“The QuEST” is a four episodes cartoon miniseries series that explains in a fun and entertaining way some of the phenomena that take place on the Sun, such as spots, spicules or solar flares. They are short-lived episodes, which have as protagonists the astronomers who throughout the centuries discovered these aspects of our star: Galileo Galilei, George E. Hale, Angelo Secchi, John Evershed and Richard Carrington.
Work carried out for the IAA-CSIC with the collaboration of Eva Li:
DESIGN AND ANIMATION
We addressed a very young audience, so we started with a fun character design that reminds us of true historical figures and background work inspired by American cartoons from the 50s-60s, a style that we love.
The main characters are apparently simple but hide enormous expressiveness, sympathy and a great ability to connect with audiences of all ages.
We decided to work with flat colors from a versatile color palette that can provide us with everything we need to develop the sequences of the four chapters.
The QuEST Episode 1:
The QuEST for Sunspots
Observing sunspots, Galileo discovered the rotation of the Sun… George Ellery Hale discovered that they have intense magnetic fields…But there are still many open questions about these enigmatic structures. EST will help answer them.
The QuEST Episode 2:
The QuEST for Spicules
The surface of the Sun is covered in features that look like needles or hairs, called “spicules”. They were discovered in the 19th century, by Angelo Secchi. But there are still some mysteries around them… For example: why the temperatures in the external layers of the Sun are much hotter than on the solar surface?
Walk with father Secchi to “The QuEST for Spicules”, the second episode of our cartoons video series “The QuEST”!
The QuEST Episode 3:
The QuEST for Sunspot Dynamics
The existence of gas motions in the penumbra of sunspots was discovered by British astronomer John Evershed more than a century ago.
The QuEST Episode 4:
The QuEST for Flares
The Sun often releases flares, explosive events occurring in the solar atmosphere. They were discovered in England in the nineteenth century by Richard Carrington at Redhill Observatory, south of London.
FINAL FRAMES AND ANIMATIONS
A quick look at the project through some styleframes and little animations we made for the project.
Some infographics we designed to illustrate really complex astrophysics concepts. It was so much fun making them!