Thursday, September 16, 2021

Birch Planet Diagram

A Megastructure diagram that didn't make the cut. The Birch Planet ended up too scifi and not enough science, but if it could exist, each shell would have different time flows, slower time towards the center, faster time towards the edge

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


The terrain generator Gaea by is sure a lot of fun to play around with. Going for some crazy alien landscapes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Megastructures Update #9 Sept 2021

Welcome to the September update on the Megastructures book project. So after the successful Kickstarter, we're making a ton of progress. Here's the major news.

1) I did a rough print of the book at Staples, which I like doing before handing the book to the official printing company. The print quality isn't great of course, but it gives me a physical object I can hold in my hand to make sure that formatting and text is the right size. Figuring this out is almost impossible on a computer screen. After the test print, I realized my main text was slightly too large, and so I made an adjustment. This is a great way to catch some of those last little issues before the more expensive / higher quality prints get made.

2) After that test, I finished my final edits and the book has been handed in to the printer. They will be printing Proofs soon, once they're approved, mass production on the book will begin.

3) I have signed with a distribution company that will be handling sending all the books out to all of you.

4) I've started on the hand drawn spaceships, 14 done so far of the 26 I need to fullfill the people who bought the spaceship drawing kickstarter tier, so just over half done.

That's the latest, next news should be once I receive the proofs, will share the results once I have them, then off to printing 1200 copies! Thanks for all the support!

- Neil

Monday, September 13, 2021

Space Habitat Size Comparison

Did these diagrams on the dimensions of various space habitats for a presentation, figured you may enjoy it too. The first one is focused on the shapes of the space habitats, this one is a direct size comparison. Yes, the O'Neill Cylinder is huge :)


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Lightbox Expo Online 2021

I’m excited to share that I will be participating in LightBox Expo Online 2021! Sept. 7 to Sept. 12. Get your ticket today, so many great artists participating!

Monday, August 23, 2021

New Video: Using Keywords To Define A Visual Design

While sketches are important when coming up with a visual design, don't under-estimate the power of the written word. For example, if I'm designing a character, writing its bio can be super helpful when it comes time to do those first sketches. But even a full bio can usually be distilled down to a few keywords or "design pillars" that define the look, and may be enough of a springboard to start those initial explorations. When coming up with the final design for "Inc The Robot" from my first book project, I used keywords to help define the most important elements of the character, and whatever new design was going to land needed to have those elements to be successful. So I'm going to discuss those keywords, and then show how they ended up influencing the design exploration of the robot character.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Starship Hull Displacement Tests

Took a few of my old Starship Hull images, which were all 2d/3d painted cheats, and redid them as actual displacement maps. Here's some tests (Final / DispAsColor / Disp / Color).

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Ship Jumper Poster

I have several other personal IPs in development, here's another sneak peek at "Ship Jumper". Another universe to play in after I hand the Megastructures book into the printer.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Kickstarter Is Done!

Wow! The average kickstarter usually sees a spike in sales on the last day, but we made a surprising 10% of our money in those final 24 hours, only beaten by getting 20% of our sales in the first 24 hours. The final tally, 503% funded, and almost 1000 books sold! Thank you so much to everyone for all the support, the kickstarter was a tremendous success, and is now fully funded and finished. I'm excited to move onto the next stage: getting the books out!

For those of you who pledged, I'll be sending out regular updates on the current stage of the process. And I'll drop a few photos and tidbits on my other social media platforms for all to see as well, stuff like the printed proofs and the postcards and other rewards as they get manufactured. Thanks again to all!

Megastructures Undersea Habitat 1

An Underwater Habitat would be a below-water structure where humans could live for extended periods of time and perform everyday activities such as eating, sleeping, and working. Today’s Underwater Habitats are generally meant for short-term visits by scientists, but in the future we could potentially create entire cities where residents could remain for their entire lives.

The habitat would likely be a set of smaller, interconnected modules made from steel, glass, and cement, rather than a single giant glass bubble. This would help prevent some of the dangers that could be caused by a single bubble breaking under sea pressure. It would also allow for easy habitat expansion, and should a leak occur, it would be easier to isolate and then repair the affected area. Units could potentially be built on the surface and then sunk, since construction would be easier on the surface.