Earlier this month, a friend whom I use to work with, contacted me for a custom art piece. To top it off, I was given creative freedom to do as I pleased. The client had only one stipulation; The piece needed to be moon themed.
I sketched up some ideas, and picked my favorite one. I messaged the buyer and awaited confirmation. In the message I explained my idea and approach for the artwork and she loved it.
While looking for moon reference photos online, I came across pictures of nebulae taken by NASA. I was blown away by the beauty of the cosmic gas clouds and stars. I had to incorporate this into my work, even though I knew how challenging this would be.
Photo captured by NASA
"Pillars of Creation" https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/nebula/en/
The thought of ruining this burning made me very nervous but I had to try, so I decided to look on youtube for galaxy art created with copic markers. After watching a few videos I knew how I was going to make this happen.
After the burning was complete, I purchased the colors for the nebula background. I ended up using 8 different copic markers to complete Luna.
I used a new technique to create organic shapes and stars. In one of the youtube videos I came across, an artist took colorless copic ink, applied it to a fan paint brush, and then dripped/dabbed the ink onto the various colors. This created a natural looking pattern that I used for the galaxy-like background.
Luna took 53+ hours to complete and the buyer absolutely loved it