For those who may not know, Space Park
is a board game designed by Henry Audubon
and the fine folks at Keymaster Games
which will be launching through kickstarter soon. Players ride rockets to extraordinary realms throughout the galaxy collecting exotic crystals and badges as they set out to become the next great space explorer!
Bringing this piece to life was one of the most rewarding challenges I've had as an illustrator as I pushed to find a fun composition for a world I was fortunate enough to create. As with the other realm posters for Space Park
, I took a handful of twists, turns, and departures from my regular working method and explored new approaches to the sketching and painting of this piece. Get your helmets on and we'll dive into the creative process!
For the creation of all of the Space Park realm posters, I opted to do full color concept sketches using the iPad Pro + Apple Pencil in my favorite app, Procreate
. This was a fun challenge because it allowed me to think about lighting right from the start, making big decisions quickly as I searched for my composition.
Celestial Seas was one of the pieces I tackled first knowing it would help set the tone for the variety possible in the rest of the Space Park universe. With a fun and quirky title treatment by Mattox Shuler
, I was ready to explore and bring this world to life.
As soon as I had the red planet on top of the hazy green / blue sky, I could feel the mood and tone of this world taking shape. I began playing with twisting rock formations, which I bent and coiled to frame the composition, and added cascading waterfalls tracing over their forms. The rocks felt alien, coastal, or like the spine of some mythical sea creature. As each of the forms landed, I knew I was onto something...