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The Astronaut's Tomb by TiredJadedSoul The Astronaut's Tomb by TiredJadedSoul
An image of a long dead astronaut.

Whether it's a forgotten and derelict corpse found floating in space by future astronauts or a restless malevolent ghoul trying to get into a spaceship or space station to wreck havoc on the living crew is up to the imagination of the viewer.

Partially inspired by all the dead American and Russian astronauts through history, by that old Scooby Doo episode featuring the blue skeleton astronaut that laughed manically and by the "B-17" segment of the 1980 movie "Heavy Metal."
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Ceilibeag Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2018
Dr. Who had an ep with animated skeletons in space suits.  Damned scary image, that;s for sure.  Great detail
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Wax-Master Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Even in death, my powers continue" 
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SomayaSM Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Student Artist
Awesome job ,is the astronaut in original photo is Takao Doi from JAXA ? 
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe it is.  I found a picture of an astronaut looking in a window of the shuttle somewhere in one of my countless searches and the astronaut seemed to be pranking the crew ... like he was rapping on the window and waving to the crew inside.  I thought of the "B-17 Bomber" episode from the 1981 animated movie "Heavy Metal" and I wondered what it would be like if an astronaut, a dead astronaut, was trying to get back into the shuttle / spacecraft ... to get at the crew ... and that image was born.

Never knew the astronaut's name but a search for him shows a picture very similar to the one that I used for the basis of this piece.  Thanks for pointing out his name.  I went and read some of the info on Takao Doi ... a very educated, interesting man.
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That "B-17" segment from Heavy Metal ..I assumed that that astronaut was having a good time as his convertible drifted off into deep space. It never occurred to me (until I read through your description) that he could eventually die, especially if he wasn't picked up by a passing ship. I think Heavy Metal 2000 might have 'told' that astronaut fate; I will need to re-watch the intro.

Otherwise grisly and horrifying work, but a great idea nonetheless.

 
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  I don't remember the convertible drifting off into space.  The astronaut was dropped off in high orbit by a shuttle (which had doors on the bottom like a bomber ... ironic and totally not feasible in design since the bottom of the shuttle is the primary heat shield) and then made reentry in his classic Corvette, returning home to see his daughter.  The original HM movie had that intro ... HM2000 was abysmal.  I don't think I could watch it again but I have been wrong before.
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have HM2K and even I admit that it didn't quite have the same atmosphere as its predecessor, the original Heavy Metal had. Heck, even the final villain fight could have been soooo much better, but, I assume that the CG animators worked with what they had at the time.

Thanks for reminding me that the astronaut in the first HM movie did survive his descent and got to see his daughter, for I have only seen the movie only once on VHS.

Keep on posting your works.
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Ghastly1899 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
Man, that is so awesome. What a great book cover that would make.
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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growingpains1983 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
really like this kind of feeling~ lonely and mysterious 
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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tawog11 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Matt Kowalski after he let go of the Tether in Gravity
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tentenlover10 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
"Hey who turned out the lights"
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Riku-Kun86 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
the same here :) vashtanerada ^^
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Alex-S78 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Awesome job!
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Gvozdi Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A powerful work and a dark reminder of the Cold War relic known as the Space Race

Peace from Russia~
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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SarahDeluxe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
totally want this as a tattoo. brilliant
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
Dead Space...
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Andy-Butnariu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i swear this would look awesome on my wall. awsome work man
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Maybe I can upload a larger image that you could print out in a poster. I'll see what I can do.
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vertebrae242 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   General Artist
Bloody great job on this image.

Faved and downloaded.

;)
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TiredJadedSoul Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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vertebrae242 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011   General Artist
You are most welcome.

;)
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