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Space Art Comes of Age

Since Bonestell's time, there have been many other artists who have specialized in space art, though even in the early twenty-first century there are probably fewer than a hundred who work at it full-time. Some have been able to develop specialties within the field. Robert McCall and Pat Rawlings, for example, devote themselves to rendering spacecraft, while others, such as Michael Carroll and Ron Miller, concentrate on astronomical scenes, including views of the surface of Mars* or the moons of Saturn. Some artists are interested in how we are going to explore space, while others are more interested in what we are going to find once we get there.

Speculative artwork, such as this depiction of spacecraft assembly in Mars orbit, can make the theoretical seem possible. Speculative artwork, such as this depiction of spacecraft assembly in Mars orbit, can make the theoretical seem possible.

Although most space artists have a background in art, either as gallery artists or commercial artists, there...


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