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They get progressively less human the further they are from the Sun
December 5, 2013 12:27 PM   Subscribe

"I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few 'human planets' sets done by other artists and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike."

The figures, in order, are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. (Dwarf planet included at the discretion of the artist.)
posted by Narrative Priorities (25 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
(When I reblogged this onto my own Tumblr earlier today, my commentary was: "I love love love that Mars is a craggy grumpy little standoffish bruiser. Mars likes to destroy things that try to land on them, but I DUN CARE, MARS, you are still my lovable monster bb." I have Mars feelings, okay?)
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:29 PM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm imagining a fung fu fight scene with all of these folks vs. Galactus.
posted by brundlefly at 12:35 PM on December 5, 2013


Not sure why they are all bipedal. I like to think of them as human stock that has been genetically modified to survive on their adopted home planets. By this time, I'm going to assume that it only makes sense for most humans on Earth to be aquatic as the land surface becomes overpopulated.

Somehow, Mars reminds me a little of the Shrike. Not sure if that's intentional.
posted by Edgewise at 12:37 PM on December 5, 2013


Come on now, we all know the personifications of the planets are anime schoolgirl superheroes.
posted by JHarris at 12:43 PM on December 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Saturn needs a hula hoop.
posted by oulipian at 12:44 PM on December 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Surely the figure with the Great Red Spot on its chest is Jupiter, not Saturn?
posted by The Tensor at 12:48 PM on December 5, 2013


Surely the figure with the Great Red Spot on its chest is Jupiter, not Saturn?

Yes, they're in the traditional solar system order.
posted by muddgirl at 12:50 PM on December 5, 2013


The artist showed considerable restraint in his depiction of Uranus.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:53 PM on December 5, 2013 [10 favorites]


ACK I can't believe I mistyped the order of the planets. That's...pretty damn humiliating, actually, let's see if the mods take pity on me....
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:55 PM on December 5, 2013


They are great people but going out to fancy places with them is murder. I mean, where the fuck am I supposed to find a jacket for a dude who doesn't even have arms or a back to begin with.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:55 PM on December 5, 2013


It's all for the best that I'm not a mod, Narrative Priorities, because if I were I'd switch the positions of Jupiter and Saturn, sure, but I'd also replace Neptune with Shlomo.
posted by JHarris at 12:58 PM on December 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


ACK I can't believe I mistyped the order of the planets. That's...pretty damn humiliating, actually, let's see if the mods take pity on me....

Hey, it's all right! You had Narrative Priorities and the story of the FPP came first as it should.
posted by Tomorrowful at 12:58 PM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


[I have moved heaven and earth Jupiter and Saturn to restore things to rights. Carry on.]
posted by cortex at 1:01 PM on December 5, 2013 [10 favorites]


Alright, guys... who invited Pluto?
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 1:11 PM on December 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


If you have Pluto then you have to include Ceres, it's the law.
posted by ckape at 1:23 PM on December 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Saturn needs a hula hoop.

"All right, you planets! Ready to sing your song?"

I'LL SAY WE ARE

YEAH

l e t ' s s i n g i t n o w

"Okay, Mercury?"

_o.k.a.y_

"Okay, Jupiter?"

¡!¡OKAY!¡!

"Okay, Saturn?...Saturn? Saturn!"

( ( ( ( o.k., Dave! ) ) ) )
posted by Iridic at 1:27 PM on December 5, 2013 [8 favorites]


It'd be interesting to have their moons included as well. Children and/or litters of pets...
posted by Foosnark at 1:27 PM on December 5, 2013


I still just want to give Pluto a hug.
posted by lydhre at 1:36 PM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I get a Wayne Barlow vibe off some of these these but I don't know if a young artist would have encountered his alien depictions so it might be coincidental.
posted by aught at 1:50 PM on December 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yuggoth abides.
posted by Artw at 1:55 PM on December 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Saturn needs a hula hoop.

The pattern along the chest and neck allude to the rings, though the arc is inside out.

Similarly, the curly bits along the edge of Jupiter's robes seem to be a reference to the turbulence apparent in its atmosphere.

Jupiter really should have some sort of nod to the Galilean moons, though I'm not seeing it..?
posted by swr at 2:29 PM on December 5, 2013


(I have now bought this as a print and I am SO EXCITED.)
posted by Narrative Priorities at 3:55 PM on December 5, 2013


I actually like the artist's version of The Sun the most.
posted by KingEdRa at 4:23 PM on December 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd missed that one, actually -- thanks for pointing it out!
posted by Narrative Priorities at 4:37 PM on December 5, 2013


Pluto is clearly a turian
posted by talitha_kumi at 4:24 AM on December 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


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