Field Sketches from Utah

These are field sketches done during an IAAA workshop in Arches and Canyonlands in the American southwest. I tend to work small, 5″ x 7″ in this case. Prismacolor pencils are easy to carry and I can finish a sketch this size in a reasonable amount of time. I find that sketching, by its nature, causes me to pause in a landscape and look with an intent I don’t have when I take a snapshot. For me, it better cements a place in my mind and memory. I also find that making my hand create an image of what I see builds an interesting understanding of what I am recording and interpreting. The science of the geology is a wonderful thing and this is also a way to understand the planet.

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Joel Hagen

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.

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