Space

dAlbertis UHF Follow-On 1993

“UHF Follow-On”-Ink stippling.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 1993.

This is the first piece I produced as Delta-Vee Productions.  It was drawn to commemorate the launch of the Navy’s UHF Follow-On communication satellite by U.S. Space Command in 1993.  At 24”x32″, the original took six months to draw and ink using 12 different drafting ink pen diameters to produce a variety of ink dot sizes and detail. The piece was completed and printed one week prior to the launch date.

 

dAlbertis MILSTAR 1994

“MILSTAR”-Ink stippling.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 1994

This was the second piece produced to commemorate the launch of the Air Force’s Military Strategic and Tactical Relay (MILSTAR) by Space Command in 1994.  It is the same size as the UHF Follow-On (24″x32″) and only took four months to complete using the 12 pen sizes as before. The work was printed two weeks prior to the launch date.

 

dAlbertis Space Shuttle 1994

“Space Shuttle”-Ink stippling.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 1994

I became very adept at producing small, realistic drawings using my various sizes of drafting ink pens.  This creation is only 3″x5″.

 

“Fly-By: Gold Craft”-Watercolor. © Michael A. d’Albertis 1993

This was my first watercolor art piece.  The gold craft was designed and drawn when I was a high school student, and I refined the design over the years.

 

“Fly-By: Gold Ship”-Watercolor.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 1993

This watercolor piece focused on light and shading to portray a realistic astronomical setting for another of my ship designs.  The gold ship was originally designed and drawn for a color pencil picture I submitted for a science fiction pinball game back glass art design competition sponsored by Bally and Starlog magazine in 1980 (which placed 75th in over 3,500 entries).  I have refined the ship design for this and other drawings since then.

 

dAlbertis Just Admiring the View1 1994

“Just Admiring the View”-Watercolor.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 1993

This is, without a doubt, my favorite watercolor art piece that I have produced.  Some wonder why I titled the piece as I did, being that the planet is behind the astronaut: he is about to witness another small moon eclipsing the star shown in the reflection of his face plate.

 

dAlbertis Gas Giant1 18 Jan 2015

“Gas Giant 1”-Watercolor ink pointillism.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 2015

This was my first color pointillist piece using 0.7mm watercolor ink pens. The ink pens were made by Stabilo, and they are very easy to work with.

 

dAlbertis Ice Giant1 17 Sep 2015

“Ice Planet 1”-Watercolor ink pointillism.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 2015

This piece was made to develop a technique in presenting light emanating from the sun and stars.  The Stabilo watercolor ink pens as well as a white acrylic paint pen were used to produce the starburst.  The effect shown in this picture is now employed in all my pointillist pieces.

 

“Fly-By”-Watercolor pointillism.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 2016

I created this art piece as a present to an astronomical artist friend and mentor in appreciation of his interest in my art work and his encouragement to continue refining my skills over the decades.

“Shuttle Sunset”-Watercolor ink pointillism.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 2016

I drew this piece as a present to my wife for her birthday.  It was drawn as a metaphor to the ending of the shuttle program:  though the sun finally set on the program, the missions opened up the universe to us.

 

“Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:05 PM EDT”-Watercolor ink pointillism.  © Michael A. d’Albertis 2017

This piece was produced from a three-minute video I took on my smart phone during the OSIRIS-REx launch from Launch Complex 41 at the Kennedy Space Center on September 8, 2016.  The video was taken from the water’s edge at the Space View Park located in Titusville.  The weather was absolutely clear with three cloud formations well east of the launch site.

What stood out for me while witnessing this event was how the sunlight gave the Atlas V booster used for the OSIRIS-REx launch a very bright, silvery glint during the first part of the launch as well as the clouds and white structures, including the Vehicle Assembly Building, having a hint of yellow reflection from the position of the sun.  This pointillist piece attempts to capture that sunlight effect.