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Space Captain McCleary Will See You Now by sketcheth Space Captain McCleary Will See You Now by sketcheth
This is a love letter to my favorite women's magazine illustrators of the 50's and 60's. Guys like my Ward Brackett and, my personal favorite, Coby Whitmore.

I put the text in there because frankly, I thought it was delightful. And it reminds me of the oh-so-provocative illustrations that accompany the fiction in those old magazines. It was also really fun to imagine what it would look like if the viewer was a secret agent space pilot in a casual, unglorified science fiction world, and he was waiting outside his superior's offices' communicating door/airlock chamber, flirting with his secretary, Miss Tessy Petalwood. She knows he's in for it, of course.

Hell, this is a love letter to everything I like.

Painter12.
5-6 hours probably.
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MistahPete Sep 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The line is perfect. Right down to the "space" being tossed in superfluously, as it would be in any 50s scifi. Lovely.
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sketcheth Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks, mate. That means a lot to me. 
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:iconmorbiusx33:
Love it! But why would the term "space captain" be used? Would a maritime skipper's mate say "the sea captain will see you now"?
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sketcheth Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a bit of a tongue in cheek thing, and maybe it's a little too strong. Definitely something I need to be aware of. 
I included the "Space captain" because I'm particularly fond of how naive and simplistic 1950's science fiction seems to be by today's standards. Some concepts that are incredibly complex they explain away by them being the product of "science!" and technological wizardry. Perhaps it'd be better to call it science fantasy, because it's very loosely grounded in reality.

Recently I was watching a James Bond film from the late 80s, I think it was License to Kill, during one of the standard "James Bond in M's office" type scenes, where they're explaining the villain's nefariousness, they made mention of using a GPS, but then, since it was new technology, felt it necessary to explain the acronymn, which by today's standards would be ridiculous. I liken the use of "SPACE" as a prefix for everything in the 1950s as a similarly unnecessary but funny occurrence.
Hope I'm not over-explaining myself, but I do sincerely appreciate your viewership and consistent commenting and criticism, Rick. It keeps me honest and self-criticial. Thanks and take care.
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Oh I love the style, the palate is perfect for it, and the charcater and scene design is great too. If I ever got a love letter this good, I would surely have an eloquent wife.
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sketcheth Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I guess that makes me a good lover of the genre. Thanks for commenting, I like to think of a lot of my work as love letters, because I want to feel like I'm always painting about something I believe in, and saying it in a sincere way. :)
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:iconteddytalktome:
The reflection in the background monitor is a very nice detail.
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sketcheth Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you noticed! Thanks so much. :)
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Love it! Your art is featured here: pinuparena.com/tagged/Eric-Hib…
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