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TODAY'S FEATURED POST

State of Illustration Report


Lauren Panepinto

Popping up from a mess of deadlines to share that The State of Illustration report is out, and it's very informative. It's a survey of mostly Hire and Illustrator artists (many of which are from this community) and organized into a nice pay-what-you-wish PDF download here. It's full of great info, which I don't want to reproduce too much here because it's a labor of love and you should toss some money in the tip…

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Dragon Crew Two Launch!


Gregory Manchess

April 21, 2021 - This Thursday, April 22nd, Dragon Crew Two will launch to the International Space Station wearing my mission patch design. I worked with the astronauts to build an image that reflected their mission. I did a couple of dozen designs and then showed them what I was thinking. From there I worked specifically with astronaut, Aki Hoshide, to refine and adjust the elements. It was important to know how the capsule works in order to depict it in the right configuration. For example, I couldn’t have flames coming out of the dragon engine ports as those only fire in emergency, to pull the crew capsule away from any danger happening with the rocket. All-in-all, a patch should be a positive expression of a successful flight! Next step was working out the color. We went through lots…

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