Friday, June 25, 2010
"Laika, Muttnik of Space"
Little Laika, or "Barker" was the first being to orbit the earth. She was placed in a capsule called Sputnik 2, and launched into space in 1957. She was never meant to return. Poor little Laika died in her 7th hour of orbit. She has a small plaque dedicated to her and the other Space Dogs, but perhaps the most moving memorial is the 1985 Swedish film, "My Life as a Dog"
My portrait of Laika is of a hapless explorer, steering her way around the planet.
Still experimenting with textures and muted colors. Done in my trusty Canson Sketchbook, then SketchbookPro and Photoshop with the Cintiq tablet.
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