Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Artfest: Untitled by John Berkley

Untitled by John Berkley
I absolutely love this painting by John Berkley.

It has everything I think about when day dreaming about floating in space and being attacked by some unknown force. The ship seems to phase across reality, as though it weren't fully able to exist in this dimension alone. The fiery explosion near what I can only assume is its engines screams across the void of space, "Bad shit is happening and we're all fucked!" Then there's the near-by planets that seem far too close for comfort in a universe where distance is measured in the millions and not the thousands of miles.

All and all this is the sort of ship I dream about when I think of playing Metamorphosis Alpha or Star Frontiers; and it's the ship I wish I had in Spell Jammer.

Your thoughts?

9 comments:

  1. Agreed. Any time I'm in the used book store, and I see a book with one of his covers, I immediately consider buying it. He is probably the most iconic painter I can think of when it comes to epic starships. I just googled his art, and there are some really great pieces out there. Including a few iconic movie posters (like Star Wars). Good call!

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  2. Reminds me of the cover of a book I had when I was a kid. National Geographic's Our Universe.
    Here is a page on the book:
    http://madartlab.com/2013/06/26/illustrated-astronomy/

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    1. I just found my book! The artist is the same: John Berkey!

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  3. Something about the bridge -- I assume that protrusion a little up-and-right from the explosion is the bridge -- makes me think, "Duckface. Even spaceship selfies aren't immune."

    Tell me you don't see it now.

    --Dither

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    1. Damn you Dither! Now I can't see anything but a ship with Duckface!

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    2. Sharing is caring. <3

      --Dither

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  4. Whenever I see his art, I am reminded of late '80s-early '90s space opera. That's probably because so many of his pictures were used for those books.

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