Visual Development of The Lonely Cosmonaut is the result of a 12 week challenge to myself to create as much art and develop as much story as I could within a specific time frame. I was not so much worried about making individually nice pieces of art, as I was with the culmination of it all as something I could use later to write and illustrate a large format story book. Essentially combining the visual and verbal as I sketched out an outline and fished for ideas. The end result was compiled into an 80 page art book and provides a clear path for me to follow as I set about writing and illustrating the full story book. The Visual Development of The Lonely Cosmonaut is available to purchase in my shop, along with a selection of prints.
The Lonely Cosmonaut is the story of a naive yet clever young Ukrainian woman named Eyva who grows up in a future where the Soviet Union has risen back to power, and controls many states in Eastern Europe. With Earth dying, the Soviets are in a space race with the West, but this time to find a new world to call home. Eyva is part of a mission to establish a beach head for the Russians on a secret new world. When things go horribly wrong at the start of the mission, Eyva is marooned in space, and with her crew dead, completely alone. She must rely on herself to navigate the cosmos, overcome endless peril, outwit enemies, and ultimately become the only hope for the survival of the human race.
Naive and a dreamer, Eyva is clever and resourceful. She maintains her adventurous and day dreamy spirit while still being able to focus in and accomplish what is mandated for survival. She carries a sadness, but this is often countered with her eternal hope.
A vehicle in a story must serve multiple purposes. It must look good, of course. But it should also fit the function of story moments, as well as be easily identifiable. These are some of the initial sketches for Soviet and American space craft.
After a harrowing misadventure leaving Earth, Eyva's ship has mis-jumped and crashed onto a desert moon orbiting a ringed giant. Her crew dead, abandoned in the cosmos, Eyva's adventure begins here. She is The Lonely Cosmonaut
The first planet Eyva will venture to is a strange frigid ice world. The world is constantly venting and accumulating it's own gaseous clouds, creating a beautiful site from space. The surface is full of just as much wonder. Ice dominates the planet, but there is a layer of tropical heat at the surface.
The next stop for Eyva is a dead and hostile system where two planets are slowing merging together. The descendants of lost colonists have impossibly managed to survive here for generations.
Eyva's journey and adventures are far from complete here. Visual Development of The Lonely Cosmonaut provides a much deeper look into how I set about envisioning these worlds and the story that is Eyva's. Make sure to pick up a copy to see more art, sketches and thoughts behind where this story is bound. I plan on writing the fully illustrated story over the next year or so. Thank you for taking the time to look through here. You can follow me on the social media links below to keep up with Eyva and her adventures.