Psyche Inspired: Chris Kim

Institution: University of Southern California

Major: Animation

Psyche Inspired Class: 2021-2022

Guess That Instrument: A Psyche Game Show

Chris Kim

December 1, 2021

Major: Animation

Genre/Medium: Animation: Paper cutouts with pen and crayon

About the work: I wanted to create something engaging and lighthearted for my first piece. I love the idea of personified spacecrafts and instruments, so I decided to make them as contestants of a gameshow. It’s a mix of a trivia and dating show, as the audience learns more about the contestants the more they watch. While sticking to a more child-like presentation with the doodled faces and crayon coloring, I still wanted the information to be catered to older audiences. I took the explanations on the official website and made adjustments to make the language a bit more understandable and easier to digest in a short amount of time.

Psyche and Eros and Psyche

Chris Kim

February 18, 2022

Major: Animation

Genre/Medium: Digital art using Procreate

About the work: I decided to tie in the Psyche and Eros mythology with the Psyche mission and re-emphasize the heart of the mission. There’s inherent beauty in traveling to space to discover more about ourselves and the world we live on, so it feels fitting that the mission is based on the goddess of the soul.

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Psyche wallpapers

Chris Kim

April 18, 2022

Major: Animation

Genre/Medium: Digital

About the work: I wanted to create desktop backgrounds showcasing the Psyche spacecraft and asteroid as an easy way to support for the mission while garnering interest from anyone else who may see it. I aimed to use a more graphic style in order to fit the modern look of most technology these days, but used grain on one of them to create a more organic feel to match the uncertainty of Psyche’s surface. The primarily orange background is purposely more flat and inorganic as the focus shifts from the ragged surface to the precise build of the spacecraft body. I referenced the Psyche patch colors for both illustrations, but contrasted the two by shifting from one end of the palette (darker purples) to the other end (lighter oranges).

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