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For iam8bit's Space Heroes! Show! Available as a limited edition Giclee on their website, here!…

The illustration intended to be much, much happier, however after reading of the life and experiences of Laika, the first dog sent into orbit, her story stuck with me.

It is meant to convey the “rushed” operation to achieve reaching outer space, exploiting Laika’s calm, inviting demeanor and inevitably costing her her life. Most of the illustrations celebrate Laika as the first dog in space, forgetting that she had little choice in the matter. Despite the monument held in her honor, scientists admitted that due to the rushed deadline to build the rocket and the information gained after her demise, it was not worth the sacrifice of life.

If you would like to read up on Laika, her Wikipedia page is here:

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CircleFork Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
One of the victims on the altar of the holy science. Hard except human nature some time, and cost of our lives.
Like your visual metaphors. Maybe i can something learned from you, because i move in same direction.
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   Traditional Artist
Hello! I've included this piece in my Weekend Journal art feature! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
Astrokiwi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Clap Clap Clap 
Jessibels Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I really love this, I keep coming back to it.. brilliant concept, excellently executed and makes me think more on a topic that I hadn't really thought about before - as all good art should! Also, those lineees :heart:
LaJolly Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Whatttt I didn't know you did this as well, I saw this as iam8bit!!! It was my favorite piece! Absolutely phenomenal work, I'm so glad I got to see your work in person!
Andoledius Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional
Oh, how awesome! I didn't hear how that show went as I was unable to attend. Really happy you were able to see it up close. =) Thanks so much for your support!
LaJolly Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The show was alright, but honestly your piece made it worthwhile for me! Have a great week,
PercipicaciousLoris Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. this is beyond words. first off, I think its a great topic that this is about, and the way you conveyed the message throught his art is astounding. Its very dramatic, and gets the point across more than effectively. I love this, and the way the smoke/gaseous space stuff you have coming out fo her(Laika) looks amazing. Those astronauts are extraordinarily detailed, especially on their arms and backs. This si abeautful piece of work, and it rivals that of everyone of your other artworks too. Great job. Phenomenal job.
I want to say, I am int he love witht he shading on the area around th elbow of the left astronauts right arm. Its very swoopy and nice looking, like melting mercury. Hoenstly his whole right arm is done perfectly. so is the right astronauts left arm, but its just shaded differently. Your contours are perfectly executed, and I love it. again, great job
Andoledius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional
It's a real treat to read such an insightful and intricate view of my work; it definitely helps me visualize my strengths and is a huge boost to my confidence. Thank you!!
COLOR141414 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! ^^
Katarjana Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So powerful for black and white. The values and shapes are amazing, and facelessness gets me.
Lyferie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Great artwork! I like it.
505CF Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Irrwahn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Laika, is it you? °3°
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