough to do an interview with me about my artwork, especially the Megastructure series I've been working on. You can check it out here:

https://issuu.com/tosk/docs/digital_art_live_issue_23

Thanks guys!

Friday, November 3, 2017