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I wanted to create a painterly style of space map unlike a lot of the darker imagery we're used to seeing associated with space. I was also inspired by trail guides and maps with keys that showcase important information about a destination. So I decided to make a key showing which planets are hot and which are cold (and of course, which one is just right!).
As a former zookeeper and an avid stargazer, the theme for my map was an easy choice: animals in the night sky! I only had "space" to fit my favorites (there are over 40 different animal-named constellations). I hope my map will help others better recognize these star shapes when they stare into the cosmos...I feel I know them much better now myself!
There is one magic day during summer, when colorful cuddlies and squeeshy shiny balls are falling down from the sky, and kids are reaching for them. This is the universe as seen through the toddler’s eyes who watches the show and gives names to all planets he sees. I was inspired by 2 years old nephew - we’ve been watching starry sky and falling perseids together :-)
A few years ago I experienced the most beautiful night sky ever on Aitutaki, a small island lost in the Pacific, part of the Cook Islands. Never have I seen so many stars in my life, it was as if I was floating in the middle of the Milky Way (well, technically we are :) ). As I was staring into the night I couldn't help myself wonder if there were anyone else on the other side of the Universe staring at a similar but different star filled sky. What if, somewhere, other beings would also be amazed by their night sky? Maybe they would have a different type of moon, or would be facing strange planets? This is what inspired me this illustration :) But to be a reminder of my memories, the constellation represented are actually the ones I saw on that night of 2015.
This map is based on a classic work of science fiction by Ursula K. LeGuin. The book is a philosophical and political discussion of anarchy (within a collective frame) vs. capitalism, as anarchists leave their home world of Urras to set up a practical utopia on its moon, Anarres. Two hundred years later, a physicist challenges both lifestyles in his quest to work freely.
This is mixed media, with collage, gesso, Daler Rowney inks, watercolors, gel pens, Uniball pen, and pencil, on watercolor paper. I worked at the actual size, which presented some challenges, and didn't remember the rule to leave the 1.25-inch center empty of text. Oh well...a spontaneous exercise that took me two days instead of the usual week of work, so it's all good.
The Pleiades (or Seven Sisters) are an open star cluster in the north-west of the constellation Taurus and the nearest to earth. The Nebrak Sky Disk is the oldest depiction of the cosmos and shows beneath the sun and moon a bunch of stars - some of them interpreted as the Pleiades.
Hi, I am Sara and I am 11 years old. This is my submission for the "Out Of This World" map challenge. I love to read. Books transport me to different places and times and into the lives of the characters. This is my fantasy world of books. Magical and Exciting!
What if Enid Blyton were to make a fantasy map of space? What exciting places would she create? Would there be a Star Polishing Studio to brighten stars when they lose their shine? Would there be a Rainbow Making Factory that produces the spectacle of rainbows all over the world? Would there be an Asteroid Rock-ording Studio creating all the music of the universe? These exciting thoughts inspired me to make a map of all these places, with orbits marking their locations.