These are a few of my field sketches from the 1995 workshop in Arches, Canyonlands and that area. Colored pencil on black paper. We all hiked and explored this amazing landscape then returned a few years later. One of the things tat impressed me was the way the sunlight bounced off the sandstone, reflecting back up to the underside of arches and ledges, amplifying the color. I like colored pencils for travel. They are clean and easy to pack in a small kit. A challenge for me is that one rarely has the actual color of whatever one is looking at. I don’t like the look of trying to blend colors, so I try to arrange a set of colors that can represent the view and leave an effective impression of the actual color and form.
An award-winning artist and animator, Joel Hagen is a founding member of the IAAA. He is a MER collaborator, part of the Opportunity rover science operations team and has produced image products for the Opportunity, Phoenix and Pathfinder missions. A retired computer graphics instructor, Joel works with digital and traditional media as well as 3D printing and print surface treatments. Joel also designs extra-terrestrial life forms and biomes. His work has appeared on PBS, BBC, NHK in Japan, Discovery and National Geographic channels. View all posts by Joel Hagen