Yes. And actually everyone should be aware of this because if you are missing orders and you ordered more than two weeks ago you need to let me know so I can send out a replacement. ALL DMP orders have been shipped except the one that came in on Etsy a few days ago.
This is a zip file containing all five Deep Map Pilots in unflattened PSD (Photoshop) format. All layers I used during the creation of the images are included. These may not be usable by older versions of Photoshop (I use CS5).
These files are useful for those who want to pick apart my methods, anyone interested in printing something at home, and people who enjoy collecting really bloated files in order to bore and obfuscate federal investigators.
Pay what you want for these, including nothing. Sometimes you can’t spare even a dollar, but don’t let that stop you downloading and enjoying them.
I’d appreciate it if you didn’t sell my art for your own personal gain, I guess, but it’s not like Deep Map Pilots is such a hot property that you stand to get rich from bootleg t-shirts or whatever. I retain copyright, whatever that means, but it’s not like I need to say it for it to be true.
Actually I would wear the shit out of some Deep Map Pilot t-shirts; if you make some illegal pirate bootleg deep map pilot t-shirts, send me an extra-small pls ty.
2012ths: Deep Map Pilots
Deep Map Pilots was a five-part science fiction vignette series in collaboration with Warren Ellis. Ellis wrote; I illustrated. The Deep Map Pilots will continue in 2013 as Deep Map Pilots: eXtended Flight Log, the first installment of which is visible as the very last image above.
- Deep Map Pilots are available as posters here
- The Deep Map Pilots tumblr tag
- Deep Map Pilots on Warren’s site
- Deep Map Pilots in my portfolio
I am either out of Deep Map Pilots postcards (not posters) or almost out. I will not be reordering, as the print quality was not really up to my standards—as a result, everyone who ordered the postcard set received either two sets of postcards (for display front + back simultaneously), received extra goodies in the envelope, both, or, if you ordered them more recently, you paid less than the initial pricepoint.
I recently acquired a new giclee printer which means high-quality prints of all sizes are in your immediate future. If you want a set of DMP postcards and didn’t get one, chances are that you’ll get another opportunity to acquire less-than-poster-sized prints in the near future.
Thanks for all your support so far!
Deep Map Pilots 2: Rehani
I already did a more thorough breakdown of the steps I took to make the first in this series, MARENKA, but I thought I’d add some behind the scenes stuff for this one, too.
Rehani’s HUD, as it appears before being Spherized onto the surface of the visor, and mirrored so she can read it.
dumb cheesy mockup of Venus I did for the background, using this venerable “realistic planet” tutorial. There aren’t any really good photographs of Venus in true color. It’s mostly a ball of slightly yellow fog. In the final pieces I ended up overlaying it with some Earth photos of clouds because it was too misty looking and not interesting enough.
Sheet of concepts, including one in the middle (the pencil one), which was courtesy of michaelk42 helping me figure out a way to combine the “silhouette over a bright void” of A, with the cool closeup visor-and-hand-shadow of D.
Wait… the text overlay… Isn’t that a post by Ghost-bong?
Really, really good catch.
As of tonight, ALL Deep Map Pilots orders (with the exception of Ego Asassin’s screwed up order, and everyone still waiting for their Eliza’s Friend or Family Complimentary Art of the Month Club orders EDIT: and also the order shipping to Gemini) have been either shipped or are sitting in my mailbox waiting to be swept up by the armored pterodactyl jockey that lands on my roof and takes my mail away. To the post office? I don’t know. The ‘dactyl smells like a stable fire.
This means that all domestic orders still en route or currently in my mailbox should arrive at their destinations by the 25th or a little after, so I didn’t completely ruin Chrimbles. probably.
In space, no one can see you over-enthusiastically fist pump the air in a completely non-ironic way.
Unfortunately, my kitchen is not space.
Thanks, 3liza, for making my day immeasurably better.
Hey @3liza, thought you might like to see my new desktop. I set up a thing in NerdTool to produce the text, so I didn’t have to alter the image. The Kafka is just because, well, Kafka.
To everyone else: go get yerself some Deep Map Pilots goodies. They’re delicious and nutritious.
I sat down to process orders today and made a stunning discovery.
An order from Chile was unusual enough—I ship to Australia and the UK and Canada all the time, but other international destinations are more rare. My interest was piqued immediately, but when I clicked the order to start printing shipping labels and such, I was absolutely floored.
The Gemini Observatory is one of the most important observatories working today. They hold the honor of taking the first image of a directly observable exoplanet. They produce images you have almost certainly marveled at, and the chances that their images made up some of my reference material during the creation of the Deep Map Pilots illustrations are very high. My father is a science fiction novelist and my grandfather was a NASA engineer. This is, personally and professionally, huge.
I just told Warren. He said, and I quote, “That is INCREDIBLE.”
They ordered complete sets of both the photos and the postcards, but they’re going to be getting a lot more than that. I owe them big. We all do. And the fact that they like my art enough to buy it, well. I’m sorry, there seems to be some stardust in my eye.
EDIT: I also got an order from someone at MIT. Honestly, this makes it all worthwhile.
Postcard preorders get these 228 stickers. My advice: slap em somewhere to piss off the man.