“Curious Night” - Illustration by Sam Spratt
Two tributes with one piece. Usually I don’t like paragraphs paired with my work, but after little sleep working on this, I’m leaving this excerpt from Discover Magazine which says it better than I ever could:
“The news these days is filled with polarization, with hate, with fear, with ignorance. But while these feelings are a part of us, and always will be, they neither dominate nor define us. Not if we don’t let them. When we reach, when we explore, when we’re curious – that’s when we’re at our best. We can learn about the world around us, the Universe around us. It doesn’t divide us, or separate us, or create artificial and wholly made-up barriers between us. As we saw on Twitter, at New York Times Square where hundreds of people watched the landing live, and all over the world: science and exploration bind us together. Science makes the world a better place, and it makes us better people.It’s what we can do, and what we must do.”
“Baby Ada on Mars” - by Sam Spratt
Eric Vansingel was the male portrait contest winner, however, he presented me with the option of either painting him on Mars or if I were willing to break the rules, ideally paint his 2 year old daughter there, as he hopes she will share that love with age. Ever the rule-breaker and always one for sentimentality, I obliged.
Inspired by my obsession with Calvin and Hobbes and thus Spaceman Spiff—I spent many hours attempting to create something of a sci-fi snapshot and did my best to make his very not-creepy daughter remain not creepy despite the dramatic and ominous lighting scheme I chose. I hope it came out alright.
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