Barney Bubbles – Hawkwind / Space Ritual

hawkwind_space_ritual

The superb graphic art of Barney Bubbles, this the Sleeve Art for the equally superb 1973 Hawkwind Album “Space Ritual”.

I originally posted about Hawkwind’s and there associated art back in January  – Barney Bubbles – Hawkwind – and as I’ve been enjoying (very much) some of there early albums via Spotify I felt compelled to post again…

If your interested in finding out more about Barney Bubbles (AKA Colin Fulcher) Check these resources:

Paul Gorman’s “Reasons to be Cheerful”  Blog http://www.barneybubbles.com/blog/ Paul is also the author of this fabulous coffee table book on all things Barney, available via Amazon http://ow.ly/oop2.

There’s also more art and some good discussion at the excellent blog of Illustrator/Designer John Coulthart.

http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2007/01/20/barney-bubbles-artist-and-designer/

Kevin Hauff – Rendezvous with Rama

Kevin Hauff – Rendezvous with Rama

Kevin Hauff - Rendezvous with Rama

The angry clouds of Jupiter swirl beneath a retro Von Braun-esque rocket, and a mysterious cylindrical object – Rendezvous With Rama as imagined by UK Illustrator Kevin Hauff. This piece was commissioned by The Radio Times for the BBC 4 dramatisation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic 1974 Novel.

The story concerns humanity’s first contact with an alien intelligence, when in 2244 a large cylindrical object of unknown origin ermerges from the void of deep space speeding through the solar system on slingshot navigation of the Sun. An Intercept mission is hastily organised and launched, the job of the astronauts to approach the giant craft and board it before it races back to the beyond….

All in all an excellent imaginative novel that was followed by a series of entertaining though perhaps not entirely necessary sequels. Rendezvous with Rama also spawned a point and click CD-Rom adventure/logic puzzle game from the mid 90’s [Link to Rama at Mobygames.com] and has long been rumoured to be about to enter the pre-production phase for a Hollywood adaptation – alas nothing yet! However I

Simen Johan – Until the Kingdom Comes

Simen Johan – Until the Kingdom Comes

Simen John

Simen John

Simen John

Simen John

Simen John

Simen John

I’ve been running Sci-Fi-O-Rama seriously for over a year now and have gathered together and annotated a fairly wide range of material totalling over 200 posts (thanks for all the support!). Obviously some of the featured work I have a fondness for more than others as I’m sure you do to…

What I’m getting at is that this post then – the work of Swedish Artist Simen Johan – is, bar none, is my absolute favourite, I could simply stare at his haunting art for hours, it’s both disturbingly eerie and majestically uplifting, firing a range of emotions. You may also notice that I’ve tagged this with Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy – and you might think what is SF about this work? well, personally I’ve always seen the medium as spanning far beyond its conventional preconceptions of ray-guns, flying saucers and trans-morphing robots. Science Fiction is not just future gazing

NSF (1) – Aurora Australis

NSF (1) – Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis

A selection of five galactic vista’s featuring the phenomenon ‘Aurora Australis‘ dancing high above the South Pole Telescope at Amundsen-Scott Station, Antarctica.

The Aurora Australis is the Southern Hemispherical equivalent of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Auroras occur when Solar Wind carrying charged particles from the Sun enter the upper atmosphere and are accelerated through Earth’s magnetic field. The Southern lights are less witnessed than there Northern counterpart, mainly due to the fact there’s much less inhabited land at high southern latitudes.

Read more about Auroras here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(astronomy)

The photos are taken from the National Science Foundation (NSF) website’s multimedia gallery which is fantastic source of high res imagery, from Galactic Panorama’s to renderings of Computational Fluid Dynamics – suffice to say there’s some pretty trippy stuff, well worth a look: http://ow.ly/kabe

Photography by Keith Vanderlinde, National Science Foundation / U.S. Antarctic Program. Hi-Res versions of these shots are at:

Mark Weaver (1)

Mark Weaver (1)

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

A selection of wonderful photomontage collage, the unmistakable style of American Graphic Artist Mark Weaver. I’ve been meaning to do a feature on Marks work for a while, though I’m sure you may already be familiar with him as samples from his Portfolio have (rightly) done the rounds on all the major design feeds.

So what makes Marks work so great? Well, it’s a marriage of several elements; muted palettes, subtle abstraction, striking typography, but most obviously it’s all founded in the selected use of great source material. Makes me want to ram-raid a jumble sale!

See more at Marks Portfolio Site: http://markweaverart.com/ and his Flickr Photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/markweaver/