News and book cover

2016 was a tumultuous time in which: I traveled alone by truck to Louisiana and the Florida Keys (where my truck was infested with bedbugs), I traveled through seven European countries, took care of a recovering parent, lost a dear friend, reconnected with an old friend, fell in love, witnessed a horrifying election and all the while freelancing.

But now I'm back! Most recent news, I am proud to announce that I created the cover for a science fiction novel written by my favorite college biology professor. The book is The Stars of Eridani by Matthew Moran. The story is about the arrival of colonists on an habitable exo-planet and the clash between humanity and environment. A great story for naturalist and scifi fans.

The back and front. Now available in paperback!

I won't spoil the book but I can give background on the cover art. The alien creature in the foreground was inspired from sea anemones and a tiny bit of HP Lovecraft's Elder Things. To get the right proportions and values I sculpted a model out of clay. It took about four solid hours to make the 24 tentacles. I then back lit the model with predawn light and photographed it from different angles. The landing ship in the background is also a clay model however next time I'll build one in a 3d modeling program. Building a something that looks space worthy is not as easy as I thought. 

I may have whispered Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! while building this...

I may have whispered Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! while building this...

The composition is a hidden homage to Andrew Wythe's Christina's World. I wanted to create a feeling of great distance between the newly arrived humans and the planet's inhabitant. The colonists have their backs to nature and to a creature with no back.

The Winds of Change...

So my website is going through a major upheaval. I decided to split my web presence in twain. This catthewilson.com will still be a hub and home for my blog for the moment, however, all my fine, traditional art and travel sketches are being moved to artist-errant.com. The idea behind the split is to create a professional site to attract more of those sweet sweet paying medical/textbook jobs. The plus side is there will be more and higher quality art up for view and you, the audience at home, can follow which ever site you prefer.

But in the meantime, fasten your seatbelt, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

Art Catastrophes

After the popularity of my last post colleagues began sending me cat photos. If you wish to contribute please contact me. =^..^= All photos are linked to the artist's website or LinkedIn profile.

Gidja is keeping Karen Ackoff's inbox warm.

Gidja is keeping Karen Ackoff's inbox warm.

Sultan is giving Christine Graglapp important feedback.

Buttons giving Liz Bradford's Wacom pen a love mauling.

Buttons giving Liz Bradford's Wacom pen a love mauling.

Yoga doesn't belong to Kelly but he feels that her laptop belongs to him.

Yoga doesn't belong to Kelly but he feels that her laptop belongs to him.

Buttons stress testing an easel.

Buttons stress testing an easel.

Cat assisted art by Liz Lockett

Cat assisted art by Liz Lockett