NASA Posters Promote Space Tourism

Exoplanet Travel Bureau
Exoplanet Travel Bureau

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has released a beautiful set of space tourism posters, and you can download and print them for free! If you’ve ever wished you could have some colorful artwork that promotes exploration and space travel, this is what you need. My inner middle-school Space Camp nerd is giddy with excitement!

These posters feature exotic locations such as Mars, Europa, Kepler-16b, Jupiter, and Titan. They are reminiscent of the style of vintage national parks posters. The new designs are a continuation of NASA/JPL’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau series.

Check out the whole collection at the NASA JPL site. While you’re there, take a look at the other features of Exoplanet Travel Bureau. You can research potential travel destinations, calculate travel times, and create your own planet!

51 Pegasi b
51 Pegasi b Greetings From Your First Exoplanet
Kepler-186f Where the Grass is Always Redder on the Other Side
Kepler-16b Where Your Shadow Always Has Company
PSO J318.5-22
PSO J318.5-22 Where the Nightlife Never Ends!

Five Cute Star Wars Fan Art Panels

I’m getting quite excited about the upcoming premier of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII THE FORCE AWAKENS. From the video clips, news releases, production photos, and general buzz, it sounds like it will be amazing! The movie will be in US theaters December 18, 2015.

Until then, I’m reading all about it, and looking for other Star Wars related stuff to share. Here are some unofficial, sometimes non-traditional/non-canon pieces of Star Wars fan art that I want to feature.

These belong to the artists who created them, and they are simply adorable. Click to view larger images, and enjoy!

Star Wars – Smile by Renny08 on DeviantArt

Chibi Ordo for JadeRaven93 by Evolvana on DeviantArt

Cute Star Wars Sketches by Casemanartist on DeviantArt

more Star Wars fanart by oomizuao on DeviantArt

Kawaii Star Wars by kepalakardus on DeviantArt

Silk Interactive Art Generator

What is Silk?

Since I can’t draw anything besides stick figures, I’m always excited about tools that help me create interesting and beautiful things. Silk is a very colorful and simple click-and-create artwork generator. The resulting artwork is pleasantly geeky, with a colorful, computer-generated sort of beauty. I love it!

How to use Silk

Silk controls
Silk controls

To start using the tool, simple click and drag your cursor over the blank screen. Silk will create an interesting pattern for you, which looks something like a Spirograph pattern, but more intricate and complicated.

Click on the color palette to change your ink, or click and drag between two colors to create a custom blend.

Change the way your lines are drawn by choosing different levels of rotational symmetry, mirroring, and spiral effects.

Artwork created with Silk

I had a great time playing with Silk, and I saved a few of my colorful creations. Give it a try ( and let me know what you think! I’d love to see what you make.

Silk is also available for iPhone and iPad.

Silk artwork #3
Silk artwork #3
Silk artwork #2
Silk artwork #2
Silk artwork #3
Silk artwork #3