Don Dixon's Astronomical Art Portfolio

Sketches
September 16 - November 01 2013

  • Hollow_World_Sketch
    Artificial World Sketch; preliminary study for painting of an asteroid that has been hollowed out and terraformed; acrylic and gouache on illustration board,…
  • Winds_of_Change_Sketch_4
    Winds of Change Sketch 4; preliminary for cover of Isaac Asimov anthology, an alien spacecraft descends in the story "It is Coming"; acrylic and goauche on…
  • Nemesis_Sketch_B
    Nemesis Sketch B; preliminary layout for cover of Isaac Asimov novel; acrylic and goauche on illustration board with watercolor paper on acetate overlay, 1989;…
  • Formation_of_Meteorites_Sketch
    Comet Evolution;Sketch Showing the Formation of Meteorites from Comets; preliminary art for textbook illustration, circa 1988; acylic and goauche on…
  • saphire_road_sketch
    Saphire Road Sketch; preliminary for cover of novel by Wynne Whiteford, 1986; image field 7 x 4.25 inches, acrylic and gouache on illustration board, signed…
  • earths_violent_origin_sketch
    Earth's Violent Origin Sketch; preliminary art for Newsweek Japan article shows asteroid impact on the young, molten earth; 5 x 4.5 inch image field, acrylic…
  • mazeway_sketch_b
    Mazeway, sketch B ; unused preliminary for cover of 1990 Jack Williamson novel depicts a character encountering an alien ship amidst the wreckage of the Skybelt…
  • apollo_hamilton_sketch_b
    Monument, Apollo 11 Commemorative sketch b, for Hamilton Collection Milestones in Space plate series; 8.5x11 inches acrylic and gouache on illustration board…
  • a_gathering_of_stars_sketch_b
    A Gathering of Stars, sketch B ; concept for cover of 1990 Donald Moffit novel depicts a starship in an Islamic interstellar empire as it accelerates toward the…
  • Breathing_Space_Only_Sketch
    Breathing Space Only Sketch; a colorful UFO encounter in the wilderness; preliminary painting for cover of novel by Wynne Whiteford, Ace books, 1985; acrylic…
  • charons_ark_sketch3
    Charon's Ark, Sketch 3; alternate treatment for cover of Rick Gauger novel shows a flying wing docking to a space elevator over Pluto's Moon; 7 x 4.25 inches…
  • circuit_breaker_sketch
    Circuit Breaker - Sketch; preliminary for wrap cover painting of 1987 Melinda Snodgrass novel shows spaceship approaching a base on the Martian moon Phobos;…
  • fires_of_nuala_sketch
    Fires of Nuala, Sketch; preliminary for wrap cover of Katharine Eliska Kimbriel's 1988 novel about the radioctive world Nuala; a fun piece, 7 x 9.5 inches…
  • foundation_trilogy_sketch01
    Foundation - Sketch; unused preliminary design for Asimov's famous trilogy shows the ruins of Trantor, the galactic capital; 7.5 x 5 inches, acrylic and gouache…
  • saturn_over_mimas_sketch
    Saturn over Mimas Sketch; loose study of Saturn over one of its moons; 4.5 x 7 inches, acrylic and gouache on illustration board, 1990; copyright Don Dixon;…
  • saturn_over_titan_sketch
    Saturn over Titan Sketch; the sun sparkles through Saturn's atmosphere as seen from over the cloutops of Saturn's largest moon; 4.5 x 7 inches, acrylic and…
  • Shivering_World_Sketch_B
    Shivering World, Sketch B, Gaea space colony over Goddard; concept for cover of novel by Kathy Tyers; acrylic and gouache on illustration board, panel size…
  • the_clouds_of_saturn_sketch_b
    The Clouds of Saturn, Sketch B; preliminary art for wrap cover of 1991 Michael McCollum novel about a civilization floating in Saturn's atmosphere; pencil and…
  • universe_creation_storyboard
    Universe Creation Storyboard; 4 panels depicting the evolution of the universe from Big Bang to accretion of the earth, created for a film presented at Epcott…