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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.
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist 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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I'm terrified . Thanks a lot. Great Job!! 
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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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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LeeNTien Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I remember reading on what happened to one soviet crew, who had experienced pretty much this same situation... apparently, they all fit into their helmets. Dried and compressed....
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Xeerinare Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This kinda reminds me of a certain episode of Doctor Who too. Although the episode's title escapes me.
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clockworkscar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the episode you are thinking of is "Silence in the Library."  I was just about to say that!!!
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Xeerinare Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks I knew the title was something like that and had to do with a library. :) Lol cool! X3
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Brixmon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Hey! Who turned out the lights?
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Jammex Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When caught in the vacuum of space you have around 3 minutes to find air...
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Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, depending on what your first absolute reaction is, more like 10-15 seconds. You'd think taking in a deep breath would be a good idea, and sure, a bit of air in your lungs is a good idea, but breathing in too deep, in the void, can result in you exploding. If you had very little or no air in your lungs you'd experience something along the lines of imploding. Really, that cosmonaut probably could have survived if they'd lowered their visor as soon as the window was broken.
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ThunderstarKerman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing job, really lie your paintings! this makes me remeber a story i read about some cosmonauts in the late 60's that were planning to go to the moon, but they lost control of the craft and they got escape velocity from the sun and now they're on their way out of the solar system obviusly its fake but just thinking about it makes me shiver
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student
wollt grad das selbe sagenen was der andere schon ein tag früher gesagt hatt
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Warringer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Great image.

Though realistically it would not be a skeleton, but a mummy. No bacteria and animals to decompose the human flesh, but the vaccuum causes the bodily fluids to slowly evaporate/turn to ice.
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasnt going for realism on that picture, the impact was more important to me. Also, you can imagine he died and decomposed in the capsule before it got struck by a meteorite, if that comforts you. :)
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TheNiceDragon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's is the Gagarin?
Look's like him.
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
:aww: ... wonderful work.
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TinyDotsOfDeath Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've featured this in my journal. If you want me to remove it just let me know :) [link]
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5kypainter Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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TinyDotsOfDeath Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey... The Crack in the glass looks like a Bunny xD
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MAJN00 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Oh, now that yeh mentioned it, it really does!
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frightmare44 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
actually he wouldn't be a skellington because bacteria cant live in the void thus he would just have his face cold and dead but the skellington looks a lot cooler
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Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He could have died when the air was still in the ship and then an asteroid hit it causing it to let the air release... :B jk dont mind me...
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mc-comic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Richtig gut gezeichnet, die Reflektionen sind Hammer -> Geniales Bild :)
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Protozerg Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Hey who turned out the lights?" XD
First thoughts came to mind when i saw this.

It's really cool concept you got there. Nice. :D
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LumiSquirrel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was scrolling down this whole comment thread making sure someone did the doctor who reference thank you
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AlmightyPineapple Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I really love this such amazing work! The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt was quite a read, I wonder if the us did the same thing with unidentified astronauts and failed to bring them back and told no one.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
....ah shit happens =D

tolle arbeit!
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Joa, kann ja jedem mal passieren :P

Und danke dir ;)
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mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Luck points: zero
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like that :(
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mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like the detail of the blue lighting on the lower left, btw. I don't think many people would have even noticed that :P
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D Actually the blue lighting is an essential part of the image - it provides the important color contrast... so I'm pretty sure you weren't the only one who noticed it :)
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MindTuber Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect painting, really I like the concept and lights
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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MindTuber Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you´re welcome ;)
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Sekele Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Is that you, Major Tom?
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL that's a good one :D
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Sekele Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
an obvious choice
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Riemea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Das ist mal eine echt gute Idee! Auch wenn ich die Vorstellung an sich ein bisschen gruselig finde.... Die Umsetzung ist auch sehr gut gelungen :)
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5kypainter Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Das war auch eigentlich das Ziel der Sache ;) Und ich danke dir, schön dass es dir gefällt :)
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Riemea Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ist dir auf jeden Fall gelungen ^_^ Gern geschehen :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent on the crack on the window and the glaring light coming through! Superb!
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