A non-fiction book about spaceflight. I designed and illustrated the book for my diploma thesis.
As subject, I chose an advanced concept of the russian spaceplane Kliper (Клипер). The book illustrates the complete flight cycle of the spacecraft during a mission to a space station.
The 15 chapters of the book are divided in 4 parts: The first part explains the preparation and launch of the rocket. The second part shows the ascent of the rocket, the necessary maneuvers of the spaceship to reach a stable orbit around earth and the rendezvous with the space station. The third part is devoted to the space station. It explains the stations design and it’s expansion with additional modules. The fourth part shows the return to earth.
Example: Chapter 3 – The Launch
The chapter of the rocket launch is told in two parallel image sequences. The outside views show the fueling of the rocket and the retraction of the tower prior the the launch. The graphic view of the rocket engine explains the basic concept and the ignition of a staged combustion rocket engine.
Example: Chapter 4 – Ascent
The rocket launch is followed by the flight through the atmosphere into space. The image sequence of this chapter illustrates the stage-separation and the flight path of the rocket. My inspiration for the rocket was the Angara 5 rocket which is currently developed in Russia.
A 3D-model of the spaceship Kliper (Клипер). I build the detailed model for an illustration project during my illustration studies. The task of the project was to design a hypothetical article for a magazine. As subject, I chose the the attempt of Russia to build a reusable replacement for their old Soyuz spaceships. After finishing the illustration project, I continued to work on the model and tried to build it as detailed a possible. The result are the following renderings.
Some closeups of the model. They show the tiled heat shield, the service module, sensors, rendezvous antennas, engines, etc.. The last closeup shows the rocket adapter with integrated escape rockets.
The ship is designed to carry six astronauts. They sit in the winged front part. The cylindrical back part contains the docking equipment, instruments, oxygen and fuel. At the end of the mission only the front part with the crew returns to earth. The back part remains in space and gets destroyed when entering the earth’s atmosphere.
My version of Kliper isn’t 100% accurate. The references I used were very rough, and the design procedure wasn’t finished when I build the model. To compensate missing information, I used a lot references of the Space Shuttle, Buran and other similar designed spaceplanes. This method helped me, to develop a convincing 3D model.
After finishing the model, I created a space environment to show, how the Kliper spaceship would look like in space.
A series of illustrations for the german issue of the “New Scientist”. The topic was the search for giant energy absorbing space structures, which can indicate the presence of alien civilizations. The idea of these structures was originally developed by the physicist Freeman Dyson in the 60s. The first row shows two variations of his Dyson Spheres, a swarm of planet-sized solar collectors and a ringworld. The bottom row illustrates other possible structures, a giant monolith and a solar sail.
An interactive infographic I’ve done for illustration school some time ago. The task was to create an information-app for the iPad about organ transplantation. The intention of the app was to explain the transplantation process to potential patients. I had to do the part about skin transplantation.
My concept is simple. It’s only one wide scrollable image. I chose this format to illustrate the skins dimension. The image is separated into several sections, each showing the skin during the transplantation process. Each section has an information layer, that explains the current process.
The overview above shows the navigation between the layers. Swiping sideways goes back and forth in the process and tapping shows or hides the information layer.
The first screens show the healthy skin, its protective function and the skin layers. The second pair shows the damaged skin and the risk of infections and fluid loss.
The removal of dead skin is the first step in the transplantation process. To do this, cuts are made along the direction of the skin fibers to avoid permanent scars. After this, the flesh starts to heal and builds up new layers of cells. This area with improved blood circulation is the ideal ground for a skin transplant.
After preparation, the new skin is placed onto the wound and sewed. This skin is usually extracted from your own body. Several cuts avoid an accumulation of blood under the transplant.
To accelerate the healing, the wound is sealed and attached to a vacuum pump. This drains off fluids from the wound and minimizes the risk of infections. If the body accepts the transplant, veins start to grow into it and the long healing process begins.
The final screen shows the nearly healed wound. I intended to show some statistical data about skin transplantation here. I haven’t found much, except the rate for success with and without a drainage.
The sketch of an early concept shows an alternate perspective.
An illustration I’ve made for the “DIE ZEIT”-newspaper. It was for an article about the dispersion of the Celtic culture.
The map shows the most important Celtic communities in Europe. The man illustrates the clothing of a warrior and the houses illustrate a Celtic village. Usually the villages were surrounded by a rampart.