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Astronauts by michaelkutsche Astronauts by michaelkutsche
This is a commissioned piece I did for "Neo York", a collaborative art book project by Freestyle Collective and IdN , to be released in the next couple of months. Completely done in Corel Painter X. I truly believe that an artwork should speak for itself, it has to work even if the viewer doesn't read an instruction manual or the biography of the artist.
Curious about your interpretations of the image!

Edit: Many thanks to :icononefreeinternet: and :icontaenaron: for the DD! And also big thanks to all the people who took the time to write all those amazing little stories around the image, it was such a cool experience to read through them!

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Given 2009-07-04
What might be the goal of these Astronauts? The interpretation of the image is completely up to you. Astronauts by *michaelkutsche for sure is an awesome image that deserves more attention! ( Suggested by OneFreeInternet and Featured by TobiasRoetsch )
jannadann Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Nice to see abit of that red, white and vlue peeking through.
krisztianhallai Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

A powershot mixed with a massive pack of positive energy has been

delivered directly with this piece, I can feel my hands vibrating from

the impact. Wonderful job, you just keep up with the stellar work.

Ernestnr1forever Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
cogwun Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
By the year 3026, Great Danes have been selectively bred to monstrous proportions. Up ahead of these guys, out of view, is the worlds largest dog. He's roughly the size of a Brontosaurus, and his name's Muhammad. And these guys are taking him out for walkies. Guess what's in the bags.
stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! :love:
Vldmr Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Amazing detail.
LeoHolman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
They have hundreds of balloons on their backs... so, they are going into the stratosphere and landing on a city in the clouds. :)
jiuce Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
faisalfadhil Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Let's see. The scene probably depicts a futuristic setting (judging by the nature of the buildings), but at the same time poverty and harshness of life is also present - a cruel weather, and the constructions don't seem especially well ventilated. The cigarette that the foreground figure smokes points to the low living standards, his build and the weight he carries on his back suggest a hard working person, and the number of satchels he attaches to his clothes make it clear that this man is not doing this job for the day, but rather has been doing it for a long time and is quite efficient at it. Another point to notice here is the number of people present in the background, all of which seem to be doing the same thing. My best guess is that this man right here is a lost astronaut, maybe after a mission gone awfully wrong he found himself in this harsh planet, and with no clear way out of this trouble he decided to switch jobs, and be more useful as a human carrier - a job well paid since goods are hard to transfer by vehicles on this icy ground, and no other life forms are up to the challenge.
PopeArt Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome O_O
dantiscus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MAXIMUM WIN...SO REAL!!!..did Final Fantasy VII Advent Children has inspired you?
omercan1993 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this Is AWESOME!
themagicalpinata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Hey, I have an online short story series (sci fi), and my friend and I are wanting to turn it into an animation project, would you be interested?
themagicalpinata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Never mind, it appears you are a professional artist and I doubt as a student I could afford you haha :P
Sodaburgleshmurgle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Nice style
brynjones Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
i always imagine the buildings to be an industrial facility...something to do with air conditioning. i think that the characters are civilian rather than military. I think they're heading somewhere warm because he doesn't look like he's enjoying the weather. the bags look like shopping bags with clothes in, because nothing sharp is poking out of them. and for some reason i don't think they're on planet earth.

i think its really interesting that you used painter X for the whole image. I may re-consider my next purchase. :)
paulchensmom Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your picture is my inspire: [link]
JPeetDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011   Artist
A dim, worn-out world. The only way to survive is to move.
Holy-Delinquent Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Amazing. Definitely one of my favourite works on deviantART.
Premier-Cosmonaute Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
arifinsam Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome... nice idea...looking the another planet like just the another city...
sHann99 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
well, i am just a fan..
jokejustjoke Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Really amazing! Especially the name!
Ediarts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i have to say this in spanish.. MARDICIONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN de cachuo esta esa verga o.o... hahaha awesomeeeeeee
Emmonkey Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
It's like a dream.
BieSjd11 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shitaka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one of the must amazing painting I've ever seen. You have an incredible talent. Thanks for the inspiration. ;)
crionart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
WOW! Wahnsinn!!!
PopsicleJones Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Love the colours of their clothing. Amazing job.
Ka4yR Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
amazing work!
BMW-Concepts Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
This is sick man!
iv4n-w1ry4 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
aliunlimited Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
That looks just awesome..
shhhimsleeping Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
i would say that it is a futuristic world. it is very cold and the snow on the ground makes it hard for cars or trucks to drive about. these men are the dusbin men from the city. having taken all they can carry they are taking there load to the rubish pile.(the man in the backround on the left is walking past some already dumped rubish) i would say the the shot is facing the city and has its back to the rubbish pile.

just an idea :D
febra-febra Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
excellent piece of art!

great talent ;)
sNapaRt Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
it is like a hand made painting..too real..something between a shot- a painting- and a traditional comic with great is nice to see young people to cooperate with large productions..

..keep up and good luck :)
notofthisearth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Well Done.

TehCezar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Wasteland look. Bingo.
Shizoy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Can I use this picture for my work?
Akasunanosasori01 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Featured here [link]
kadadji Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
MIATARI Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
you're f*cking awesome artist.. great work :headbang:
mers01 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
it is awesome...
Clayman8 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
dont know why...

but it really has a 12 Monkeys vibe to me for some reason.Like,its the first thing that done outright -smacked- me in the face when i saw that...weird...i barelly saw parts of the movie as well,never the whole thing.

As for my interpret'...a small analysis of the title lays out a story for me like so: some post nuclear city (hence the 'snow',or nuclear winter) or maybe an unearthed city through bombing (because of the architecture,its not completelly 'human' i'd say) is beeing explored by people that just happened to stumble upon it (i use the word stumble because i see no specific gear,just pilled up bags with personal effects) and are now looking for junk to use,a place to sleep etc.
Another interesting point is the quantity of them,so its more akin to a human caravan,but with experience of the world.Why is that?I noticed that a lot of them are sticking to the walls of the superstructure,something only an experienced survivor would do,to always have one or two angles covered by a wall is a tactical solution to have cover and potentially avoid getting jumped.The lead character with the cig' seems to be smiling...Indicator that he knows what he's doing?He's smoking too,a risky move as one can be noticed through the heat signature of the cig,by the smoke...or maybe is the cigarette butts he leaves while walking? Is the caravan set up for an ambush,the point man leading the followers with placed butts littered on the snow?

Its a great piece mate,simple in its build,but with a lot of character and flair in it.Had a lot of fun working out a story to it :D
Macabeak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010   Digital Artist
Heh, here's the little story I got from looking at this: A war has just ended, leaving the residents of this city to resume their lives. Because of the ash and bitter cold, most left. A fraction of the people who stayed saw this as an opportunity to make a quick buck (especially since technology is already leaping forward, so some of the things left behind are quickly becoming valuable relics). Every day, these mercenaries sweep the city, collecting anything likely they could sell or use.
Waarde Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Yess! I found this on Newgrounds but couldn't find it afterwards.
Thank god you have a dA account :)

This piece has an entire feeling to it. Something that reminds me of the Fallout series.
Great work! Absolute fav.
Akasunanosasori01 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student Interface Designer
moobile Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Love the atmosphere!
yzorderrex22 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
I'm getting a post-apocalyptic taste, mmm :love:
shmuli Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
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