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Grandma by chasestone Grandma by chasestone
Made this for a practice book illustration project, it was a good change of pace subject matter wise. Painted in photoshop

Edit: Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your thoughtful comments and to everyone who featured this image elsewhere. And thank you to everyone who suggested this for a DD!
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Given 2010-08-14
Grandma by ~Chase-SC2 Suggester says: "Calm and tranquil, yet somewhat eerie and thought invoking. Where do they come from, where are they heading, who are they?" ( Suggested by tadp0l3 and Featured by MacRebisz )
SweetyCloud Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh! I can imagine that these humans are from ancient civilization who have high technology since ten thousands years ago. They have designed to clean up everything they made on earth and then move to live in space to give back normal peace on earth and watching learning next human generation on earth.
Also, they have made the Black Knight satellite and drew the ancient astronauts on earth.
freddietck Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
Beautiful! Is there any way to order a high-res version of this so I can print and frame?
Toskaduende Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A piece of writing inspired by this work:

"See, Tristan?" Jayma points to the clouded blue orb miles and miles in the distance. "That, my boy, is Earth." Even in her long years, she has never laid eyes on the planet, ever. Only in feeds and pictures has she seen its twirling milky surface, its blue oceans and its green continents. 

6 generations have passed since humans took to space, settled in other systems, grew new civilizations. Earth is no longer unique in the sense that it is a human planet, but it does have one aspect far different from the other human planets. "This is where humans began, Tristan. God began our race here, right here." She takes a deep breath, once again wishing their ship was making a supply stop there. And then Tristan starts to squirm. "Tired of history, dear boy? Do you want your mother?" 

Jayma stands from her seat and bounces Tristan in her arms. "Let's go to Mama." With one last look at the blue world behind her, she carries Tristan down the hall towards the cabins.
Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018   Traditional Artist
Very Nice!!
Toskaduende Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci beaucoup, Yainderidoo.
gothold Featured By Owner May 22, 2018
some day this view will be possible.
Entomologia Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Touching. Instead of common astronaut, you show us grandma and a baby... This completely changes mood of this panting. There is some story behind it. It has to be, right? I can imagine endless stories, endless possibilities to explain this scene. This(and not only your painting skills) makes this piece wonderfull.
StitcherGeralfCecani Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing has to be said, just look.
LordSatomi Featured By Owner May 21, 2018
Sad, but beautiful. 
warriorchinchilla Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
CamilleLovelace Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
My husband loves this so much he wants a copy of it.
Vandal030 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
I love the lighting in this one, super nice job!
Tenkamchi-Sama Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing.
MarcoUSA Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Absolutely stunning image!!!  Congratulations!!!
Painkiller4life Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thought provoking :)  
Roseallie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Reminds me of the TV show "The 100". Maybe the Grandma is the last human born on Earth, living on the orbiting space station called The Ark since she and a group of humans left Earth many years ago.
Nacil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016
Wow... Just saw it on Youtube when i was searching for Carl Sagans Pale Blue Dot. And now I hear it in the background while watching this picture. It brought tears to my eyes.
MValentine Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is easily one of he most beautiful and moving pieces of art I have ever seen. I saw it on YouTube as a still for some "ambient space music" and had to seek you out. This piece should be hanging in a gallery if it's not already. I would also love to see this done with other ethnicities; it spoke to me as a farewell to Earth, a sadness, knowing that we will have to either leave our home or die there all together.. It's a beautifully sad image that could speak to all peoples, I think. You are immensely talented. 😍
Pfromm007 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
This is so awesome!
Is there some way I can get this in poster form?
I would love to have it on my wall!
Miaaaoux Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Omg O.O it's so sad… wow. Moving.
WOLFBLADE111 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic. :D
HotBacon27 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
YOU DID THIS??!! I was just browsing through MTG art and ran across this - originally I saw this a couple years ago on the Bad Astronomy site - I just love love love this picture - and I also love MTG and your art. Great job - so thought-provoking.
okay21 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are they leaving Earth or are they arriving to their new home?
EricLassi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the lighting in this one, super nice job!
PixelionGamer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Amazing! Still, imagine if that grandma was telling her grandson about how we ruined the erath...
Gifted4Art Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Brilliant.One of the best digital paintings on DeviantArt,in my opinion.
Ditiri Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely wonderful, I wish i was able to do something like this. Seeing this artwork, just fills me up with emotion. Truly an amazing work of art.
jacoman52 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
I'm really drawn to paintings of people living on ships. I love things that capture the spirit of the explorer: the excitement, melancholy, and tranquility of a lonely journey. This was captivating to me. I don't know that I can put it into words, but I feel mesmerized by this piece. Excellent work!
BobBlaster Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very impressive artwork mate,goodjob!!
asamiharu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I saw love :clap:
Studiopranile Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Great artwork ! Perfect lighting !
TIKISERB Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
smplgrlkb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Professional Artist
I wish this was real life!
Withewings Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2015
It's quiet sunning scene.

I could imagine LOTS of stories with just this one illustration.


If I look at it with hopeful thoughts,

they are now returning to earth and grandma is telling a story, which is related to life on earth, to a baby who is space-born.

But if I just flip a bit,

then I see them leaving the earth and she is in grief because she won't return ever again before she dies, but the baby has no idea and can't sympathizes with her.

Now I say this is what we call the REAL conceptual art.
mDantheMan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful story,comp and rending
AaronShaverPDX Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jeez, incredible! The lighting and texture on the skin is spot-on.
TribalGraces Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, my gosh, I don't even have words to say how much I love this.
Steinmarder Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Wow, inspiring art. I admit that I usually don't like realistic work too much, but this one really stands out in point of story AND technique . Thanks for sharing!
Beaglebub Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
THought provoking, reminds me of the art that used to be in OMNI magazines
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XYureiX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Writer
I love how it evoke many feelings, like sorrow & sadness, but also happiness and somekind of longing. It's one of the best things I've seen in here for a long time.
PineRain Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is a very captivating piece!
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thebuttonpush Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
This is one of the most beautiful pieces of art I've seen. You're use of the medium is fantastic. I think of them looking back and seeing a crazy complicated, beautiful, home, full of strife and passion. Now they are on journey of starting new things. Starting new things, with each other, connected.
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Aesara-Dayne Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Great idea! This is so peaceful and simple, yet so meaningful at the same time.
VortexOmega Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Maybe you can walk on surface someday"

Simple picture, but well done indeed. Some many possible senarios that could spring from this. Well done. 
annamae22 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
transparent-soul Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
I feel like that could be us in a couple of decades.
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