Wednesday, June 28, 2023

June Ink Drawings

Have decided to collect my ink doodles for the month and do an uber post. Man there's a lot of spaceships here. It's almost like I'm preparing to do something with them all ;)

Monday, June 26, 2023

Megastructures: Interstellar Highway

An Interstellar Highway would be a set of relays that would fire powerful lasers to launch spaceships from solar system to solar system at near light speed. This system would consist of two elements - relay stations to project the lasers, and spaceships designed to be pushed by the lasers.

Each relay station would consist of solar panels to provide power (or fusion power) and a laser or array of lasers. The laser would be focused toward the next relay station in a neighboring solar system, or toward the next station in a chain of stations headed toward your final destination.

Your spaceship would not need to use most of its mass on fuel. Instead, it would have solar sails that would reflect and absorb light. When the laser light hit the sail, it would transfer the light’s momentum to the craft, causing the ship to be pushed in the direction of the light beam. The sail would ideally be thin, to reduce mass, but have a wide wingspan, to account for the laser widening over long distances.

Think of the highway system like wind on an ocean. You would open your sail on your ship, catch the wind, and go off in the direction the wind was blowing. Once your ship got up to speed, pushed by the laser, it would be struck by the next relay station’s laser, which would either push you toward the next relay station in the chain or, if you had arrived at your destination, slow you back down for arrival.

Learn more about it in the Digital Edition of "Megastructures: The Visual Encyclopedia"

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Superhero Project

Had a wonderful time doing a live draw / paint demo for the kids at Check this organization out, they’re doing great work! 

Pink Art: Throwback Thursday

This throwbackthursday I've seen blueart, redart, greenart, and hashtags for pretty much every other color, but haven't seen pinkart yet. So decided to fix that.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Artificial Sun

An Artificial Sun would use magnetic fields to create stable nuclear fusion. The device would have a number of possible uses - from clean energy, to placing sunlight near a planet whose sun was too distant to provide proper illumination, to providing light and heat in areas where a traditional sun would not exist. An example of use would be inside a space habitat like an O’Neill Cylinder. 

Learn more about it in the Digital Edition of "Megastructures: The Visual Encyclopedia"

Monday, June 5, 2023

Future City Sketch

Continuing to push my color palettes into unknown territory.