Oasis Plants

On the sun-baked day side of a tidally locked planet, some larger life still hangs on in regions that get occasional rains. These plant-like creatures spend much of their time partially buried in the sand, but when rain does come, they move about from puddle to puddle, soaking in the water and basking their leaves in the light. In the shadow of the each leaf, more life pops up to take advantage of the shade-protected water supply, blooming, mating, and doing whatever else needs to be done before things dry out and go dormant again.
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I figure that pigment color might not have as strong a selective bias in this area with plentiful light, so I left the large plants green to be recognizable to people less familiar with exobiology. As you get closer to the night side however, red pigments become more common and darker to take in every photon they can. Also, I think I learned as much about simplifying backgrounds as anything from this painting.

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Jett

Jett McIntyre Furr is an artist and graphic designer from Stanly County, North Carolina. His parents named him for aviation, and since an early age has had great interest in all things aviation and space related. Jett's primary training from college is in graphic design, but he also has experience with character design, digital paintings, 3D modeling, and video editing. He has previously worked as an intern and then volunteer at PBS affiliate WTVI Charlotte, and currently is available for freelance work, having done commissions mainly for individuals and a local game company. Lately, Jett has been applying what he has learned back to his love of space, and has a particular interest in the gas giants and exoplanets, using the digital brush to explore places and ideas that people have yet to explore themselves. Career-wise, Jett is looking to get into the animation industry and design characters and backgrounds for animated shows, and he is also looking into how to do illustration or other art and design work for space-related jobs. In joining the IAAA he hopes to learn from the experiences of community members and share what he learns in turn, and to possibly open up opportunities for professional work. Though most of all, he just wants to learn new things about space and be able to discuss it with artists around the world. There's always more to learn!

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