Last week I sat down via Skype with my old buddy Rob Caswell (aka Arcas) and Paul Bussey of 3D Art Direct magazine to talk about Science fiction spacecraft design. Its a subject Arcas and I come back to often in our far-ranging talks. With Paul added into the mix, it was a fun discussion that covered many aspects of the constraints and compromises involved in visual design, and also the technical and physical realities of making a realistic looking design. We could have probably gone on for another two hours easily on the subject. Perhaps we can revisit the topic on another podcast sometime. Paul did a great job editing the discussion, I hope you find it entertaining. You can get it here: [link]
On a sadder note, we learned in September of the sudden death of Andrew Boulton, a talented and highly motivated artist who was very active in the TRAVELLER community. One of Andrew's projects was a yearly calendar of Traveller art by an assortment of pro and fan artists, the proceeds of which going to a different charity every year. I was fortunate enough to have been involved in Andrew's calendar project for several years, and was working on next year's submission when I heard the news of his death. When the cadre of artists Andrew had assembled for the 2013 effort began talking over e-mail, we quickly decided that, to honor Andrew, we really wanted to continue to put out the calendar. The result has been overwhelming.The 2013 Traveller calendar is well into its finishing stages and promises to be a fitting tribute to Andrew's memory, with more artists than ever being represented.
Traveller artists have been gathering together here on DeviantArt recently. #TheTravellerGroup [link] formed here in the last month. Take some time to take a look at the group, there's some great work showing up over there.Finally, here are the calendar pieces for 2013 that have been posted here so far on DeviantArt. I'll post the url where you'll be able to buy the calendar here when it becomes available.