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Stardust Portraits

March 3rd, 2012 by Nikki Smith

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s quote, “We are all made of stardust,” and by the beautiful work of photographer Marissa Katarina Bergmann, I decided to try my hand at creating a “stardust portrait.”  The concept for this style of portrait is to emphasize the natural beauty of freckled skin and its similarities to a field of stars.  After all, we truly are all born of stardust.

Star Freckles by Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com

This lovely young lady has a dusting of freckled stars across her skin, complimenting the starry sky beyond her shoulder.  Inspired by Carl Sagan’s quote, “We are all made of stardust,” I created a portrait seamlessly blending the stellar beauty of a freckle-faced girl with the infinite beauty of a field of stars.

A big thank-you to Tracie T (Tracie76Stock) for providing the beautiful source photograph of her daughter, as well as NASA for the Summer Triangle star field, which formed the basis for this photo manipulation fine art portrait.

I am looking forward to making more of these stardust portraits in the future!

Levitation Portrait of my Daughter

February 6th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

I took this portrait of my daughter this afternoon and thought I would share it.  Notice anything odd?  She is running on thin air, levitating above the ground.  It was just so hard to get this photo with her eyes OPEN and a normal smile rather than a silly face!  We had lots of fun, and no laws of physics were harmed in the process.  🙂

Far from home: Planet Mars, Phoenix Mars Lander (Educator discount!)

December 5th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Without further ado, here is my latest fine art planet print (educators and home school parents – read on for an educational discount):

This was a fascinating project to work on!  This view of Mars from the Phoenix Mars Lander combines hundreds of images taken during the first several weeks after NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on an arctic plain at 68.22 degrees north latitude, 234.25 degrees east longitude on Mars. The landing was on May 25, 2008. These images were first combined into a 360 degree panorama and then converted to a “planet view” (stereographic projection) by artist Nikki Smith.

Note that there is a vanishing point (pinch) in the center of the image where the robotic arm could not photograph itself.

Shown in approximately true color, this shows the polygonal patterning of ground at the landing area, similar to patterns in permafrost areas on Earth. Trenches where Phoenix’s robotic arm has been exposing subsurface material are visible. The spacecraft’s meteorology mast, topped by the telltale wind gauge, extends into the sky.

I am offering a 25% discount on the print price to the first 100 educators or home school parents who wish to purchase a fine art print or stretched canvas of Planet Mars, Phoenix Mars Lander.  Just click here to view and customize your fine art or canvas print, add it to your cart, and enter code “TPYESZ” to obtain the discount.  (Note that the discount applies to the print price only, not to materials, shipping or labor which go to FAA.)

I hope you enjoy this most unusual view of the Martian landscape – it is out of this world, literally!

Wee Chapel Ruins with native wildlife – the latest Wee Planet

November 30th, 2011 by Nikki Smith

And now for something a wee bit different…

My latest wee planet seamlessly blends reality and imagination into a vision of what-might-be.  A giraffazelle roams the meadow near the ruins of the Chapel of Saint Birgitta on this peaceful morning…

Here is a close-up of the little fella:

Giraffazelle Close-up by Nikki Smith, BookSmithStudio.com

Like it?  Love it?  This wee planet is now available for purchase as a stretched canvas, framed print or a fun and unusual greeting card.  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

Wee Chapel Ruins from the imagination of artist Nikki Smith, BookSmithStudio.com
Includes source images from Alex Nordstrom (Chapel of Saint Birgitta), Erik A. Drabløs (Gazelle horns), Hans Hillewaert (giraffe) and Nikki Smith (sky)

Planet “Wee Viking Football” (and a Giveaway)

November 3rd, 2011 by Nikki Smith

It’s ready!  Below is my latest Wee Planet creation: Wee Viking Football!

This planet joins my ongoing series of local Bryan/College Station Wee Planets.  The Bryan High School’s stadium turned into a very cool (and very athletic) planet.  I like to work on a large scale, so this planet is over three feet square, too!  If you would like to learn more about how I create Wee Planets from 360 degree panoramas, check out my Wee Planet tutorial here.

If you live near Bryan/College Station, Texas, be sure to check out the November 6th Sunday edition of The Eagle.  I am honored that they will be featuring my Wee Planet artwork.  So to celebrate, I’m giving away an 8″ x 8″ glossy print of a local Wee Planet!  (See my Wee Planet gallery here.)  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post or on the Wee Planet tutorial post.  (Or Share, Digg, Tweet or Like it and let me know!)  Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!  I’ll announce the winner at the end of the month.  (And if there are a lot of entries, I’ll add an extra planet print or two…)