SpaceX DM-2 Launch

9×12″. Ink, marker, pearlescent ink and watercolor, on illustration board. This was the first in a series of technical launch pieces I’m working on, of the SpaceX DM-2 launch from May 2020. It’s a surreal memory for me… I watched the livestream of this launch in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, alone in my living room but surrounded by friends online in a massive group chat, all cheering at the return of human spaceflight launched from US shores. Pretty happy with the pearlescent touches, though those don’t really show up in the final scan. (Detail shot included so you can enjoy them too.) I decided to give this series a stylized 80’s vibe-background. Next up: Apollo 11!

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Danielle Rose

Danielle Rose is a native Californian, happily transplanted to Southern Oregon in 2016. She works in watercolor, ink and colored pencil, and enjoys both technical drawing, and painting vivid landscapes and sunsets (sometimes combining the two.) Danielle grew up surrounded by art and culture—some of her earliest memories are of art museums and galleries—alongside an accomplished artist mother and musician father. She is inspired by the works of Alphonse Mucha, Vincent van Gogh, Alan Lee, John Howe, Alan Bean, Robert McCall, and Hayao Miyazaki. Her background in geology and chemistry, a lifelong interest in spaceflight, and a deep love of nature, give a unique combination of influences to her work. Danielle can be found at home illustrating a SpaceX launch, or hiking to local waterfalls to paint en plein air, with equal probability. She is also a jeweler, Graduate Gemologist, graphic designer, Star Wars nerd and die-hard Sailor Moon fan.

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