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Arthur C Clark by Keithspangle Arthur C Clark by Keithspangle
Not sure what to do with this: I was cleaning out my studio and came across this photo of Arthur C. Clark (who wrote 2001 among many other things). I DID NOT TAKE THIS PICTURE!
The reason I am showing it is because the painting behind him is one of mine: it shows my idea of what a terraformed Mars would look like. This was an illustration that I did for the book The Millennial Project by Marshall T. Savage. Mr Clark wrote a glowing endorsement of the book and admired the painting so.....we sent it to him in Sri Lanka.
Later he had this photo taken and sent it to us.
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Axel-Astro-Art Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have that book, it's a very fun and wild ride of imagination. I don't know how feasible it is, but it's a beautiful vision. My favorite part it's the one about Aquarius.
Which other illustrations of that book you painted, sir?
I think you did most of them (If not all), they have more or less the same "flavor" of other pieces from your gallery, but I'd rather ask.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did most of the color plates and a few black and white.  There was some talk of doing an updated edition, but it never got off the ground.  I think the thing that I liked most about what Marshall was imagining was that 90% of the projects could have been done with off-the-shelf technology.
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Axel-Astro-Art Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the illustrations of the book and it's nice to be able to congratulate the artist. You did an amazing work. I like each one of them but if I have to choose a favorite, I think it's the one of the asteroids encased in bubbles so they can be terraformed. They are very inspiring and I hope to be able to paint like that someday. Well not exactly like that, since everyone has their own style, but with that quality and expertise.

I didn't knew how much of his ideas were feasible, but it makes kind of sad to know. It could have been done then, but it wasn't. It was such a beautiful future.
Thank you for replying!   
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)  My biggest problem with the asteroid bubble was that the asteroid came out looking like a peanut....Sorry, hope I didn't ruin it for you.  My favorite was the two people superimposed over the endless lines of gold and blue bubbles.  That led to an interesting thought about being able to control the physical properties of water to the point where it could be used for clothing.  THAT would be cool!
As far as being able to paint like that: no secret.  Just do a lot of paintings.  You'll get there and surpass what I have done.  :)  Take care!
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Lovely painting; and a good portrait of Mr. Clark.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was a bit of adventure getting the painting to Sri Lanka...apparently it got to Colombo just fine (via KLM) but then no one called Mr. Clarke to tell him that his painting had arrived.  Eventually he got it.
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
If I recall correctly; he mentioned something about difficulties and adventures in getting larger parcels in the mail during something of an interview, possibly at one of the big SF Cons.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When we didn't hear back, I spent a nervous week thinking he hated the painting.  Marshall finally got tired of waiting for a reply and called KLM to see what happened.  I would still like to see Sri Lanka and see why he loved it so much.
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Good thing you did. It could have vanished if you hadn't.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True...at least it got to Colombo without detours.

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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing:)
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Vampirbiene Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful memory.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was nice to come across the picture again!
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Vampirbiene Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, and so shortly after we talked about this :-)
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He was one of the ABC's of Science Fiction ( Asimov, Clarke and Bradbury).
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Personally I'd rather terraform venus it's as big as the earth.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like to turn it into the dinosaur swamp planet from the old sci-fi stories.
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually it would become rather swampy because its surface is rather flat due to the lack of plate tectonics.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've heard theories on how to best deal with Venus...CO2 eating bacteria to arranging an asteroid strike. Mars we could almost start on now with our present technology...but isn't Venus a little beyond us at the moment?
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
True. But Mars has one big problem. It's size! Obviously it is smaller than Earth but one of the consequences of this is that is rather difficult to maintain an atmosphere over time that remains livable. Both in sense of breathability as in protection of harmful radiation.

The one big problem on Venus is the lack of cooling. I'm quite certain that when water is introduced to a point of it creating enough vapor to provide enough heat reflection by cloud forming to cause it to cool. Where to find all that water? The Kuiper belt!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't recall...does Mars have a rotating iron core? Marshall's idea was to bombard Mars with huge ice blocks mined from the Jovian moons...I think we'd be better off just colonizing the ice moons of Jupiter and Saturn, then moving on the the Kuiper belt to make use of the water.
One big problem(also) is humanity's inability to plan centuries long projects. I just can't see our political elite planning projects that only their great grandchildren will see come to fruition.
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Big problem with Jupiter is that it emits tons of radiation. So its moons are pretty dangerous because of it. As to Mars's core well it is still under investigation but it is not like Earth's. General view is between syrupy to solid.

And yeah political vision is rather limited to their election time and big electoral payoff's. An immortal Star Trek loving tyrant with a green tumb would be a good idea on that front. :evillaugh:
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plus Europa might harbor life under all that ice which we probably shouldn't screw around with.Kuiper belt sounds really far off, but if the ships were outfitted correctly as worlds of their own, it wouldn't matter how long the outbound trip took...once the ice chunks started coming in regularly the distance to their origin becomes irrelevant...so long as they go where they're supposed to.
Where are the Vulcans when you need 'em?
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
How awesome is that?! Love it btw!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was stunned to get his praise on a painting. I've always loved his books.
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I love him too! You two look great together too ;D
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My Art and Art Clark!
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
hahaahah YES! art&art clark! it is really amazing.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I had recorded the phone call when Marshall called to tell me that Arthur C Clark was endorsing his book!
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ZeynowaR Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
what?! who is marshall?!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He wrote the book...I illustrated it!
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delenntoo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Wow, that is great! It must have felt so wonderful to have him admire your painting then send you the photo! You do such amazing work!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best days of my life!
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so cool! :D
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought so too!:D
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! :D
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