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Breathing the Void by 5kypainter Breathing the Void by 5kypainter
...aaand that happens when you forget to put down the visor of your helmet while your capsule is decompressing after being hit by a small meteorite. Bad luck, I'd say.

Actually this work is inspired by a small text passage from the drama "The Physicists" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt I've read already years ago, but it evolved into a bit different direction. Also I wanted to pick up the topic about the "unidentified cosmonauts", as I think the Soviets launched some people into space and failed to bring them down on Earth safely... without telling this to anyone.
Imagine if there's still someone out there, flying dead and lonely in a tiny capsule through the void around our blue planet for already FIFTY years, only to incinerate in the atmosphere after another five decades. Creepy.

Well, this picture as it is took me quite a while to complete, and in the end I got really lazy with those panels on the left (as you may see ;)). After all it were about 25-30 hours of work in PS.
By the way, the blue light coming from the left is the light of our Earth, as it shines through the second (and obviously invisible) impact hole :)
Also, I'm going to upload a wallpaper pack of the image later :)

Hope you enjoy it, comments and favs and critiques are as always welcome ;)
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Critique by gwmcfetridge Jun 6, 2012, 10:27:24 AM
Very imaganitive, and well done! Overall the idea is pretty sad but neat at the same time. Realistically its hard to imagine ,while being repesctfull about astronaughts, what would happen to you if your got decompressed in space, I personally after seeing some fantasy/sci-fi movies and with a basic scientific knowledge believe your body would decompress and so you wouldn't be a skeleton, but again the idea is really unique and well done. The dust particulets in the cabin is a nice touch showing debris and age. The background is also very well chosen having light shine in throught he dark void. Small glasses pieces would be seen from the crack in the window but...comon this is great who really cares about small glass shards, personally could not do anything this good so keep it up and look forward to seeing future work by you!
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I love the concept, and the light is excellent. This is a sort of interesting version of the cyan/gold split so common to graphics but especially SF. Interesting because it's muted, and has the red in the middle. It's nicely subtle. The angle is great for giving everything that weightless feeling. The hand reaching for the viewer gives it both a creepy and a poignant feeling. I think the only point I'd have is almost more scientific than artistic. You can't be killed by vacuum _and_ decompose. It's a kind of one or the other thing. I think it might have been more creepy and poignant if you could have shown the perfectly preserved body together with other signs of the time discrepancy, but so much more difficult that it would have killed the simplicity of the image. And the impact of the image lies a great deal in its simplicity. Great work!
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Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautifully done piece. Although, even if he/she managed to lower their visor in time, how would they safely reenter? Reentry is not the safest as it is, but with a decompressed capsule with one, maybe two(micrometeoroid ripping through the other side of the capsule) holes it, the rush of air back into the capsule could warp said capsule, which in turn could damage vital systems like parachutes. Also, alongside this, the holes would let in the tremendous amount of heat a capsule has to withstand during reentry, which, if the pilot was still alive, could incinerate and thus kill them.
Im not at all expecting you to answer these, I'm just thinking aloud.
5kypainter Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
In fact, unfortunately that's pretty much what happened with the space shuttle Columbia and its passengers back in 2003. If I recall correctly, during or even prior launch a certain area of the ceramic heatshield on the shuttle's wing got damaged by debris falling from the huge fuel tank the shuttle was attached to. The damages were observed during an EVA mission, and they figured it's gonna be alright. Well, when the space shuttle re-entered the crazy hot plasma burnt itself through the wing and eventually caused rapid decompression of the cockpit. You figured out the rest by yourself... Pretty tragic if you ask me.
Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Space is damn dangerous. One of the few ways we could fix problems like that is if we actually gave NASA or another agency some significant funding and let them build an orbital elevator and a spaceport attached to it, so we could build spacecraft in space.
nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
well there was one faild mission to the moon that a went strait passed it and is stil out there somewere i might be wrong
Khalil777 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Yes, very atmospheric, but there is one thing. If I'm not mistaken, the organics in a vacuum does not decompose.
Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I'm terrified . Thanks a lot. Great Job!! 
Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is a very atmospheric picture pardon the pun, but this is kind of inaccurate. Vacuum is a perfect preserver. It will actually keep a corpse looking rather fresh looking because of no decay, barring a bit of radiation. With a hole that small, it would actually give the astronaut a bit of time to find something to cover it. Air does not vacate a capsule instantly but rather in accordance to the size of the breach, which means our cosmonaut friend actually had a shot at patching the seal. If there was a second hole, that makes thing a bit more difficult. And I do have to question why he wasn't wearing a sealed helmet in the first place. I thought all of those things were airtight from the getgo.  

Overall though, a very neat and well made picture. 
Chris000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I see you weren't going for realism reading some of the comments. It's an excellent picture nonetheless. 
Paupech Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is very good, almost perfect. the only thing that bother me is.. i think there is no way that a corpse would turn to bones in space... you know, void and stuff.
tincan6 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Was the person a he, she, an it... sort'a like the tootsie roll pop, "The world may never know." Nice work on the shadows by the way.
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