About Me

Welcome to my Art, Astronomy and Photography Blog. In my professional life I am an Art Director and Production Designer in the animation industry. Some of my film credits include "Anastasia", "Titan AE" and "Barnyard the Original Party Animals". I have also worked on TV Shows like "The Simpsons", "Beavis and Butthead", "Back at the Barnyard" and "Planet Sheen". If you would like to see my work related art please click on the Go For Launch Productions link below. Although I am very passionate about what I do for a living my other passions are photography, painting, astronomy, astrophotography and anything to do with NASA so the subject matter of most of my paintings is related to the space program and I have enhanced some of my photographs to give them an extraterrestrial feel. My paintings and photographs are organized into several catagories in the links below. Browse around and enjoy.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Video of the Cosmos

      
       

"A Vision of Deep Space" Is a compilation video of my original deep space artwork. The full size artwork can be viewed on the "Art Based on Kepler Finds" and "Art of the Cosmos" pages. The music on the video "For This We Hope" was composed and written by Alex Grant. More of Alex's great music can be found at www.alexgrant.com

 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Exoplanets


Art Based on Kepler Finds 


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I am very passionate about anything to do with NASA.  I was a young boy when they first landed on the moon and was virtually glued to the TV the whole time. That was the start of my passion.  Today I still stay tuned to what NASA is doing and for me one of their most interesting missions is the Kepler Mission.  As an artist I have been inspired by the planets Kepler is finding and have created this series of paintings based on Kepler's finds.
    

Space Art

Art of the Cosmos

 
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The Universe is filled with wonders. Thanks to the Hubble Telescope, our view of the heavens and our understanding of the cosmos has changed. Our universe is around 13.75 billion years old from the time of the Big Bang. It spans some 93 billion light years across the measurable diameter. With all this space, the subject matter for the imagination and paintings is endless. This series of paintings is based on a combination of cosmology facts and my imagination.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Capturing the Heavens

Astrophotography with a Camera and a Tripod


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Astrophotography is just not for those who to have a telescope. If you have a camera and a tripod the heavens are yours to capture. This series of astrophotography captures features my work shot with a Canon T1i mounted on a tripod. On the viewing page of the images you will find some tips for how you too can capture beautiful images of the heavens

  

Nasa Apollo Art

Apollo Mission Art


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The Apollo Program ended with a bang upon the return of Apollo XVII on Dec, 19, 1972; the most successful mission to date. My love affair with NASA all started with the Apollo Missions so it felt very fitting to me to create a series of paintings featuring my first love. I give a big thanks to all of the Astronauts and the amazing ground crew involved in getting us to the moon and back; you made everyone on earth proud.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Space Shuttle Art

Shuttle Mission Art


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I still remember the day the first Shuttle took off into orbit; it was a very proud day for Americans and Canadians, like myself. Sadly, that 30 year era has come to an end. To commemorate that era I have created a series of paintings of the Space Shuttle Program. To give my paintings a truly unique appeal they were created from where no camera could go or could have been.  Using the available technical data, and my imagination, I have envisioned this series of images of the shuttles and their journies around earth.  A big thanks to all the great people at NASA and its partners for 30 years of Manned Space Flight and all of the great things that came from that exploration, for all of humanity to enjoy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Star Trails

Photographing Star Trails

 
During the summer months and into the fall capturing images with my telescope is just not possible due to the extreme heat and the monsoon storms. A way for me to still stay in tune with the stars and have some fun is to photograph Star Trails. The really cool part, the camera does all the work while some time can be spent star gazing and after that off to bed while the camera continues to capture away. CLICK ON THE IMAGE for my tutorial on how you too can photograph Star Trails.


Celestron CGEM-800 Telescope


Telescope Equipment



This is my observatory and my Celestron CGEM-800 Telescope located in Arizona. Piggybacking on the SCT8 is an Astro-Tech ATRC6 with mounting gear from ADM. To see more about my telescope and added gear, view my "Equipment Page",  just CLICK ON THE IMAGE

Planet Astrophotography

Planets of Our Solar System


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All the images above were captured through my Celestron CGEM-800 telescope using a PhilipsSPC900NC and/or a ZWO 120MC. SharpCap was used for capture and RegiStax for processing. To see more images of Mars and the other planets in our Solar System CLICK ON THE IMAGE

Moon Astrophotography

The Moon


This is a mosaic of 28 images captured with a Philips SPC900NC webcam through my Celestron CGEM-800 telescope. On my moon page you will also see image captures taken afocal with my Sony F-828 CyberShot. To view more images of the moon and some fun moon facts, visit my moon page by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE  


Our Sun


Our Sun is the star at the center of our Solar System. It is the engine that drives our Solar System and without which life on earth would be impossible. For us it is everything, yet it is just one of more than 200 billion stars in our Galaxy alone! This image was captured with a Canon T1i with a 250mm lens with Baader filter film. Visit my Sun page by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE

The Orion Nebula

Deep Sky Imaging


This image of the Great Orion Nebula was captured with a Canon T1i using my Celestron CGEM-800 telescope. The capture was unguided. 5 x30s with flats, bias and darks added. Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop CS4 was used for processing. Check out more of my Deep Sky Objects on my "Deep Sky Objects Page" by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE


Astrophotography of the Stars

Star Capture Collection


This is Aldebarin captured with a Philips SPC900NC webcam through my Celestron CGEM-800 telescope. To view more of my Star images check out my "Star Page" by CLICKING ON THE IMAGE

Lightning


Arizona Lightning



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Arizona is a very dry state and on average it only gets around 7 inches of rain per year. The rains come in what is known as "Monsoon" which in Arabic means "Season". The Monsoon's bring the rain and at the same time a spectacular light show in the form of LIGHTNING.



Go For Launch Animation Studios



Go For Launch Productions Animation Studios is my Animation Company.  We have been in Business since 2006 and we have worked on 3 Feature Films, 90 Episodes of "BACK AT THE BARNYARD" for which we won a Special Recognition Emmy for seasons 2008-2009, 50 Episodes of "PLANET SHEEN" and 3 video games, one of which we are currently working on for Disney. To View our new site just click on our logo.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photographic Art

Photographic Art


With a love for both Landscape Photography and Astrophotography I have created a series of what I call "Photographic Art" images.  Most of these are landscapes of some of Americas greatest vistas composited together with my Astrophotography images, giving the image a slightly extraterrestrial feel. This image is a composite of a 45 image moon mosaic with one of my paintings of the Apollo SCM and M33, which was captured by my good friend Trevor Woodrow.  Trevor is one of the founding members of AstroGab. For more information on AstroGab see the "Photographic Art" page.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Featured Video
from NASA
     

Landscape Photography

Photography




Photography has been a passion of mine for a good number of years, I even did some of my own developing in a Dark room with my brother Mark many years ago. Today, with the digital age, everything has become much simpler but I still like to take the time to compose images and get the settings right. Road trips are great for visiting some of the greatest places in the southwest and most of the images I have posted are from some of North America's Greatest National Parks.   I hope you enjoy the images.

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