Sick Thrust

Apollo Eleven. Sick thrust.

Fly me to the moon…
Let me play among the stars…

– Frank Sinatra – Fly me to the Moon

About this image: rocket & scaffolding created in Adobe Illustrator and combined with flatbed scan of acrylic paint ‘splatters’


72 thoughts on “Sick Thrust

    • Thank you very, very much Ms. F!
      I thought it would be fun to contrast the hard / controlled edges of the vector drawing with the splatters… it was kinda fun (although it really doesn’t read all that well at this scale, I guess (hahaha…. maybe that’s a good thing)!

    • You know… I’m… not sure I’ve seen Apollo 13 yet.
      I guess that just means more Wes Anderson stuff.
      I know you’re all kinds of thrilled about that, B!
      Thanks so much, sir!
      And agreed! Frank will always be cool.

    • Thank you so much!!!
      That’s my favorite part, too (although it’s funny because it took the least amount of time)! It’s a scan of some paint splatters I made with a straw… lots of fun… but kind of messy!

    • Ha! I seem to remember things like, ‘He seems a bit slow’…
      which probably isn’t all that flattering a thing to hear.
      Especially when your riding on a rocket!

    • Thank you so much, Ms. F!
      I don’t know if I would be brave enough to try that or not…
      I guess that’s part of what makes stuff like this so fascinating to me!

  1. Wow! That work is fantastic, Sig! I love it! You even wonder what if feels like to take off in one of them things? I bet it’s something!
    Thanks for the comments and have great week! 🙂
    Hugs xx

    • Indeed I have wondered that! Something tells me my stomach wouldn’t be very well suited for it… it I even managed to remain conscious for more than a second or two, I would guess!
      Thank you so very much, Deb!

  2. Now that is what I call a splash of colour 🙂
    What a great idea to use the NASA launch
    as a basis for this most artistic thought 🙂 🙂

    Have a brilliant rest of evening SIG 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Andro! Originally I was considering trying an image from on the moon to try this (and using the paint splatters to represent the lunar surface, etc.) but there aren’t nearly as many hard edges in those astronaut photos… and it seemed like some contrast between hard / defined edges and the splatters might be fun to play around with).

      • Yes a challenging dilemma however
        I believe that your rocket thrusting from
        the pad has proved to be an excellent
        choice and it looks brilliant too 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Binky! I think it would take me a while to work up the courage… and the stomach! Which is unfortunate, because I can’t even imagine how cool it must be!

  3. What a cool technique. Did you splatter acrylic paint directly onto the scanner? (I hope that’s a “No!”) lol

    • Hahaha! NO! Of… course… not. Why would you think… I would… I mean… HEY! What’s that over there?! *points at random object while trying to hide paint splattered scanner*

    • Thanks so much, U.M.! Agreed! This one looses a lot at this scale (the extreme proportions don’t really help out on that front). Well, that and my rampant paranoia, I guess.

  4. Awesome! It really pops and the paint was a great touch! I kind of wish this could be printed out at about 5 feet long and hung up on the wall.

    • Thanks so much, Annabelle!
      Yeah… the biggest bummer about this one feeling like it’s a bit lacking in small scale. Well, at all scales, really… but ESPECIALLY in small scale.

    • Aw, thanks so much Ms. K!
      A shortish answer is that it’s a series of mathematical points the computer remembers rather than info stored in pixels (bitmap)… which is kind of cool in that you can keep scaling it up without ‘pixelating’ the image (staying in that working mode). I break that all the time, though… bringing images into Photoshop to add finishing touches, etc. (like the paint splatters here).

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