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Carl Sagan by seangordonmurphy Carl Sagan by seangordonmurphy
Lately I’ve really been a nut about Carl Sagan. I’m reading his books, listening to his interviews, and re-watching his PBS series Cosmos.

I think it should be a requirement for everyone to watch Cosmos. Everything you need to know about science, essentially, is in those 13 episodes. Sure it’s dated (check out the jacket and the hair) but, to me, that’s part of the late 70s charm.

Carl fought the good fight for science by bringing it down to the level of the people, something most scientists didn’t like doing at the time. He was also one of the first to look at Venus and calculate what greenhouse gases would do here on Earth, something that fell on the deaf ears of the Reagan administration (not that I don’t appreciate Reagan for all of his good qualities). Sagan was also one of the five scientists who coined the term “nuclear winter” and calculated that it would only take a few nuclear bombs to wipe out mankind, yet the US and Soviet Union were making tens of thousands.

Anyway, enough science for now. This piece was inspired by Toppi, one of my top two favorite artsist (Zaffino being the other). Toppi has a great way of handling tech and design and it seemed to lend itself to Sagan and the Viking missions to Mars.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
"The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

Carl Sagan, "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space"
EdwardDillon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work!
DEVMALYA Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
your sagan references did drive me to the conclusion :) dr. marin from "the wake" is very awesome and i love how he looks o much like carl sagan. and i loved your depiction of sagan in punk rock jesus. this one is clear and pure awesomeness. very s.toppi compositionwise
UahMarzuaAoatali Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Anybody want to go on a vacation to Flatland?
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Haha. That part was awesome.
UahMarzuaAoatali Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It's just the way he illustrated the little flat creature that was so funny XD
Galhad Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Very nice! It will help to remember the great master, Toppi who has just died...
DeathBeChocoloty Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
synthbot Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student General Artist
The linework and the color scheme are beautiful! I think you've really captured him.
BrickTom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
i love toppi, i love sagan, and your work here is jus amazing!
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