Friday, June 25, 2010

IF: Satellite

Zdepski's portrait of Laika, the first dog in space.
"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.

Click to enlarge the image.

9 comments:

takayo said...

your Laika is cooler! :)

k.h.whitaker said...

very cool, love the retro feel

Chad Grohman said...

This is my favorite of this series

michele said...

Great expression, although the poor pup didn't get a return ticket back to earth! Been looking at your other recent characters posted, too - Very cool!

FHNavarro said...

Greeeaat!!

Cheers!!

steve said...

This is really superb man! way to go!

Jack Foster said...

Great one Paul!! Cool style and tone. Interesting story as well. NICE!

neilornstein said...

beautifully done

Missy said...

Boy, that's a pretty sad story, but your illustration is very nicely done and a worthy tribute.