EVERYBODY BE BITING ON KUBRICK
Classic science fiction artwork by Roger Dean. This is part of his Total Recall series, a look back at the history of video games.
“Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel’s fictional documentation of a failed 1960s space programme in Zambia - The Afronauts - has just been nominated for the 2013 Deutsche Borse photography prize.”
Getting a little personal here, but whatever. This guy. Michael Whelan. I got his art book from my parents for Christmas when I was 11 and it blew my little prepubescent art brain. I spent hours looking at the book, copying his paintings as best I could with my #2 pencil on copy paper. In the process he became a part of my creative DNA. Over the years other artists were spliced in and Whelan faded to the background as I discovered Mignola, Moebius, Miyazaki, Otomo, Shirow, Leyendecker, Wyeth, Watterson, Wendling, and many others.
But when I saw Michael Whelan recently got a brand new website (that showcases his best works of Sci-fi, fantasy, horror and everything in between) it aroused that old fondness for his work from deep down. I had forgotten how much he inspired me as a kid and helped me set my course to someday be a professional artist.
Go take a look around, some of it is getting a pinch dated, but the majority it is still as fresh as when the paint dried.
I’m glad I found this today, was just the inspiration I needed, and a reminder of my creative upbringing.
Just curious, who’s in your early creative DNA? And have you looked at their work recently?
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Tarot - Death…
illustration of the Weyland-Yutani spacesuits from Alien by Moebius.
Skydiver jumps from a capsule 13 miles high
Felix Baumgartner sits inside a pressurized capsule before his test jump for Red Bull Stratos over Roswell, New Mexico, on March 15, 2012. A hot air balloon lifted the capsule to a height of 13.60 miles over New Mexico which was above the troposphere and within the stratosphere. For his next jump, Baumgartner plans on breaking the world record for the highest jump by traveling 23 miles up into the stratosphere. [Watch video]
This is a little late, but have some sci-fi to usher in 2012! I wish you all a happy new year & bold new frontiers. Space suits on the house!!
(I’ll be putting prints of this in my store soon, too!)
Space Activity Suit
Since the 1960s, NASA has also investigated spacesuits that utilize mechanical pressure rather than pressurized gas to protect an astronaut. Such a “space activity suit” is essentially an allover skin-tight leotard, which would be very lightweight and provide far less impediments to motion than traditional spacesuits. As well, a small tear in the suit would only affect the area exposed by the hole rather than cause a potentially deadly decompression event. The only area of the suit that would need to be pressurized is the astronaut’s helmet.
(Photograph by Douglas Sonders)
Obligatory Moebius reblog
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