Bodies in Space: Micrometeoroids
posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Nathan
Tags: Astronaut, Space, Acrylic, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Flash
posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Naked Man, Space, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Hypoxia


The air from her last breath moves down its partial pressure gradient from high concentration in her lungs, to the low concentration in her blood. Abruptly finding herself in a vacuum, this gas exchange is reversed. Oxygen diffuses out from the relatively high partial pressure in her venous blood back into the zero-pressure environment that her lungs are exposed to. She is alert for only a moment before Hypoxia sets in, and, starved of oxygen, loses consciousness within 14 seconds.
posted on 08 Oct 2013 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Scientific Illustration, Astronaut, Space, Ink, Pencil, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Rupture


Finding himself suddenly in a zero-pressure environment with no oxygen, he makes the mistake of holding his breath. While the pressure resulting from expanding gasses in his body isn't enough to rip him open, it is enough to rupture his lungs internally. This introduces oxygen bubbles into his blood, killing him. Similarly, air trapped inside his digestive tract has easier (butt-related) ways of escaping than exploding through bone and muscle.
posted on 24 Jul 2013 by Nathan
Tags: Astronaut, Space, Ink, Acrylic, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Boiling Blood


Liquids on the surface of her body will vaporize when exposed to the vacuum of space. Her skin, however, is sufficient to maintain her internal pressure, preventing any blood within her vascular system from boiling.

Prints available here.
posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Nathan
Tags: Astronaut, Space, Ink, Acrylic, Gouache, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Phase Change


The boiling point of a given liquid is determined by both temperature and pressure. In the absence of atmospheric pressure, any surface liquids on her body (saliva on her tongue, sweat, moisture on her eyes, etc) boils instantly, without the addition of heat. The resulting vapor immediately desublimates into fine crystals.

Prints available here.
posted on 26 Jul 2012 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Space, Ink, Bodies in Space
Shadestronaut t-shirts
I signed up with Society6 recently, and now I've got my first t-shirt for sale. Thanks to Jason, age 35 for the impetus. Get it here!

posted on 29 Jun 2012 by Nathan
Tags: tshirts
Recent news!
My "Bodies in Space" series was recently featured in a few articles, including io9, Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy at DISCOVER blogs, and the Netherlands blog astroblogs.nl.

My thanks to the authors of these articles. I'm very excited about the exposure.

Also, I've added an "upcoming events" section to the sidebar. July 21st I'll have a table at Shadow Art Fair at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI. It's a fun event with some delicious beers and awesome art. It's from noon till midnight, and they've got a big outdoor patio to hang out on and listen to live music.

Lastly, I'm participating in ArtPrize this fall. It's like a city-wide art exhibit in Grand Rapids, MI from September 19-October 7. I partnered up with a great venue, so come see my "Bodies in Space" prints on display at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon!
posted on 26 Jun 2012 by Nathan
Tags: News
Constellation Series 2: Draco


Another 3D stereoscope picture. This one is the constellation Draco from a perspective of a different point in space. It works like a Magic Eye, where you cross your eyes and try to focus on the one in the middle. Once you get it down you should be able to look all around the picture without losing focus, or change focus to something more in the foreground (like the leftmost big star). It looks better big, so here's a much larger version.

If you can't make it work, here's a gif version, or a combined version.


Prints available here.
posted on 12 Jun 2012 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Cowboy, Space
Manos: The Hands of Fate


Anyone remember this movie? If you do, it's probably from MST3K. It's generally regarded as one of the worst films ever made. I recently finished up this poster as part of a restoration project to remaster and re-release the film in HD. Here's an NPR article about it.
posted on 05 Jun 2012 by Nathan
Tags: Ink, Poster
Constellation Series 1: Orion


I found an old wooden stereoscope at an antique shop recently, and wanted to try making a 3D illustration. If you can do Magic Eye pictures, you can do this. Just cross your eyes and try to focus on the picture in the middle. It looks better big, so here's a much larger version.

If you can't make it work, not to fear. Here's a gif version, or a combined version.


Prints available here.
posted on 15 Mar 2012 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Naked Man, Space, Stereograph
Bodies in Space: Bruising


Being in a zero-pressure environment will cause swelling of your tissues. Not talking like Total Recall-swelling where your head explodes, but definitely a problem. I'm covering swelling in another picture, though. This one is a result of the swelling: bruises.

Prints available here.
posted on 06 Dec 2011 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Butt, Space, Ink, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Cyanosis


Lack of oxygen is your main concern in space. You'd quickly lose consciousness and, as the oxygen supply in your blood runs out, your skin would take on a bluish tint. No joke, I think this is the most important thing I've ever done. The butt of this man. This man's ass.
Prints available here.
posted on 28 Nov 2011 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Naked Man, Butt, Space, Pencil, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Decompression


This one looks different than the others in the series because it is; this does not happen. Rapid decompression is not enough to rip your skin off, burst your eyes, or make your chest explode. You'd only be going from probably less than 1 atmosphere of pressure to none. Divers undergo pressure changes many many times more severe, albeit slowly, and they're fine. The eyes and chest exploding notions will get their own pictures, too. Until then, though, prints of this one are available here.
posted on 14 Sep 2011 by Nathan
Tags: Astronaut, Space, Ink, Gouache, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Sunburn


Another consequence of no protection from radiation in space: you'd get a sunburn very easily. If you're near a star.
Prints available here.
posted on 26 Aug 2011 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Space, Ink, Bodies in Space
Bodies in Space: Radiation


Another thing that happens in space, away from an atmosphere or space ship, is being bombarded by cosmic rays. Many many years after he dies of oxygen deprivation, he will die of cancer.
Prints available here.
posted on 19 May 2011 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Space, Ink, B.S., Bodies in Space
Damn it.


Posting this so that I see it everyday (I am a narcissist), so as to remind me to get off my butt. It's for me only, so don't look at it.
posted on 28 Jul 2010 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Carbon Dust, Cowboy
The High Crusade


Album art for The High Crusade album "It's Not What You Think" Here's they Twitter and Facebook. Great guys, and the ablum ain't so bad, either.
posted on 28 Jul 2010 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Cowboy, Ink
The Great Beyond


Entry for a little friendly art-fu battle. Theme was "the great beyond."
posted on 28 Jul 2010 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Pencil
Bodies in Space: Convection


This is the first of a series called "Bodies in Space." This one illustrates that you don't freeze instantly in space, as if you've been launched out the airlock in Battlestar Galactica. On Earth you lose heat by convecting it into the air around you. In space, though, there is no medium into which you convect heat. Aside from evaporative cooling, the only way to lose heat is to radiate it, which is a far slower process. You'd be dead of something else long before you're cold. Neat!
Prints available here.
posted on 20 Dec 2009 by Nathan
Tags: Digital, Astronaut, Space, Ink, Bodies in Space
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