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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  Hobbyist Photographer
i love toppi, i love sagan, and your work here is jus amazing!
danjodon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
This is fantastic! There really isn't enough Carl Sagan fan art.
evhantheinfidel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's too bad that Carl returned to the void before I left it. I love him still
BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love this. Really inspiring. :)
JasKay420 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
SOOOOOO cool! Sagan is my hero, currently reading "The Demon Haunted World". Its to bad I was never introduced to the mans work until he had already came and conquered the science community. If only I had known his work, I would have been spared 10+ years of hardcore christianity. =[ life is funny like that....
hinchen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
An hero.
bluessaurus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool! Carl Sagan rulz and your style is really nice. :)
Prometheus456 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Writer
What Would Sagan Do?
JimRuthless Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
brilliant art, and Sagan was surely a brilliant man.
experiment78 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Digital Artist
Billions and billions of high-5's!
Wurok Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Love the tech style, although Sagan does not look quite like himself. Amazing job though, Sagan is always awesome!
IrkenIdiot Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Gorgeous. :3
33-rpm Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is a Great Day for watching the Sky.
OlFashionedCowboy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I may be a little over a year late on this one, but I'm truly indebted to you for making this. If Carl Sagan was required reading and watching for grades K-8 in America, the world really would be a better place. Wonderful memories.
Tasemnice Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Yes... he was just amazing. I really look up to him. And, although he died years ago, his work is still current!
BrianSoriano Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Great work, you've really captured the essence of Sagan here. I can almost here that low Shatner-esque voice of his - rockin' me to a comfortable lull with musings of science.
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Love that description. :)
luizpiorotti Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional
great work, Sagan's work was fantastic
alexavarice Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
This guy is my hero
JSChoi Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Neat image! I love how you juxtaposed the composition. This reminds me of Bob Peak's work. I don't now if you know about the guy. Really old classic illustrator.
Lily-Atelier Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
I love his books and videos... I love Cosmos... his book "Contact" is beautiful! Miss him!!! But the universe needed another star un in the cosmos...
MrR0b0t0 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome, I actually named my first telescope SAGAN-1. I need a print of this!
hukt0nf0nikz Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
awesome, I too have recently become obsessed with sagan, hes truly an inspiration to all who will listen to what he has to say, awesome picture, Favorited!
sobad-jee Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
I don't know Carl Sagan , but i know Sergio Toppi 's work and he's one of my favourite artists too ...
Great job and thanks for sharing !
Tetchist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
carl sagan kicks ass :D
Invidrule Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Sean, this is outstanding. A little science in the art realm! I studied astronomy myself so coming across this is a pleasant surprise. :)
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Nice to meet another science fan.
victorkensinger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Dude this is awesome! I do love Carl Sagan. We are all made of star stuff. Sooo gooood!!!!!!
tulapeiwa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Oh wow, I was hoping there would be something Sagan-related on dA and I'm not disappointed! The composition is beautiful and your style is perfect for him. Science!Art, I love it! : D
ALLIS0N Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I love this piece shamelessly.
CaseyJonesDA Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional
Amazing piece -- love it.
maffakah Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Photographer
Carl Sagan is our saviour.

[link] (Music+Carl Sagan=indescribable)
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
TOTALLY. Yeah I dig that song.
GCalebSexton Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student
DAY MAKER! I love Carl Sagan!
LazyAges Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
This is awesome, he's such an inspiration to learn new things. I've been lazy about gaining more intelligence, which after watching a few things by him I feel more than compelled to know more.
MrNaong Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Student Writer
:lol: I watched a few of his episodes in my astronomy class. You got the hairstyle dead-on.
Tweede-Kans Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
.... stupid send key. Please see my first comment...
..anyway, where I wish I could meant somone in my lifetime, you know? Like... I dunno. Someone "Famous"--an author or something. And right now I REALLY wish he was still alive--not only because of how much technology's advanced since '96, but... I think globally we need someone with his insight... that's what I loved the most: the humanitst perspective with which he wrote....

Again, great stuffs, and sorry for the weird comment XD
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
I hear you more than I care to describe. :) I miss Sagan A LOT. I even took a train down to Bensonhurst in Brooklyn just to sit on the bench that he sat in during a particular episode of Cosmos. He grew up on those streets and, even though I'm an atheist, it gave me a spiritual feeling.
Tweede-Kans Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Hm... That would be neat, I agree. :) Again--good work! And again, sorry for the 2-part comment... haha... It's neat, though, because my dad moved to the country. Now, because of my vision (I'm legally blind), I couldn't ever see the stars in the "city"--though it really wasn't a city... but, out here, I can. I'm definitely antsy for a clear night, now that I'm most of the way through Cosmos (The book).

Anywho, I'm babbling. Good work, again... times two.
Tweede-Kans Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Ahhhh... nice! I've begun reading Cosmos and there's something about it that makes me so happy to be *alive*. I'm an English major, so the hard sciences aren't really up my alley, but the man was so damn poetic in how he described things that it's more like reading literature than a science book.

Awesome work. :) It makes me so damn sad that he's dead. I go through stages where I wish I c
ohTHATsean Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow I love this. Especially so soon after Carl Sagan Day.
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