Alien planet and how to make one

I always wanted to make space art but I never really go around to start properly. Since I regularly make some sort of computer art I thought I should start something with an alien planet and just try. From a magazine I took a tutorial for Photoshop and tried it in Gimp. With a little help from another tutorial specifically for Gimp I got the following result.

alien planet

There are some aspect which can be improved, but all in all I pleased with the picture. Next step is to acquire some extra techniques. I think I can use this type of alien planets for all kind of print merchandise. If you want to try yourself, this space and planet tutorial is a good place to start.

Crochet Rocket

This is one of NASA’s better endeavours, “space crafting” with wool. Isn’t it cute?



….woooooosh….

If you’re artistic and know how to craft, you can enter a competition and get your creation on the last Shuttle flight. But hurry up, the deadline is the 2nd of November.

The competition is brought to you by NASA and Etsy, Etsy being an online social website for selling all things crafted. It’s funny to see a multi billion operation as NASA teaming up with the small scale cottage industry individuals of Etsy.

Maybe it’s a sign of the time, big government (and big corp for that matter) trying to get in touch with the “grass root” population. A population which is less and less charmed by big governments and big corporations. One way people expressing their feelings is by making their own products and selling these online with as little “middlemen” as possible.

Is this this new “maker” movement you keep hearing about?