This is another Society of Illustrators sketch. The coloring was influenced by the Hubble Space Telescope photography I’ve been gorging my eyes upon. Nebulae can be any colors you could imagine, but my favorite ones had this ultramarine-magenta mix!
Well, I went straight from moving into a new apartment to the holiday season, but I took a break from Christmas carousing to draw this. Aw, who am I kidding, the blizzard made me do it! It took three days for the plows to come by, and walking around is still kind of difficult, especially when the sun shines on the banks of melting ice. There’s nothing like pretending to be completely snowed in to recover my discipline (that and forgetting to stock up on books and movies at the library…)
I made this drawing in Inkscape, using only the Pen tool (Bezier curves) to trace over an old sketch (see below) and add color. Inkscape is one of the great open-source graphics programs out there, along with GIMP and Blender. It’s easy to learn the basic tools, especially if you’ve used Illustrator or done anything with vector graphics before. I could go on forever about Inkscape… see for yourself:
There are also some great tutorials out there, which I’ll post later…
Original sketch, plain ol’ ink.