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For some reason, all the space sites I follow can't stop talking about Apollo 11. Pictures of the moon landing, etc. that kept popping up on my facebook news feed nagged me to revisit an idea I had a few months ago. I wanted to make a small diorama of an Apollo spashdown with an astronaut exiting the hatch. So I got to work.

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Except this time, it won't be small. Instead of sitting centered on a 6x6 panel, the command module will be dwarfed by a vast ocean.

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I started by sanding the paint off one of my lost causes and priming the surface with a heavy gesso. I mixed in some paper towel to create a base for the waves.

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While that dried, I began to tackle the problem of making a real life spacecraft out of the contents of this box.

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A sane person would search eBay for an Apollo model kit, but that is not me. Luckily, I was able to find a plastic container that sort of approximated the shape of the capsule.

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I greebled up the inside of the hatch with whatever I could find.

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...and trimmed the door frame and windows.

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Next, I sprayed some primer, which when dry will be followed by a coat of paint to make it all a uniform color.

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It looks rough but it only needs to be an approximation. It'll look very small against the waterscape as if viewed from a helicopter. By the way I think I should mention that this one is meant to hang on a wall. There is no way I'm making shelf space for something this big.

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I'll come back to this later, but I wanted to work on the water so the layers would have time to dry.

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I experimented with paints, mediums, and metallic powder. I settled on a base mix of black gesso, phthalo blue paint, heavy white gesso, and water.

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Some black and blue paint helped to accentuate the waves.

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Finished base coat. Now onto the wave crests. I piled on heavy gloss gel medium, which may or may not dry clear. It doesn't matter. There will be many layers to come.

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Emily Holland
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
UC Davis - Animal Science
Media: pencil, sculpture, watercolor, oils, acrylic, diorama, pen
Subjects: scifi, nature, worldbuilding, fanart


I write science fiction on the side:
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TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Awesome work, reminds me of Wyane Barlow ^_^.
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Omegachaino Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
heeeeey thanks for the fav, greetings :D (Big Grin)
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AexlPls Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch, Emily (:
I have read all of your wordpress some weeks ago and I think it's pretty cool. I check it from time to time to see what's new. My favorite mission is Helen of Troy. 
I really like the rashlands (No matter if they are gross by human standards) and the fact that people need spacesuits even in a living world. That's how we'll explore the universe: Suited, never naked. In fact, I think Earth is the only planet in which we'll be able to walk and breathe freely (Well, on terraformed planets too)

Keep it up the good work!

Best regards,
Axel.
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the universe is a harsh place and even in the few oases out there, conditions will never quite be as we evolved to handle. We would either have to change ourselves, or the planet to be able to survive anywhere else and that could be devastating for a planet that already harbors life.
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matrixwrath8 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you for adding my piece to your collection :hug:!
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch! :) (Smile) 
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rokusho1345 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Thanks for the fav, you have some awesome artwork!
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space-commander Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just checked out your wordpress blog and I was blown away.  Cool project! I was already impressed with a lot of the project-related images I saw in you gallery in the past but it's amazing how much better a well organized website can improve the viewing experience. 

By the way have you had any experience with Tumblr?  I notice a lot of ppl are trying to use it these days but at the moment I'm holding off on getting into that network because it just seems like another black hole.
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's a lot to read through but it's a bit more organized than the other places I post (deviantart, spec evolution forum) and has more content.

I don't really understand Tumblr. Whenever I go there all I see are grids of pictures, which I already use Pinterest for. When I click on one there's usually no context or credit to the artist and I can't find where the comments are.
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space-commander Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's refreshing to hear.  Tumblr seems like a fad to me but I've always wondered if there was some sort of platform out there for emerging artists that is better than dA.  A lot of people are also turning to Facebook but personally I prefer to keep my social life and blog life separate and I assume that's probably how a lot of other people think too.  And it always ticks me off when people I know try to invite me to like pages on FB but I digress.
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