Michael Whelan painted the covers of a ton of the books I grew up on (Asimov's Foundation & Robot books top among them). He's still working in SF & F.
(By the way, I'm always looking for more artists that feature positive, futuristic visions. Let me know and I'll add them to the thread!)
Axel-Astro-Art does a lot of awe inspiring views from other places in the universe. https://www.deviantart.com/axel-astro-art/gallery/
Paul Calle had breakfast with the Apollo 11 astronauts on launch day and sketched them preparing for the launch.
I haven't been able to find the artist responsible for these postage stamps from Central African Republic in the 1980s. But look at them! Beautiful stuff! (If you know the artist, reach out.)
Lucien Rudaux was an astronomer and artist who did accurate space-themed paintings in the 1920's and 30's.
So, not only was Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean a fine artist, but so was cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (The first person to perform a spacewalk), He brought colored pencils to sketch with on orbit and after returning to Earth he turned them into paintings, sometimes with collaborator Andrei Sokolov. https://gizmodo.com/the-first-spacewalker-and-his-painter-friend-created-th-1729276737
Why optimistic art gives us things to try for.
First pic is a painting by Chesley Bonestell in 1951.
Second pic, SpaceX, this week.
@readsteven the Ralph Steadman of SCIENCE1
@readsteven LOVE retro space art!
@readsteven That is a perfect comparison. And what a wonderful thread!
@readsteven I like these a lot :)
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