Psyche Inspired: Aarti Patel

Institution: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Psyche Inspired Class: 2020-2021

Psyche’s Magnetic Field

Aarti Patel

April 16, 2021

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: 5 x 5 scratchboards, scratch tools, and acrylic paint

About the work: Psyche’s Magnetic Field is a vibrant collection of 3 pieces that portray varying simulated magnetic fields of the Psyche asteroid influenced by solar winds.These 3 pieces referenced actual simulated data and images with slight variance provided by the Magnetometry Investigation Team (MIT). Each piece is done using a 5 x 5″ scratchboard piece with initial sketches of the asteroid done in the center. By using scratch tools, the sketch is carved out and highlighted with acrylic paint. The blended orange, pink, and purple are meant to signify the Psyche mission’s logo and colors.

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Psyche and the Night Sky is created on a circular wooden panel with acrylic paint. The background is the night sky with blue nebulas floating around Psyche, which is cut out of a constellation map.

Psyche and the Night Sky

Aarti Patel

March 22, 2021

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: Acrylic painting done on a wooden panel with a cut out collage of a constellation

About the work: Psyche and the Night Sky is a piece that shows Psyche in a new light with respect to the stars and the placement of objects in the sky. Not only do we see stars and planets when we look up at the sky, but we also see other bodies, such as asteroids. (16) Psyche is currently in the constellation of Taurus, and like most bodies in space, its placement changes and can be communicated with respect to constellations and other space bodies around it. My piece shows Psyche in a new perspective: as a map of the constellations to highlight the differing placements of bodies in space.

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The Art of an Asteroid is a digital illustration showcasing the Psyche asteroid in an artistic view. The asteroid has layers of metallic colors, dark mandala patterns placed in areas of craters, and a defined outline drawn on edges and the main curves of the asteroid.

Art of an Asteroid

Aarti Patel

February 19, 2021

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: digital illustration using Adobe Illustrator

About the work: The Art of an Asteroid showcases Psyche in an artistic light with brushes of paint and mandala patterns placed in craters, grooves, and edges of the asteroid. The digital piece was done using Adobe Illustrator and layering techniques to incorporate different levels and tones of color and to bring a more artistic view of Psyche. The purpose of this piece is to portray Psyche in a delicate manner, as if one were looking at a delicate piece of art. With all the craters, grooves, and roughness found on the surface, I wanted to portray the beauty and to shine a light on the creative, natural patterns that could potentially exist from the intense formation of the Psyche asteroid.

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This abstract piece has gold, orange, and red streaks of paint on the bottom left corner with black crystals sprinkled over it. The paint is blended with black and white streaks. The black crystal textures and gold and silver glitter are present in most of the piece. The overall piece has a marble-like finish and appearance.

Flyover of Psyche

Aarti Patel

Dec 29, 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: epoxy resin pour of acrylic paint texturized with black crystals and glitter on a wooden panel

About the work: Flyover of Psyche is an abstract, detailed view of what I imagine the surface of Psyche to look like. As an asteroid likely largely made of metal, I wanted to use vibrant gold, iron, and nickel colored tones to showcase the textures and formations that might be present on the surface. I have always wanted to try resin art and was inspired by various photos I have seen of geode resin art and marble-like finishes. The abstract technique and the marble-like finish were both qualities that I believed would showcase Psyche’s surface in a unique way. The piece was created on a wooden panel. I used epoxy resin mixed in with acrylic paint to create a thick consistency. The actual painting of this piece was done by pouring cups of the various paints onto the panel and blending it with a heat gun to control the direction and fluidity of the blend. Black crystals and glitter were added on the thick paint to add more of a rocky and metallic touch to the surface.

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A 9 x 12 scratchboard embed with the drawing of Psyche and its satellite. To highlight the metallic texture and the colors of the Psyche mission, Psyche is contoured in a diluted gouache paint, and a more opaque form of the gouache paint in the mission's colors depict the satellite and the galaxy clouds.

Essence of Psyche

Aarti Patel

Dec 1, 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: scratchboard medium with carvings done by scratch knives and gouache paint added for color

About the work: For my first project in this program, I wanted to focus in on the contours, topography, and ultimately the essence of Psyche. The main focus was to create vibrant metallic textures that may be found on the Psyche asteroid. There is a possibility that Psyche may consist largely of metal from the core of a protoplanet, and with that, I was inspired to create a very detailed scratchboard piece highlighting the craters and ridges formed from violent impacts present early in the formation of Psyche. To highlight the metallic texture and the colors of the Psyche mission, I used diluted gouache paint for the contours of Psyche, and I used a more opaque form of the gouache paint for the satellite and the galaxy clouds, which were done in the mission’s colors.

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